Program Details

Conversations on Aging: The Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Death and Rebirth

with John Baker
April 8 / 7:00 PM - April 8 / 9:00 PM

There is a $15 suggested donation for this event.

The Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Death and Rebirth

or "A Travel Guide to the Other Side"

The Tibetan Buddhist teachings about death -- the bardo teachings -- describe the process of physical death, what happens to the body and also the mind, and then describe the experiences one can have between death and eventual rebirth. Ponlop Rinpoche observed that one would never go to Europe for the first time without reading a guide-book, in order to be somewhat prepared. The Dalai Lama contemplates the process of death daily, as part of his practice.  We will discuss these teachings, which include instructions on how to best traverse these experiences.

To RSVP, click "Register" below. There is a $15 suggested donation.


This event is presented by Conversations on Aging, a bi-monthly group which includes meditation, contemplation and discussion of topics related to aging as well as death and dying. 

Conversations on Aging's purpose is multi-faceted:
- to learn and communicate about the many aspects of aging;
- to help identify and organize support for the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of our community as we, and our friends and family – grow older
- to explore and share ways to view and experience our own aging from a positive and aspirational perspective, consistent with our view and path
- to connect and exchange with other local and international groups on aging, including the mandala-wide Aging in Shambhala steering committee


John Baker met Chögyam Trungpa, the founder of Shambhala Training, in 1970 and has been a student and teacher of the Shambhala Buddhist teachings since that time. He was the co-editor of the books Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and The Myth of Freedom. He is a co-founder and former CEO of Naropa Institute (now Naropa University).

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