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How phowa and Kunduzambo prayers help people at death?

2021-06-08

Q: The daughter of a deceased father would like to understand better the intentions behind the prayer of Kuntuzangpo and Phowha being recited at the time of her father's death (COVID-19)? She wants to know if he's liberated? Please help her understand how these prayers being recited by Rinpoche (recordings)helped release. We all found great comfort in hearing Rinpoche's voice as we prayed at his bedside , and visualized Amitabha Buddha.
 
A:The Samantabhadra Prayer basically explains the nature or condition of the mind. After one has died, the mind is very clear, and it is much easier to purify the karmic imprints of the mind once there is no more body. Therefore, when the consciousness of a person who has passed away hears the words of this prayer, they will understand the meaning right away. When he understands, the imprints become purified, even more so if he has faith and trust. Of course, we can't know whether or not he is liberated, but even if the "self" was still present, the more virtue one practices, the better it will get. So it's better to practice as much virtue as possible. This will probably close the doors to the three lower realms. This is also said in the Samantabhadra Prayer. If you read the Samantabhadra Prayer even right now while alive, and understand the meaning of the words, then you will understand the nature of the mind. It explains how to practice with each afflictive emotion. When you recognize the ground from which the afflictive emotions arise, they will disappear. Since karmic appearances arise from our afflicted imprints, they can also no longer project appearances when they are gone. 
 
May 2021 at GBI






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