The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

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HELPING AFTER DEATH 305you love very much has died, and you pray for them withtrue love and sincerity, your prayer will be exceptionallypowerful.The best and most effective time to do the phowa is beforethe body is touched or moved in any way. If this is not possible,then try to do the phowa in the place where the persondied, or at least picture that place very strongly in your mind.There is a powerful connection between the dead person, theplace of death, and also the time of death, especially in thecase of a person who died in a traumatic way.In the bardo of becoming, as I have said, the dead person'sconsciousness goes through the experience of death everyweek, on exactly the same day. So you should perform thephowa, or whatever other spiritual practice you have chosento do, on any day of the forty-nine-day period, but especiallyon the same day of the week that the person died.Whenever your dead relative or friend comes into yourmind, whenever you hear his or her name being mentioned,send the person your love, then focus on doing the phowa,and do it for as long and as often as you wish.Another thing you can do, whenever you think of someonewho has died, is to say immediately a mantra such as OMMANI PADME HUM (pronounced by Tibetans: Om ManiPémé Hung), the mantra of the Buddha of Compassion, whichpurifies each of the negative emotions that are the cause ofrebirth; 1 or OM AMI DEWA HRIH, the mantra of BuddhaAmitabha, the Buddha of Limitless Light. You can then followthat again with the practice of phowa.But whether you do any of these practices or not to helpyour loved one who has died, don't ever forget that the consciousnessin the bardo is acutely clairvoyant; simply directinggood thoughts toward them will be most beneficial.When you pray for someone who was close to you, youcan, if you wish, extend the embrace of your compassion toinclude other dead people in your prayers: the victims ofatrocities, wars, disasters, and famines, or those who died andare now dying in concentration camps, such as those in Chinaand Tibet. You can even pray for people who died years ago,like your grandparents, long-dead members of your family, orvictims of wars, such as those in the World Wars. Imagineyour prayers going especially to those who lost their lives inextreme anguish, passion, or anger.

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