Sat, Apr 20|
What Happens When We Die? Modern Buddhism Retreat
Learn how to cultivate a constructive attitude toward your own mortality. Buddha's clear and profound teachings on the topic help us live more fulfilling and meaningful lives, free from many of our daily problems.
Time & Location
Apr 20, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Oak Park, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park, IL 60304, USA
We are alive, therefore we will die. This is the simplest, most obvious truth of our existence, yet very few of us have really come to terms with this and usually we avoid thinking about it at all!
Come learn to cultivate a constructive attitude toward your own mortality. In this way you will be liberated from many of your daily problems and gain an understanding of how to prepare both for your own death and the death of your loved ones.
During this retreat, we will explore some of Buddha’s clear and profound teachings on the death process, how to use this wisdom to help those who are dying, and how to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life ourselves.
The first three sessions will include practical instruction, guided meditation, and time for questions. The final session will provide a special opportunity to participate in traditional prayers and meditation for the dying, Powa Ceremony.
No previous experience is necessary; open to anyone, regardless of background or experience.
10:00 - 11:00am: Teaching & Guided Meditation 1
11:30am - 12:30pm: Teaching & Guided Meditation 2
12:30 - 1:30pm: lunch break
1:30 - 2:30pm: Teaching & Guided Meditation 3
2:45 - 4:00pm: Powa Cermony: Prayers & Meditation for the Deceased
Gen Kelsang Zamling, the Resident Teacher (main teacher) at KMC Chicago, has over 20 years of experience teaching and practicing meditation. Adept at guiding both new and experienced practitioners, he’s known for his practical approach, warmth, and clarity. He is also an immaculate example of someone who has taken Buddha’s teachings to heart.
BOOKS & MATERIALS
Powa Ceremony at the end of this retreat will use the following traditional prayers. Printed copies will be available for use during the retreat, and additional copies are available for purchase in the book shop:
The teachings for this retreat will be based on the following book(s):
It's not necessary to have your own copy of these books, but some people like to follow along or read more afterward. You can click any title above to learn more about it or to order a printed, e-book, or audio copy (select books only) from Tharpa Publications. You can also purchase copies in person at our Oak Park and Wicker Park locations.
Discounts for members on this Full-Day Retreat: 25% off for Standard Members; 50% off for Plus Members; free for Benefactor Members.
No one turned away for lack of funds; contact us to request financial accommodations.
This in-person event is also available by livestream for monthly members. To attend by livestream, monthly members should register through the Livestreaming for Members page. Not a member? Learn more about our membership options here.
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4/20 What happens when we die?Price$45.00