The Tibetan Book Of The Dead

A musical interpretation by Zorg Ztocouc

Vision: A Musical Journey of Death and Life

I am currently working on a long-term music project which is a kind of soundtrack for the Bardo Journey as described in the Tibetan Book Of The Dead. That book is probably most widely known via Timothy Leary's interpretation, which inspired the Beatles' ground-breaking song “Tomorrow Never Knows”. The final piece will eventually be about two hours long with a more obvious connection to the Tibetan Buddhist meditation and chanting traditions, especially featuring the “Om Mani Padme Hum” mantra. For more details of my nādayoga practice, see the links on my main nā page.

The Journey

Part 1: The Clear Light

In this part of the Bardo Journey, there are no words or images, only transcendent awareness. Musically, this 30-minute piece includes two slightly different "incarnations" of “Tomorrow Never Knows”, but is mostly focussed on meditative chanting.
Zorg - The Clear Light    
This is not yet released on a record label.

Part 2: Hallucinations

This is the longest part of the Bardo Journey, in which the soul sees visions of Heavens and Hells, and its spiritual work is to try not to grasp after the Heavens, and try not flee from the Hells, but to calmly accept what is, and to remember that all contingent phenomena are impermanent. Musically, this will be over an hour long, with the dramatic subtitle of "The Roller-Coaster of Doom!". It will be a wild ride of different songs joy and angst, interspersed with moments of reflective calm. My nādayoga event in February showcased some of the songs of happy and disastrous loves. The full recording is still in progress...

Part 3: Rebirth

The final part of the soul's Bardo journey, as described in the Tibetan Book Of The Dead, is the reincarnation into new life. My personal journey of grieving after my Mother's passing brought me, after several months, to a place of profound gratitude and joy for the fact that she had ever lived at all. I became acutely aware of the miracle of life, in both its strength and fragility.
As I had sat meditating with my Mother's body in the funeral home after her death, what struck me most was how peaceful, wise and spiritually strong she looked. She was a woman of deep faith, and so I think of this celebration of her life as subtitled "Dance of the Spiritual Warrior."
Zorg - Tomorrow Never Knows    
You cand find it on Spotify here. You can also get your own copy on CDBaby.
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These recordings © 2017 - 2019 Zorg Ztocouc
Original words & music for "Tomorrow Never Knows" © 1966 Lennon & McCartney