The Tibetan Book of the Dead

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

For Reading Aloud

By Karma-Glin-Pa; Jean-Claude Van Atalie; Jean-Claude Van Italie

North Atlantic Books, Paperback, 9781556432736, 62pp.

Publication Date: November 1998


The Tibetan Book of the Dead for Reading Aloud is famed playwright Jean-Claude van Itallie’s poetic adaptation of traditional Tibetan passages used to aid and comfort at the time of death. His lyrical and insightful poetry is accompanied by Gerry Vezzuso’s vivid photographs, Tibetan art, and other images evocative of this process. This text leads us through the stages we experience after death and helps us to overcome the ambitions, desires, jealousies, and fears that can obscure our understanding of ourselves and our transition into the next life.

Praise For The Tibetan Book of the Dead

"I love this little book. Read it aloud!”
—Richard Gere

"Jean-Claude van Itallie’s presentation of this old classic brings us face to face with the radiance and emptiness of our own minds. He has made new a relevant—even urgent—text: a guide for the continually arising moments of choice in our living and in dying."
—Diane di Prima