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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life - DVD ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB523935
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Atsunori Kawamura, Barrie McLean, David Verrall
Directors:  Yukari Hayashi, Barrie McLean
Producing Agencies:  Mistral Film of France , NHK (Tokyo), National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Global Studies, Health and Medicine, Religious Studies, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1994
Running Time:  45:35
Closed Captions:  Yes


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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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