Powa

2016_NYR_12175_1232_000(a_painting_of_amitabha_in_the_sukhavati_heaven_qianlong_period)If you study powa (Skt. saṃkrānti, the yoga of mindstream transference to the Pure Land), then at the time when death is approaching you will know no despair. If beforehand you have become accustomed to the path of powa, then at the time of death you will be full of cheerful confidence. —Marpa

By the time we are about to enter the bardo, the intermediate state between death and birth, it will be far too late to begin our Dharma practice. But if we have already prepared ourselves, if we feel confident in our practice and know how to go to a Buddha-field, there will be no suffering in death.  —Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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4 Responses to Powa

  1. Upāsaka says:

    Venerable Tashi-la,

    Do you know of any qualified teachers of phowa in the Northeast of the US?

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