• Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between

  • Living with the Tibetan Book of the Dead
  • By: Robert Thurman
  • Narrated by: Robert Thurman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Speech
  • Release date: 10-13-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (248 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One of the 25 most influential people in America according to Time magazine, and "the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism" ( The New York Times), Robert Thurman illuminates the Tibetan Book of the Dead with up-to-date insights for modern audiences. For centuries, this text has been read aloud to the dying, who Buddhist masters say are capable of hearing up to three days after clinical death, as a guide through the tumultuous and often terrifying process of dissolution. Now, in Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between, Professor Robert Thurman demystifies this esoteric teaching and reveals the Tibetan view of dying: it is not an ending to be feared, but a wondrous and liberating culmination of our life's journey, potentially opening into glorious new beginnings. Entering the bardo, the in-between state in which one reality dissolves and the next has not yet formed, we need not become prey to our fears and hopes. Instead, we can relax into our natural clarity and stabilize the journey. And this treasured teaching is for much more than just changing our understanding of death. Whether we have lost a dear relationship, awoken from a dream, or face the loss of our bodied life, simply hearing these teachings steadies our minds and hearts so that the journey from one state to the next changes from a tragic voyage into a clear adventure through the brilliant sky of great liberation.
©2005 Robert Thurman (P)2005 Sounds True
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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 12-01-05


Robert Thurman talks about the book commonly known as the "Tibetan Book of the Dead". He's a great scholar of the book, of the tradition from which it arises, and of its relation to other world religious writings and beliefs. He's also obviously himself a deeply spiritual person. So the talks are delightful, combining both fascinating scholarship and religious commitment. His talk is by turns serious and humorous, concentrated and playful. I highly recommend this, and one by no means need to be a Buddhist to enjoy it and benefit from it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By William on 03-31-12

At Long last

Would you listen to Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between again? Why?

Not only would I listen to this again, I listen to it daily!

What other book might you compare Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between to and why?

This generic question needs to read the question and look at this book. The title should give you a clue. But I will say that even Sogyal Rinpoche's Tibetan book of Living and Dying is the only book in the ball park for any sort of comparison. This translation and most especially Bob Thurman's delivery is quintessentially American . Yes , Bob is a real American Buddhist teacher amongst a growing handful.

Have you listened to any of Robert Thurman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Bob Thurman before. First at the San Francisco Zen Center. He is a delight. Totally insightful and yet not too

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My extreme reaction to this is : This is by far the best most easily accessed translation of the teaching to date.

Any additional comments?

After practicing Tibetan Buddhism beginning in Scotland in 1970 to this date, I have found Bob's manner and insight into the teachings perfectly suited to this moment in human history. Thank you my friend for persevering...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ali S. on 06-28-15

Enlightening and Inspiring

A very accessible introduction to The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Includes a useful meditation. It's not just for Buddhists ; Robert Thurman explains in a clear , and humorous, way how people of any religion and no religion can benefit from cultivating wisdom and compassion and from learning to live and to die in a more pucid way.

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