A OM HUNG      At the moment when the impermanent illusory body dissolves
Surrounded by loved ones and relatives and material possessions
May the ties of attachment to them and the grasping mind be liberated.
May I achieve the great liberation.

— from Bardo Prayer by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche


According to the Tibetan spiritual traditions, living and dying are part of a sacred continuum. The more attached we are to our possessions, our loved ones, and our sense of identity, the more we suffer. Loosening attachment frees us to find joy in each moment of life, and peace at the moment of death.

Below is a collection of teachings by Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche to support reflection on transition within life and at death.

Living in Joy, Dying in Peace

Collection of six webcasts with guided meditations by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Audio recordings of guided practices from the webcast Sleep and Death as the Doorway to Wisdom of Clear Light    

Bardo Teachings on Living and Dying

A one-hour exploration of the transition at death 

Finding a Place of Peace

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche teaches and guides a calming and centering meditation that can help you find inner refuge during times of transition

Transcending Fear

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche draws on ancient Tibetan wisdom as he explains how you can transcend fear and live more joyfully 

The Gift of Inner Refuge

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche guides you in shifting your attention to the source of all healing, the space of inner refuge. Additional practices are led by Marcy Vaughn.


Shenlha Okar surrounded by the Buddhas of the Six Realms

The Dharma Will & Support Materials

We can prepare for our own death in a variety of ways such as reflection, prayer, and meditation. An additional way is to create a Dharma Will that can be put in place now, regardless of your age or health condition. It provides a framework to reflect on your wishes for spiritual support during the final stage of life and for the time after death.

The Dharma Will

You may find that preparing your Dharma Will eases your mind. It also can provide peace of mind for sangha members, family or friends as they help create an environment that is familiar and supportive for you in the last days of your life.

Creating A Dharma Box

You may find it helpful to create a dharma box containing practice supports for your final days. Consider which images, smells, sounds, tastes, and touch sensations will offer you the most comfort. Your dharma box can hold any sacred items that you feel will support you at this time.

For family members and friends who do not follow the Bön tradition, you may wish to include a list of the contents of the box and a letter and/or instructions for how to use the materials it contains.

Prayers and Mantras

For those who would like to listen to recordings of prayers or mantras as they approach the time of their death, we have gathered a number of recordings that you can listen to or download.

Practical Considerations

Preparing legal documents is important to help you shape your end-of-life experience. For example, if you have specific wishes related to receiving (or not receiving) pain medication or life-prolonging medical procedures, then a healthcare power of attorney and advance directive are essential. Your Last Will and Testament is the place to outline your preferences for whether you would like to be buried or cremated, for funeral arrangements or for dispensing of personal belongings, funds, or other assets.

You can search the internet to see which legal documents are available and recognized in your locale.



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