Tibetan Buddhists, especially in the Nyingma tradition, have developed many powerful practices for use at the time of death. All of them are alike in recognizing the immense power of our mind—thoughts, attitudes, and openness—to shape experience.
These teachings describe the states that one experiences after death, known as the ‘Bardo,’ in great detail and also instruct us in how to move through these states in the best possible way. We are taught that the transition between one life and another presents a unique opportunity for spiritual development for those with a stable meditation practice.
This workshop introduces Tibetan Buddhist practices for the time of death, including specific mantras and prayers that we will practice together. We will draw from sutras and tantras on this topic, especially teachings from Padmasambhava, the founder of the Nyingma tradition. We will also address dying on a practical level, discussing what one can do when a loved one is dying or has passed away and how to prepare for our own death. You’ll also make a connection between simple practices, including ones you may already know, and the time of death, so that a useful and direct method is always near-at-hand.
Tibetan Nyingma Institute
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