This is a workshop for contemplating the reality and spiritual meaning of death and dying. During the day, we’ll explore our fears, concerns, hopes and experience, considering our own passing and those around us. What does it mean to practice with death and dying? Through exercises, discussion and meditation, space will be made to confront a natural part of life we rarely turn attention towards. Beyond all odds, most of us secretly hope it won’t happen to us. And yet, when we see into the nature of birth and death, we can face our fears and find liberation in meeting death with courage and clarity.
Vegetarian Lunch Provided.
Joint sangha workshop led by Mushin Terris, Corvallis Zen Center Teacher and Seido Martin, Empty Field ~ Zen West Teacher.
Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Five Remembrances:
I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.
I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape ill health.
I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.
All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.
My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.