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About Graham Coleman
Graham Coleman - short biography
Born in Richmond, England, in 1951 and raised in Luxor, Upper Egypt, where his father was the Head Artist with the University of Chicago's Egyptological expedition.
Educated at Mill Hill School and the University of Bristol where he received an Honours Degree in Psychology and Drama.
Writer and Director of the acclaimed feature documentary 'Tibet - A Buddhist Trilogy' (Arts Council of Great Britain and Thread Cross Films), 1976 to 1979. (http://www.tibetantrilogy.org.uk)
Studied Tibetan language and literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1975 to 1976, and between 1976 and 1989 received teachings on Tibetan Buddhist theory and practice, privately, from HH the 14th Dalai Lama, HH Trijang Rinpoche, HH Dudjom Rinpoche, HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and HE the 6th Tharig Rinpoche.
Chief Executive of the Orient Foundation for Arts and Culture (http://www.orient.org), 1983 to present.
Directed the creation of the world's largest online multimedia archive of classical Tibetan knowledge (http://www.tibetan-knowledge.org), and established a network of multimedia documentation sites and libraries in the major Tibetan monasteries of India.
Co-Founder, in 2000, of the Academy of Classical Arts in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, which resulted in the creation of the first online training resource for classical Tibetan artists (http://www.tibetan-arts.org).
Between 2001 and 2004, initiated and managed a cooperation between the Orient Foundation for Arts and Culture, Microsoft Corporation and the Royal Government of Bhutan, which integrated Unicode based Tibetan script computing into the Microsoft Windows operating system and Microsoft applications. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2164186.stm).
In 2002, while working in Bhutan on the integration of Tibetan script into Windows, he met Dechen Chhoden, from Galing, in East Bhutan. They married in February, 2003 and their son Rinchen Sangay Coleman was born in December, 2003.
Editor: 'A Handbook of Tibetan Culture', Rider 1993; the first complete translation of the 'Tibetan Book of the Dead', Penguin Classics 2005; and 'Meditations on Living, Dying and Loss', Penguin 2008 (http://www.orient.org/books.html).
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With an introductory commentary by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, who calls this translation "an extraordinary accomplishment undertaken with great care over many years" this complete edition faithfully presents the insights and intentions of the original work. It includes one of the most detailed and compelling descriptions of the after-death state in world literature, exquisitely written practices that can transform our experience of daily life, guidance on helping those who are dying, and an inspirational perspective on coping with bereavement. Translated with the close support of leading contemporary masters, including HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and learned scholars such as Khamtrul Rinpoche and Zenkar Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, "I hope that the profound insights contained in this work will be a source of inspiration and support to many interested people around the world."
The Tibetan Book of the Dead is the most significant of all Tibetan Buddhist writings in the West and one of the most inspirational and compelling texts in world literature.
In Meditations on Living, Dying and Loss, Graham Coleman, the editor of Viking?s acclaimed unabridged translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, collects the most beautifully written passages, ones that draw out the central perspectives most relevant to modern experience: What is death? How can we help those who are dying? And how can we come to terms with bereavement? New to this edition are Coleman?s introduction and his brilliant and incisive essays, which preface each chapter and provide the seeker entrée to these ancient insights. With introductory commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a highly praised translation by Gyurme Dorje, this succinct but authoritative volume will convey the profundity of the original to those hungry for a better understanding of this life and the next.