As spiritual seekers, we recognize the value of preparing for death if we wish to live a meaningful life, and facing death with as much confidence and consciousness as possible. Tibetan Buddhism provides a detailed guide and specific instructions for the death process, as well as prayers and practices to aid the transition.
November 30 – December 3, 2017
What is it?
This course will include an explanation of the death process and the stages of death, as well as spiritual advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche that can assist at the time of death, and instructions on detailing health care directives for the end of life. Guided meditations will be offered, including contemplation on the stages of death, and instruction in the important practice of tonglen (“Giving and Taking”). The practice of the five powers at the time of death will be presented, as well as details regarding the handling of ashes and memorials.
This course is appropriate for health care professionals, hospice workers and volunteers, caregivers, family and friends of those with a terminal illness, and anyone who has an interest in learning more about this inevitable transition that we all will face.
Who is it for?
It is helpful, but not absolutely necessary, to have some familiarity with Buddhist thought, ideally through a course on the Four Noble Truths or the lamrim, Stages of the Path.
- Please plan on arriving between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on the first day of the retreat
- Please plan on departing approximately 2:00 PM on the last day of the retreat
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- For more detailed information, please see our FAQ
If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.