Tibetan Book of the Dead

A guidebook
for the Journey

 

OM-AV KAA AAH!

To thee yet unborn
I do pray
let me be pervaded
by Truth
in all its realms
I will be
fervently devoted
to abandoning
delusions and misknowing
for the sake
of perfect
blessing
overcoming
to achieve
what is effortless
pure
primacy

To those who
are free of death
deities
beauty
I devote this prayer
to thee
I will free myself
of lust and longing
and accept what
is blessed
into my life
liberating myself
from within
to enter into communion
with world-bliss

To that which
can’t be spoken
of
living in the palace
of perfection
without flaw
the lotus
I do pray to thee
too
to be free of
ill-conceived
hating
towards fellow
man and beast
so that I may
find within
the illumination
of true Knowledge

To all that which
is blissful in this world
in the realm of
all that is clear
and good
I do pray
to overcome
the duality
of subject and object
in order to be
blessed
with pure
spontaneity

Let there be compassion
on me and all other
beings
who wander through
this cycle of life
darkened
by the mists
of disillusionment
not realizing
we are all apart
of the same thing
that is Truth

Let there
be mercy
on these misguided
beings striving
wondering lusting
and clinging
on to that which
is transient
they do not yet
see what is truly
Beautiful

May there be
forgiveness
for those who
dualistically
hate others not
seeing we are all
apart of the same thing
may they
too find
what it is they
are looking for

May there be
love for those
who are not
yet buddha-like
in nature
addicted to bad
habits
and veils
of thinking
they do not
realize
they too have
it in them
to find peace
and tranquility