Open to All Practitioners
The Blessed One said, "Mindfulness of death, when developed & pursued, is of great fruit & great benefit. It gains a footing in the Deathless, has the Deathless as its final end. Therefore, you should develop mindfulness of death." - Maranassati Sutta: Mindfulness of Death
This online program is a community exploration of living wisely and fully in the light of our mortality. Together, we will turn towards fear of death to support ourselves and loved ones to be as prepared as we can for the transformational process of dying and the moment of death.
Embracing our life’s impermanence can give rise to letting go and a sense of freedom so that we can face our death with a growing calm. We can harness the power of reflecting on mortality to stay aligned with our deepest values, to love more fully, and be happier and more present for this miraculous, passing show called our life.
Join us as we gently explore the richness and depth of this practice together. The program is held online and includes real-time lectures, guided meditations, discussions, and question and answer periods. Small group exercises (through breakout rooms on Zoom) are an integral part of our exploration and learning process. In addition, there will be weekly assignments to deepen your engagement with the material through meditation (audio provided), death-buddy meetings, written reflections, and art/poetry.
Participants are, of course, welcome to enroll as individuals - and, we invite you to consider enrolling with a friend or fellow sangha member. The small groups in our program will be made up randomly, but if you enroll with friends, you will have support to continue these practices and reflections after the class ends.