Powa Retreat

  • With: Chagdud Khadro
  • Date: April 14-16

The practice of p’howa, transference of consciousness at the moment of death, gives us confidence to live without dread of dying. The signs of accomplishment can be gained relatively quickly, without extensive retreat, and allow us to direct our minds toward a higher state of rebirth. P’howa ensures that we won’t die in a state of spiritual uncertainty and drift helplessly in the after-death bardo.

Khadro has trained in p’howa extensively under His Eminence Chagdud Tulku and her teachings have found a receptive audience not only among dharma students but also among health professionals who are seeking new, more profound techniques to alleviate the pain and grief of those they work with. People of other faiths have likewise found the training of p’howa training valuable. The Amitabha Buddha empowerment required for p’howa will either be offered.

Cycles of Life, Death and Transformation

We all circle and spin through countless cycles of birth, of death, of rebirth, cycles of coming together and falling apart, cycles of thoughts, emotions, activities, and relationships. Tibetan Buddhist masters describe the major cycles of existence as bardos, or intermediate states, three of which occur between the moment we are conceived and the moment our death becomes inevitable, three of which occur in the context of dying and after death.

Chagdud Khadro begins by providing an overview of the six bardos, with emphasis on the moment of death and after-death states. She will also discuss special spiritual techniques for preparing for and easing the transition of death.

One of the most powerful preparations for death is the practice of p’howa, transference of consciousness at the moment of death. This practice of transference gives us both confidence to live with less fear of death and a method to direct our minds toward a higher state of rebirth at the time of death.

Chagdud Khadro compiled the teachings of the late master, H. E. Chagdud Rinpoche, into the P’howa Commentary. Since Rinpoche’s Parinirvana in November 2002, Khadro serves as the spiritual director of the Chagdud Gonpa centers in Latin America. She lives in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where she teaches and writes.