ON DEATH AND DYING
September 23 - 30 2017
A BUDDHIST APPROACH
HOW TO HELP OUR LOVED ONES ENJOY DEATH AND GO HAPPILY TO THEIR NEXT REBIRTH
This is an Intermediate Course and participants should be familar and comfortable with Buddhist principles such as precious human rebirth, death and rebirth, karma, purification, nature of the mind.
In modern society the subject of death is treated as a taboo, due to which we avoid discussing it and even go as far as pretending it doesn’t exist. As a result, our own and others’ deaths come as a huge shock to us.
In fact, death is the one sure thing that will definitely happen to every single one of us, and it can happen anytime.
But In the depth of our being we don't believe we will die. And if we do think about death it’s always in relation to someone else’s death. But it’s not enough to be sad, or to have compassion. The way to make it real, to get the wake-up call, is every time we hear about death, read about it, talk about it, just remember: that will be me, that will be me.
Then we will prepare for death; and then we’re qualified to help others.
As Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in his latest book about how to help others through the dying and death process, “Helping our loved ones at the time of death is the best service we can offer them, our greatest gift. Why? Because death is the most important time of life: it’s at death that the next rebirth is determined.”
During this workshop we will go through the crucial teachings and practices that prepare us for this natural event so that we can accept it and face it without fear, but with confidence and contentment that our life has been lived in the most fruitful way, thus perfectly preparing us for our next life.
In this course topics such these below will be discussed
- Why make preparations for death?
- How mindfulness of death is useful
- Death, intermediate state, and rebirth
- Practices for the time of death
The Handbook for this course : "How to Help Your Loved One Enjoy Death and Go Happily to Their Next Rebirth" is now available as a free download from the FPMT website. Please use this link, to download the boook, or go to the Death and Dying section of the FPMT education section and look for this book in the list, ready for download.
Course date: September 23 - September 30
Course leader: Ven. Robina Courtin
Course cost: 200 US$
Course fee includes all meals, accommodation in dormitory and course material.
Please note: if you choose accommodation other than dormitory, an additonal charge will apply.