Facing Death (and Life!) without Fear: Training in Caring, Compassion and Pure Rebirth. Programs on Death and Dying at KTD, Spring 2014

facingdeathanddyingheader_edited-1After his awakening, the Buddha taught a path of Freedom from Fear; he taught about Suffering and its Causes, its Cessation and the Path to its solution, and left behind a wealth of practices for us to engage in to reduce our fears and increase love, compassion and wisdom.
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Among all fears, fear of death itself is most powerful. So much about death is unpredictable: the time, the place, the manner of death is unknown to us, and as a result, we carry an inner dread that is sometimes difficult to shake.
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In fact, if unresolved, the fear of death can arise suddenly in other, unexpected forms: fear of sickness, fear of loss, fear of change. These fears can “freeze” us emotionally and spiritually, and prevent us from living our lives in harmony and love.
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This Spring, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra is offering a suite of practices and retreats aimed at pacifying the Fear of Life and Death, using both ancient Tibetan Buddhist practices and modern pastoral care techniques to settle our minds and allow us to live unencumbered by our fears.
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These three practice and study weekends will give all practitioners of all levels the tools necessary to face change in their lives, and to be sources of strength for other people going through the tumult of loss and change.
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Feb. 28-March 5, 2014: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche Teaches and Leads Amitabha Practice Retreat at KTD
amitabhaposterfinalThe Buddha taught that we are “reborn” in every moment in accordance with what we do with our minds. If we think of anger and hatred, we are “reborn” in states of suffering; if we dwell on love and compassion and wisdom, we are “reborn” in higher states of happiness.
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Among the most powerful teachings given by the Buddha were the practices of the Pure Land of Amitabha, a buddha who manifested a pure realm free from suffering where any being could be reborn after death and practice their dharma without hindrance. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will teach the Sadhana (chant practice) of the Pure Realm of Sukhavati, and prepare students for studying P’owa (the transference of consciousness at death) later in 2014.
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March 14-16, Lama Tashi Dondup will teach “Death and Our Journey Through the Bardo” at KTD
deathandourjourneythroughthebardo_edited-1According to the teachings, we all possess the wisdoms and qualities of awakening at the present moment, but they are obscured by five kinds of mental affliction. Lama Tashi Dondup will teach about the Five Buddha families, and how our mental afflictions can be dispelled – both during this life and at the time of death – by knowing and connecting with the Five Buddha families.
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March 21-23, Lama Kathy Wesley and Lama Repa Dorje Odzer will teach “Compassion at the Time of Illness and Death” at KTD 
compassionatthetimeofillnessanddeathposterBuilding upon the classic teachings about the stages of illness and death, Lama Kathy and Lama Repa Dorje will explain practical steps we can take even now to steep ourselves in love and compassion as a method for overcoming fear and entering into change with confidence. They also will teach methods of helping loved ones at the time of death, using Buddhist pastoral care techniques taught by contemporary Tibetan Buddhist masters.
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In addition, dharma students can learn about Karma and Rebirth at the end of March, when Lama Zopa Tarchin teaches on these topics March 28-30.
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