Phowa Foundation
A Special Project of Orgyen Khamdroling

Dying With Confidence Training Program

Through the Dying with Confidence training program Anyen Rinpoche offers spiritual guidance and support to students who wish to face the moment of death fearlessly, open-heartedly, and free of regret. This three-level training program introduces students to practices unique to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, forming the basis for lifelong practice that can assist them and others through illness, the dying process, and at the moment of death.

Upcoming Programs
Teachings on Dying with Confidence: Making the Most of the Time We Have - Online & Brunswick, Maine - October 26th and 27th, 2024

Introduction to Dying with Confidence
After teaching the three-level "Dying with Confidence" program for many years, Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo felt that a more formal introductory program was indispensable. Students who apply to the training program benefit more from first receiving teachings on the practice of sadhana and the Vajrayana approach to death generally before engaging in the practices of Avalokiteshvara and Phowa that are essential to the training program.
Attending an introductory program also gives the student a chance to meet and get to know Rinpoche and Allison before deciding to make a full commitment to an intensive training program. Anyen Rinpoche follows the most traditional way of guiding students and therefore also wants to get to know you, your background, and your experience with the Dharma. Introductory programs are always unique, engaging and challenging, as students from a variety of backgrounds come together to begin a common course of serious training.
Level I Training (5 days)
Past programs have included:
  • Teachings on the four thoughts that turn the mind
  • Bodhicitta
  • Guru Yoga
  • The signs of death
  • Rinpoche's personal experience assisting the dying
  • Phowa
  • Introductory wind energy or "tsa lung" practice
Level II Training (3 days)
Past programs have included:
  • Further instruction in phowa and wind energy practices
  • Transmissions
  • Commentaries on bardo prayers
Level III Training * (7 days)
Days 1-4:

Intensive phowa practice retreat open to previously trained students and to those interested in learning about phowa and the Dying with Confidence Training Program

Days 5-7 have included:
  • Teachings on practicing phowa for others
  • Instructions on how to benefit the dying
  • Instructions using ritual materials in practices that benefit the dying
* Upon completion of Level III qualified students may be invited to attend other teachings with Anyen Rinpoche. Each program is unique as Rinpoche customizes the content to the needs of the participants.
Dying With Confidence Training Programs
Introduction Level I Level II Level III Phowa
December 5-10, 2019 February 18-20, 2022
October 26th and 27th, 2024
Portland, Oregon Public Talk: Nov 15, 2019

2019 Retreat, Nov 16-17, 2019
Sarasota, Florida December 1-3, 2023.
Tsetar Shrimp Release & Living is Dying Program.
Ruskin, January 25-29, 2018 Ruskin, November 2-4, 2018 Sarasota, March 2-7, 2019 Sarasota, March 2-5, 2019
Gig Harbor,
Bainbridge Island, September 9-10, 2017 Bainbridge Island, March 23-27, 2018 Bainbridge Island, October 5-7, 2018 Gig Harbor, May 4-10, 2019 Gig Harbor, May 4-7, 2019
Rime Buddhist Center, Kansas City, Missouri October 19-21, 2018.
Casa Tibet, Mexico February 2019
OKL Center Montreal, Canada November 24-28, 2016 May 12-14, 2017 November 18-24, 2017 November 18-21, 2017
Tibet House New York, NY One-Day Program,
February 11, 2017
June 15-19 2017 April 25-29, 2018 April 27-29, 2018