Living, Dying, and the Path of Meditation: A Buddhist Perspective with Acharya Richard John

November 29th—December 1st (2013)

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  • $175.00 Suggested Contribution
Room: Main Shrine Room
Program Registration is Closed.





A Buddhist Perspective on the Cycle of Life and Death

With Acharya Richard John


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 include meditation practice, 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--it is requested that participants attend the entire program.

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 Baltimore Shambhala Centre, he has for many years 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.

Contact: Eric Laufe


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