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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation - DVD ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB524066
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Atsunori Kawamura, Naoyuki Kibe, Barrie McLean, David Verrall
Directors:  Hiroaki Mori, 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 History, Civics, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Global Studies, Religious Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1994
Running Time:  45:03
Closed Captions:  Yes


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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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