Author: Tiso, Francis V.
Brand: North Atlantic Books
Number Of Pages: 408
Release Date: 26-01-2016
Details: Product Description Francis V. Tiso, a noted authority on the rainbow body, explores this manifestation of spiritual realization in a wide-ranging and deeply informed study of the transformation of the material body into a body of light. Seeking evidence on the boundary between physical science and deep spirituality that might elucidate the resurrection of Jesus, he investigates the case of Khenpo A Chö, a Buddhist monk who died in eastern Tibet in 1999. Rainbow Body and Resurrection chronicles the dissolution of Khenpo's material body within a week of his death, including eye-witness interviews. Tiso describes the spiritual practices that give rise to the rainbow body and traces their history deep into the encounter of religions in medieval Central Asia. His erudite exploration of the Tibetan phenomenon raises the fascinating question of whether there is a connection between the rainbow body and the dying and rising of Jesus. Drawing on a wealth of recent research, Tiso expands his discussion to include the contemplative geography out of which Dzogchen arose some time in the eighth century along the great Silk Road across Central Asia. The result is an illuminating consideration of previously unimagined relationships between spiritual practices and beliefs in Central Asia. Review “A sensitive, beautifully written book that brings the contemporary Westerner into a close encounter with the heart of Tibetan Buddhism, while providing a deep and productive reflection on the relationship between Tibetan spirituality and the author's own Christian religious background. This book deserves to be read widely, not only by Tibetan and Buddhist scholars, but by all those interested in the meaning and relevance of religion within human society.” —Geoffrey Samuel, director, Body, Health and Religion (BAHAR) Research Group, professor emeritus, Cardiff University “Francis Tiso has written an astonishing work of broad and deep scholarship that blends a personal spiritual journey, erudition, and on-the-ground interviews with witnesses of the rainbow body to reveal a conversation that began long ago in Central Asia about postmortem transformations of the body in a variety of religious traditions. He has delved deeply into esoteric texts and carefully reviewed recent scholarship to present a detailed history and explanation of practices leading to the attainment of the rainbow body as well as the doctrine of the resurrection in Christianity. General readers and scholars alike will find much of interest in [this book].” —Serinity Young, PhD, professor, Queens College, research associate, American Museum of Natural History, author of Body & Spirit: Tibetan Medical Paintings “This study by Rev. Francis V. Tiso, PhD, combines solid scholarship and profound spiritual insight. Based on many years of study of the original Tibetan texts and fieldwork in Tibet, a coherent presentation of the phenomenon of the rainbow body is presented to Western readers for the first time, explored in the multireligious historical context of Central Asia and opening vistas on inter-faith dialogue and the meaning of death, bodily dissolution, and resurrection.” —Per Kværne, professor emeritus, University of Oslo, member, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo, and Accademia Ambrosiana, Milano “The right medicine for people who forgot how they used to wonder about the afterlife. Stories about this and other boundary crossings are found here and told well. Many will learn to welcome the author’s discomforting approach to normalizing the paranormal, and his bold yet entertainable historical claims linking Tibetan Dzogchen with Central Asian Christianity.” —Dan Martin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem “I have read with great pleasure Tiso’s magnificent work and have truly appreciated his reading and interpretation of the Chinese text, Zhixuan anle jing ( The Book of Profound Peace and Joy). Here, finally, I am seeing a theological study of the
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