Workshop Theme: Death and Impermanence.
1:00PM – 4:30PM
50 Euros per workshop
Pre-registration deadline April 23, 2015
Space is limited. Pre-Registration is necessary.
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"Think of the people in professions who work with death and the dying, including people who kill for a living such as veterinarians who euthanize pets; soldiers; slaughter house employees who prepare animals for mass consumption; executioners in countries that have not abolished the death penalty; insect exterminators; abortionists, etc. This is not a moral judgment but a prayer to those on both sides who suffer the non-virtuous karma of the act and those who are killed. Think of all the different situations where death is surely occurring as you are in seated meditation while conducting your daily prayers. Spend at least a moment each day to contemplate your own death and remember that this life is not solid nor is tomorrow guaranteed. Do not take for granted that you or your loved ones will still be alive tomorrow." --Zeena Schreck
- Instructions on how to ritualistically close each day as transition to the Sleep and Dream Bardo. Focus will be on Amitabha Buddha and related practices.
- Mantra meditation session: Workshop includes both struck (audible sound vibration resulting from friction between or striking of two forms of matter) and unstruck (thought vibration/the sound of the celestial realm) mantra chanting and meditation practices. Familiarity with Amitabha and the corresponding mantra Om Ami Dewa Hri, is helpful but not necessary.
- Shinay/Shamatha Meditation session: Each workshop ends with a silent seated meditation of calm-abiding and stilling internal monkey-chatter thoughts. This meditation is necessary for all other forms of meditation and advanced spiritual practices.
- Q & A at the end of each workshop.