The ceremony Powa, or transference of consciousness, is a beautiful and powerful ritual practice which is performed every month at KMCC on behalf of those who have recently passed away, traditionally within forty-nine days of their death.
This practice enables us to benefit the deceased by coming together as a group and making prayers and offerings on their behalf. Then, through the power of our compassionate intention, strong prayer, and concentration on the practice, we transfer the consciousness of the deceased to the Pure Land of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion, so that they will experience a pure and lasting peace and finally be freed from the painful cycling of suffering and it’s causes.
By engaging in this practice, we will create a great collection of virtue, which will also lead us into the pathway to the Pure Land of a Buddha. For a more extensive explanation of this practice, see the book Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully.
This ceremony uses the prayer booklet Powa Ceremony.