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Immortality - Fact or Fiction?
Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 07:00pm - 09:00pm
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Are you the kind of person who is going to die? According to Buddhism, there IS a way to end the cycle of death and rebirth. But how? In this weekend retreat, we will gain some familiarity with the death process in order to be more relaxed when the time of death comes and understand how an awareness of our own mortality can help us live a better life. To paraphrase the famous Tibetan Yogi Milarepa, 'I used to be afraid to die then I practiced the Buddhist path. Now, whenever death comes, I can greet it without the slightest fear'. We will also discuss important questions of what practices, prayers and mantras are beneficial for those dying and deceased as well as how to handle the body upon death. Retreat will be lead by Venerable Losang Drimay. California native, Venerable Drimay has a BA in Asian Studies and has been an ordained Buddhist nun since 1991. Venerable Drimay has been teaching Buddhism throughout the United States for over ten years.

Location : Land of Medicine Buddha - 5800 Prescott Road - Soquel
Contact : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 462-8383 -
$10-25 dollars per class sliding scale - no one turned away due to lack of funds


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