Program Details

Annual Reading of the Tibetan Book of the Dead


with Andrew Holecek
May 11 / 1:00 PM - May 11 / 4:30 PM

Please join us at the Boulder Shambhala Center for the eighth annual reading of this sacred text.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead was written by the tantric Buddha, Guru Rinpoche, and contains great blessings by being read aloud.  It is designed to guide those who have died and to help the reader who is tending to the dead. The Book presents a vivid description of what happens during and after death. By becoming familiar with this mindscape now, we will be able to journey through death with confidence.


As Guru Rinpoche says: “This teaching does not need any practice; it is a profound instruction that liberates just by being seen or heard or read.  Even if the buddhas of the past, present, and future were to search, they would not find a better teaching than this.”  At the time of death, karma is temporarily suspended and there are more opportunities for liberation in the bardos than in life – if we are prepared.


This year the reading will include more commentary.  The esoteric and difficult aspects (the extensive descriptions of the peaceful/wrathful deities) will be replaced with more discussion and participation.

Andrew Holecek will lead this afternoon where we will read together, and he will provide commentary on this central guidebook for the bardos, the states after death. This annual reading is a way to refresh our understanding of the bardos, and to prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The afternoon is free and open to all levels of practitioners; there are no prerequisites.  Kindly register below, so we know how many people plan to attend. It is also fine to come if you have not preregistered.


Please bring your copy of Trungpa Rinpoche’s translation, or just come and listen.

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