Compassion at the Time of Illness and Death, at KTD August 5-10, 2016

2016KTDSUMMERcompassionat the time of illness and death2This retreat is an opportunity for practitioners in the Karma Kagyu tradition to learn short, simple, profound practices they can do to help themselves and others grow spiritually through the experiences of impermanence, sickness, and death. It is also an opportunity to become deeply acquainted with the view that supports those practices.

The leaders for the retreat will be Lama Kathy Wesley, Resident teacher at Columbus (Ohio) Karma Thegsum Choling; Lama Repa Dorje Odzer, Founder and Co Executive Director New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center and Hospice Chaplain at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY; and Jan Tarlin a graduate of KTD’s Pastoral Care Training Program who also holds an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary (New York City).

Participants in this retreat will learn about:

1) The inner spiritual resources we all have for facing sickness and death.

2)  How to cultivate these resources throughout our lives and how to activate them in times of crisis.

3) Tibetan Buddhist teachings on the stages of the dying process and how to use those teachings to guide others and ourselves at the time of death.

4) Tibetan Buddhist teachings on what happens to our minds in the Bardo, the state between death and rebirth, and how to use these teachings to help ourselves and others use this state as an opportunity for spiritual transformation.

5) How to assess and work with our strengths and growing edges in facing sickness and death ourselves and in caring for others who are facing them.

6) How to determine our wishes regarding medical treatment, funeral/memorial service arrangements, and disposition of our remains; how to ensure that those wishes are carried out; and how to help others accomplish these goals for themselves.

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