The Tibetan Book of the Dead – Part 2: The Great Liberation Video
The Tibetan Book of the Dead – Part 2: The Great Liberation

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead – Part 2: The Great Liberation (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 2: The Great Liberation follows an old lama and his novice monk as they guide a Himalayan villager into the afterlife using readings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The soul’s 49-day journey towards rebirth is envisioned through actual photography of rarely seen Buddhist rituals, interwoven with ground-breaking animation by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ishu Patel.

Watch The Tibetan Book of the Dead - Part 1: The Way of Life

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

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eaglewray, posted on March 18, 2016

Leonard Cohen's narration was appropriate for the clarity of this important cultural insight into the Tibetan's long traditional observation of the mind, and its manifestations, once the body and consciousness have parted ways either to find liberation or to be attracted once again, to the wheel we call life.

ajumaaree, posted on January 23, 2015

I am so very grateful to have found this. So well done in all aspects. Made me think of our western ways of helping our beloveds along when dying. I am full of love for the novice monks and their respective teachers. We are keeping our children away from the dying for the most part and often have only shallow answers for their questions regarding death. Much remains to be done, this documentary is so very compassionate and can be an inspiration…so be it!

SHEILAM5, posted on August 10, 2014

I am continually grateful to acknowledge that nearly every religion of the world (or at least the many I have explored) put their hands together when they pray or meditate. I love the walking prayer, mantra type of meditation they do in this film. It's amazing! Even points to the chakras. Namaste, and blessings to all. Love.

soasha5, posted on July 26, 2014

I am very grateful that I happened upon this documentary. It portrays the confusion of the mind and all the human emotions as distinct from our True nature. That is a lesson I've been trying to grasp since reading The Power of Now. My mind just is what it is and thinks what it thinks by circumstance, but that does not define me or limit me if I am willing to see or awaken to the fact that I am part of something greater.

goldensun.leann, posted on July 20, 2014

this series supports out innate wisdom and prepares the way for us to experience the natural inclination of our soul ... in life and death

aimcentral, posted on July 18, 2014

This documentary is a great depiction of the ancient Tibetan wisdom shared from the depths of their gentle and loving culture. It added such clarity to my struggling Western language about death. As a Hospice Companion, I am grateful for these teachings. Learning from ancient cultures contributes much to my ability to hold more compassion for humankind. - Amy@SoulDipper

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