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  • Published: 1 July 2003
  • ISBN: 9781570629259
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $59.99

Luminous Emptiness



THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD, a best-seller for three decades, is one of the most widely read texts of Tibetan Buddhism. Over the years, it has been studied and cherished by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. LUMINOUS EMPTINESS is a detailed guide to this classic work, elucidating its mysterious concepts, terms, and imagery. Fremantle relates the symbolic world of THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD to the experiences of everyday life, presenting the text not as a scripture for the dying, but as a guide for the living. According to the Buddhist view, nothing is permanent or fixed. The entire world of our experience is constantly appearing and disappearing at every moment. Using vivid and dramatic imagery, THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD presents the notion that most of us are living in a dream that will continue from lifetime to lifetime until we truly awaken by becoming enlightened. Here, Fremantle, who worked closely with Chögyam Trungpa on the 1975 translation of THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD(Shambhala), brings the expertise of a lifetime of study to rendering this intriguing classic more accessible and meaningful to the living.

  • Published: 1 July 2003
  • ISBN: 9781570629259
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $59.99

About the author

Francesca Fremantle

Francesca Fremantle received her doctorate from the School of Asian and African Studies at London University. She is a scholar and translator of Sanskrit and Tibetan works and was a student of Chögyam Trungpa for many years.

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