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Buddha Amitābha, 'Boundless Light'

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Texts related to powa (‘pho ba; Skt. saṃkrānti/utkrānti), the transference or ejection of consciousness at the moment of death, a practice which may be performed for oneself or on behalf of another and which is one of Nāropa’s six yogas:




This simple practice of the transference of consciousness, or phowa ('pho ba), in the form of a prayer was written by Dezhung Tulku Ajam and is also preserved within the collected writings of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893–1959).

A simple practice of the transference of consciousness (phowa; 'pho ba) for animals killed for the sake of their flesh or hide. The author says that the text was partly inspired by references in the biography of Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol.

This arrangement integrates the Longchen Nyingtik's practice of transference, or phowa, with elements from the same tradition's preliminary practices. The text was first compiled for the sake of new retreatants at Serdrang Monastery in Nepal.

The root text of the transference (phowa) practice from the Heart-Essence of the Vast Expanse (Longchen Nyingtik) revelation of Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa.

This profound instruction on phowa, or the transference of consciousness, acknowledges the absolute nature "in which there is nothing to be transferred and no transferrer."

This compilation, which supplements the root text of the transference (phowa) practice from the Heart-Essence of the Vast Expanse (Longchen Nyingtik) with additional prayers, is extracted from Patrul Rinpoche's famous The Words of My Perfect Teacher (kun bzang bla ma'i zhal lung).

A very simple practice of phowa ('pho ba), or transference of consciousness, in which the practitioner, appearing in the form of Avalokiteśvara, ejects his or her consciousness into the heart of Buddha Amitābha.

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