Death & Dying

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Advice to a Person Who is Dying. Recorded by FPMT

Impermanence & Death with Ven Robina Courtin

Making Friends with Death by Ven Amy Miller – recorded by Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center

Retreats & Courses

Death & Dying

Preparing for Death

A two day online course with Ven Lozang Yönten, hosted by Kunsang Yeshe Centre NSW, Australia

Course Materials

Session One: Amitabha’s Pure Land and the 9 Point Death Analysis

Session Two: Using Impermanence: The 8 Stages with Meditation

Session Three: Planning for Death

Session Four (a): Bedside Ideas

Session Four (b): Funerals

Session Five: The Bardo, Grief and Q & A

Session Six: The Five Powers at Death, During Life and in Meditation
Death & Dying

What You Learn: How to overcome the fear of thinking and talking about death. Awareness of the reality of your own and others’ death helps you live life in a more meaningful way. Methods to help yourself and others face death peacefully and even joyfully.

Duration: Five sessions.

How to Participate: Find Heart Advice for Death and Dying as part of the Online Learning Center. Alternatively, check whether the course is offered at your closest FPMT center.

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Death & Dying

(Audio recordings of Ven Mary’s course at Land of Joy)

How do you deal with the inevitability of death? Many ignore, suppress or develop a flippant unrealistic attitude towards death. In this way, we push our awareness of death to that of some distant event. How we deal with death is an expression of our wisdom, courage and compassion.

This retreat explored the buddhist approach to death, highlighting wisdom and the methods which lead to embracing and owning our own death through a combination of teaching, discussion, Q&A and meditations.

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Death & Dying

(Module 5 of Discovering Buddhism Online)

In this module you will explore life, death and rebirth and the nature of mind. Learn to use the fear of death to overcome the fear of death. Discover how to use the certainty and imminence of death to enhance your quality of life.

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Guided Meditations


Stages of Death

Impermanence & Death

Death Can Come at Any Time

Certainty of Death


Impermanence with Ven Lozang Yönten

Eight Stages of Death with Ven Lozang Yönten

Nine Point Death Meditation with Ven Lozang Yönten


Articles & Other Materials

The Death Process (multimedia) by Lama Yeshe, created by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive

We Should Not Be Afraid of Death by Lama Yeshe

The Cycle of Death & Rebirth by Lama Yeshe

Powa: Transference of Consciousness at the Time of Death by Lama Yeshe

Remembering Death by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Impermanence & Death by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The Certainty of Death by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

How to Help Your Loved Ones Enjoy Death & Go Happily to Their Next Rebirth: A Handbook by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Death & Rebirth (Transcriptions of the Discovering Buddhism module) by Nicolas Ribush

Analytical Meditation Guides and Forgiveness Process PDF by Ven Lozang Yönten

Designing Your Own Funeral PDF by Ven Lozang Yönten

Buddhist Practices to Help Those Who are Dying or have died

The Holy Name of Buddha Rinchen Tsugtor Chen – During the 2010 Light of the Path retreat, Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised that this verse is the very first thing to recite in a person or animal’s ear when they are dying or dead.

    Eight Prayers to Benefit the Dead – A collection of common prayers recited by Gelug monasteries for those who have recently died.

    Medicine Buddha Puja, the Wish-Fulfilling Jewel – A simple puja (set of prayers) that can be performed by anyone with faith in the Buddha

      Additional practices suggested by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to benefit the dead

        Aroma Charity for Spirits (Sur Offering)

          The Jangwa Practice Associated with the Medicine Guru [Buddha] Entitled Freeing the Wretched from the Chasm

            Liberation Box – A collection of tools to facilitate a fortunate rebirth

              Liberation Card for a Dying Person (Chinese, English, French, Spanish)

                Mantras to place on the body of someone who is dying or has died

                  Ten powerful mantras for the time of death

                    Namgyalma Mantra

                      Nyung Na: The Means of Achievement of the Eleven-Face Great Compassionate One

                        Requesting Prayers for Those Who Have Died

                        FPMT provide a service to offer support to FPMT students at the most crucial time of death, by giving the names of students who have died to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and FPMT Sangha communities, with the request for their prayers. This is a service which Lama Zopa Rinpoche specifically requested International Office to offer to all FPMT students, because death is the most critical time when students need help. []

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                        Kopan Monastery

                        Kopan Monastery in Nepal also offer a puja service which you can use to request a lama to check which puja is best for someone who is dying or has died, which the monks then perform. Please click here for more information.

                        Land of Joy

                        We also perform pujas several times a month as well as daily practice which we are very happy to dedicate to those who are sick, dying or have recently died (within 49 days). Please email if you would like a name to be added to our daily dedication list or click here to learn about our sponsored puja service if you would like us to perform a puja for someone.