Learning Programs

The Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death Sutra

Key Learning Points

Importance of contemplating impermanence

Cultivating great compassion

Freedom from reference points

Non-existence

The meaning of Buddhahood

Mind nature

Insight meditation

The Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death is a Mahāyāna sūtra taught by Buddha Śākyamuni. In this brief text, the Buddha gives pith instructions on the mind. Phakchok Rinpoche teaches this text frequently as it offers clear advice on key points of practice.

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The Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death is a Mahāyāna sūtra taught by Buddha Śākyamuni. In the Tibetan language it is titled: ‘phags pa ‘da ka ye shes bya ba’i mdo.

The sūtra teaches the definitive meaning, or ultimate meaning, relating to Buddha nature. Because this sūtra teaches the single essential point, the result, it is classified as belonging to the third turning of the Dharma wheel.

Under the direction of Phakchok Rinpoche, we have brought together video and audio teachings on The Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death Sūtra. In addition, you will find here materials to aid in contemplation and guides to apply the wisdom of the text in practice.

Rinpoche teaches this sūtra often because he believes that it gives very clear instruction. It outlines how to practice vipaśyanā (clear insight) meditation authentically. Here, in a short video, Rinpoche gives a brief introduction and explains why he finds this teaching helpful.

The module offers reflection questions and reminders from the text in addition to teachings. Also, the text of the sūtra is offered with two classical commentaries. Here you can learn how to practice by hearing, reading, and contemplating. In this way, you can engage with the teachings and repeatedly reflect on the meaning in depth. The sūtra consists of five major topics. Thus, in the material provided here, you will find guidance and teachings on each topic.

The Sūtra’s Five Points:

  1. Impermanence
  2. Great compassion
  3. Freedom from reference points
  4. Non-existence
  5. Buddhahood

Here, Rinpoche explains each point in depth. Then he also demonstrates how to practically apply these points in our meditation.

Practical Tips and Advice

Phakchok Rinpoche’s teachings here are divided into 8 units. Although you have access to all the units at the same time, we suggest that you spend some time contemplating each unit and following the meditation or practice instructions given there. You might wish to spend at least a week working with each unit and gaining familiarity.

Additionally, we have included reflection questions. We hope that these questions provoke additional contemplation, and allow you to review key element of each talk section. Also, please make use of the discussion forum to offer your comments on these reflections, or to raise points of your own.

We recommend that you give yourself the time to proceed through the units slowly and carefully. The sūtra itself is very short, but the meaning is quite profound. As Rinpoche notes, we can apply the instructions of this text to every type of practice we undertake, throughout our lives. You will notice that Rinpoche repeats the sūtra itself frequently. This is a traditional method of internalizing a teaching and it can be very helpful. Every time that we read the text, we may discover new layers of meaning, and find points that strike our hearts.

We hope that this support program is of great benefit, and we encourage you to discuss the teachings in the student forum. By doing so, we keep this teaching alive and very meaningful.

Thank you for undertaking this study and may all be auspicious!

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Course Curriculum

Overview
The Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death Sūtra and Commentaries (PDF) 00:00:00
The Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death Sūtra Read Aloud 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit One 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit Two 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit Three 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit Four 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit Five 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit Six 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit Seven 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit Eight 00:00:00
圣临终智经 - 简体中文
大乘圣临终智经与注释(PDF) – 简体中文 00:00:00
大乘圣临终智经朗读 – 简体中文 00:00:00
大乘临终智慧经 第一单元 – 简体中文 00:00:00
大乘临终智慧经第二单元 – 简体中文 00:00:00
大乘圣临终智慧经 第三单元 – 简体中文 00:00:00
大乘圣临终智慧经 第四单元 – 简体中文 00:00:00
大乘圣临终智慧经 第五单元 – 简体中文 00:00:00
大乘圣临终智慧经 第六单元 – 简体中文 00:00:00
大乘圣临终智慧经 第七单元 – 简体中文 00:00:00
大乘圣临终智慧经 第八单元 – 简体中文 00:00:00
Español
El Sūtra de la Noble Sabiduría de la Muerte y comentarios (PDF) – Español 00:00:00
El Sutra de la Noble Sabiduría de la Muerte, lectura en voz alta – Español 00:00:00
Sabiduría al momento de la Muerte – Unidad 1 – Español 00:00:00
Sabiduría de la Muerte – Unidad 2 – Español 00:00:00
Sabiduría al momento de la muerte- Unidad 3 – Español 00:00:00
Sabiduría al momento de la muerte – Unidad 4 – Español 00:00:00
Sabiduría al momento de la Muerte – Unidad 5 – Español 00:00:00
Sabiduría al momento de la Muerte Unidad 6- Español 00:00:00
Sabiduría al momento de la muerte – Unidad 7 – Español 00:00:00
Sabiduría al momento de la Muerte – Unidad 8 – Español 00:00:00
Português
Sutra da Nobre Sabedoria na Hora da Morte e Comentários (PDF) – Português 00:00:00
Sutra da Nobre Sabedoria na Hora da Morte Lido em voz alta – Português 00:00:00
Sabedoria na Hora da Morte – Unidade Um – Português 00:00:00
WSabedoria na Hora da Morte – Unidade dois – Português 00:00:00
Sabedoria na Hora da Morte – Unidade três – Português 00:00:00
Sabedoria na Hora da Morte – Unidade quatro – Português 00:00:00
Sabedoria na Hora da Morte – Unidade cinco – Português 00:00:00
Sabedoria na Hora da Morte – Unidade seis – Português 00:00:00
Sabedoria na Hora da Morte – Unidade sete – Português 00:00:00
Sabedoria na Hora da Morte – Unidade oito – Português 00:00:00
Bahasa Indonesia
Kebijaksanaan Arya untuk Saat Kematian Sūtra dan Komentar (PDF)-Bahasa Indonesia 00:00:00
Sūtra Kebijaksanaan Arya untuk Saat Kematian Pembacaan Lantang-Indonesia Bahasa 00:00:00
Kebijaksanaan Arya untuk Saat Kematian-Unit Satu-Bahasa Indonesia 00:00:00
Kebijaksanaan Arya untuk Saat Kematian -Unit Dua -Indonesia Bahasa 00:00:00
Kebijaksanaan Arya untuk Saat Kematian – Unit Tiga – Bahasa Indonesia 00:00:00
Kebijaksanaan Arya untuk Saat Kematian – Unit Empat – Bahasa Indonesia 00:00:00
Kebijaksanaan Arya untuk Saat Kematian – Unit Lima – Bahasa Indonesia 00:00:00
Kebijaksanaan Arya untuk Saat Kematian – Unit Enam – Bahasa Indonesia 00:00:00
Kebijaksanaan Arya untuk Saat Kematian – Unit Tujuh – Bahasa Indonesia 00:00:00
Kebijaksanaan Arya untuk Saat Kematian – Unit Delapan -Bahasa Indonesia 00:00:00
Thai
The Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death Sūtra and Commentaries (PDF) – Thai 00:00:00
The Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death Sūtra Read Aloud – Thai 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit One – Thai 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit Two – Thai 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit Three – Thai 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit Four – Thai 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit Five – Thai 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit Six – Thai 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit Seven – Thai 00:00:00
Wisdom of Time of Death Unit Eight – Thai 00:00:00

About the Instructor

Phakchok Rinpoche

Phakchok Rinpoche was born in 1981 and is a lineage holder of the Profound Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa from the...

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Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.