Death and the Art of Dying: A Journey into the Bardos of Life and Beyond

May 29, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – June 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa

he pristine mountain forests of the Catskills provides the ideal backdrop for exploring the Buddhist approach to end of life. Led by Andrew Holecek, with Robert Thurman as guest lecturer

Thise programs are an in-depth exploration of the teachings and practices of the three death bardos: The Painful Bardo of Dying; The Luminous Bardo of Dharmata; and The Karmic Bardo of Becoming – perhaps the most sophisticated contemplative map describing the journey of the mind before, during, and after death.

The final retreat will explore the sutra and tantra pure lands. This Eastern body of wisdom will be augmented with Western medical, legal, and logistical approaches to the end of life. The uniqueness of these retreats is their comprehensive nature – no stone is left unturned.

Learn what to do before, during, and after death – for yourself and for others – from a spiritual and practical perspective.

By the end of this program, you will discover the death of death, and how to step back into this world – and eventually the next – with unshakeable confidence for what lies ahead.

This first retreat covers the Painful Bardo of Dying, and will show you how the bardo teachings apply not just to the end of life, but to all the small deaths that occur within life.

You will learn all the meditations that prepare for every phase of this bardo, including shamatha, formless meditations, reverse meditations, nocturnal meditations, tonglen, and an introduction to sutra-level dark retreat.

Guided contemplations, discussion groups, videos, and printed material will supplement the lectures.