The Tibetan Book of the Dead – Part 1: The Way of Life Video
The Tibetan Book of the Dead – Part 1: The Way of Life

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead – Part 1: The Way of Life (1994)

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Death is real, it comes without warning and it cannot be escaped. An ancient source of strength and guidance, The Tibetan Book of the Dead remains an essential teaching originating in the spiritual cultures of the Himalayas. Narrated by Leonard Cohen, this enlightening two-part program explores the sacred text and boldly visualizes the afterlife according to its profound wisdom.

Part 1: A Way of Life reveals the history of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and examines its traditional use in northern India, as well as its acceptance in Western hospices. Shot over a four-month period, the film contains footage of the rites and liturgies for a deceased Ladakhi elder and includes an interview with the Dalai Lama, who shares his views on the book’s meaning and importance.

Watch The Tibetan Book of the Dead - Part 2: The great Liberation

Leonard Cohen (narrator)
Hiroaki Mori, Yukari Hayashi, Barrie McLean

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danielcanaris, posted on October 19, 2016

OK. I understand y'all frustrated about licensing limitations. (I'm in Oz so I DO understand).
Just yOOtOOb search it. It's right there ..ep 1 & 2 ;)
PS> thanks for the explanation GAIA/Suzanna #grateful :)

alinusya_s, posted on October 22, 2016

I support your frustrated namaste)

sylviepoulin95, posted on September 21, 2016

What is up with that?

ellenj1953, posted on March 21, 2016

I'm curious as to why they are allowing people to sign up without advising us that content won't be available outside the USA. Feeling lucky I got the .99c deal - which in Australia is a lot more - but still...

ange, posted on October 24, 2015

I would have loved to watch this but it is not available in Canada. Disappointed!

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on March 18, 2016

When we license rights to a film we try our hardest to negotiate worldwide availability; sometimes we’re successful, other times we’re not. Unfortunately, this film was only available to us in the United States, due to limitations with the distributor. We will certainly update if this changes!


info629, posted on March 26, 2015

I feel very grateful for this movie. Beautiful imagery of the tibetan people. Western culture needs more talk about the cycle of life. I just wish it didn't end with a Kenny G sounding song... didn't really fit., posted on February 10, 2015

I'm in Australia. How can a film only be available in the U.S? Is there any way i can see this?

ricocd, posted on March 18, 2016

I found it on YouTube.

HeidiV@Gaia, posted on February 10, 2015

@ROSCOE.ST - We are so sorry for any frustration. Sometimes we are just unable to obtain the rights for certain countries or regions. If you would like to discuss this with someone or have any further questions, please feel free to contact our Customer Service department using the Support button above. We can be contacted via email, phone, or chat.

joxyjules, posted on December 31, 2014

I was impressed with the information. Although I'd heard some of it before, this film put it a higher perspective.

coastalstorm25, posted on December 11, 2014

I am extremely disappointed that this is not available in Canada? Why????

MichalL@Gaia, posted on December 12, 2014

@coastalstorm25, we completely understand your frustration. When we license rights to a film we try our hardest to negotiate worldwide availability; sometimes we’re successful, other times we’re not. We constantly strive to make our viewing experience a satisfying one to our customers worldwide, and make every effort to do so in each film we license. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you, and hope you will continue to enjoy all of our worldwide-available content – including all of our original programming.
The Gaiam TV Team

SANDYF, posted on October 25, 2014

Thank you for a look into a culture that accepts the continuity of life. I lost my daughter in 1998 many years ago and still look to find peace in her passing and hope that she found the guidance to return to the human realm.

Iadora, posted on August 14, 2014

Very Good! Helpful and enlightening. Had tried to read the book but it was too dense for me at the time. How can I view Part 2?

Mewerman, posted on August 4, 2014

Beautifully narrated, L.C. Had been in Leh 21 yrs ago when death was not of interest. Interesting to know this point of view.
Training in How a Peruvian shaman treats the dying and death preparation currently. Some differences exist.

blueocean_7_13, posted on July 24, 2014

Is there any chance to watch it in Canada some day soon?

jonathan.jan, posted on July 31, 2014

Yesss Pleaseee!

orionsnova, posted on July 22, 2014

Incredible unity of the Tibetan people, truly beautiful culture; what a peaceful view of passing from one life to the next.

goldensun.leann, posted on July 20, 2014

It looks like life and death are relatives that we accept as part of reality here on Earth ~ Are we really here only to live deeply and die well? Looks like it! This documentary has brought to Life the ancient teachings of the Buddha & the Tibetans on Living & Dying ... I hope someone is there for me in a conscious crossing as I will do my best to be there for them .... enshallah

borsello.lmt, posted on July 20, 2014

And made even more so by Leonard Cohen's exceptional telling! Thank you, Gaiam!

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