REVIEW: “Investigating the Rainbow Body”

Review of the book, “Rainbow Body and Resurrection” by Francis V. Tiso. From the Winter 2016 issue of Buddhadharma.

If we look across spiritual traditions, we find the human body is broadly envisioned to be a vessel that contains the essence of existence and transformation—a container, likened to clothes that are to be stripped off or a boat that is to be abandoned once one has reached the breaking shore at death. Similarly, there are modern philosophical and scientific models that conceive the body to exist separately from the mind, the kind of mind/body dualism that Gilbert Ryle described as a “ghost in the machine.” Read the full review … 

Rainbow Body. Art by Mary Devincentis Herzog.