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Garchen Rinpoche: Phowa I - Teachings (2014 Seattle Teachings)
Garchen Rinpoche: Phowa I - Teachings (2014 Seattle Teachings)
DATE: 2014/03/10::
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Phowa, Death and Rebirth - Summer Course 2013 [ECTV]
Phowa, Death and Rebirth - Summer Course 2013 [ECTV]
DATE: 2013/08/07::
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Practice of Phowa in Tibet
Practice of Phowa in Tibet
DATE: 2012/05/05::
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Phạm Định Chia Sẻ Kinh Nghiệm Tu Tập Pháp Môn Phowa - Giới Thiệu Khóa Tu Phowa 2014 & 2015
Phạm Định Chia Sẻ Kinh Nghiệm Tu Tập Pháp Môn Phowa - Giới Thiệu Khóa Tu Phowa 2014 & 2015
DATE: 2013/11/05::
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Phowa Teaching (English&Vietnamese) - 7th March by HH Gyalwang Drukpa
Phowa Teaching (English&Vietnamese) - 7th March by HH Gyalwang Drukpa
DATE: 2014/03/07::
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Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [1]
Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [1]
DATE: 2014/08/17::
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Phowa, Muerte y Renacimiento.
Phowa, Muerte y Renacimiento.
DATE: 2013/10/22::
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Phowa Teaching (English&Vietnamese) - 6th March by HH Gyalwang Drukpa
Phowa Teaching (English&Vietnamese) - 6th March by HH Gyalwang Drukpa
DATE: 2014/03/06::
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Drikung Phowa Chenmo by His Holiness Gyalwa Drikungpa
Drikung Phowa Chenmo by His Holiness Gyalwa Drikungpa
DATE: 2014/01/20::
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Garchen Rinpoche: Phowa II - Practice (2014 Seattle Teachings)
Garchen Rinpoche: Phowa II - Practice (2014 Seattle Teachings)
DATE: 2014/03/11::
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Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [2]
Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [2]
DATE: 2014/08/24::
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Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [5]
Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [5]
DATE: 2014/09/07::
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The Essential Phowa: A Practice for the Dying - Sogyal Rinpoche
The Essential Phowa: A Practice for the Dying - Sogyal Rinpoche
DATE: 2012/07/10::
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Phowa Part 2  Higher Realms
Phowa Part 2 Higher Realms
DATE: 2015/01/02::
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Phowa Practice coached by Sungjang Rinpoche
Phowa Practice coached by Sungjang Rinpoche
DATE: 2009/05/10::
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Phowa (part 1)
Phowa (part 1)
DATE: 2013/08/09::
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Lý Bùi Chia Sẻ Kinh Nghiệm Tu Tập Pháp Môn Phowa - Giới Thiệu Khóa Tu Phowa 2014 & 2015
Lý Bùi Chia Sẻ Kinh Nghiệm Tu Tập Pháp Môn Phowa - Giới Thiệu Khóa Tu Phowa 2014 & 2015
DATE: 2013/11/02::
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Freeza
Freeza's Theme
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Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [7]
Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [7]
DATE: 2014/09/28::
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Chùa Bảo Phước - Pháp Hội Thính Pháp - Đại Pháp Phowa - Pháp Chuyển Di Thần Thức
Chùa Bảo Phước - Pháp Hội Thính Pháp - Đại Pháp Phowa - Pháp Chuyển Di Thần Thức
DATE: 2014/06/07::
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Lâm Mai Thy - Pháp Môn Phowa "Chuyển Di Thần Thức"
Lâm Mai Thy - Pháp Môn Phowa "Chuyển Di Thần Thức"
DATE: 2012/03/31::
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Giới thiệu khóa Chuyên tu Phowa - Pháp tu chuyển di tâm thức
Giới thiệu khóa Chuyên tu Phowa - Pháp tu chuyển di tâm thức
DATE: 2014/01/30::
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Frieza Phowa
Frieza Phowa
DATE: 2014/11/17::
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Lâm Mai Thy Chia Sẻ Kinh Nghiệm Tu Tập Pháp Môn Phowa - Giới Thiệu Khóa Tu Phowa 2014 & 2015
Lâm Mai Thy Chia Sẻ Kinh Nghiệm Tu Tập Pháp Môn Phowa - Giới Thiệu Khóa Tu Phowa 2014 & 2015
DATE: 2013/11/03::
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Phowa - Part 4 The Appearance of the Peaceful Deities
Phowa - Part 4 The Appearance of the Peaceful Deities
DATE: 2015/01/03::
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Phowa Prayers, Ayang Rinpoche Bodh Gaya 2005
Phowa Prayers, Ayang Rinpoche Bodh Gaya 2005
DATE: 2007/12/29::
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Phowa Part 5 Appearance of the Wrathful Deities
Phowa Part 5 Appearance of the Wrathful Deities
DATE: 2015/01/04::
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Phowa - Giới Thiệu Khóa Tu Chuyển Di Thần Thức Năm 2014 & 2015 Part 2
Phowa - Giới Thiệu Khóa Tu Chuyển Di Thần Thức Năm 2014 & 2015 Part 2
DATE: 2013/10/28::
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Phowa Part1 - Lower Realms
Phowa Part1 - Lower Realms
DATE: 2015/01/02::
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Phowa (part 2)
Phowa (part 2)
DATE: 2013/08/09::
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Phowa - Giới Thiệu Khóa Tu Chuyển Di Thần Thức Năm 2014 & 2015 Part 1
Phowa - Giới Thiệu Khóa Tu Chuyển Di Thần Thức Năm 2014 & 2015 Part 1
DATE: 2013/10/27::
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Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [8] Q & A
Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [8] Q & A
DATE: 2014/09/28::
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Phowa - Giới Thiệu Khóa Tu Chuyển Di Thần Thức Năm 2014 & 2015 Part 3
Phowa - Giới Thiệu Khóa Tu Chuyển Di Thần Thức Năm 2014 & 2015 Part 3
DATE: 2013/10/29::
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Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [6]
Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [6]
DATE: 2014/09/19::
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Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [11]
Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [11]
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Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [10]
Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [10]
DATE: 2014/10/30::
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Horror Inc. - Phowa
Horror Inc. - Phowa
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Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [9]
Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [9]
DATE: 2014/10/19::
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Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [12] Q & A
Six Bardos & Phowa Meditation [12] Q & A
DATE: 2014/11/01::
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Phowa Teaching (Mandarin&French)- 6th March by HH Gyalwang Drukpa
Phowa Teaching (Mandarin&French)- 6th March by HH Gyalwang Drukpa
DATE: 2014/03/06::
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Charla: Introducción a Phowa y el Bardo /24.sept.2010
Charla: Introducción a Phowa y el Bardo /24.sept.2010
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Teaching of Drikung Phowa (1) / 直貢頗瓦教授(1) by Lama Thubten Nima
Teaching of Drikung Phowa (1) / 直貢頗瓦教授(1) by Lama Thubten Nima
DATE: 2014/10/28::
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Dragon Ball Z 2015 Revival of “F” Battle Song
Dragon Ball Z 2015 Revival of “F” Battle Song
DATE: 2015/01/09::
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SE Ayang Rinpoche. Phowa. October 30 to November 7, 2011
SE Ayang Rinpoche. Phowa. October 30 to November 7, 2011
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Phowa teaching破瓦法教授 1of20
Phowa teaching破瓦法教授 1of20
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Phowa བདེ་ཆེན་ཞིང་སྒྲུབ་ཆེན་མོ།
Phowa བདེ་ཆེན་ཞིང་སྒྲུབ་ཆེན་མོ།
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Dragonball Z Movie 2015 - Revival Of "F" - Frieza
Dragonball Z Movie 2015 - Revival Of "F" - Frieza's Final Evolution Theme
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HYPER PHOWA 幻騒夜5
HYPER PHOWA 幻騒夜5
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Drikung Phowa Chenmo by His Holiness Gyalwa Drikung Pa Part16
Drikung Phowa Chenmo by His Holiness Gyalwa Drikung Pa Part16
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Phowa Teaching (English&Vietnamese) - 8th March --Revision by HE Gyalwa Dokhampa
Phowa Teaching (English&Vietnamese) - 8th March --Revision by HE Gyalwa Dokhampa
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Phowa (Tibetan: འཕོ་བ་; Wylie: 'pho ba; also spelled Powa or Poa phonetically; Sanskrit: saṃkrānti) is a Vajrayāna Buddhist meditation practice. It may be described as "the practice of conscious dying", "transference of consciousness at the time of death", "mindstream transference", or “enlightenment without meditation” (Wylie: ma-sgom sangs-rgyas).

Application of Phowa[edit]

The method can be applied at the moment of death to transfer one's consciousness through the top of the head directly into a Buddha-field of one’s choice. By so doing, one bypasses some of the typical experiences that are said to occur after death.[1] Example destinations are Sukhāvatī, Abhirati, Ghanavyūha, Aṭakāvatī, Mount Potala, the Copper-Colored Mountain (Wylie: Zangs-mdog dpal-ri), and Tuṣita;[2] the most popular in Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan Buddhism is Sukhavati.[citation needed] Phowa is also performed by specialists (Wylie: ’pho-’debs bla-ma) on the behalf of the deceased, as a post-mortem ritual. [3]

Mark of Phowa practice[edit]

The mark of a successful Phowa practice is a small drop of blood directly from the center of the vertex. To demonstrate a successful practice traditionally a Kusha-grass was pushed into the small opening created in the fontanel.[4][5]

Lineages[edit]

The main lineage of phowa is one of the Six yogas of Naropa, although other transmissions also exist.[citation needed] The chöd subsumes within its auspices aspects of phowa sadhana.[6]

The Kagyu phowa lineage is from the Six yogas of Naropa. Nāropa received it from the Indian mahāsiddha Tilopa and later passed it to his Tibetan disciple Marpa.

Nāropa’s teachings describe a second method of ’pho-ba that entails the transference of one’s consciousness to another body (Wylie: ’pho-ba grong-’jug). Milarepa’s query regarding these teachings forced Marpa to search for explanatory treatises on the subject among his Indian manuscripts, and, having found none, to return to India to obtain more scriptures.[7]

The Drikung Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism is known for their phowa teachings. A major pilgrimage and cultural celebration is known in the Tibetan world as the Great Drikung Phowa (Wylie: ’Bri-gung ’pho-ba chen-mo). This festival was traditionally held once in every twelve-year calendrical cycle, and its last observance took place in August 1992 in gTer-sgrom, Central Tibet, after a hiatus of 36 years due to a ban enforced by the Chinese authorities.[8] Choeje Ayang Rinpoche from Eastern Tibet belongs to the Drikung school and is an authority on Buddhist afterlife rituals; he gives teachings and initiations to the practice of phowa annually in Bodh Gaya, India.[9]

Some lineages of phowa include a rite of incision, or opening of the sahasrara at the cranial zenith, to assist with transferral.[10]

In Dzogchen[edit]

Shugchang, et al., in an exegesis of the Zhitro, discuss phowa in Dzogchen:

Phowa has many different meanings; in Tibetan it means "transferring consciousness." The highest form is known as the phowa of the dharmakaya which is meditation on the great perfection. When you do Dzogchen meditation, there's no need to transfer anything, because there's nothing to transfer, no place to transfer it, nor anyone to do it. That's the highest, and greatest phowa practice.[11]

See also[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Chagud Khadro : Phowa-Commentary - Instructions for the practice of Consciousness Transference, Pilgrims Publishing, 2003, ISBN 8177690973

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lingtrul Rinpoche. Teachings on Phowa
  2. ^ Karma Chagmé 2000, Naked Awareness, p.196
  3. ^ Halkias, T. Georgios. 2013. Luminous Bliss: A Religious History of Pure Land Literature in Tibet, chapter 5.
  4. ^ Website with phowa-skulls
  5. ^ Lu Kuan Yü, Secrets of Chinese meditation - with detailed chapter of the exercise ]
  6. ^ Dudjom Lingpa, via Chagdud Tulku. 1985. Tröma: Treasury of Dharmata. (Chöd Text). Cottage Grove: Padma Publishing. p. 12, 17, 24, 29, 38, 48.
  7. ^ Douglas, Nik and Meryl White. 1976. Karmapa: The Black Hat Lama of Tibet. London: Luzac. p. 15.
  8. ^ Kapstein, Matthew. 1998. “A Pilgrimage of Rebirth Reborn: the 1992 Celebration of the Drigung Powa Chenmo”. In Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet, ed. M. Goldstein and M. Kapstein, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 95-119.
  9. ^ http://ayangrinpoche.org/an-introduction-to-phowa/
  10. ^ The Secrets of Chinese Meditation ; Lu Kuan Yu , page 249
  11. ^ Shugchang, Padma (editor); Sherab, Khenchen Palden & Dongyal, Khenpo Tse Wang (2000). A Modern Commentary on Karma Lingpa's Zhi-Khro: teachings on the peaceful and wrathful deities. Padma Gochen Ling. Source: [1] (accessed: December 27, 2007)
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