Prayers for the Sick, Dying, and Recently Deceased

Buddhist monasteries and Dharma communities traditionally offer prayers and perform rituals on behalf of those who are sick or experiencing trauma, as well as for the dying and deceased. The resident monastics and staff of Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California perform the reading of names of those in need of healing, who are in the process of dying, or who have recently passed away.  The reading of names is included in our evening meditation session so that the merit from our communal practice may aid those in need, as well as their families and loved ones. Names remain on the prayer list for as long as needed, and in the case of those who have recently passed, for the traditional 49 days following death.

In your message, please specify: their name, and whether they are currently sick, dying, or have recently passed away, so that we can properly direct our prayers. If your loved one has recently passed, be sure to let us know the date of passing, so we can continue our prayers for the full 49 days of practice.

Offer Support For These Prayers

It is traditional, but certainly not required, to make a personal offering on behalf of the deceased as an act of merit, and to support the ritual practices in which the names are read. You can sponsor a prayer by making a one-time donation for this purpose in the form below.

If you have trouble setting up a donation or need more information, please email our treasurer Jeri Peterson at