The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life

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.

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  • music
    Toshiyuki Honda
  • camera
    Hideo Saito
  • editor
    Masaharu Yoshioka
  • sound effects
    Masayuki Onoe
  • re-recording
    Yoshinori Kawabata
  • director
    Yukari Hayashi
  • producer
    Atsunori Kawamura
  • narrator
    Leonard Cohen
  • consultant - narration
    Douglas Penick
  • director
    Barrie McLean
  • editor
    Judith Merritt
    David Verrall
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • producer
    Barrie McLean
    David Verrall
  • participation
    Dalai Lama
    Ram Dass
    Dale Borglum

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