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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead is a two-part series that explores ancient teachings on death and dying. It was filmed over a four-month period on location in the Himalayas where the original text still yields an essential influence over people's views of life and death. The Great Liberation, is a docudrama which, in the company of an old Buddhist lama and a 13-year-old novice monk, leads us into the very foundations of Buddhist philosophy--the search for compassion and truth. Pema Choden, the lama, and Tubten, the young monk, read from the texts of The Tibetan Book of the Dead as they conduct the 49 days of final rites for a deceased Himalayan villager. We must all face the death of somebody we love, as well as our own death. This film helps us to prepare for these inevitabilities.

1994, 45 min 03 s

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Film of Special Merit Award
International Congress on Care of the Terminally
September 17 to 21 1994, Montréal - Canada

Special Mention
Filmfest Medianet Award
May 27 to June 30 1994, Munich - Germany

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