An intimate journey into the heart of a hidden world
A Buddhist Trilogy
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Graham Coleman is editor of the first complete translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, INTRODUCTORY COMMENTARY BY HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA, EDITED BY GRAHAM COLEMAN WITH THUPTEN JINPA; TRANSLATED BY GYURME DORJE; published in the UK and USA by Penguin Books and translated into seven languages.
The 'Tibetan Book of the Dead' is one of the greatest works created by any culture and one of the most renowned of all Tibetan Buddhist texts in the West. To date there have been a number of English translations but all of these have been partial abridgements. In 1989, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave his support to the idea that the 'Tibetan Book of the Dead' should at last be fully translated. He personally asked a number of great Tibetan masters to become involved with the project and gave oral teachings on the basis of which this translation was undertaken. Following 15 years of preparation, and with the close support of leading contemporary masters, this new complete edition of the 'Tibetan Book of the Dead' represents a major step in the understanding of the Tibetan Buddhist vision of our spiritual journey through life and death. It includes one of the most detailed and compelling descriptions of the after-death state in world literature, practices that can transform our experience of daily life, guidance on helping those who are dying, and an inspirational perspective on coping with bereavement.
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A Handbook of Tibetan Culture
Edited by Graham Coleman. Published by Random House, 1993.
The first comprehensive sourcebook on Tibetan culture. It consists of biographies of lamas and scholars, a directory of over 600 Tibetan-related organizations around the world - monasteries, libraries, museums, cultural centres, etc - a map of monastic sites in Tibet, and a glossary of key Tibetan, Buddhist and Sanskrit terms.
Meditations on Living, Dying, and Loss. The Essential Tibetan Book of the Dead
Edited and Introduced by Graham Coleman. Published by Penguin (UK & US)
With an introductory commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Meditations on Living, Dying, and Loss is a compilation of essential writings from the first complete translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, whose visionary perspective on living, dying, and loss is one of the most inspirational in world literature. These selections address becoming more aware of our psychological habits; our understanding of the process of dying and the nature of the after-death state; and the challenge of bereavement. Drawing on his experience of loss and his knowledge of contemporary near-death research, editor Graham Coleman illuminates this ancient text’s secrets, revealing the immense creativity that expanding our insight into the relationship between living and dying can bring.