Death and Dying Workshop
February 19 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm$50
This is a workshop for contemplating the reality of death and dying for each of us. During the day, we’ll explore our fears, concerns and hopes for our own passing and look into the experience we’ve had with death that has shaped our orientation. How does Zen practice inform the end of an individual human life? Through exercises, discussion and meditation, space will be made to open up to a natural part of life we rarely turn attention towards. Beyond all odds, most of us secretly hope it won’t happen to us. If we clarify the true nature of birth and death, we face our fears and find liberation in meeting death with insight, courage and compassion.
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.