Date(s) - September 29, 2017 - October 1, 2017
Graceful Exit: Preparing for a Good Death
Weekend Workshop jointly sponsored by Tergar Minneapolis-St Paul
and Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis
With Andrew Holecek, author of Preparing to Die: Practical Advice
and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota, USA
All of life is held within the context of death. By acknowledging and preparing for death now, we will find ourselves living more fully and fearlessly. Join us as we celebrate the preciousness of life, and ready ourselves and others for this final journey. We will learn how to die a good death, and how to help others die, exploring meditations and contemplations that prepare us for letting go. As the Buddhist tradition proclaims, “If you die before you die, then when you die you will not die.” With preparation, we can transcend death, turning the greatest obstacle into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and even attain enlightenment. The bardo teachings lead to the death of death. The journey through the bardos is a journey into our mind, so by exploring the bardos we are exploring ourselves. They also apply to any moment that ends – which means these teachings apply to daily life.
This program also covers many of the practical issues around dying, including medical and legal concerns before, during, and after death, as well as difficult issues such as organ donation, euthanasia, suicide, and death of a pet.
This weekend combines practices, teachings, and discussions that will enhance your understanding and experience of both your own death as well as the death of your loved ones. Anyone committed to transforming their relationship to the end of life – experienced practitioners and those new to the path – as well as those who work in helping professions, will find this weekend deeply enriching.
About the Presenter:
Andrew Holecek offers seminars internationally on meditation, dream yoga, and death. He has completed the traditional three-year meditation retreat, and is the author of The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy; Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition; Meditation in the iGeneration: How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress; Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep; and the audio learning course: Dream Yoga: The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming. His work has appeared in Buddhadharma Magazine, Tricycle, Lion’s Roar, Parabola, Utne Reader, and many other periodicals. For more information see www.andrewholecek.com/.
Friday, September 29, 7pm-9pm
Saturday, September 30, 9am-5pm
Sunday, October 1, 9am-5pm
Wat Thai Temple
2544 Highway 100 South
St Louis Park, MN 55416
All levels include a morning and afternoon tea breaks and a Thai vegetarian lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
- Sponsor – Your generosity at this level allows us to offer a reduced rate to those on a limited income — $235
- Basic – This level covers the actual cost of the program — $195
- Reduced – Reduced fee for those with limited incomes — $125
Full payment is due at time of registration. If your ability to pay makes it difficult to attend, contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tergar Minneapolis-St. Paul at email@example.com.
We make final arrangements for weekend events 10 days before the event start day. If you cancel after September 19, there will be a $25 administration fee.
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Wat Thai Temple, St Louis Park MN, United States