Phowa: Transference of Consciousness at the Time of Death
Retreat with Lama Palden, September 12-15, 10 am-5 pm daily, ending at 4 pm on Sunday
Phowa is the Vajrayana Practice of the transference of consciousness at (or very soon after) the time of death. Phowa, the transference of consciousness, is said to be a shortcut to actualize enlightenment without long years of meditation retreat. Proficiency in this meditation enables a practitioner to approach death with confidence.
In order to be successful with Phowa, a Vajrayana practice, it is important to be open hearted and full of faith in the awakened ones and the transmission of the teachings and meditations. Once Phowa has been learned from a qualified teacher and accomplished for oneself, one can also do it for others.
Phowa is one of the six yogas of Sukhasiddhi, Niguma, and Naropa. At this retreat, the practice will be the Sukhasiddhi Phowa.
Sukhasiddhi, after whom our center is named, attained the highest level of realization. She was one of the four most important teachers of Kyungpo Naljor, the founder of the Shangpa lineage, who considered Sukhasiddhi and Niguma, two women, to be the kindest of his four main teachers.
Appearing in rainbow body, Sukhasiddhi bestowed many teachings on Kyungpo Naljor and subsequent lineage holders. She promised to always sustain and bless the holders and students of the Shangpa tradition. This continues to the present day. At Sukhasiddhi Foundation, we continue to practice the meditations she bestowed, and are pleased to be offering her Phowa practice at this retreat.
About the Retreat
The Phowa retreat will be held on Thursday through Sunday, September 12-15, 10 am-5 pm daily, ending at 4 pm on Sunday. Each day there will be three approximately one and a half hour sessions, with breaks in between and a 1.5 hour break for lunch.
In each session, Lama Palden will teach the practice and provide guided meditation. Time will be allowed for questions and discussion. Once the practice is learned, sessions will be dedicated to doing the meditation under Lama Palden’s guidance.
There will be Tibetan Yoga (Lujong) in the afternoon, to keep our bodies clear and energetic, and songs of realization and aspiration prayers may be done.
The retreat will be held in the Sukhasiddhi Center. The center is in the charming town of Fairfax, CA, with many options for lunch within walking distance, or participants may being lunch to be eaten at the center. If you need help with overnight accommodations or have other questions, please email.
Participation in this retreat requires:
Meditation experience and familiarity with Vajrayana practice – please provide a brief summary of your background when registering; a short interview may be required
Formal refuge vows – refuge vows will be given by Lama Palden on September 7
The Sukhasiddhi empowerment – the empowerment will be given by Lama Palden on September 7
Full attendance on all days – it is important to keep the retreat container
Sliding scale: $395 – $595. Members: $325 – $595. $200 deposit required when registering; Balance payable by August 31. Refund Policy: full refund less $50 admin fee if cancellation received by August 15; no refunds except for unusual circumstances after August 15.
About Lama Palden
Having studied with the great Tibetan masters, including the intensive Tibetan three-year retreat, and with years of teaching and personal practice, Lama Palden is a master of the Phowa practice. Lama Palden has been blessed to receive and practice the Sukhasiddhi, Niguma, and Naropa Phowa meditations, as well as the Amitabha Phowa. She will be offering the Sukhasiddhi Phowa at this retreat. She is dedicated to bringing deep spirituality to modern lives and living, helping each of us uncover who we truly are, and blossom in our own unique way. She brings her experience of being a human being, mother, and therapist in this modern world, as well as her in-depth experience of being a mystic and an early and continuing practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, to her teaching. Lama Palden is a unique and qualified teacher for any practitioner, new or experienced, wanting to explore or deepen their immersion in a spiritual path.