Many westerners, having received teachings on the Bardo states, wonder how these might be applied at the time of their death or the death of others. Basically, the teachings say that, rather than fearing death, one should approach the Bardo states as opportunities for enlightenment and, in order to be open to these opportunities, one should have prepared through practice during one’s lifetime.
However, even with no experience whatsoever, if one can die a “conscious death”—calmly and openly with no fear, anger, or attachment—one can still create the conditions for enlightenment or a fortunate rebirth. These notes were compiled to help all practitioners attain that goal.
Notes on Death & Dying for Vajrayana Practitioners (316 KB)
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