Clear Light Meditation for the Dying

The moment of death is the supreme spiritual opportunity. It is the dawning in the mind of the Clear Light, if only for a snap-of-the-fingers duration. There are very few, however, who know how to meet this opportunity. Even longtime meditators seem agreed that the best assistance they can provide is to meditate silently in the presence of the dying person, not knowing that there is a dynamic process offering profound assistance to the consciousness of the dying person.

The Clear Light Meditation for the Dying is that process. A nonsectarian practice, it prepares the mind of a dying person for moving into an open dimension of radiant clarity. This enormously multiplies the possibility of not only becoming one with the light, but resting there for a longer duration, with inconceivable spiritual implications. The Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche declared this teaching a Mind Treasure suitable for this time and for people of all (or no) belief systems. Care and comfort of the dying, palliative care, and end-of-life care are critical issues in our society.

We warmly urge meditators and non-meditators alike to receive transmission of this practice in order to help their own families. Doctors, nurses, clergy, hospice volunteers, psychologists, social workers, EMT workers, policemen, firemen, military personnel, or anyone who could find themselves in a situation with a dying person, can learn to offer nonsectarian assistance on an exquisitely high level.