This book describes the dying process, and includes practical advice.
Phowa is a Vajrayana Buddhist method by which one's consciousness is intentionally transferred to a pure realm at the moment of death. Phowa training enables one to approach death as a unique opportunity for liberation from cyclic existence rather than as an experience of fear and uncertainty.
In this book, Chagdud Khadro explains the process of dying, the steps involved in p'howa training based on the hidden treasure text of the Buddhist meditation master Rigdzin Longsal Nyingpo, the means of accomplishing p'howa at the time of death either for oneself or for others, and integrating phowa into one's daily meditation practice.
Chagdud Khadro is the wife of His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and a lama of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Recognizing her signs of accomplishment in phowa practice as well as her ability to help others achieve signs, Rinpoche authorized her to teach phowa , which she has done in the United States, Europe, South America, and Australia. She is developing p'ho wa support groups among practitioners who make a commitment to assist each other at the time of dying.
His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, a highly revered master of the Nyingma tradition, has taught widely throughout the world and has established many centers for the study and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism. His main center in North America is located at Rigdzin Ling in Junction City, California. He currently lives in Tres Coroas, Brazil, where he is establishing his South American seat.
Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche wished that this book would provide brief but profound instructions on preparing for death. Because it is short and accessible, it has been read by a wide range of people, many of whom have commented that it is a book they feel comfortable giving to their elderly parents or to friends who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses.