How to Enjoy Death - Table of Contents

Preparing to Meet Life’s Final Challenge without Fear


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List of Illustrations xi How to Use This Book xiii Preface: We Must Prepare for Death 1 Part I: Advice on Preparing for Death and Rebirth 1. How to Think about Death and Reincarnation 9 What Happens after Death? 9 Everyone Dies, So There’s No Need to Be Afraid 16 Death Is Easy When We’ve Given Up Attachment 19 Get Ready for Death by Living Life with a Good Heart 24 The Best Way to Live and Die: Practice the Five Powers 29 Pray to Be Reborn in Amitābha Buddha’s Pure Land 38 2. How We Go from One Life to the Next 43 What Happens at Death? 43 The Twelve Links of Dependent Arising 47 The Stages of Death, Intermediate State, and Rebirth 50 Death Is What the Yogis Have Been Waiting For 60 3. Practices to Do during the Months and Weeks 65 before Death Helping Others at the Time of Death Is 65 a Big Responsibility Create a Conducive Environment for a Peaceful Death 68 What to See and Touch 70 What to Think About 76 What to Hear 81 What to Meditate On 90 What to Do to Purify Negative Karma 98 And Finally, What to Do during 102 the Hours before Death 4. Practices to Do during the Hours and Days after 109 the Breath Has Stopped What to Do As Soon As the Breath Stops 109 If Your Loved One Is at Home When They Die 112 If Your Loved One Is in Hospital When They Die 118 If Your Loved One Has Offered Their Organs 121 If Your Loved One Dies Suddenly 124 If Your Loved One Has High Realizations and Is 126 Meditating at the Time of Death Make Sure the Mind Has Left the Body 130 before You Touch It 5. Practices to Do after the Mind Has Left the Body 133 How to Prepare Your Loved One’s 133 Body for Cremation or Burial The Funeral Service 134 How to Bless and Incorporate Your Loved One’s 136 Ashes in Holy Objects Practices to Do During the Forty-Nine Days 139 after Death 6. What to Do to Escape the Cycle of Birth and Death 149 We Cannot Escape the Cycle of Birth and Death 149 by Achieving a Good Rebirth We Must Understand the Cycle of Birth and Death 149 Karma and Delusions Trap Us in the Cycle of Birth 155 and Death How Do We Escape the Cycle of Birth and Death? 157 Using Your Life for Practice, You Prepare for Death 160 Every Day Part II: Practices for Preparing for Death and Rebirth Table of Contents for Part II 165 1. Ritual Objects to Keep Nearby 169 Statues and Pictures 169 Liberation Card 169 Visible Mantras 170 Texts 172 Stupa 173 Prayer Wheel 173 Blessed Cord 173 Blessed Seeds, Water, Etc. 173 Recordings or Videos of Teachings 174 Lights 174 Flowers, Water Bowls, Etc. 175 Phowa Pills, Mani Pills, Etc. 175 2. Reflecting on Amitābha’s Pure Land or Heaven 177 3. Mantras 195 The Ten Powerful Mantras 195 Avalokiteśhvara Mantra • Bhaiṣhajyaguru Mantra • Padmoṣhṇīṣha Dhāraṇī • Akṣhobhya Mantra • Uṣhṇīṣhavijaya Dhāraṇī • Padmasambhava Mantra • Sarvavid-Vairochana Mantra • Milarepa Mantra • Raśhmivimalaviśhuddhaprabhā Dhāraṇī • Maitreya Mantra The Five Great Mantras 199 Sarvavid-Vairochana Mantra • Akṣhobhya Mantra • Uṣhṇīṣhavijaya Dhāraṇī • Uṣhṇīṣhavimala Dhāraṇī • Padmoṣhṇīṣha Dhāraṇī The Four Dharmakāya Mantras 202 Guhyadhātu Dhāraṇī • Bodhigarbhālaṃkāra-lakṣhaṇa Dhāraṇī • Raśhmivimalaviśhuddhaprabhā Dhāraṇī • Uṣhṇīṣhavimala Dhāraṇī Amitābha Mantra 204 Rinchen Tsuktorchen Dhāraṇī 204 Ārya Mahāmaṇi Dhāraṇī 204 Mantra Taught by Buddha Droden Gyälwa Chö 205 Mantra for Alleviating Fear or Pain 205 Name Mantra of His Holiness the Dalai Lama 205 Names of the Thirty-Five Buddhas of Confession 205 Names of the Seven Medicine Buddhas 207 4. The Eight Prayers to Benefit the Dead 209 The King of Prayers 209 Śhāntideva’s Dedication Prayer 217 Prayer to Be Reborn in Sukhāvatī 224 Prayer of the Virtuous Beginning, Middle, and End 231 Until Buddhahood 235 A Daily Prayer to Maitreya Bodhisattva 236 Prayer for a Statue of Maitreya 240 Prayer for Spontaneous Bliss 241 5. Sutras 245 Sutra for Alleviating Pain 245 Heart Sutra 258 Diamond Cutter Sutra 260 6. Ritual Practices 285 Medicine Buddha Practice 285 Amitābha Phowa 293 The Thirty-Five Buddhas of Confession 304 Vajrasattva and the Four Opponent Powers 315 Samayavajra (Damtsik Dorjé) 321 Abbreviated Tsog 322 Vajrasattva Tsog 324 Guru Puja 335 Vajraḍāka (Dorjé Khandro) Fire Puja 352 Sur 356 Jangwa 367 7. Meditations 409 Stupa Meditation 409 Giving and Taking (Tonglen) 410 The Death Process 413 The Process of Going to Sleep 418 Sleep in the Lion Posture 421 Acknowledgments 423 Glossary 425 About the Author 441 About the Editor 442