A practical exploration of Buddhist teachings on death, dying and relating with the groundlessness of life.
Impermanence and change in general, and at the time of death in particular, are moments fraught with anxiety but also filled with potential.
The Buddhist teachings say that times of transition – intermediary times known as “bardo” -- are moments when we can experience great freedom and possibility, but instead what we usually do is freeze and freak out, at even just the thought of it. In this program we will explore traditional teachings examining the rawness of death and change, and explore the meaning and practice of bravery where we often encounter fear and uncertainty. No pre-requisites, but some prior meditation experience is recommended.
The program will also introduce the contemplative invocation "The Armor of Fearlessness" written by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. This will be part of the Class 3 and will be presented at the end of the class so that people not interested in receiving this practice can choose to participate or not.
This course consists of 5 recordings of the live sessions which took place in the Fall of 2019.
- September 9 - The Basic Ground of No Ground
- September 23 - Solidity of Life Dissolving
- October 7 - Being Genuine in the Rawness of Experience
- October 21 - The Bardos
- October 27 - Appreciating Transitory Existence; Closing Remarks and Open Discussion