Oneness with one's Higher Soul

"May all sentient beings, children of buddha nature, realise the ultimate natureof mind: insight and compassion in blissful union." -- Boddhisattva Padmasambhava

"Physical death can be transformed into spiritual liberation. It is apriceless, spiritual opportunity to achieve illumination and oneness with one'shigher soul. Such an opportunity should not be missed." -- Master Choa Kok Sui


Physical Death and Spiritual Liberation through Soul Realization
by Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.


The researched opinions on death and dying in this article were derived from Ricardo's pranic healing and arhatic yoga studies with his late beloved spiritual teacherMaster Choa Kok Sui, from the enlightening article "Death and Dying in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition" by Ven. Pende Hawter, and also Boddhisattva Padmasambhava's "Tibetan Book of the Dead" with Sogyal Rinpoche's "Tibetan Book of Living and Dying." As a registered health professional, he has also applied and taught the spiritual practices elaborated in this articleto his regular clients, and especially his terminally ill patients who wanted to develop and experience their Buddha nature, and prepare and assist themselves spiritually for death as an opportunity for spiritual liberation.

If you have died, what would happen to your incarnated soul?

What spiritual practices would you have done to achieve illumination and oneness with your higher soul thus liberating your soul in the death process?

Two powerful meditation techniques to achieve illumination and oneness with your higher soul is called "Meditation on the Soul" taught by Master Choa Kok Sui, and "Meditation on the Guru" or Guru Yoga with Phowa (transference of consciousness) practice taught by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Sogyal Rinpoche.

Three other meditation techniques to achieve illumination and oneness with your higher soul taught by Master Choa Kok Sui are "Meditation on Three Hearts", "Universal and Kabbalistic Meditation on the Lord's Prayer", and "Meditation on the Blue Pearl in the Golden Lotus".

Why learn and practice the above meditation and contemplation techniques before death and dying?

Awakening Heart of a BodhisattvaThe following traditions such as MCKS Technology of the Soul and Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, with the books "Tibetan Book of the Dead" and "Tibetan Book of Living and Dying" hopefully will offer the readers valuable information to validate the Tibetan Buddhist theories on the nature of mind, karma, rebirth, and bardos (transitions of life, dying and death, after-death, and rebirth), and to realize the necessity in learning and practicing various meditation practices such as phowa practice or Guru Yoga with Tonglen Practice and other meditation techniques such as Tibetan Dream Yoga with the blessing of Amitabha Buddha or Mahaguruji Bodhisattva Padmasambhava before and after death to achieve spiritual liberation in this lifetime:

Bodhisattva Padmasambhava
Bodhisattva Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche)



MCKS Technology of the Soul:

According to Ricardo's late beloved Pranic healing and Arhatic Yoga teacher Master ChoaKok Sui, "When a person dies, he has a flashback of his entire life ... After this event, there is a tremendous descent of spiritual energy, manifesting internally as a brilliant white light... God is indeed all-loving and all-compassionate. No matter what kind of life a person has lived, even if he were a criminal, he is still given another spiritual chance or opportunity at the moment of death. By being aware of the inner brilliant white light, one can achieve oneness with it and go directly into the higherworld or what people call "heaven." Being proficient in Meditation on the Soul is indeed very important, especiallywhen a person is dying. It is a must for every person.

When the person merges with the brilliant white light, he passes through a tunnel of light, which is actually the spiritual cord.In some cases, the incarnated soul may unite with the higher soul immediately. Or it may just simply stay in heaven or the higher worldfor a certain period of time and then later unite with the higher soul. This depends on the degree of spiritual development of the soul.During meditation, a yogi may also see the tunnel of light and pass through it.

Physical death can be transformed into spiritual liberation. It is apriceless, spiritual opportunity to achieve illumination and oneness with one'shigher soul. Such an opportunity should not be missed. If the person is not aware of thisspiritual opportunity, then he will have to spend time in the lower astral world for purging or purification. This can be relatively short or long period of time, depending on the quality of life the person had lived...

...During this time, the incarnated soul is given the opportunity to merge with the inner brilliant white light and go directly to the higher world or heaven. This opportunity for spiritual liberation is priceless. To distractthe incarnated soul from such a priceless opportunity is indeed a serious crime against the soul..."

Master Choa Kok Sui also added, "It is advisable for terminally ill patients to do the Meditation on the Soul to prepare themselves for death as an opportunity for spiritual liberation. Their stay in the physical body will be partially shortened, therefore their sufferings will also be shortened."

"When the body is destroyed or dies, the soul is liberated. It reincarnates in another body. This is the meaning of Restoration or Resurrection. Through this process the soul gradually evolves."

"Divine justice can be balanced by Divine Mercy. It is in forgiving that one is forgiven. "It is in pardoning that we are pardoned," said St. Francis of Assissi. By showing mercy, one can receive mercy. "Blessed are the merciful for Mercy shall be shown to them". (Matthew 5:7) If a person does not show mercy by forgiving, how can one harvest forgiveness, thereby partially erasing one's negative karma? The Law of Forgiveness and the Law of Mercy supersede the Law of Karma."

"MCKS has experienced God's love. We are all children of God. God loves all of us. God loves the good, the not so good, the bad, and the terrible. God loves us no matter what we are. God is all loving. God is all merciful."

"Imagine that the body has died. It is cremated. The ashes are thrown into the sea. What is left? I AM. This I AM is the soul. The I AM is immortal. Who are you? I AM that I AM. You are the soul. You are immortal."

"We are all children of God. In each person, there is divine essence or a divine spark. In Buddhism, there is a Buddha in each person. In the Christian religion, there is a Christ in each person. In Hinduism, there is a Shiva or a Krishna in each person."

"You are the I AM. You are immortal. As the Lord Krishna said in The Bhagavad Gita, the soul or the self cannot be killed, cannot be slain, cannot be drowned, and cannot be burned. It is immortal. Just as a person changes his garments from day to day, so does a person changes his body from incarnation to incarnation."

"Do you remember the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32)? The son decides to leave the father. He spends his inheritance and leads a chaotic life until he has nothing to eat anymore. When he returns to his father, his father welcomes him back. The father is like the higher soul while the prodigal son is like the incarnated soul who has forgotten his home, his spiritual origin. Have you not observed that when you meditate, sometimes you experience that you are back "home"?

When the prodigal son returns, there is a divine union. This is called yoga. Yoga literally means "union." The purpose of yoga is to achieve union between the incarnated soul and the higher soul. This union is actually a science, not just an art. It is a spiritual technology. Soul realization is nothing more than the incarnated soul realizing that it is not the body and it is one with the higher soul. This is the meaning of yoga or illumination."

"Yoga means spiritual oneness. What is spiritual oneness? Spiritual oneness means the incarnated soul is achieving a higher degree of oneness with the higher soul, and a certain degree of oneness with God and oneness with All."



Tibetan Buddhist Tradition:

According to the excellent article "Death and Dying in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition" by Ven. Pende Hawter, "Contemplation and meditation on death and impermanence are regarded as very important in Buddhism for two reasons : (1) it is only by recognising how precious and how short life is that we are most likely to make it meaningful and to live it fully and (2) by understanding the death process and familiarizing ourself with it, we can remove fear at the time of death and ensure a good rebirth.

Because the way in which we live our lives and our state of mind at death directly influence our future lives, it is said that the aim or mark of a spiritual practitioner is to have no fear or regrets at the time of death. People who practice to the best of their abilities will die, it is said, in a state of great bliss. The mediocre practitioner will die happily. Even the initial practitioner will have neither fear nor dread at the time of death. So one should aim at achieving at least the smallest of these results.

There are two common contemplation and meditation on death in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The first of these meditations looks at the certainty and imminence of death and what will be of benefit at the time of death, in order to motivate us to make the best use of our lives. The second is a simulation or rehearsal of the actual death process, which familiarizes us with death and takes away the fear of the unknown, thus allowing us to die skilfully. Traditionally, in Buddhist countries, one is also encouraged to go to a cemetery or burial ground to contemplate on death and become familiar with this inevitable event.

The first of these meditations is known as the nine-round death meditation, in which we contemplate the three roots, the nine reasonings, and the three convictions, as described below:


1. There is no possible way to escape death. No-one ever has, not even Jesus, Buddha, etc. Of the current world population of over 5 billion people, almost none will be alive in 100 years time.

2. Life has a definite, inflexible limit and each moment brings us closer to the finality of this life. We are dying from the moment we are born.

3. Death comes in a moment and its time is unexpected. All that separates us from the next life is one breath.

Conviction: To practise the spiritual path and ripen our inner potential by cultivating positive mental qualities and abandoning disturbing mental qualities.


4. The duration of our lifespan is uncertain. The young can die before the old, the healthy before the sick, etc.

5. There are many causes and circumstances that lead to death, but few that favour the sustenance of life. Even things that sustain life can kill us, for example food, motor vehicles, property.

6. The weakness and fragility of one's physical body contribute to life's uncertainty. The body can be easily destroyed by disease or accident, for example cancer, AIDS, vehicle accidents, other disasters.

Conviction: To ripen our inner potential now, without delay.

C. THE ONLY THING THAT CAN HELP US AT THE TIME OF DEATH IS OUR MENTAL/SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT(because all that goes on to the next life is our mind with its karmic (positive or negative) imprints.)

7. Worldly possessions such as wealth, position, money can't help

8. Relatives and friends can neither prevent death nor go with us.

9. Even our own precious body is of no help to us. We have to leave it behind like a shell, an empty husk, an overcoat.

Conviction: To ripen our inner potential purely, without staining our efforts with attachment to worldly concerns.

The second meditation simulates or rehearses the actual death process. Knowledge of this process is particularly important because advanced practitioners can engage in a series of yogas that are modelled on death, intermediate state (Tibetan: bar-do) and rebirth until they gain such control over them that they are no longer subject to ordinary uncontrolled death and rebirth."

For more info on death and dying, please visit Death and Dying in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition by Ven. Pende Hawter



The second of these meditations is a simulation or rehearsal of the actual death process, which familiarizes us with death and takes away the fear of the unknown, thus allowing us to die skilfully. "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" has meditations and rituals for caring for the dead, for guiding the dead person through the intermediate state into a good rebirth.

Tibetan Book of the Dead:

"Learn to die and thou shall learn how to live.
There shall none learn how to live that has not learnt to die.

There is a new complete version of "Tibetan Book of the Dead" - The GreatLiberation by Hearing in the Intermediate States - just released last yeartranslated by Gyurme Dorje and edited by Graham Coleman with Thupten Jinpa andIntroductory Commentary by HH the Dalai Lama that is a must read for interestedpeople who want to attain spiritual liberation before and after death, and want to know what would happen to your incarnated soul after death.

The book composed by Boddhisattva Padmasambhava and revealed by Terton KarmaLingpa has 14 chapters:

  1. Natural Liberation of the nature of the mind: the 4 session yoga of thepreliminary practice

  2. A prayer of union with the spiritual teacher: natural liberation, withoutrenunciation of the three poisons.

  3. Root verses of the 6 intermediate states

  4. Introduction to awareness: natural liberation through naked perception

  5. Spiritual practice entitled Natural liberation of habitual tendencies

  6. Natural liberation of negativity and obscuration through enactment of thehundredfold homage to the sacred enlightened families

  7. Natural liberation through acts of confession

  8. Natural liberation through the recognition of the visual indications andsigns of death

  9. Natural liberation of fear through the ritual deception of death

  10. Consciousness transference: natural liberation through recollection

  11. Great liberation by hearing

  12. Aspirational prayers

  13. A masked drama of death

  14. Liberation by wearing: natural liberation of the psycho-physical aggregates

This 535 page Tibetan Buddhist book with color illustrations of peaceful and wrathful deities and comprehensive notes, bibliography and glossary of key terms will answer the following questions: What happens to your incarnated soul after death? How to prepare oneself or someone for spiritual liberation in this lifetime and before death?What to do when you or someone has signs of near death? What to do when death isimminent? What to read to someone who just died who wanted spiritual liberation?



Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

"Bring your mind home. And release. And relax."

Sogyal Rinpoche's Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, an explanation and expansion of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, is a must read manual for life and death and a magnificent source of sacred inspiration from the heart of the Tibetan tradition which provides a lucid and inspiring introduction to the practice of meditation, to the nature of mind, to karma and rebirth, to compassionate love and care for the dying, and to the trials and rewards of the spiritual path.

What is it that Sogyal Rinpoche hope for from his book? "To inspire a quiet revolution in the whole way we look at death and care for the dying, and so the whole way we look at life and care for the living.

One of the deepest hopes for this book is that it could be an unfailing, loyal companion to anyone who makes the choice to become a bodhisattva, a source of guidance and inspiration to those who really face the challenge of this time, and undertake the journey to enlightenment out of compassion for all other beings. May they never grow weary or disappointed or disillusioned; may they never give up hope whatever the terrors and difficulties and obstacles that rise up against them. May those obstacles only inspire them to even deeper determination. May they have faith in the undying love and power of all those enlightened beings that have blessed and still bless the earth with their presence; may they take heart, as I have constantly taken heart, from the living examples of the great masters, men and women like us, who have with infinite courage heeded the Buddha's deathbed words to strive with their whole being to attain perfection."

"I pray that all of you who read this book may come to know and believe in the power of enlightenment, and come to recognize the nature of your mind, for to recognize the nature of your mind is to engender in the ground of your being an understanding that will change your entire world view, and help you discover and develop, naturally and spontaneously, a compassionate desire to serve all beings, as well as a direct knowledge of how best you can do so, with whatever skill or ability you have, in whatever circumstances you find yourself. I pray the that you will come to know in the very core of your being the living truth of these words by Nyoshul Khenpo:

An effortless compassion can arise for all beings who have not realized their true nature. So limitless is it that if tears could express it, you would cry without end. Not only compassion, but tremendous skillful means can be born when you realize the nature of mind. Also you are naturally liberated from all suffering and fear, such as the fear of birth, death, and the intermediate state. Then if you were to speak of the joy and bliss that arise from this realization, it is said by the buddhas that if you were to gather all the glory, enjoyment, pleasure, and happiness of the world and put it all together, it would not approach one tiny fraction of the bliss that you experience upon realizing the nature of mind.


Phowa (transference of consciousness) Practice

According to Sogyal Rinpoche, the best and easiest way to help a dying or a dead person, no matter how long ago it was, is to do the phowa practice:

Imagine tremendous rays of light emanating from the buddhas or divine beings, pouring down all their compassion and blessing. Imagine this light streaming down onto the dead person, totally purifying and freeing them from the confusion and pain of their death, granting them profound, lasting peace. Imagine then, with all your heart and mind, that the dead person dissolves into light and his or her consciousness, healed now and free of all suffering, soars up to merge indissolubly, and forever, with the wisdom mind of the buddhas.

From the Tibetan Book of the Dead:

O son/daughter of an enlightened family, what is called "death" has now arrived, so adopt this attitude: "I have arrived at the time of death, so now, by means of this death, I will adopt only the attitude of the enlightened state of mind, loving kindness and compassion, and attain perfect enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings who are as limitless as space ..."

Why is it that at the moment of death spiritual liberation is possible? Why is it necessary to prepare ourselves by meditation before death comes?Boddhisattva Padmasambhava explained this:

Why is it, you might wonder, that during the bardo state you can find stability by merely recognizing the nature of mind for a single instant? The answer is this: at present our mind is encased in a net, the net of the "wind of karma." And the "wind of karma" is encased itself in a net, the net of our physical body. The result is that we have no independence or freedom.

But as soon as our body has separated into mind and matter, in the gap before it has been encased once again in the net of a future body, the mind along with its magical display, has no concrete, material support. For as long as it lacks such a material basis, we are independent -- and we can recognize.

So if we can recognize the nature of mind in the same way as we can now when it is introduced by the master, there is not the slightest doubt that we will attain enlightenment. This is why, from this moment on, we must become familiar with the nature of the mind through practice.

The dawning of the Ground Luminosity, or Clear Light, at the moment of death is the great opportunity for liberation.

Fear, anger, aversion and ignorance obscure us from truly using this powerful moment as an opportunity for liberation. Boddhisattva Padmasambhava says:

All beings have lived and died and been reborn countless times. Over and over again they have experienced the indescribable Clear Light. But because they are obscured by the darkness of ignorance, they wander endlessly in a limitless samsara.


Guru Yoga: Merging with the Wisdom Mind of the Master

Guru Rinpoche

O Guru Rinpoche, Precious One,
You are the embodiment of
The compassion and blessings of all the buddhas,
The only protector of beings,
My body, my possessions, my heart and soul,
Without hesitation, I surrender to you!
From now until I attain enlightenment,
In happiness or sorrow, in circumstances good or bad, in situations high or low:
I rely on you completely, O Padmasambhava, you who know me:
think of me, inspire me, guide me, make me one with you!


Just as if you put your finger into water, it will get wet,
and if you put it into fire, it will burn,
so if you invest your mind in the wisdom mind of the buddhas,
it will transform into their wisdom nature

All the buddhas, bodhisattvas, and enlightened beings are present at all moments to help us, and it is through the presence of the master that all their blessings are focused directly at us. Those who know Bodhisattva Padmasambhava know the living truth of the promise he made over a thousand years ago: "I am never far from those with faith, or even from those without it, though they do not see me. My children will always, always, be protected by my compassion."

All we need to do to receive direct help is to ask. Didn't Christ also say: "Ask, and it shall be given you: seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. Everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth?"

H.H. Penor Rinpoche said: "The most important qualities to ensure the success of the (Guru Yoga) practice in the students' mind are faith, devotion, trust and pure view. If a student is truly bent upon benefiting from his or her practice and his or her association with the dharma, those qualities are indispensable."

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche said: "There have been many incredible and incomparable masters from the noble land of India and Tibet, the Land of Snows, yet of them all, the one who has the greatest compassion and blessing toward beings in this difficult age is Padmasambhava, who embodies the compassion and wisdom of all the buddhas. One of his qualities is that he has the power to give his blessing instantly to whoever prays to him, and whatever we may pray for, he has the power to grant our wish immediately."

The Buddha says in one of the Tantras: "Of all the buddhas who have ever attained enlightenment, not a single one accomplished this without relying upon a master, and of all the thousand buddhas that will appear in this eon, none of them will attain enlightenment without relying on a master."

According to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche: Devotion is the essence of the path, and if we have in mind nothing but the guru and feel nothing but fervent devotion, whatever occurs is perceived as his blessing. If we simply practice with this constantly present devotion, this is prayer itself.

When all thoughts are imbued with devotion to the guru, there is a natural confidence that this will take care of whatever may happen. All forms are the guru, all sounds are prayer, and all gross and subtle thoughts arise as devotion. Everything is spontaneously liberated in the absolute nature, like knots untied in the sky.

For more information on Mahaguruji Padmasambhava, see Invocations and Quotes from Boddhisattva Padmasambhava (Lotus-Born)


Tonglen Practice for a dying person

To awaken and develop Bodhichitta -- the heart of the enlighetened mind -- is to ripen steadily the seed of our buddha nature, that seed that in the end, when our practice of compassion has become perfect and all-embracing, will flower majestically into buddhahood. Bodhichitta, then, is the spring and source and root of the entire spiritual path. This is the path of the bodhisattvas, the practice of the compassionate heart of the enlightened mind that, because undertaken for the benefit of all, leads directly to Buddhahood. See Energetic and Charitable Giving

The Buddhist Tonglen Bodhichitta in action practice of giving and receiving is to take on the suffering and pain of others, and give them your happiness, well-being, and peace of mind. The following is a simplified version of Tonglen practice for a dying person:

Imagine now, the person who is dying. Imagine every aspect of the dying person's suffering and fear gathering into the mass of hot, black, grimy smoke, which you then breathe in; and consider too that by doing so, you are destroying your self-grasping and self-cherishing, and purifying all your negative karma.

Now, imagine, as you are breathing out, the light of the heart of your enlightened mind is filling the dying person with its peace and well-being and purifying all his or her negative karma.


Servants of Peace

May the vision that so many mystic masters of all traditions have had, of a future world free of cruelty and horror, where humanity can live in the ultimate happiness of the nature of the mind, come, through all our efforts, to be realized. Let us pray together for that better world, first with Shantideva and then with St. Francis of Assissi:

For as long as space exists
And sentient beings endure,
May I too remain,
To dispel the misery of the world.

Lord make me an instrument
Of thy peace, where there is hatred,
Let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that
I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we
Are pardoned, and it is in dying
That we are born to eternal life.




In summary, the main goal of this article besides showing how to achieve spiritual liberation through practicing the meditation techniques stated in this article is to prioritize and emphasize the importance of experiencing and developing your Buddha nature or achieving illumination and oneness with your higher soul -- soul realization -- before the time of death to prepare yourselves for death as an opportunity for spiritual liberation as Boddhisattva Padmasambhava keeps reminding us with his quotations below:

May all sentient beings, children of buddha nature, realise the ultimate natureof mind: insight and compassion in blissful union.

If you want to know your past life, look into your present condition. If you want to know your future life, look into your present actions.

Those who believe they have plenty of time get ready only at the time of death. Then they are ravaged by regret. But isn't it far too late?

Mind itself is Padmasambhava; there is no practice or meditation apart from that.

As Sogyal Rinpoche stated in his "Tibetan Book of Living and Dying", "According to the wisdom of Buddha, we can actually use our lives to prepare for death. We do not have to wait for the painful death of someone close to us or the shock of terminal illness to force us into looking at our lives. Nor are we condemned to go out empty-handed at death to meet the unknown. We can begin, here and now, to find meaning in our lives. We can make of every moment an opportunity to change and to prepare -- wholeheartedly, precisely, and with peace of mind -- for death and eternity.

In the Buddhist approach, life and death are seen as one whole, where death is the beginning of another chapter of life. Death is a mirror in which the entire meaning of life is reflected...

The bardo teachings show us precisely what will happen if we prepare for death and what will happen if we do not. The choice could not be clearer. If we refuse to accept death now, while we are still alive, we will pay dearly throughout our lives, at the moment of death, and thereafter. The effects of this refusal will ravage this life and all the lives to come. We will not be able to live our lives fully; we will remain imprisoned in the very aspect of ourselves that has to die. This ignorance will rob us of the basis of the journey to enlightenment, and trap us endlessly in the realm of illusion,the uncontrolled cycle of birth and death, that ocean of suffering that we Buddhists call samsara.

Yet the fundamental message of the Buddhist teachings is that if we are prepared, there is a tremendous hope, both in life and in death. The teachings reveal to us the possibility of an astounding and finally boundless freedom, which is ours to work for now, in life -- the freedom that will also enable us to choose our death and so to choose our birth. For someone who has prepared and practiced, death comes not as a defeat but as a triumph, the crowning and most glorious moment of life."

This one verse by Padmasambhava from the cycle of the Tibetan Book of the Dead sums up the whole Buddhist attitude toward the moment of death:

Now when the bardo of dying dawns upon me,
I will abandon all grasping, yearning, and attachment,
Enter undistracted into clear awareness of the teaching,
And eject my consciousness into the space of unborn Rigpa;
As I leave this compound body of flesh and blood
I will know it to be a transitory illusion.




To conclude this very important topic on death, dying and spiritual liberation, Ricardo has a true confession to make: the other main reason why he started his spiritual path besides soul mastery was the uncertainty of what happens after death which is usually accompanied by the feeling of fear of the unknown. Now that he understands the death process and is familiar with it through the actual experience relating to soul realization by his students and himself, his fear at the time of death is removed. See Awakening the Soul

The mystical experiences he had during the passing of his mother and the passing into mahasamadhi of his late beloved great spiritual teacher Master Choa Kok Sui made a huge impact to his convictions in the truth of the technology of the soul teachings and spiritual findings taught by Master Choa Kok Sui, and the powerful impact of the Phowa practice and Guru Yoga of his spiritual mentor Tibetan Buddhist Mahaguruji Boddhisattva Padmasambahva (who embodies a cosmic, timeless principle; the universal master) especially at the moment of death, spiritual liberation and soul realization.

In the west, the only spiritual attention that the majority pay to the dying is to go to their funeral. When someone dies, one of the deepest sources of anguish for those left behind to mourn is their conviction that there is nothing they can now do to help their loved one who has gone, a conviction that only aggravates their grief which is not true. There are many ways we can help the dying and the dead, as shown in the spiritual help for the dying and the dead in this article such as invoking the buddhas, praying and saying the mantras NAMO AMITABHA BUDDHA, OM MANI PADME HUM and OM AH HUM VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM, doing the phowa practice with Guru yoga and tonglen practices, and reading the "Tibetan Book of the Dead", and so help ourselves to survive their absence.

Just as it is the nature of fire to burn and of water to quench thirst, the nature of the buddhas is to be present as soon as anyone invokes them, so infinite is their compassionate desire to help all sentient beings. For spiritual help for the living, dying and the dead, and especially for healing, the masters have assured us: Call out to them, and the buddhas will answer you. As Bodhisattva Padmasambhava says: "Complete devotion brings complete blessing; absence of doubts brings complete success." For if you can unite your mind confidently with the wisdom mind of the master at the moment of death and die in that peace, then all will be well.

May this article enlighten your mind on death and spiritual liberation, from both the Arhatic Yoga and Tibetan Buddhist point of view, that it will initiate your interest in the same or similar spiritual path that Ricardo has taken for three main reasons: (1) the only thing that can help us at the time of death is our mental/spiritual development, (2) physical death can be transformed into spiritual liberation. It is a priceless, spiritual opportunity to achieve illumination and oneness with one's higher soul, and(3) to be a truly effective health care professional, an understanding of the truth about death, and how to care spiritually with loving-kindness and compassion for your dying patient are as inseparable and are as necessary in the practice of holistic healing -- healing the body, mind and spirit.

Lastly, an important Tibetan Bon Buddhist practice called Dream Yoga's lucid dreaming is a vital complementary spiritual teaching of Guru Yoga which prepares one's awareness in the bardo after death.

According to Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, "The Mother Tantra says that if one is not aware in vision, it is unlikely that one will be aware in behavior. If one is not aware in behavior, one is unlikely to be aware in dream. And if one is not aware in dream, then one is unlikely to be aware in the bardo after death."

"If we cannot remain present during sleep, if we lose ourselves every night, what chance do we have to be aware when death comes? If we enter our dreams and interact with the mind's images as if they are real, we should not expect to be free in the state after death. Look to your experience in dreams to know how you will fare in death. Look to your experience of sleep to discover whether or not you are truly awake."

Let this article be dedicated to all beings, living, dying or dead. For all those who are at this moment going through the process of dying, may their deaths be peaceful and free of pain or fear. This is Ricardo's prayer.




Ricardo would like to acknowledge and thank Mahaguruji Boddhisattva Padmasambhava for his "Tibetan Book of the Dead," his Root Guru H.H. Penor Rinpoche, his late beloved spiritual teacher Master Choa Kok Sui, a great disciple of Boddhisattva Padmasambhava, for his pranic healing and arhatic yoga teachings, to Ven. Pende Hawter for his enlightening compiled article "Death and Dying in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition," and also Sogyal Rinpoche for his "Tibetan Book of Living and Dying" with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's "Guru Yoga" which altogether inspired him to write this article after a lengthy period of intelligent evaluation or discernment.



Qigong and Meditation Instructions:

For more information on how to achieve illumination and oneness with your higher soul or develop and experience your Buddha nature, you can attend the Qigong workshopsand learn "Meditation on the Guru" or Guru Yoga with Phowa (transference of consciousness) practice, and Master Choa Kok Sui's technology of the soul meditation techniques such as "Meditation on the Soul", "Meditation on Loving-Kindness", "Meditation on the Blue Pearl", and "Meditation on the Lord's Prayer" offered by Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac., a disciple of H.H. Penor Rinpoche and Satguru Master Choa Kok Sui. See Affirmation of the Soul and Buddhas and Boddhisattvas


"Life’s most awesome event is death, and death comes to all without regard to wealth, beauty, intelligence or fame. Death is inevitable, but how you die — terrified and confused, or with confidence and spiritual mastery — is within your control." - Buddhism as an Education


Book References:

  • Achieving Oneness with the Higher Soul, Meditations for Soul Realization by MCKS, 2000.
  • Universal and Kabbalistic Meditation on the Lord's Prayer by MCKS, 2001.
  • OM MANI PADME HUM Blue Pearl in the Golden Lotus by MCKS, 2003.
  • Inner Teachings of Hinduism Revealed by MCKS, 2003.
  • The Spiritual Essence of Man by MCKS, 2004.
  • The Origin of Modern Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga by MCKS, 2006.
  • The Existence of God is Self-Evident Second Edition by MCKS, 2006.
  • The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche, 2002.
  • The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, 1998.
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead translated by Gyurme Dorje and edited by Graham Coleman with Thupten Jinpa and Introductory Commentary by HH the Dalai Lama, Viking Press, 2006.


Energetic and Charitable Giving

"Practice Loving-Kindness to people and to other beings.
Create Good Karma. Help other people and treat people fairly.
" -- MCKS

How can you open your heart and help those in need?

1. Energeticaly: Do the Meditation on Three Hearts or the Meditation on Loving Kindness*. This powerful universal meditation can be used by almost anyone desiring to contribute loving energy toward achieving Global Harmony and World Peace. This meditation is especially good to use for regions that may be in need of food, suffering natural disasters or war, or for any area experiencing hardship. It can also be used to direct energy toward your country, city, neighborhood and even family!

It is recommended, but not necessary, that a group of at least 3 people gather together for meditation. This allows for more energy to pour forth to those areas in need.

*Both Meditations are available on "The EFT Qi-healers Method" ebook:

Read EFT Qi-healers Method ebook

2. Physically: Donate to Charitable Organizations that offer relief or funding to those areas in need, locally and globally. Some suggestions:

MCKS Endowment Fund for World Peace and Global Healing

Start doing service in your community. Gather a group of friends and start a feeding program or join a local organization that feeds those less fortunate.


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