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  1. I know of one – the Tibetan Book of the Dead. But it is somewhat indigestible for the modern reader.

    In general, Buddhists claim to have extensive knowledge in this area. For example, Kalu Rinpoche writes the following:.

    “At the moment of death, there is a separation of the physical body and mind of the individual. The mind is in a state where all activity ceases. In other words, the mind sinks into its fundamental unconscious state-this is the first nidana (of the 12 nidanas-links of interdependent origin, such steps that each person passes from death to a new birth-my insert), which we call ignorance. It is the first link in the chain of Interdependent Origin. After that, a gradual awakening of mental activity begins. This is the second link: the first structures arise in the mind. This pattern of consciousness awakening is fully manifested in what we call discursive consciousness, or the ability of the mind to recognize something as an external object, that is, to determine “what is what”, and so on. This level of dual discursive consciousness is the third link in the chain of dependent origination. Thus, from the basic state of ignorance, there is a gradual awakening of mental structures, which finds its full expression in discursive consciousness.

    From the basic dual consciousness, a sense of self, or “I”is born….”

    Although this is all a description of the post-mortem states of a person. The very moment of death, it seems to me, people perceive depending on their mood, beliefs. The brain is seriously activated, and can, before turning off, show the dying person what it was set up for both in the last minutes of life and throughout life.

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