‘Tibetan Book of the Dead’
(Documentary | Duration: 90 min | NFBC)

Still from the movie 'Tibetan Book of the Dead'

Narrated by Leonard Cohen, this acclaimed two-part series explores ancient teachings on death and dying and boldly visualises the afterlife according to Tibetan philosophy.

Program One: A Way of Life documents the history of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, tracing the book's acceptance and use in Europe and North America. Included is remarkable footage of the rites and liturgies surrounding and following the death of a Ladakhi elder.

Program Two: The Great Liberation observes an old Buddhist lama and a 13 year-old novice monk as they guide a deceased person into the afterlife.

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada / NHK Japan / Mistral Films of France.

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