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Support at the Time of Death
Requesting His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Pray for the Deceased
Following Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice, International Office is very happy to offer support to Rinpoche’s students at the most crucial, dangerous time of death, by giving the names of students who die to His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the request for his prayers.
If you would like to request prayers for one of Rinpoche’s students who has died within the last 49 days, simply click on the ‘Continue’ button at the bottom of this page.
We will then forward the name to His Holiness, together with a khata and a donation. (Thanks to Tushita Meditation Centre for this service.)
If you would like to request prayers for someone who is not a direct student of Rinpoche, then kindly accompany your request with a donation for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. (While everyone is welcome to make offerings, International Office will make the donation on behalf of those who are Rinpoche’s direct students.)
In order to create merit for the person who has died it is very good for the person who is requesting prayers to make an offering to the lama, so you will find an offering opportunity on the prayer request form in order to accompany your request with a donation for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A small administrative fee will be deducted from the donation amount to cover the costs of money transfers.
Names of the deceased will also be sent to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and to the monks of Nalanda Monastery, Kopan Monastery, Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery and the nuns of Chenrezig Nuns’ Community for their prayers, as well as to Land of Medicine Buddha who dedicate a Medicine Buddha puja to each person who has passed away. Additionally, Sangha at Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s house will make specific prayers and stupa tsa tsas (filled immediately with the four powerful mantras), dedicated to the dead person. Every year International Office makes a donation to these Sangha communities from the annual donations given to Prayers for the Dead.
If you would like to make a donation to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, please contribute to the Stupa Fund (as all money offered when someone dies goes into this account to be used to buy the materials for making all the tsa tsas).
We will add the name and cause of death to the FPMT Prayers for the Dead e-group, so that you and others have the opportunity to make prayers for all the recently deceased, and so that you can see that your request has been acted upon. Click here to receive the FPMT Prayers for the Dead e-group mailings.
For the extensive advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, as well as all the practices to do for the dying and dead, the booklet Advice and Practices for Death and Dying can be ordered from The Foundation Store.
This service is offered only for those who have died in the last 49 days.
To keep it manageable, the service is unavailable for beloved animals and pets which have died.
However, daily dedications are made for all sentient beings who have passed away.
Death & Dying
Statements of Appreciation
No words can really completely capture the joyous feelings in my heart when I think of how Rinpoche and FPMT has benefited so many thousands of people these past twenty, thirty years. I have tried several times but each time I am so overwhelmed with the things I want to convey that I just get so choked up. Rinpoche is indescribable – so pure, so patient, so humble and so so wise… and it is really incredible the way everyone at FPMT is constantly supporting and helping Rinpoche in his untiring quest to bring Dharma to so many thousands of us at every level along the path. I am so humbled by Rinpoche’s vast wisdom and patience and so inspired by so much effort being put in by my Dharma brothers and sisters in FPMT all working with the unwavering goal of planting seeds, making Dharma accessible, teaching, sharing, inspiring, reaching out, giving a shoulder, and showing the way to attaining the peerless enlightenment and always benefiting others. It is just so blissful knowing I am a small part of Rinpoche’s great mandala. Thank you everyone … and most of all thank you to Rinpoche for opening my eyes and my mind to the true meaning and purpose of my life.
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