What to practice while dying

49 The Foundation of Buddhist Practice

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Part of an ongoing series of teachings (retreat and Friday) based on the book The Foundation of Buddhist Practice, second volume in “The Library of Wisdom and Compassion” series by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron.

  • Analyzing when death occurs
  • What carries karmic seeds from one life to the next life
  • Engaging in virtue and avoiding non virtue when we are alive
  • Practicing generosity, ethical conduct, and fortitude
  • Avoid disturbing the mind, help recollecting virtuous thoughts
  • Recollecting familiar practice during death
  • Taking refuge at the time of death
  • Description of Reappearance by Aspiration sutta

The Foundation of Buddhist Practice 49: What To Practice While Dying (download)

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Contemplation points

  1. Are you prepared for helping a relative or friend who is dying?
  2. Are you confident in the practices that you’d like to apply to your mind when dying? What are they? If you haven’t determined what practices you feel drawn toward, make a list now.
  3. Write a Dharma Will that states what Dharma practices you would like to have done as you die, knowing that it’s very natural for those practices to change over the years.

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