'The Tibetan Book of the Dead' (Bardo Thödol) is one of the most interesting books the West has received from the East. From it, it becomes clear that the meaning of dying is inextricably linked to the meaning of life.
Carl Gustav Jung calls "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" a book of unparalleled superiority in psychology and critical philosophy. The book is about life that includes the death experience—not as something happening at a certain time, but as a being-ness that makes real life possible.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
After having been handed down orally for centuries, this text would is to be said written down by Padma Sambhava, the yoga teacher who brought Buddhism to Tibet in the eighth century. In an archetypal way what we call death is described up to the moment when—according to Eastern philosophy—new birth takes place. From this it becomes clear that the meaning of dying is inextricably linked to the meaning of life. Within ourselves lies the source of life and what we are in our essence: an uninterrupted sequence of states of consciousness, in which birth (as taking on a body) and death (as giving up a body) form part. Making this insightful is the meaning of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.