Transference of Consciousness

4-armed AvalokiteshvaraThe practice of transference of consciousness, known as ‘powa’, is performed on behalf of those who have recently died, traditionally within forty-nine days of their death.

We understand that throughout this world millions of humans and billions of animals die every day from so many different causes.  If these living beings have the opportunity to take rebirth in a Buddha’s Pure Land they will attain permanent liberation from suffering and experience pure and everlasting happiness.

Our practice of this powa offers them this precious opportunity.  By engaging in this practice we ourself will create a great collection of virtue, which will also lead us into the pathway to the Pure Land of a Buddha.

This powa is done in conjunction with prayers to the Buddha of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, following the prayer booklet, ‘Powa Ceremony’.