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Memorial Services, Death and Dying Resources

 

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 – for over twenty years (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 (usually in August). Dedications can be sponsored at this puja for deceased (from anywhere in the world). 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 we can include in the box a ½ teaspoon of ashes and/or a small personal item of the deceased. If wishing to include ashes Geshe-la will do a blessing ceremony of the ashes. Geshe-la can bless all of the ashes, but only ½ teaspoon will be included with the Memorial Stupa (any remaining ashes would be taken away by the family to scatter or do as they wish). Every year the names of each person who has a Memorial Stupa are included in our Annual Jangwa Puja for dedication. A blessing ceremony is also done on the day that the Memorial Stupa is installed. 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.

FPMT Resources

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:

Death and Dying: Heart Practices and Advice, FPMT

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)

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