24

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12

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06

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Graceful Entry: Preparing for a Good Birth Introduction

September 23 - September 23, 2020

Andrew Holecek

Robert A.F. Thurman

This retreat, based on the Tibetan Books of the Dead, will examine the karmic bardo of becoming, which constitutes the majority of our after-death experience. It’s a fluid and volatile time, when the winds of habit blow us involuntarily into our next birth. With preparation, it transforms into the bardo of opportunity, where we can become anything we want by waking up to the experience and taking control.

Learn what to do before, during, and after death – for yourself and for others – from a spiritual and practical perspective. You will leave this program with unshakeable confidence for what lies ahead.

This six-day program is the second in a series of three retreats designed to give you a complete preparation for death by understanding the three death bardos or “transitional processes.” Each retreat is a stand-alone program. This means you can enter the series at any time without having attended a previous program.

Some Topics We Will Cover

  • Types of experiences to expect
  • Best practices to prepare
  • Lucid dreaming and lucid dying
  • How this bardo occurs in daily life
  • Understanding the power of habit/karma
  • The importance of emptiness
  • The Six Realms and voluntary rebirth
  • The role of Phowa and the Pure Lands
  • Meeting your maker – the samskaras
  • What is it that reincarnates?
  • Why do we reincarnate?
  • How do the masters experience this bardo?
  • The problem of proof – are these teachings really true?

Who Should Attend?This program is for anyone seriously wanting to prepare for the end of life. It is a no-nonsense deep dive into the profound teachings of the bardos. While it describes spiritual preparation from a Buddhist perspective, the material is tailored for anyone with an open mind. This retreat is for those interested in exploring meditations that are designed to prepare you for death, and to “die before you die” — to discover states of mind that do not dissolve at the end of life. This program is also for those wishing to help others during the dying process, either personally or professionally, from both a spiritual and practical perspective.

To join us for our full two weekend event use this link! Art by Alex and Allyson Grey: www.cosm.org.
ScheduleWednesday, September 23rd (Free Stream)
  • 6pm Welcome and Introduction Program
Friday, October 2nd (Paid Content)
  • 10 - 1pm Morning Session
  • 2:30 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session
Saturday, October 3rd (Paid Content)
  • 10 - 1pm Morning Session
  • 2:30 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session
Sunday, October 4th (Paid Content)
  • 10 - 1pm Morning Session
  • 2:30 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session
Schedule Weekend TwoFriday, October 9th (Paid Content)
  • 10 - 1pm Morning Session
  • 2:30 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session
Saturday, October 10th (Paid Content)
  • 10 - 1pm Morning Session
  • 2:30 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session
Sunday, October 11th (Paid Content)
  • 10 - 1pm Morning Session
  • 2:30 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session
*Schedule is subject to change at any time.*In order to respect the privacy of our guests, we send the Zoom link as a BCC email list. Doing so may result with the email being sent to the Spam folder. Please check for the emailed link a day before the event. If unable to find the link, please email frontdesk@menla.org.

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

Andrew Holecek

Andrew Holecek has completed the traditional three-year Buddhist meditation retreat and offers seminars internationally on meditation, dream yoga, and the art of dying. He is the author of many books, including Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom From the Ti...

Robert A.F. Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it's Menla Retreat & Spa. A world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, translator of Buddhis...

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