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THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE GREAT LIBERATION or the Method of Realizing Nirvana Through Knowing the Mind (1954) by W. Y. Evans-Wentz (First Edition)

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THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE GREAT LIBERATION or the Method of Realizing Nirvana Through Knowing the Mind (1954) by W. Y. Evans-Wentz (First Edition)

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EVANS-WENTZ, W. Y. (Introductions, Annotations and Editing by). Psychological Commentary by C. G. JUNG

The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation or the Method of Realizing Nirvana Through Knowing the Mind. Preceded by an Epitome of Padma-Sambhava's Biography and Followed by Guru Phadampa Sangay's Teachings. According to English Renderings by Sardar Bahadur S. W. Laden La, and by the lamas Karma Sumdhon Paul Lobzang Mingyur Dorje, and Kazi Dawa-Samdup

London: Oxford University Press, 1954, First Edition. Hardcover in dust jacket. Octavo. Green cloth with gilt Dorje to front panel. Gilt spine titles. Top edge gilt. Color frontispiece. Title page printed in black and red. lxiv + 261pp. Black and white plates. 

A bright, near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with a small horizontal chip at top of spine and a bit of corner wear.

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The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation, which was unknown to the Western world until this first publication in 1954, speaks to the quintessence of the Supreme Path, or Mahayana, and fully reveals the yogic method of attaining Enlightenment. Such attainment can happen, as shown here, by means of knowing the One Mind, the cosmic All-Consciousness, without recourse to the postures, breathings, and other techniques associated with the lower yogas. The original text for this volume belongs to the Bardo Thödol series of treatises concerning various ways of achieving transcendence, a series that figures into the Tantric school of the Mahayana. Authorship of this particular volume is attributed to the legendary Padma-Sambhava, who journeyed from India to Tibet in the 8th century, as the story goes, at the invitation of a Tibetan king. Padma-Sambhava's text is preceded by an account of the great guru's own life and secret doctrines. It is followed by the testamentary teachings of the Guru Phadampa Sangay, which are meant to augment the thought of the other gurus discussed herein. Still more useful supplementary material will be found in the book's introductory remarks, by its editor Evans-Wentz and by the eminent psychoanalyst C. G. Jung. The former presents a 100-page General Introduction that explains several key names and notions (such as Nirvana) with the lucidity, ease, and sagacity that are this scholar's hallmark; the latter offers a Psychological Commentary that weighs the differences between Eastern and Western modes of thought before equating the "collective unconscious" with the Enlightened Mind of the Buddhist.