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Peaceful Living, Peaceful Dying

Event Description

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


All Levels

Silence Level


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.

Additional Information

If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.

  • 30 November 2017 to 3 December 2017

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Teacher Bio

Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi

became interested in meditation after reading Be Here Now and Autobiography of a Yogi in the early 1970s. For the next 20 years, she describes her spiritual path as meandering and haphazard that included several dead ends. In early 1991, she bought a one-way ticket to India with the intention of meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In late 1991, she became co-director of Vajrapani Institute in California. In 1995, she began working at FPMT International Office, first as co-director and then later as center services coordinator. In early 2000, Venerable Tenzin began a long, solitary retreat that lasted 6½ years. She decided to become ordained in the third year of her long retreat and left retreat for a quick trip to India in 2004 for novice ordination with His Holiness. Since 2008, she has been teaching at various centers worldwide. Most recently, she was the resident teacher at Gendun Drugpa center in Canada and is now resident teacher at Vajrapani Institute.

Option A is a slightly lower cost designed to allow as many people to attend as possible. Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result. The accommodations are the same for both and you can choose whichever price suits your financial needs.

Fees (inclusive of accommodation, meals, retreat fees)
Option A Option B
Main Dormitory $357.00 $465.00
Semi-Private Dormitory $387.00 $495.00
Private Room $537.00 $645.00
Private Room – extra person
$330.00 $435.00
Cabin $642.00 $750.00
Cabin – extra person
$354.00 $450.00
10% membership discounts are applicable for members.
Level 1: One Student $170.00
Level 2: Two Students $340.00

Financial Aid is Available

We want to make retreat available to everyone.  With this in mind, we will gladly work out a payment plan with you. If you need even more assistance, we offer several scholarships. Please note that the scholarship deadline is one month before retreat begins.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the guidelines for payment plans and/or scholarships, please email the Office at