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Phowa by Lama Wangdu Rinpoche (CD)


Phowa by Lama Wangdu Rinpoche (CD)


By Lama Wangdu Rinpoche

This is a recording of Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche practicing the Phowa in Tibetan.  In Vajrayana Buddhism, the Phowa is considered to be the most effective way to facilitate the transition from this stage of existence to the next. The Phowa is done by a practitioner at the time of his or her death. It can also be performed for another person who is dying or who has already passed on. During the Phowa, the practitioner projects his or her consciousness, together with the awareness of the person who is the object of the practice, into the heart of Buddha Amitabha visualized in the space above. The Phowa is a profoundly compassionate act, as it 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.

Audio CD
27:33 minutes
ISBN 0-915801-97-3

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Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche was born in 1936 in the village of Langkor in West Dingri, Tibet. West Dingri was the area where the great Indian mahasiddha Padampa Sangye stayed when he came to Tibet to transmit teachings on Shi-je, or pacification of suffering.

Rinpoche is a lineage holder of the teachings of Padampa Sangye as well as the entire cycle of the Longchen Nyingthig tradition of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. He completed the traditional Chöd retreat in Tibet, practicing in 100 cremation grounds. In the late 1950's he resettled in Nepal, where he resided for many years in the Tibetan refugee community of Jawalakehl in Kathmandu. He met Swami Chetanananda in Kathmandu in 1998, and has shared many of his practices with Swamiji and with students at The Movement Center.

Rinpoche is now head of the Pal Gyi Dingri Langkor Jangsem Kunga Ling monastery in Boudha, Kathmandu. He is a profoundly accomplished practitioner, and we are pleased to share these performances of his practices with a wider audience.