DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
With more than 125,000 copies of the American Book of the Dead sold, this irreverent, contemporary, and unique work brings the Tibetan teaching into contemporary American culture. Now in its 33rd year of publication! With special relevance to those who are sick or dying, this American interpretation of the timeless Tibetan spiritual classic is invaluable for anyone in spiritual crisis, preparing for death, or wishing to honor loved ones. The American Book of the Dead transforms our attitudes toward death so that we may learn to live through explicit, practical instructions to guide readers along the labyrinthine voyage of spiritual transformation. E.J. Gold discusses the states of life between birth and death -- and beyond -- as well as caring for the dying, building a personal altar, and ultimately, accepting one's own death or the death of a loved one.
As an extra bonus this book is profusely illustrated with absolutely stunning charcoal artworks by the author.
This high-powered updating of the classic Tibetan work on the techniques of dying is the most illuminating, outrageous ans astounding holy text you're like to find all month." --Robert Silverberg (author of Dying Inside and To Live Again)
"Americans do not like to think about death, or read or write about it, much less think about preparing for it. E.J. Gold's book is an attempt to wake us up and get us ready for the greatest change of all, for the most important moment of our lives. This is a groundbreaking work, definitely worth reading." --Andrew Weil, M. D. (author of the Natural Mind)
"Gold's work. understanding, unscholarly, and humorous.is likely to stimulate in its reader an attitude, as well as an orientation, toward the ultimate (which is) beyond attachment/aversion to experience." --Claudio Naranjo (author of Ennea-type Structures and How to Be)
"This unique book brings the Tibetan teaching into contemporary American culture. With special relevance to those who are sick and dying, this American interpretation of the timeless Tibetan spiritual classic is invaluable for anyone in spiritual crisis, preparing for death, or wishing to honor loved ones. The American Book of the Dead transforms our attitudes toward death so that we may learn to live -- through explicit, practical instructions to guide readers along the labyrinthine voyage of spiritual transformation." -- Michael McDonnell
"I came across Gold first on his IntegralNaked conversations with Stuart Davis about the American Book of the Dead, which I really enjoyed. I just finished reading that book to my recently deceased father yesterday as it happens. It was a huge help to me to have that perspective on death, and I hope it helped him too."
E.J. Gold has been a prominent and controversial figure in the Human Potential movement in California for over 25 years. Technically a "shamanic rabbi", he earned respect in the field of transformational psychology by the clarity, profundity, uniqueness and expertise of his writings and thoughts and his emphasis on a practical approach towards transformation. Thus far he has written dozens of books in his field. The subjects he covers are wide-ranging, from attention and presence, the waking versus sleeping state, death and dying, to shamanism, inter-dimensional voyaging, artifact reading, imprinting and use, cosmic laws, the suffering of the Absolute, higher bodies, artistic expression, the Tarot, prayer, sufism, shakti, natural childbirth, and many more themes. He is recognized as an authority in many of this areas, but death and dying will always be central to his vision, explorations and projects.