Thanksgiving Amitabha Phowa Retreat

Amitabha Pure Land_Rubin 

Amitabha Pure Land (thangka from Rubin Museum)




Text List (to follow)



November 22-25 - Amitabha Tsok and Phowa Teachings


THANKSGIVING DAY: Thursday, November 22 

Thanksgiving Dinner - Invitation and Potluck information to follow

From 1:00 - 2:30 PM Lama Sonam Rinpoche will lead us in Dudjom Lingpa's "The Excellent Path to Omniscience", which will be followed by our annual Thanksgiving sangha dinner.

Thanksgiving is a special day for loved ones to gather and for that reason it is positive. But it is also a time when many turkeys' lives are taken. We are doing this puja to pray that these turkeys be reborn in Amitabha's pureland. This practice will focus our compassion for them and all sentient beings, including our loved ones who may be ill or have passed away." 
 Lama Sonam Rinpoche, 2014


November 23-25 - Amitabha Phowa

Lama Sonam Rinpoche will teach on Amitabha Phowa, using Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche's Chariot to the Realm of Bliss instruction manual, a text that was compiled by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche in 2008 (see the text list for availability in print and digital formats).


Phowa is a practice for those whose life is very busy, who want something very special, but do not have enough time to study and practice. Phowa is for lazy, ignorant and sinful people!


People can liberate themselves from Samsara, and also liberate others. Phowa is a special practice in Vajrayana Buddhism, a way not to go to the lower realms at the end of this life. The highest level practitioners, and even those with no practice experience, can still use Phowa.


There are practices of Outer, Inner and Secret Phowa. The Three Concepts Phowa utilizes visualization of the Buddha Amitabha as the destination, your mind as the traveler, and the central channel as the path. This Phowa requires faith and devotion in Buddha Amitabha.


This teaching is very special. If one practices correctly, there will always be a sign of accomplishing Phowa.



Location: Pema Osel Ling
2013 Eureka Canyon Road
Watsonville , CA 95076

Date: Nov. 22, 2018, 1 p.m. - Nov. 25, 2018, 5 p.m.