Death and Dying: Practices and Resources

The Most Essential Practices

Lama Zopa Rinpoche recommends various practices to perform when someone is dying or has died. However, the most essential practices to do are:


Other Practices and Resources
Other Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche Request for Prayers

Prayer Services for People Who Have Passed Away in the Past 49 Days

You can request prayers for people who have passed away in the past 49 days. The names of people who have recently passed away are given to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, FPMT sangha communities, and individual Buddhist practitioners with a request for their prayers. You can also subscribe to the prayer list so that you can contribute your own prayers to those who have died in the past 49 days.

Kopan Monastery

Kopan Monastery offers free prayer services as well as opportunities to sponsor pujas for those who are dying or have passed away.

Jangwa Pujas

The following FPMT centers offer jangwa pujas to benefit the dead, please contact them directly for more information:

Hospice Services

There are also many FPMT hospice services that help provide end of life care for those in need.


Books and Study Programs

Further resources are available to learn how to prepare for your own death, and how to help others who are dying.

Books and Reading Materials

Books and Reading Materials

FPMT Education Programs

FPMT Education Programs

  • Heart Advice for Death and Dying
    An FPMT introductory course available online and in some FPMT centers. The course provides practical instructions for the time of death to anyone who is interested in learning about death and dying from the Tibetan Buddhist perspective.
  • Discovering Buddhism, Module 5. Death and Rebirth
    An FPMT foundational-level course available online and in many centers. It explores life, death, and rebirth and the nature of mind. Students learn to use the fear of death to overcome the fear of death. They discover how to use the certainty and imminence of death to enhance their quality of life.


*Additional information and advice is available to FPMT centers, projects, and services in the Death and Dying Resources section of the FPMT Affiliates Area.