By Karma-Glin-Pa, W. Y. Evans-Wentz, Donald S. Lopez Jr.
The Tibetan ebook of the useless is likely one of the texts that, in accordance with legend, Padma-Sambhava used to be pressured to conceal in the course of his stopover at to Tibet within the overdue eighth century. The guru concealed his books in stones, lakes, and pillars as the Tibetans of that day and age have been in some way unprepared for his or her teachings. Now, within the type of the ever-popular Tibetan ebook of the useless, those teachings are consistently being stumbled on and rediscovered through Western readers of many various backgrounds--a phenomenon which started in 1927 with Oxford's first version of Dr. Evans-Wentz's landmark quantity. whereas it really is regularly used as a mortuary textual content, to be learn or recited within the presence of a lifeless or demise individual, this book--which relates the complete event of loss of life and rebirth in 3 intermediate states of being--was initially understood as a consultant not just for the useless but additionally for the residing. As a contribution to the technological know-how of loss of life and dying--not to say the idea in existence after loss of life, or the idea in rebirth--The Tibetan booklet of the useless is exclusive one of the sacred texts of the area, for its socio-cultural effect during this regard is with no comparability. This fourth version encompasses a new foreword, afterword, and steered additional analyzing record via Donald S. Lopez, writer of Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West. Lopez strains the total background of the overdue Evans-Wentz's 3 previous variations of this ebook, absolutely contemplating the paintings of members to past variations (C. G. Jung between them), the sections that have been extra via Evans-Wentz alongside the best way, the questions surrounding the book's translation, and at last the volume's profound significance in engendering either renowned and educational curiosity within the faith and tradition of Tibet. one other key topic that Lopez addresses is the altering nature of this book's audience--from the prewar theosophists to the beat poets to the hippies to modern exponents of the hospice movement--and what those audiences have chanced on (or sought) in its very outdated pages.