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POWA Ceremony - Prayers for the Deceased

Friday  7-8pm 
(we will do this Puja once a month)  

The practice of transference of consciousness, POWA Ceremony, is done on behalf of one or more deceased persons, or countless deceased beings.
Through doing POWA Practice with faith, compassion and concentration we can transfer the consciousness of those recently deceased to a higher rebirth or to the Pure Land of a Buddha.
If 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 Ceremony 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.
We perform this Powa Practice on behalf of those who have recently died, traditionally within forty-nine days of their death.
Everyone is welcome. 
Please bring an offering of food, flowers and other necessities on behalf of the deceased. Using the money of the deceased is a powerful method for increasing his or her merit, and for enabling him or her to make a special connection with the holy beings. 

DATE:  One Friday a month -check calendar for date 

Cost:  Free
--You may bring offerings you would like to make on behalf of the deceased. (No meat or alcohol please)
--Also you may bring a photograph of the deceased if you wish.
For more information please call the center (563)-322-1600

POWA Ceremony

1.  On behalf of the deceased, we accumulate a great collection of virtue and merit. We do this by making prostrations and extensive offerings to the holy beings, so that the deceased gather the necessary conditions to take rebirth in the Pure Land of a Buddha.

2.  On behalf of the deceased, by sincerely making requests to Buddha Vajrasattva with the recitation of the hundred-letter mantra, we purify the four main obstacles to their taking rebirth in the Pure Land of a Buddha. These obstacles are their non-virtues and negative actions created (1) physically, (2) verbally, (3) mentally, and (4) by their body, speech, and mind together.

3.  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 theBuddha of Compassion so that they will experience pure and everlasting happiness. 

4.  Through the power of our concentration on the final special ritual practice, together with the mantra recitation, we create a special auspiciousness for the deceased to attain permanent liberation from samsaric rebirth.

We then conclude this powa practice with the dedication prayers. 

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