Amitabha Phowa Retreat
Thanksgiving Weekend November 25 – 28 with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche

In-Person and By Streaming

(Please note: In-Person attendance will require proof of vaccination, as well as Masks being worn in the shrine room and in public indoor settings)

The Vajrakilaya Explanatory Tantra says “Death is a concept; Phowa leads us to the celestial realm.”

Lama Sonam Rinpoche will teach on Amitabha Phowa, using Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche’s Chariot to the Realm of Bliss instruction manual, a text that was compiled by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche in 2008 (see the text list for availability in print and digital formats).

“Phowa, or transference of consciousness at the time of death, is one of the most precious among all the pith instructions and tantras of the Great Secret Vajrayana. It is a profound pith instruction for accomplishing buddhahood with very little effort. It is a practice for sentient beings in these degenerate times, ignorant and lazy beings with short lives and coarse passions, who even though they may have obtained instructions on creation and completion, are under the sway of distraction and unable to complete their practices. Even those who have committed the great sins of the five actions with immediate consequences, if they encounter this path, are immediately liberated at the moment of death. P’howa is an auxiliary practice on the profound, extraordinary path of the Great Perfection.

“There are practices of Outer, Inner and Secret Phowa. The Three Concepts Phowa utilizes visualization of the Buddha Amitabha as the destination, your mind as the traveler, and the central channel as the path. This Phowa requires faith and devotion in Buddha Amitabha.

“All beings who have not already received instructions for liberation at the moment of death definitely need these instructions on the profound path of Phowa. It is the best method for cutting the root of samsara and avoiding falling into the lower realms at the end of this human life. It is essential.” ~ Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche, 2018

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