The Tibetan Book of the Dead, or Bardo Todol , is one of the great classics of Tibetan literature. The present volume is a fresh look at this timeless classic. It brings together a range of stunning images by the renowned photographer Thomas Kelly, with a contextual analysis and abridged translation by the ubiquitous Tibetologist Glenn H. Mullin. As such, the Bardo Todol is as relevant as a guidebook to daily (and nightly) living as it is to a successful death and transmigration. Thomas Kellys photographs bring this great Tibetan classic to life, and draw the reader into a deeper sense of the spiritual environment in which The Tibetan Book of the Dead exists.
Glenn H. Mullin has authored over two dozen books on Central Asian culture and is a consummate translator of classical Tibetan literature. Several of his titles have been translated into various European and Asian languages. He has also worked on Tibet-related films, including Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy , and many television documentaries.
His book The Fourteen Dalai Lamas: A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation was nominated for the NAPRA Best Book Award and The Female Buddhas won the Best Book Award from Foreword Magazine.
Thomas L. Kelly is an internationally recognized photographer who documents the beauty and grace of cultures in Southeast Asia and focuses on its two primary religions: Hinduism and Buddhism. He has researched and photographed over ten books based in South Asia and works avidly as a filmmaker and photo-activist, documenting the struggles of marginalized people and disappearing cultural traditions all over the world.
Kelly was named Photographer of the Year by Hinduism Today and his photos have been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, Smithsonian and Time Magazine.