Tibetan Prayers for the Dying

Tibetan Prayers for the dying can offer comfort through a long tradition of deep understandings, ancient practices and clear insights for the end of life.

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symbol, tibetan, eight lucky signs, lucky signs As Tibetan Buddhists our basic spiritual goal is to strive for enlightenment. That way we can better help others attain the same state of freedom we have achieved.

Freedom from heavy emotions. Freedom from distracting and destructive thoughts. Freedom from being born again and again to the yoke of karma, the consequences of our actions.

As part of our tradition, "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying" by Sogyal Rinpoche offers esoteric understandings and practical teachings on both living and dying.

Our teachings actually use the dissolution experience of dying as a means to attain liberation. For us dying can be the most important portal into physical freedom.

Through that portal we can come back in our next life as a truly liberated being. We come back to be of service to those still on the path.

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May we be filled with loving kindness.
May we be well.
May we be peaceful and at ease.
May we be happy.

- Traditional Tibetan Buddhist Meditation -

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Now when the bardo of dying dawns upon me,
I will abandon all grasping, yearning and attachment,
Enter undistracted into a clear awareness of the teaching,
And eject my consciousness
into the space of unborn awareness;
As I leave this compound body of flesh and blood
I will know it to be a transitory illusion.

- Padmasambhava: Tibetan Book of the Dead -


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Through your blessing, grace, and guidance,
through the power of the light that streams from you:

May all my negative karma, destructive emotions,
obscurations and blockages be purified and removed,

May I know myself forgiven
for all the harm I may have thought and done,

May I accomplish this profound practice of phowa,
and die a good and peaceful death,

And through the triumph of my death,
may I be able to benefit all other beings, living or dead.

- Tibetan Buddhist Phowa Practice -


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When my time has come
and impermanence and death
have caught up with me,

When the breath ceases,
and the body and mind
go their separate ways,

May I not experience delusion,
attachment, and clinging,

But remain in the natural
state of ultimate reality.

- Tibetan Nyingma Master -
- Longchenpa Rabjampa, 14th century -
- Repeating the Words of the Buddha -
- By Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Erik Pema Kunsang -
- P. 145 -

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This life, you must know
as the tiny splash of a raindrop.

A thing of beauty that disappears
as it comes into being.

Therefore, set your goal.
Make use of every day and every night.

- Tibetan Prayer by Tsongkhapa -


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Pray to put an end to hope and fear:
If it's better for me to be ill,
I pray for the blessing of illness.

If it's better for me to recover,
I pray for the blessing of recovery.

If it's better for me to die,
I pray for the blessing of death.

- Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche -
- The Great Path of Awakening -


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Assailed by afflictions,
we discover Dharma
And find the way to liberation.
Thank you, evil forces!

When sorrows invade the mind,
we discover Dharma
And find lasting happiness.
Thank you, sorrows!

Through harm caused by spirits
we discover Dharma
And find fearlessness.
Thank you, ghosts and demons!

Through people's hate
we discover Dharma
And find benefits and happiness.
Thank you, those who hate us!

Through cruel adversity,
we discover Dharma
And find the unchanging way.
Thank you, adversity!

Through being impelled to by others,
we discover Dharma
And find the essential meaning.
Thank you, all who drive us on!

We dedicate our merit to you all,
to repay your kindness.

- Gyalwa Longchenpa -


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