Dharma Wills and Wishes

Buddhist Practices Before, During & After Death

 

The practices on this page can be used as the basis of a "Dharma Will", and an example template is provided below

Suggestions by Lama Zopa Rinpoche extracted from the book:  Heart Practices for Death and Dying
Buy it here (You can also purchase a downloadable version here)


 

We recommend buying this book because most of the necessary material is contained in it. The page numbers beside each entry refer to this book. We also recommend buying the Liberation Box which contains the stupa and other materials mentioned in these recommendations. This also contains a CD with many of the mantras referred to below. Playing the mantras on the CD is an alternative to reciting them.

 

Also, have a look at "Heart Advice for Death and Dying" by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, this has a commentary on practicing the five powers, find it here. Below are three groups of Prayers and Practices to be done before death, during death and after death.

Dharma Will (example)

Name: _____________________________

Dharma Will Date: _____________________________

 

Before I die / at my death bed 

✩ I would like to be reminded about...

✩ I would like these Buddhist prayers & practices to be done beside me, preferably...

✩ I would like my usual daily commitments read to me, especially...

 

Mantras ✩ I would like mantras to be recited, preferably...

 

Sutras ✩ I would like sutras to be recited, preferably...
 

Dedications
 

✩ I would like the merits to be dedicated to...

✩ In my future rebirth to...

✩ I would like someone to Sponsor on my behalf ____________________ pujas at ___________________________

 

Environment

 

✩ I would like the environment to be...
 

During Death Essentials
 

✩ When the death time is very close, I would prefer that...

 

After death

 

Body treatment ✩ I would prefer that my body...
 

Meditations ✩ I would like meditations to be done on my behalf, preferably...
 

Offerings ✩ I would like offerings to be done after my death, preferably...

               ✩ Please make the following charity or offerings to a Dharma centre, preferably...
 

Pujas ✩ I would like pujas to be done after my death, preferably...
 

Practices ✩ I would like practices to be done after my death, preferably...
 

Retreats ✩ I would like a retreat to be performed after my death, preferably...
 

Sutras ✩ I would like Sutras to be recited, preferably...
 

Mantras ✩ I would like mantras to be recited, preferably...
 

Ashes ✩ I would like the following things to be done with my ashes after a Jangwa ...

 

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