Death has also always been a mysterious subject for human beings; we have tried to find an answer to the dilemma of whether death is the end, or if it is merely a continuation of life in another realm. Naturally, the subject has always invited introspection on the true meaning of life itself. Several religious traditions and cultures around the world have offered varied explanations in their ancient texts.
On 1st December 2018, New Acropolis (Main Centre) hosted a talk titled “Bardo Thodol – The Tibetan Book of the Dead” by Mr. Yaron Barzilay, Director of New Acropolis Cultural Organization. The Bardo Thodol is a text that is traditionally read out loud at the bedside of the deceased for 49 days to escort the departed through the onward journey after death.
Attended by over 80 participants, the speaker used extracts from various chapters of the book to describe the Tibetan understanding of the afterlife. But the most essential and practical implication of this investigation was the need to prepare for death, by giving more meaning to our daily actions through life.