Liberation through Touch
This shroud contains the mantra-chakra described in Karma Lingpa’s “Bardo Thodrol Chenmo” (“Great Liberation through Hearing”) text. This mantra-chakra is known therefore as the Karling Shitro Takdrol (Karma Lingpa tradition “Liberation by Touch” Peaceful & Wrathful Deities Mantra-Chakra).
“This mantra-chakra is a field of experience of the fortunate.
It is extremely difficult to encounter this mantra-chakra,
And once encountered, it is difficult to intellectually comprehend.
Therefore, those who do encounter it should rejoice,
And wear it with trust!
At the time of death, this mantra-chakra should not be removed from the body,
And at the time of cremation it should not be removed from the corpse.”
- From ”The Great Liberation Upon Hearing” of Karma Lingpa.
This shroud should be placed on a dying person or as soon as possible after a person has passed away. It should be left covering the body and be buried or cremated together with the body. The mantras printed on this shroud are the mantras that “Self-Liberate the Aggregates (of Body and Mind)” (Tib: Phungpo Rangdol).