Body lying flat on a last bed,
Voices whispering a few last words,
Mind watching a final memory glide past:
When will that drama come for you?
7th Dalai Lama
From the text Giving Breath to the Wretched:
“If one recites this mantra twenty-one times, then blows on yellow mustard seeds and throws them on the bones of the sentient being who has accumulated much negative karma and has died, even if that sentient being has been reborn as a hell being, a preta, an animal, in the world of Yama, or in other evil transmigratory realms, because of the power of this mantra he will be liberated from those unfortunate realms.”
Knowing that I cannot escape it, I see no point in worrying about it. I tend to think of death as being like changing your clothes when they are old and worn out, rather than as some final end. Yet death is unpredictable: We do not know when or how it will take place. So it is only sensible to take certain precautions before it actually happens. ~ Dalai Lama ~
This booklet contains the eight prayers that are traditionally done in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries when someone passes away. According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, we absolutely must do something to benefit those beings who have died. Rinpoche recommends Medicine Buddha Puja, Medicine Buddha practices in general, and this collection of eight prayers as being the most important practices to do at this time. In addition, one may do the practice of Prostrations to the Thirty-Five Confession Buddhas. That practice is included at the end of this booklet.
There are those who do not realize that one day we all must die.
But those who do realize this settle their quarrels. ~ Buddha ~
Death carries off a man busy picking flowers with a besotted mind, like a great flood does a sleeping village. ~ Buddha ~
This King of Prayers, the extraordinary aspiration of the prayer of Samantabhadra, is commonly recited to bring benefit to those who are sick or have just passed away, and for the success of a virtuous project. It is a beautifully written aspiration containing the immaculate wishes of holy beings and in itself is a complete practice. It was extracted from the Gandhavyuha chapter of the Avatamsaka Sutra.
"Life is uncertain; death is certain." ~ Buddha ~
The Heart Sutra is the most widely known sutra of the Mahayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. It is part of the Prajnaparamita Sutras, which is a collection of about 40 sutras composed between 100 BCE and 500 CE. The Heart Sutra is a presentation of profound wisdom on the nature of emptiness.