Memorial Services, Death and Dying Resources
Please note that this page is under construction.
Dorje Chang Institute offers a number of services for the benefit of those who have passed away. This page is intended to provide a introduction to these services, as well as a way to request them.
Also on this page is a section with links to very helpful FPMT and LYWA resources related to death and dying.
Here is a short summary of related services DCI can provide on request:
- Regular Medicine Buddha Pujas that can be sponsored. We have been doing these regularly – weekly on Fridays – since 2003 when the centre is open and as long as there is not another puja such as Tara Puja or Guru Puja according to the Tibetan calendar on the Friday.
- Reciting the King of Prayers – this can be added at the end of the Medicine Buddha Puja.
- Annual Yamantaka Jangwa Puja performed by our Geshe. This can be sponsored. Click here for more information on the Annual Jangwa Puja.
- Memorial Stupas – In our Prayer Wheel for World Peace Room that is directly under our large Wheel Turning Stupa, we have small Memorial Stupas that can be sponsored for deceased loved ones. A small plaque “In loving memory of __(name)__” is on the front of a small golden box under the stupa and can include a small personal possession belonging to the deceased. A blessing ceremony is done on installation. These are in the same room with our large prayer wheel, containing 111 billion manis, 2 Kangyur, 1 Tengyur and over 5 million other powerful prayers and mantras. When the prayer wheel is turned it also benefits the deceased. Part of this Memorial Stupa service includes that we include the loved one in the Annual Yamantaka Jangwa Puja every year. Please contact our office for more information on the Memorial Stupa service and the requested minimum donation.
- It is also possible to request our Geshe and resident nuns to do prayers at funeral/memorial services (and also hospital visits).
- Appointments with our Geshe are also possible to seek advice on practices / prayers to be done for the deceased. Please get in touch to request an appointment.
- DCI’s Bookshop and Library also have books available to help with the time before passing, during the dying process and also how to benefit loved ones after they have died.
This page is under construction, so please feel free to contact our office for more details or check back for a more complete listing and request form in the coming months. Thank you.
The FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition) and LYWA (Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive) websites also offer many resources related to death and dying. Please visit the following links for more details:
How to Benefit the Dying and the Dead by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Mandala Magazine, Sept-Oct 1997
Heart Advice for Death and Dying, Online FPMT Course
Teachings and Advice on Death and Transitions, Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive (including a book as well as a selection of talks, teachings and advice by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe on these topics)