Support for Death & Dying

Preparing for Death

The Buddhist tradition has a wealth of resources to help prepare for the transition beyond this life. We can learn about what we will face as we make this journey. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche has recommended Tsele Natsok Rangdrol’sThe Mirror of Mindfulness,” as an introduction to the process of death, the intermediate state, and rebirth.

Another resource is Jamgön Kongtrül Rinpoche’s essential, easy-to-follow manual based upon Chokgyur Lingpa’s treasure teachings, which you can read and download here.

It is also very beneficial to utilize sacred substances as part of the funeral ceremonies. You can purchase a set specifically for the death process that was produced by Phakchok Rinpoche according to our lineage here.

Sponsor Prayers

Traditionally, Buddhist practitioners often sponsor prayers and pujas for the sake of loved ones who are going through the process of dying. Gomde California maintains a prayer list for those who are ill, dying, or deceased. You can add a name to this prayer list by visiting our Prayer Sponsorship page.

You may also wish to request the monks of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery and the nuns of Nagi Gompa in Nepal to perform practices and make prayers for your loved one. Through we can sponsor prayers with our extraordinary ordained Sangha in Nepal.

Typically, prayers that remove obstacles and support health are sponsored for the sick. On, you might consider sponsoring the Medicine Buddha Puja, any of the Tara Practices, or any of the Overcoming Obstacles pujas.

Special rituals are performed for those in the process of death, and who have recently passed beyond this life. It is often customary to sponsor the Kunzang Tuktik Puja, found under the Bardo, Dying, Rebirth section. You may also request Five Prayers to Benefit the Living & the Dead, a series of revered aspirations for rebirth in the pure realms of the buddhas.

Spiritual Care Directive

A Spiritual Care Directive helps our loved ones care for us when it is our time to pass. It is an act of kindness for both ourselves and those who will care for us.

Below you will find a downloadable Spiritual Care Directive, designed to encourage practitioners to write down their Dharma wishes for the time of dying.

Contact Us

Gomde California wishes this process to be as helpful as possible for you and your loved ones. Rhonda LoPresti can be reached via e-mail at rhonda@peacefullyprepared.comto help you navigate the wealth of resources available, whether through prayer sponsorship, making offerings, or developing a Spiritual Care Directive.