PHOWA FOUNDATION NEWS 2012
The second Dying with Confidence series of trainings began in October with a 5-day retreat in scenic Manchester, VT.
Close to 40 students from across North America gathered for the first of three retreats which included instruction and practice in
wind energy and phowa among other teachings in impermanence, the signs of death, and creating a "Dharma Vision" for our lifelong practice.
Quickly feeling our connections to the practice and our desire to support each other over the next year, groups formed in a number of
communities to continue to meet and practice phowa until our next retreat in May.
In April, our new Denver center hosted the second level of the Dying with Confidence Training that
began last September in Crestone, CO. We could all feel the support and energy of six months of
steady practice in phowa and wind energy over the weekend. Anyen Rinpoche continued his profound
teachings on phowa, impermanence, the benefits of wind energy practice, the Bardo Prayers and the
development of faith and devotion as the basis for reciting them, among other topics. We received the
transmission for the amazing collections of prayers in our Bardo Prayers booklet to be used at the time of death. Level III will
include a four-day phowa intensive in preparation for the weekend teachings on helping others through the dying process.
The next Dying with Confidence Level I Training takes place in Denver, September 26-30.
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This past year, a number of donations were made to the Phowa Foundation requesting Phowa on behalf of loved ones who had died. We have continued to support a retreatant in Tibet to perform Phowa and other rituals for the dying and deceased.
With the donations given for Phowa services, Anyen Rinpoche will again be able to offer butterlamps in Nepal this January on behalf of the deceased and all beings in the bardos.
The two beautiful thangkas we commissioned of Buddha Amitabha and Vajrayogini arrived in time for our VT Dying with Confidence retreat. Between retreats, the thangkas hang in the shrine room of the Orgyen Khamdroling Center in Denver, also home to the Phowa Foundation.
This December, a number of students attended an End-of-Life Workshop generously donated by a local attorney. Covering many of the legal issues in creating our wills and ensuring our "Dharma Wills" with specific requests for the care of our body before and after death are carried out, the workshop really underscored our need to plan ahead and have all our documents ready now. Some students had not been aware that planning ahead for Phowa for themselves at the time of death was available through our website. Not only will we be ensuring that Phowa be performed at the best possible time for ourselves, we will also be able to help countless beings in the bardos now and in the future with our donations. Please see the Phowa Services page or email the Phowa Foundation at