Death & Dying

Death & Dying

Visit the Death & Dying Collection on our website.

View teaching collections on Vimeo and YouTube.

Stream or download Rinpoche reciting the concise Zangdok Palri Monlam (Copper-Colored Mountain Prayer) and download the text.

Vajrasattva Nay Dren Ceremony An Explanation by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche (PDF)

Prayers for Beings Who are Dying (PDF)

Rituals for Death & Dying, Notes from Lama Tharchin Rinpoche (PDF)

Phowa (Khandro Tuk-Tik) Recitation (mp3) and Phowa (Sa-Ter Ngondro) Recitation (mp3) are now available in our catalog. Teachings on the practice of Phowa will be coming soon. These recordings are restricted to people who have received the oral transmission and instructions by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche or another qualified Dudjom lineage lama for the specific phowa practice. You can purchase the Khandro Tuk-Tik Phowa text in digital format here.

A Small Selection of Book Recommendations:

Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth: A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook by Tulku Thondup (Shambhala Publications, 2006)

Living is Dying: How to Prepare for Death, Dying and Beyond by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse (Shambhala Publications, 2020)

Tibetan Book of the Dead, First Complete Translation by Karma Lingpa, translated by Gyurme Dorje, Graham Coleman & Thupten Jinpa (Penquin Classics, 2007)

A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death by Dr. BJ Miller & Shoshana Berger (Simon & Schuster, 2020)

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (Metropolitan, 2017)

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Penquin Random House, 2016)


Additional resources: Transitional Life Care

Shambhala Publications Death & Dying Collection

For End-of-Life Planning resources: Advance Directives; Nolo Wills & Trusts; The Order of the Good DeathCake; Home Funeral Alliance; Green Burial Council; Funeral Consumers Alliance; Recompose Ecological Death Care; Good to Go! Advance Planning 

All There Is podcast with Anderson Cooper; of special interest, listen to the Laurie Anderson episode

Songs from the Bardo by Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, and Jesse Paris Smith