The Theosophical Society in America

Thursday Lecture Series

Bardo: The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Thursday February 14, 7:00 p.m.

Glenn--MullinThe Tibetan Book of the Dead (Bardo Thodol) is traditionally believed to be the work of the legendary Padma Sambhava in the 8th century A.D. The Bardo Thodol teaches that once awareness is freed from the body, it creates its own reality as one would experience in a dream. This dream occurs in various phases (bardos) in ways both wonderful and terrifying. Overwhelming peaceful and wrathful visions and deities appear. Since the deceased's awareness is in confusion, it needs help and guidance in order for enlightenment and liberation to occur. The Bardo Thodol acts as the guide that helps the individual recognize the true nature of mind and thus attain Nirvana – liberation from the cycle of rebirth. This lecture will draw from two of Lama Glenn's books: Living in the Face of Death: The Tibetan Tradition, and The Tibetan Book of the Dead: An Illustrated Edition.

Lama Glenn Mullin trained in Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayas for 15 years, and has published some 30 books on Tibetan Buddhism. He has taught Buddhist meditation for the past 30 years, often touring for six months of the year through North America, Asia, and Europe. He also leads pilgrimages through the sacred sites of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan each year. For more visit

$10 nonmembers, $5 members

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Join Glen Friday,  February 15-17, for his retreat: Tibetan Powa Yoga: A Tantric Practice for Obtaining Higher Rebirth.

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