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Sat, Apr 20


Oak Park

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.

What Happens When We Die? Modern Buddhism Retreat
What Happens When We Die? Modern Buddhism Retreat

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.


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. 

Refund policy


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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