A Concise Guide for Families and Friends of Vajrayana Buddhists

Written with the guidance of Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche and advice of Lama Yeshe Nyima, this manual offers instructions for assisting others and preparing for one’s own death, presented in a concise manner so not to overwhelm Buddhist practitioners or their non-Buddhist families and friends. According to our spiritual tradition, the information covers the approach of death, preparing the body, engaging in practice, and observing appropriate behavior that will benefit the deceased. The manual is formatted so that it can be stored in a file with legal documents and kept on-hand. Within it you will find teachings by Buddhist masters concerning the time of death, an example will, a complete check list to help tie up loose ends in the world, suggestions for resource contacts and materials, and a glossary clarifying terms for the non-Buddhist reader. In the Forward, Gyatrul Rinpoche has also kindly offered additional advice for students of Vajrayana Buddhism. The manual was compiled and written by Julie Rogers and is 38 pages in length. The cost is $12.00.

Excerpts from 'Instructions for the Transitional State' by Julie Rogers

The Practice of Buddha Vajrasattva

Vajrasattva [Tib. Dorje Sempa] is the main deity purification practice in the Vajrayana tradition. This buddha is white in color, symbolizing purity, and holds a dorje (vajra) at his heart and a bell at his hip, signifying the union of skillful means and wisdom. Both during life and the dying process, recitation of Vajrasattva’s mantras brings great benefit to the person for whom the mantra is being practiced and to the practitioner, and has the effect of clearing obstacles, negative habitual propensities, residual conflicting emotions and unresolved karmic debts.