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8:30am VEI Class: The Art of Dying
January 5 @ 8:30 am - 9:45 am PST
Sunday, January 5
Time: 8:30 – 9:45 am
Location: Cultural Hall
Lecturer: Chuck Pettis
Life is impermanent – we will all die. When you die, what happens? How can you prepare for the moment of death and the time between dying and rebirth?
Tibetan Buddhism is very specific about what happens after you die and what you should do before, during, and after your death. This class will explain the six Bardos and what you can do in each Bardo to maximize chances of attaining enlightenment or a favorable rebirth. This class will help students understand the importance of the spiritual practices taught by H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang and the benefits we receive when entering the bardos of the After-Life.
Most Tibetan Buddhist texts on the subject of dying are difficult reads or esoteric. This class simplifies the six Bardos down to their essence in a way that is understandable and, more importantly, actionable. Because the Bardos of the After-Life are very visual, the presentation will include a color PowerPoint presentation.
1. Mind Beyond Death, By Dzogchen Ponlop, Snow Lion Pub., 2006.
2. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, By Sogyal Rinpoche, Harper San Francisco, 1992.
3. The Tibetan Book of the Dead, By Padmasambhava, Viking, 2006.
These are not theoretical philosophical lectures. They boil down the high level teachings to practical, actionable, and illustrated instruction manuals.
Chuck Pettis is a student of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang, Co-Executive Director of Sakya Monastery, and founder of Earth Sanctuary, Sakya Monastery’s Retreat Center. He is President of BrandSolutions and Tibet Tech Prayer Wheels.