The documentary film “The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life” was made by Barrie McLean, having as information the book with the same title, Bardo Thödol, or The Tibetan Book of the Dead. This is an esoteric, strange, profound, disturbing text, but which we would be tempted to label, according to our Western culture, as lacking in credibility and boundless boldness.
However, to the extent that it has penetrated so far to us, through translations into the languages of wide circulation, but especially in the West, the Tibetan Book of the Dead enjoys a great audience, and this not only because of the special poetic valences of the writing.
Being part of the sacred Oriental writings, the Tibetan Book of the Dead is the text most directly involved on the phenomenon of death, as a faithful application of the doctrine of Tibetan tantric Buddhism.
The text of the documentary is narrated by Leonard Cohen which gives the information an extra energy. The Filmul also contains an interview with the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso – who offers important clarifications about this passage into the underworld.