Peaceful Life, Peaceful Death
One core insight of the Buddhist teachings is that living our lives with awareness of our own impermanence and mortality can powerfully aid us in living in a meaningful, loving, wise and joyful way. Living such a life also leads us to die peacefully or even joyfully, without regrets.
During this weekend workshop, we will explore how meditation on impermanence helps us to live in the moment, letting go of grasping and fear while embracing life with compassion and joy. We will also explore practices aimed at allowing us to embrace the whole of life with its joys and sorrows in a loving manner. Finally, we will explore Buddhist practices for dying well; first by learning from the small deaths of endings within our lives and then by preparing for the larger one that comes when this life ends.
A long time friend of DNKL, Dr. Lorne Ladner, Ph.D., has served as director of The Guhyasamaja Center for over 12 years. Dr. Ladner is also a clinical psychologist in private practice Centreville, VA (www.lorneladner.com). He provides individual psychotherapy, family therapy, and assessments. Dr. Ladner also provides workshops and trainings on the psychology of positive emotions, the integration of meditation and psychotherapy, and on Buddhist psychology.
He is the author of a number of books and articles including The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering The Practice Of Happiness In The Meeting Of Buddhism And Psychology (HarperCollins, 2004). He also edited Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa's book The Easy Path: Illuminating The First Panchen Lama's Secret Instructions (Wisdom Publications, 2013).
Saturday: Class 10:00-12:00, Lunch 12:00-1:00, Class 1:00-3:00 (Lunch will be provided, Donations appreciated)
Sunday: Class 10:00-12:00 followed by Potluck Lunch