Instructions for the Transitional State

A Concise Guide for Families and Friends of Vajrayana Buddhists

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Orgyen Dorje Den / Tashi Choling


Written with the guidance of Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche and advice of Lama Yeshe Nyima, this manual offers instructions for assisting others and preparing for one’s own death, presented in a concise manner so not to overwhelm Buddhist practitioners or their non-Buddhist families and friends. According to our spiritual tradition, the information covers the approach of death, preparing the body, engaging in practice, and observing appropriate behavior that will benefit the deceased. The manual is formatted so that it can be stored in a file with legal documents and kept on-hand. Within it you will find teachings by Buddhist masters concerning the time of death, an example will, a complete check list to help tie up loose ends in the world, suggestions for resource contacts and materials, and a glossary clarifying terms for the non-Buddhist reader. In the Forward, Gyatrul Rinpoche has also kindly offered additional advice for students of Vajrayana Buddhism. The manual was compiled and written by TLC Founder and Director Julie Rogers and is 38 pages in length.

Endorsements for Instructions for the Transitional State

“As western practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, we are blessed with a plethora of very profound teachings and advice on how to die and how to deal with the dying and dead. However, when someone we know is dying, we are often not sure how to apply these teachings; in short, we don’t know what to do. But that problem is now solved. Julie Rogers, a diligent, long-time student of Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche, has compiled very clear, precise and detailed instructions on exactly what to do for the dying and deceased here in America. This guidance is extremely helpful and exactly what we need. There are very few books on Tibetan Buddhism that I would unequivocally say are “must-haves”; this is one.”  Bruce Newman, author of A Beginner’s Guide to Tibetan Buddhism published by Snow Lion

“Most excellent. The only treatise dealing with this subject, so far as I’ve seen.” Taylor Sloan, Ph.D., psychologist, past associate of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Instructions for the Transitional State ~ A Concise Guide

Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche was born in 1924 near the Tibetan border with China and was recognized at the age of seven by two great meditation masters to be a tulku of Dhomang Monastery in Tibet. In his early life, he spent many years in retreat with his root guru, Tulku Natsok, a great terton, or treasure revealer. In 1959 during the Communist Chinese invasion Gyatrul Rinpoche fled Tibet for India and during his initial years of exile there he served as an elected representative of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Requested by H.H. the Dalai Lama and H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche to immigrate west in order to spread the dharma, Gyatrul Rinpoche came to America in 1972 and in 1980 established Tashi Choling, his Oregon center. Since then, Gyatrul Rinpoche has been instrumental in founding Buddhist centers for study and practice in several other locations in the U.S. and abroad, including Orgyen Dorje Den in Alameda, CA. As appointed by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, Gyatrul Rinpoche is the spiritual director and representative of all Yeshe Nyingpo centers on the west coast of the United States and has invited numerous Buddhist masters from Tibet, Sikkim, and India to teach here. He is known for his keen understanding of western students, his profound teaching style, and his humor, humility and compassion.


Lama Yeshe Nyima was born in Ohio and ordained as a Vajrayana Buddhist monk over thirty years ago. He has trained with Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche, Ven. Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche and HE Chagdud Rinpoche and has also received a vast body of teachings from many great Tibetan masters. During the 1980s, Lama Yeshe undertook extensive retreat at Tashi Choling in Oregon and has been guiding students in their practice since that time. An eloquent teacher of Vajrayana Buddhism, he was the resident lama at his center in Mexico City and also established Dechen Ling in Ashland, Oregon.


A long-standing student of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche, Julie Rogers has been active for over twenty-five years at Tashi Choling Center in Ashland, Oregon. She worked for many years as a caregiver and has completed training in Patient and Bereavement Care at Ashland Community Hospital Hospice and in Children’s Bereavement at WinterSpring Center in Medford, Oregon. Ms. Rogers is an author of prose and poetry. 

All proceeds from this publication are offered to support the Amitabha Shrine at Tashi Choling and to further fund ‘Vimala’, Gyatrul Rinpoche’s archive, for the preservation of sacred texts and teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism for future generations.