a talk by Elio Guarisco
on his new translation of
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
‘The Tibetan Book of the Dead’ presents instructions to facilitate the inner liberation of the dying or dead person by helping him or her to recognise and make use of the experiences that occur during the various phases of death.
This famous text was composed in the 8th century by the Buddhist Master Guru Padmasambhava. Since its first English translation in 1927 it has become a spiritual classic. In 2012 a new translation by Elio Guarisco, with a commentary by Dzogchen Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, was published into English by Shang Shung Publications.
Translator Elio Guarisco is fluent in colloquial and classical Tibetan and has studied Buddhist Philosophy since 1974. He has acted as translator for numerous eminent Tibetan Masters, including Kalu Rinpoche and HH 14th Dalai Lama. His translations include volumes in the Treasury of Knowledge by Kontrul the Great, an encyclopedia of Indo-Tibetan knowledge. Since 2003 he has been actively engaged in the Ka-Ter project of the Shang Shung Institute, translating texts of Tibetan Masters for the preservation of this precious spiritual heritage.
For many years Elio has worked closely with renowned scholar and teacher Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, translating important works and texts for the Shang Shung Institute, set up by CNN for the preservation of Tibetan culture.
In this lecture Elio will highlight the instructions of the ‘Tibetan Book of the Dead’ according to the teachings of Dzogchen as a means to attain spiritual realization at the time of death and post-mortem stages.
Where: Buddhist Library,
90 Church St Camperdown, Sydney.
Elio Guarisco was born in Italy in Varese on the 5th of August 1954 and grew up in Como. Elio received a Master of Arts before traveling to India to study Buddhism. On his return from India he moved to Switzerland where for ten years he learned Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy under one of the Dalai Lama's philosophical advisers.
Invited by the late Kagyu teacher, Kalu Rinpoche, Elio spent almost twenty years in India working on the Encyclopedia on Indo Tibetan Knowledge known as Shes bya kun khyab (Myriad Worlds, Buddhist Ethics, Systems of Buddhist Tantra, The Elements of Tantric Practice) authored by Kongtrul the Great, which is being published in separate volumes by Snow Lion Publications. During this time Elio developed a keen interest in Tibetan medicine and its relationship with the Dzogchen teachings.
Since 2003 he has been actively engaged in the Ka-ter project of the Shang Shung Institute of Austria. He is also the instructor of the Training for Translators from Tibetan language and also works for the Dzogchen Tantra Translation Project.
Audio of a previous talk by Elio
For info re The Dzogchen Community of Namgyalgar go here.