Bar-do thos-grol

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A work popularly known in English as the Tibetan Book of the Dead, but whose name literally means ‘liberation through hearing in the intermediate state’. The text forms part of the large corpus of texts known as the ‘Cycle of Peaceful and Wrathful Deities’, reputedly revealed by Padmasambhava and then concealed until its rediscovery by the 14th-century ‘treasure revealer’ (gter-ston) Karma Lingpa. The Bar-do thos-grol gives guidance through hearing its instructions (thos) to enable a person to become liberated (grol) during the experiences encountered during the three intermediate phases (bar-do) of dying, death.and rebirth by recognizing the true nature of the visions encountered as false mental projections which conceal reality itself.

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