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The Great Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State

According to the Tibetan Buddhist view, the subjective experience of death consists of sequential dissolutions, a process considered to present unique opportunities for the attainment of liberation.

Padmasambhava, who brought Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet, composed a cycle of teachings which includes “Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State” (Tib. bar-do’i-thos-grol) and an associated sadhana of the two mandalas of forty-two peaceful and fifty-eight wrathful deities.

The teachings on this and the Hundred Peaceful and Wrathful Deities (Shyitro, Tib. zhi khro) empowerments describe the processes of death and rebirth, introduce the accompanying experiences, and prepare one for making the most of these transient opportunities encountered in the bardo (intermediate state) between death and rebirth.

Karma Lingpa’s treasure cycle of the Hundred Peaceful and Wrathful Deities.

Karma Lingpa (c. 1327-1387) extracted from Mount Gampodar in Dakpo the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities: Natural Liberation through Enlightened Intention (Zhi khro dgongs pa rang grol, Rinchen Terdzod . Vol. 4, pp. 1-281) and other treasures.

Karma Lingpa conferred this Peaceful and Wrathful Deities: Natural Liberation through Enlightened Intention (Zhi khro dgongs pa rang grol) on his son Nyida Choje alone, demanding that for three generations it should be transmitted to only a single person.

This practice was then widely disseminated by Gyarawa Namka Chokyi Gyatso, the third generation lineage holder.  From him, the lineage of its empowerment, transmission and guidance has continued unbroken.

One section of this text, the Great Liberation by Hearing During the Intermediate State (Bar do thos grol chen po), is well known in its English translations as the ‘Tibetan Book of the Dead’.

Together the teaching and sadhana are a guide to the experiences of consciousness during the interval between death and the next rebirth, and include teachings on the signs of death and practices to be undertaken when death is approaching or has taken place.

This cycle of practice is associated with the Mayajala of the Hundred Peaceful and Wrathful Deities, which is that of the Guhyagarbha tantra and the cycle of the Magical Net.