The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying - Chapter 19: "Helping After Death" Summary & Analysis

Sogyal Rinpoche
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Chapter 19: "Helping After Death" Summary

Sogyal states one can help the deceased after death, particularly during the time of the bardo of becoming. During the first twenty-one days of the bardo, the deceased remains linked to this life, and are thus more accessible to help. However, Sogyal stresses it is never too late to help the dead. To assist, Sogyal recommends practicing the phowa prior to the removal of the body, or every seventh day during the forty-nine day bardo. Another way to help is to direct positive thoughts towards the deceased. Sogyal stresses a particular need to help those who died in suffering, since they will relive this suffering every seventh day. One can imagine light rays emitting from the Buddha toward the deceased, freeing them from pain and suffering. Offering charity in their name, donating their belongings, and...

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