Tibetan Buddhism has a vast range of practices to help us understand death and deal with it when it becomes part of our lives, either the deaths of our family members, or loved ones, or strangers, or animals we encounter, and of course, ultimately, our own. Dying Well and helping others die well are two of the most important things we can do in life, and far from being morbid, understanding death, the death process and what we can do is fascinating and liberating. The project is a chance to see what can be done, and to become part of a group that is developing at Jamyang as support to the community.
This service is currently only available for subscribed friends of Jamyang.
If you carry one of our Emergency Cards and you are unfortunate enough to be killed, seriously injured or have a life-threatening illness, the finder of the card can contact Jamyang and we can do various spiritual practices to help you through this critical time. Your name would be immediately added to the dedication board and read out at the Friday lunchtime puja and the merits dedicated to you. We also hope to have a list of people who would be willing to say a prayer at home; Geshe Tashi has recommended "The Prayer to be Reborn in the Land of Bliss" by Lama Tsong Khapa, together with other practices which will be available soon.
If you would like to apply for the card please contact: [email protected]
THE DYING WELL FILES
These are now available in the CCC Office for consultation in the Centre. They include spiritual and practical information to help us at and around the time of death and include various prayers and practices, advice from Lama Zopa, details of Buddhist funerals, woodland burials, where to get an environmentally friendly coffin, hospices etc.
An occasional informal meeting at which people can informally discuss matters related to death and dying. See website for times.
FPMT books: Heart Advice and Practices for Death & Dying and Practising the Five Powers Near the Time of Death.
Liberation Card for a dying person: this beautiful 8" x 10"colour laminated card includes images and mantras that merely by seeing help a dying person to purify negative karma and be led to enlightenment. The front pictures 10 mantras and 10 images all especially chosen to benefit someone at the time of death. On the back of the card is a moving letter by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to assist the dying person at this most critical time.
These cards are available for loan in time of need, but should be returned to Jamyang so other people can use them. The books are for use in the Centre.
If you would like to purchase any of the above you can do online: