Program Details

Living, Dying and the Path of Meditation: A Buddhist Perspective on the Cycle of Life and Death (Weekend Program)

with Richard John
November 22 / 7:00 PM - November 24 / 5:00 PM

The cycle of life and death is the most basic expression of reality. We know our lives are temporary, yet in our culture we find ways to avoid this inconvenient truth until the last minute. Then we are likely to regard the reality of death—of our loved ones or ourselves—as a shock, a failure, or a terrible mistake.

The Buddha taught that impermanence is the fundamental fact of life, and that meditation is the most powerful and direct method to come to terms with our fear of nonexistence. As practitioners have discovered over centuries of applying these teachings, facing our fear of death is the key to celebrating life.

This program will introduce meditation practice, include talks on a Buddhist perspective of life and death, and provide the opportunity to share our personal experiences in a gentle and safe environment. Everyone is welcome.

The Friday evening lecture is a separate public program and is included as part of this weekend program.

Weekend workshop participants are requested to attend the entire program.  If you have questions or need more information, please contact Celia Brunette at


Acharya Richard JohnCurrent photo of Acharya Richard John

An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. A longtime friend and teacher of the Wellington Shambhala Centre, he has for many years also taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in North America, Australia, Mexico and Chile. He completed the first Three-Year Group Retreat at Gampo Abbey, and now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Canada.

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