Sacred Tibetan Teachings: Death and Liberation by Giacomella Orofino

By Giacomella Orofino

The texts in contain the good mystery Union of the solar and Moon and the Doctrine of the Six lighting. based on those esoteric writings of the pre-Buddhist Bonpo period, after-death adventure are just reflections of one's personal brain. spotting their illusory nature is the starting of liberation from the causal chain of beginning demise and rebirth. Giacomella Orofino's translations make an outstanding significant other to W. Y. Evans-Wentz's vintage experiences.

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Raised on high, as if from an extended peak. Its place is where all marídalas arise. Then the five colours are like this: In In In In In the the the the the white dim ension, rays emanate luminously yellow dimension, rays emanate luminously red dimension, rays emanate luminously green dimension, rays emanate luminously blue dimension, rays emanate luminously When one comes into contact with another they do not mix, but each colour shines distinctly and marvellously. The clear light of m en unites to this and in this it dissolves.

37 See infra, n. 74. 28 The Religious Traditions and Literary Origins of the Texts 29 Sacred Tibetan Teachings Block print of the Buddha Vajrasatta in union with his paredra, symbolizing the Unity of Wisdom and Method. 30 II. The Tantra of the Great Secret Union of the Sun and the Moon The Bardo o f the M om ent o f Death O victorious Vajra-dhara, speak to me of the bar-do of the m om ent of death. At the m om ent of the death of men, how do the signs appear? W hat are the methods to overcome death?

If the left foot moves toward the ground, he will be reborn in the infernal regions. If the colour of the body is pale yellow, he will be reborn am ong the hungry spirits. If he makes an animal­ like sound, he will be reborn in the animal realm. If he makes a rather indistinct m urm ur from between his teeth, he will definitely have an animal rebirth. If the words are clear and he does not lose his memoiy, he will be reborn as a hum an being. These are the external signs. The internal signs are as follows.

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