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Title QuotedTibetan Book of Dead / compiled and edited by Walter Yeeling-Evans-Wenz
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/09/11
ImprintOxford : Oxford University Press. 1960
QuotationSo now that lies under the dirty [indecipherable] sludge of clouds, the blue sea full of drifting snow, cloud-floes. And the big brown-green river makes south. Best exit: through the Brahanarandra-or Foramen of Monro. Importance of Tibetan Book of Dead-the "clean passage," direct, into a new space or area of existence--even in one's "this present"life-clean unclogged steps into more maturity. I stepped through a big mudhole. Like escaping through the window of a toilet. It lifts. It talks. Meditation of the motors. Mantra. Om. Om Om Om over and over like a sea-cow. And sun sits on the page.
JournalThe Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1998, p. 171
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