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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life

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This two-part series 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. A Way of Life contains footage of the rites and liturgies surrounding and following the death of a Ladakhi elder. The Dalai Lama explains his own feelings about death, while other scenes within a palliative care hospice in San Francisco depicts the use of the texts to counsel dying AIDS patients. This film, by revealing ancient teachings on how to think about death and dying, can be a valuable source of counsel and comfort.

1994, 45 min 35 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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