"The Tibetan Book of the Dead" DVD with Leonard Cohen, Ram Dass, and the Dalai Lama

If you already own the Tibetan Book of the Dead, then this DVD is a must have as an addition to your collection. The narrator for the DVD is Leonard Cohen- a classic voice to tell the history of this great book. The first part is solely dedicated to the history of the Tibetan book of the Dead, answering the question "what is reincarnation?" and taking the viewer on a journey through the use of the book in traditional Himalayan Buddhist culture and its acceptance and use in the hospices of the western world.

You will see an interview with the Dali Lama and footage of never seen before traditional Buddhist rites for the dead. Part two contains the 49 day journey of a soul beginning rebirth as seen through the eyes of a Buddhist elder and his apprentice. As they guide the soul of the decedent toward liberation and rebirth, you will gain insight as to how to view your past lives and the karmic teachings they hold.

The scenery and footage is excellent-many professors' use this very DVD in their philosophy and theology lectures-and it is recommended viewing for all those who work in hospice. Both sides of death are examined, from the death of an old man who has lived a long life to a very young man who perhaps died -as westerner's say- before his time. Share their journey as the Tibetan book of the Dead is put into practical use and examine your own beliefs about afterlife and reincarnation. Learn how the Buddhists accept the grief process, and how they teach others in their families to move through the sadness of the loss of a loved one and come out the other side with a better understanding of the death and rebirth process, including an examination of a young man thought to be the reincarnation of a great spiritual leader.

This DVD is especially helpful to those who are aware of the book, and may even have tried to begin reading it but got bogged down in some of the terminology. This spiritually based DVD is so easy to understand that everyone who watches it will understand without fail the meaning behind the journey that we all must eventually face. Whether you have been a follower of Buddhism for awhile or are just now asking the question 'what is reincarnation?', this DVD must not be missed.