Individual wrote:I find some of this very interesting and thought-provoking, but some of it gravely mistaken.
That's fine, Individual. No one is twisting your arm to believe it. If the Bardo Thodol doesn't help your Buddhist practice, then move on.
Individual wrote:The notion of a mind-made body is appealing to me, but the idea of it having the property of locality is not.
Yes, we would all like to experience the clear light nature of mind which is vast like space and become enlightened and achieve the three kayas, but due to our ignorance, attachment, and past tendencies, we keep clinging to our concepts of bodies.
Individual wrote: In other words, if materialism is such a bad thing, why must these things be explained in materialistic terms, as a kind of physical spirit which leaves the body? Why not let it remain as spiritual writing, instead of making it a pseudoscience?
The Book of the Dead was written as a guidebook from the subjective point of view of what the dying person experiences. For all the background theory, perhaps another source might be better.