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They construed the effect of LSD as a "stripping away" of ego-defenses, finding parallels between the stages of death and rebirth in the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and the stages of psychological "death" and "rebirth" which Leary had identified during his research. one of the oldest and most universal practices for the initiate to go through the experience of death before he can be spiritually reborn.Symbolically he must die to his past, and to his old ego, before he can take his place in the new spiritual life into which he has been initiated.Indeed, one can consider any momentary state of consciousness a bardo, since it lies between our past and future existences; it provides us with the opportunity to experience reality, which is always present but obscured by the projections and confusions that are due to our previous unskillful actions.In fact, Evans-Wentz' collected seven texts about visualization of the after-death experiences and he introduced this work collection as "The Tibetan Book of Death." Evans-Wentz was well acquainted with Theosophy and used this framework to interpret the translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, which was largely provided by two Tibetan lamas who spoke English, Lama Sumdhon Paul and Lama Lobzang Mingnur Dorje.Kumarajiva is believed to have made the first translation into Chinese in 401 CE, and the Kumarajiva text seems to be the one most often translated into English.
The Psychedelic Experience, published in 1964, is a guide for LSD-trips, written by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert, loosely based on Evan-Wentz's translation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.The Diamond Sutra is one of the most revered texts of Mahayana Buddhism and a jewel of the world's religious literature. A typical English translation contains about 6,000 words, and an average reader could finish it in less than 30 minutes, easily.But if you were to ask ten dharma teachers what it is about, you might get ten different answers, because the Diamond defies literal interpretation.So, one is the Perfection of Wisdom in 25,000 Lines.Another is the Perfection of Wisdom in 20,000 Lines, and then 8,000 lines, and so on.