with Don Handrick
in five sessions
Friday, October 16, 2020
Saturday, October 17
Sunday, October 18
Wednesday, October 21
Wednesday, October 28
All times are PDT (Pacific Daylight Time).
Most modern societies do an excellent job of hiding away the reality of death. When on top of this we lead a busy life, we may not give much thought to death until we actually encounter it face to face. We then find ourselves overwhelmed and traumatized by the diagnosis of a terminal illness or the loss of someone close to us. We may also fear that thinking about death will make it happen or else take the joy out of living. But, in reality, when we actively think about death and prepare for it, we find more peace, happiness, and fulfillment in our lives and our fear of death disappears..
This course was created by FPMT to provide practical ways for thinking about preparing for your own and others’ death. It is suitable for anyone — Buddhist or not — who is interested in learning about death and dying from a Buddhist perspective.
Especially given these extraordinarily trying times, with the pandemic and natural disasters, as a result of having done this course, you may feel more prepared, calm, and confident.
Gen Don has received teachings from many esteemed lamas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok. In 1998 he attended the FPMT's Masters Program of Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, a seven-year residential study program conducted at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Tuscany, Italy. He successfully completed all five subjects of this program in 2004, receiving an FPMT final certificate with high honors. In 2015, he had the honor of being selected to lead the renowned November Course, a one month teaching and meditation retreat held annually at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.
This weekend intensive will use the FPMT book Heart Advice for Death and Dying (available from the FPMT store).