The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation

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.

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Credits
  • script
    Shinichi Nakazawa
  • music
    Toshiyuki Honda
  • camera
    Hideo Saito
    Shuji Kawashita
  • editor
    Mitsunori Morimoto
  • sound effects
    Masayuki Onoe
  • re-recording
    Yoshinori Kawabata
  • director
    Hiroaki Mori
    Yukari Hayashi
  • producer
    Atsunori Kawamura
    Naoyuki Kibe
  • narrator
    Leonard Cohen
  • consultant - narration
    Douglas Penick
  • director
    Barrie McLean
  • animation
    Ishu Patel
  • editor
    Judith Merritt
    David Verrall
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • producer
    Barrie McLean
    David Verrall