This extraordinary book contains advice and commentary from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on how to practice the five powers near the time of death, thereby ensuring a peaceful death and positive rebirth. Rinpoche discusses the power of eliminating attachment and practicing generosity, the power of prayer, eliminating the ego, training, and bodhichitta.
Although this book was completed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche for use by those facing imminent death, it is a deeply profound teaching on how to live life for anyone who wishes to make their life and eventual death most meaningful.
-The First Power: The Power of the White Seed
-The Second Power: The Power on Intention
-The Third Power: The Power of Blaming the Ego
-The fourth Power: The Power of Prayer
-The Fifth Power: The Power of Training
-Appendix 1: The Exalted Transcendental Wisdom Near Death, translated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
-Appendix 2: How to Make Your Possessions Beneficial
“When you practice the five powers, every single thing you do is only for numberless sentient beings and therefore, everything you do only becomes the cause for achieving the peerless happiness of full enlightenment. This is the greatest profit that can be achieved with this life and so this practice is the most beneficial one for achieving peerless happiness. It means that every single action you do, whether it is meditation and prayers or doing your job, becomes the cause of happiness for all sentient beings…This means that you will have the best, happiest life now and also the best, happiest life in the future – like the sun shining in this world and eliminating all darkness.”
–Lama Zopa Rinpoche
77 pages, 2006 edition
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