Introduction to Phowa
So the transference of consciousness is something that we¶ll give you anintroduction to, and also to the visualizations that are related to it. By relyingon that, what you basically try to cultivate is the ability to consciously move your consciousness from your body at the time of death, and take a rebirth in apure land such as the pure land of Amitabha, the land of happiness.
When you start receiving any teachings it¶s always important to review yourmotivation and purify or correct it. So try to think not only of yourself and your own needs, but also try to have the intention to benefit beings. Sentient beings are as vast as space and as great as an ocean, so work to change yourmotivation from being selfish to something like, "For the benefit of all sentient beings I am going to participate in this particular teaching, which is called thetransference of consciousness." It¶s important to be very conscious of yourmotivation because your motivation establishes how things develop. Forexample, suppose that someone has a very pure heart. From that, actions of their body and their speech will be in harmony with that, and they will create basically good karma, positive actions, and of course that will bring aboutproportionate good results. Whereas if someone has a bad mind, a negativemotivation, even though their body and their speech may behave in a manner which appears to be virtuous, this doesn¶t actually accrue any positive quality whatsoever because the nature of the mind is negative in its motivation.Therefore it¶s important to be more conscious of your motivation and tocorrect it in a positive, constructive manner.By having a virtuous and positive attitude and approach to life, your own life will be much more a source of happiness for yourself. The way you approachsituations will be happier, the actions of the body and speech will be happier, your relationships with others will be more positive and other people willrecognize that. They will recognize you as a nice person and will therefore like your company. Whereas in contrast if someone has a negative mindset, of course we become distrustful of the person because they lie, they¶re deceptiveand they also commit negative actions. So we can easily see that a negative