Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche’s concise commentary and guided meditation on the profound practice of Tibetan Phowa (pronounced Powa) — the transference of our consciousness to the Pureland of Amitabha Buddha. This practice is renowned for “healing the mind” and is a higher practice that helps us overcome “fear of dying.” Video ends with Amitabha mantra chanted by the amazing Yoko Dharma.
TEACHER GUIDANCE: This is generally a higher tantric practice, and normally requires guidance (in person) from a teacher of lineage. Rinpoche instructed that — because this is Amitabha Powa — it is acceptable to practice (if one is serious) for students who need Phowa practice (for example, someone who is preparing for death, has a loved one who might die, or a student who is serious about Powa practice), but who do not have Higher Yoga initiation. This is because this is Amitabha Phowa (powa), and Amitabha and his Pureland, are accessible practices to anyone. Rinpoche does ask students to view this as an educational video and — if practiced — to do so seriously, and preferably under guidance of one’s teacher.
Phowa practice, as a regular practice, prepares us for the uncertain time when we will actually pass away, training our minds (consciousness) in how to reach the Light of Amitabha and his Pure land Sukhavati. In daily practice, we visualize our consciousness going and then coming back.
For all of us — as in daily practice we visualize our consciousness both going to the pureland and returning to our own body — Rinpoche explains how you visualize Amitabha descending to your crown, then transforming into Amitayus Buddha at your heart. Amitayus is a manifestation of Amitabha specifically for “long life” practice.
MANTRA of Amitabha (also chanted at the end of this video by Yoko Dharma!)
Om Ami Dewa Hri
MANTRA of Amitayus:
OM A MA RA NI DZI WAN TI YE SOHA
Video ends with wonderful Amitabha mantra chanting by Yoko Dharma.
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