Phowa

Phowa practice often accompanies the Chöd.

In Vajrayana Buddhism, the practice of Phowa is considered the most effective way to facilitate the transition into the next stage of existence. It can by done by a practitioner at the time of his or her own death, or for another person who is dying or who has already passed on. In the Phowa, the practitioner projects his or her consciousness, together with the awareness of the person they are practicing for, into the heart of Buddha Amitabha visualized in the space above. The practice dissolves the suffering of the dying or deceased and allows them to experience the peace and joy inherent in the clear awareness that is their essence.

Movement Center students practice Phowa weekly, and we also perform the ritual by special request for those wishing to support a loved one's transition.