Phowa: A Guided Meditation for Time of Death
(TO BE READ ALOUD TO THE DYING PERSON)
Repeat Invocation [or recite preferred invocation]
Please bestow upon me your countless blessings.
Now do this visualization:
In heartfelt devotion, concentrate single-pointedly on Guru Amitabha (or your preferred deity). From his holy body five-colored nectar-light streams down through your central channel. From there it flows through all the other channels of your body completely filling it with blissful nectar-light. All hindrances, such as illness, guilt, fear are completely purified. All negative forces utterly disappear, especially the grasping at mundane existence. The power to be successful in transferring consciousness and taking rebirth in the pristine realm of Amitabha Buddha (or Heaven) is granted. Your body becomes crystal clear and translucent like a rainbow.
When earth sinks into water
And the mirage-like appearance is perceived,
And my mouth becomes dry and foul-tasting,
Please come and tell me not to be afraid and inspire me with true courage.
When water sinks into fire
And the smoke-like appearance is perceived,
And my tongue gets thick and my speech is lost,
Please show me your shining face and give me solace and peaceful joy.
When fire sinks into air
And the firefly-like appearance is perceived,
And my body heat and the light of my eyes rapidly fade away,
Please come and fill my mind with the sound of Dharma wisdom.
When air sinks into consciousness
And the burning like a butter lamp appearance is perceived,
And my body becomes like the earth and my breathing altogether ceases,
Please draw me to your pristine realm with the radiant light of your shining face.
And then, may the radiant red hook
Emanating from your pristine heart
Enter my crown, then descend my central channel,
Hook my very subtle clear light mind, and bring it to your pristine realm.
Yet if I must go into the intermediate state by the force of my negative karma,
May all the Buddhas and bodhisattvas rescue me with the power of Dharma
And inspire me with the pure view that sees all beings as utterly pure,
Hears all sounds as Dharma teaching, and sees all places as a pristine realm.
From Guru Amitabha’s (or Jesus Christ’s or other deity) heart a reed [or stem] of radiant white light descends to your crown and forms there an indestructible and cohesive bond. There is now an unobstructed passageway between your very subtle mind, the white-red clear light energy-drop in the center of your heart, and the clear mirror-like heart of Guru Amitabha (Jesus). Then suddenly a radiant hook of red light emanates from Guru Amitabha’s (Jesus) heart, descends through the passageway, and securely hooks the delicate and pure clear light energy-drop in your heart.
See the energy-drop as the traveler, the white light reed as the path, and Guru Amitabha’s (Jesus) heart as the destination. Your consciousness as the blissful energy-drop, by the force of your devotion, flies like an arrow to meet and mingle with the clear, non-dual, and radiant wisdom of Guru Amitabha’s (Jesus’) heart. Or you can visualise that the Guru’s heart draws the energy-drop upward just as a magnet attracts iron filings.
And lead all living beings, without exception,
Into that enlightened state.
~ Edited from stupa.org.nz & Christine Longaker < http://www.spcare.org/practices/phowa-practice.html>
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