Phowa Meditation for the Time of Death
MEDITATION FOR THE TIME OF DEATH
(TO BE READ ALOUD TO THE DYING BUDDHIST OR FOR SOMEONE OF ANOTHER FAITH ONE CAN SUBSITUTE THE APPROPRIATE WORDS LIKE JESUS AND HEAVEN)
Above your crown on a lotus and a moon and sun throne sits Guru Buddha Amitabha in the Vajra pose. His holy body is radiant and ruby red. He has one face and two hands that rest in the gesture of single-pointed contemplation in his lap. He holds a nectar bowl filled with the elixir of immortality and wears the saffron robes of moral purity.
(Here one can describe the glorious risen Jesus Christ surrounded by angels and substitute the Our Father prayer for the following prayer.)
Guru, invincible one beyond all evil, endowed with
Then in heartfelt devotion you concentrate single-pointedly on Guru Amitabha (Jesus Christ). From his holy body five-colored nectar-light streams down through your central channel. From here it flows through all the other channels of your body completely filling it with blissful nectar-light. All hindrances, such as illness, guilt, fear are completely purified. All negative forces utterly disappear, especially the grasping at mundane existence. The power to be successful in transferring consciousness and taking rebirth in the pristine realm of Amitabha Buddha (Heaven) is granted. Your body becomes crystal clear and translucent like a rainbow.
PRAYER FOR THE TIME OF DEATH
At the moment the messenger of death arrives
When earth sinks into water
When water sinks into fire
When fire sinks into air
When air sinks into consciousness
And then may the radiant red hook
Yet if I must go into the intermediate state by the
force of my negative karma,
From Guru Amitabhas (Jesus Christs) heart a reed of radiant white light descends to your crown and forms there an indestructible and cohesive bond. There is now an unobstructed passageway between your very subtle mind, the white-red clear light energy-drop in the center of your heart, and the clear mirror-like heart of Guru Amitabha (Jesus). Then suddenly a radiant hook of red light emanates from Guru Amitabhas (Jesus) heart, descends through the passageway, and securely hooks the delicate and pure clear light energy-drop in your heart.
See the energy-drop as the traveller, the white light reed as the path, and Guru Amitabhas (Jesus) heart as the destination. Your consciousness as the blissful energy-drop, by the force of your devotion, flies like an arrow to meet and mingle with the clear, non-dual, and radiant wisdom of Guru Amitabhas (Jesus) heart. Or you can visualise that Guru Amitabhas heart draws the energy-drop upward just as a magnet attracts iron filings.
Guru Buddha Amitabha (Glorious Jesus), essence of the perfect truth of the Triple Gem, courageous one who liberates all sentient beings from the bondage of mundane existence and delivers them to the supremely blissful realm of Infinite Light Victorious One, please release (name of the person) and all others from the difficulties and fears of the death process and the interme-diate state of the after-death plane. Easily guide (name) to your wisdom heart by inspiring (name) to thoroughly renounce the grasping at mundane existence and to achieve success in transferring (his/her) consciousness. You are liberator of all beings. Please with great compassion take (name) to your pristine realm.
Through the merits of these virtuous actions
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