Kagyu Changchub Chuling

A center for the practice and study of Vajrayana Buddhism founded by His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche

There's More to Dying Than Death — Preparing for the Opportunity of a Lifetime! — A Three-Part Series

Event Leader: 
Julie Hurlocker
KCC - 4936 NE Skidmore

"We are racing toward our own destination with each moment—like we're on a highway. We could rejoice—look forward to the opportunity to possibly become enlightened or reborn in Dewachen, so we are able to benefit all sentient beings." —Khenpo Rinpoche

This course will be comprised of three 2-hour workshops on consecutive Saturdays 3:00-5:00 p.m. beginning November 4. We will explore and begin to create our own unique 'tool kits' in preparation for the best possible journey.

We will use a variety of contemplations and meditations about impermanence and dying; some suggested practices to help prepare for the experience; templates for our spiritual wills and other advance directives; and samples of possible ceremonies before, during, and after the dying process. 

We will be opening up discussions/conversations about death and dying; and building supportive resources for ourselves, our KCC community, our families and friends. As these sessions build upon each other, we encourage participants to attend all classes, if possible, either in person or via live-stream.We ask that participants commit to engaging in the course for its full three-week length and plan to attend all of the classes, either in person or via live-stream.  

Please REGISTER so that enough materials can be prepared. No one will be turned away at the door.  

Saturdays, 3:00-5:00pm

Class One - November 4
Introductions:  Let's face our projections and greet 'old age, sickness, and death' with open arms and hearts!

Class Two - November 11
—Some time for sharing of contemplative experiences from Day One.
—'Nuts & bolts' exploration of advance directives, including material wills, ethical wills, spiritual wills, legacy planning...looking at the idea of 'dharma boxes' to aid our full preparedness.

Class Three - November 18
—More sharing and contemplations.
—Continuation of practical and spiritual planning.
—Specific meditation practices for preparation and for the actual dying process

  • Essential phowa
  • Five elements
  • Taking and sending

Contact the registrar with registration-related questions.