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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Decoding an Ancient Masterwork

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021 @ 7 pm ET

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Decoding an Ancient Masterwork

A spiritual masterpiece of unparalleled profundity, The Tibetan Book of the Dead is as applicable today as it was a thousand years ago. While it was written as a guidebook for death, it is equally The Tibetan Book of Life. Studying The Book ironically brings you more fully into life, and gives birth to a new view of reality. This talk will explore the universality of the “death principle,” and how you can practice death now using this text as a guide. According to the Tibetans, death is a journey of the mind, and by exploring your mind with this book at your side, you can “die before you die.” But why is The Book so hard to understand? What are the “access codes” that allow you to decipher this impenetrable text? And what are the many “near enemies” that await the unprepared reader? This talk will equip you with the tools necessary to understand this magisterial tome.

In this seminar, participants will:

  • How to apply this ancient text to modern life.
  • How to use the small deaths in daily life to prepare for the big death.
  • How the spiritual path in general, and meditation in particular, prepares you for death.
  • Why you need to change the way you think to understand The Book.

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Andrew Holecek has completed the traditional three-year Buddhist meditation retreat and offers seminars internationally on meditation, dream yoga, and the art of dying. He is the author of Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition; Meditation in the iGeneration: How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress; The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy; the audio learning course Dream Yoga: The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming, and his latest book Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep. Dr. Holecek is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and has authored scientific papers. His work has appeared in Parabola, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Utne Reader, Buddhadharma Magazine, Light of Consciousness, and many other periodicals. Andrew holds degrees in classical music, biology, and a doctorate in dental surgery.