Friday, 25 November 2016

Phowa.




Conscious Dying.

'In Tibetan Buddhism there is Phowa or 'Conscious Dying' which one can apply in dying, for oneself as well as for others.

One uses the moment of death, when mind separates from body, either to come from a confused state of mind into a clear, liberated one, or to help others in doing so.

As a matter of fact, among the Diamond Way meditations that Buddha passed on to his closest students, this practice is unique in quickness, applicability, and power.

As is generally the case with Buddha's ultimate methods, the benefits from this practice manifest already during one's life, since harmful impressions dissolve for the student, the consciousness soldifies, and mind becomes clearer.

Many Buddhists therefore say that there is a life before Phowa and alife afterward, and the second part is much better!

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Although the pure lands, to which one goes after death - and which are experienced more and more strongly during life - still don't signify enlightenment, under all circumstances, one is on the way to liberation, will not fall down from the achieved level of development, and can develop safely according to one's capacities and qualities.

With the word 'Phowa' Tibetans imagine a bird, which, trapped under a roof, finds a hatch and swings, freed into space.

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All meditations in Diamond Way centers are used primarily for mastering life. In addition, by means of their contents, they are also a preparation for death. Phowa is learned specificially for the moment of death, and also applied at the crucial moment for oneself, or for friends, in the way that one has learned.'

-- Quoted from 'Fearless Death' by Lama Ole Nydahl.


Phowa Courses.

'Although everybody already possesses the ticket to learning Conscious Dying - one was born and thus one will also die someday - besides the intellectual maturity to understand this, certain preparations are neccessary for this invaluable practice.

For example, in Tibet, Phowa was only given to students who had completed the four Foundational Practices (Tib. ngöndro) or promised to do so. The importance of this practice also becomes apparent in the fact that in the traditional three-year retreats it is taught only after two years.

After more than eighty-five thousand Tibetans fled out of their country from Mao's troops in 1959, and many of them died of tuberculosis in the Indian refugee camps, today the access to these teachings is easier. Especially in the humaniatarian West, it gets increasingly difficult to find time to meditate between work and distractions. However, since a death follows every life, more than six hundred Diamond Way centers worldwide enable those who want to go to a Buddhist pure land and who agree with the view and goals of the Diamond Way to learn this practice.

New participants prepare best for the Phowa through the so-called Short Refuge and meditation on the Buddha of Limitless Light.

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If one can additionally do the highly effective purification through the Buddha Diamond Mind and his one hundred- or six-syllable mantra - which removes the roughest of obstacles - one has a very good preparation for the Phowa.'

-- Quoted from 'Fearless Death' by Lama Ole Nydahl.


Blog Author's Comments.

For more information & details about Phowa, Phowa Courses & Preparations, as well as on related subjects - readers should read 'Fearless Death' by Lama Ole Nydahl, or contact qualified Buddhist Teachers.

See also, if You wish: Ngöndro - Beyond the Comfort Zone, Reincarnation, Better Reincarnation.


Mantras.

MAHAKALA
OM MANI PEME HUNG
OM AMI DEWA HRIH
KARMAPA CHENNO

Namaste, as well.

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