An Introduction to the Tibetan Buddhist Understanding of Death and Dying inspired by the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
This 8-week course guides participants through the essential teachings on dying and death from the Buddhist tradition of Tibet. It offers a glimpse of this practical wisdom and sacred inspiration, which is so beneficial for today’s world. The universal message of these teachings speaks to people from all walks of life and is relevant for those of any spiritual tradition or none. It shows us how we can face uncertainty and change, transform difficulty and fear, prepare for death and support others to die with dignity.
Who is this course for?
Open to anyone who wishes to explore the topic of death and dying. The universality of the message of these teachings is most relevant today and can bring benefit to people from all walks of life and traditions.
How does online work?
The course is designed to enable you to study at your own pace, within a clear framework and the support of an experienced instructor. Each week features a teaching, online group discussions, journaling and guided contemplations and meditations to support and deepen your personal study at home.
Session 1: Understanding impermanence and death part 1
Session 2: Understanding impermanence and death part 2
Session 3: Beyond thoughts and emotions – The mind and the ‘deathless, unending nature of mind’
Session 4: Finding stability and confidence – meditation
Session 5: What happens at the moment of death?
Session 6: The heart advice for the moment of death
Session 7: Some aspects of practical and emotional care
Session 8: Healing in life and death – the practice of Essential Phowa
Some books you may find helpful for the course:
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
Facing Death and Finding Hope by Christine Longaker