The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Literature on Prayer, Ritual, and Meditation from the Religious Traditions of Tibet, India, and Nepal

A fortuitous combination of events and personalities has made the University of Virginia Library the repository of one of the most extensive collections of Tibetan literature in the world. Because the texts are primarily in Tibetan, many do not know about this rich resource, and it has never before been exhibited.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead exhibition aims to demystify the sacred Tibetan texts on death and dying and to create an opportunity to share the wisdom of these ancient beliefs and practices with the University community and beyond.


This website is the online version of The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The exhibition was on view from November 1997 through March 1998 in the McGregor Room of the University of Virginia Library's Special Collections department.