Graceful Exit: Preparing for a Good Death

with Andrew Holecek

September 29th—October 1st (2017)

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    Room: To Be Announced

    We are delighted to be co-sponsoring this weekend program with the Tergar Meditation Community. 

    All of life is held within the context of death. By acknowledging and preparing for death now, we will find ourselves living more fully and fearlessly. Join us as we celebrate the preciousness of life, and ready ourselves and others for this final journey. We will learn how to die a good death, and how to help others die, exploring meditations and contemplations that prepare us for letting go. As the Buddhist tradition proclaims, “If you die before you die, then when you die you will not die.” With preparation, we can transcend death, turning the greatest obstacle into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and even attain enlightenment. The bardo teachings lead to the death of death. The journey through the bardos is a journey into our mind, so by exploring the bardos we are exploring ourselves. They also apply to any moment that ends – which means these teachings apply to daily life.  
    This program also covers many of the practical issues around dying, including medical and legal concerns before, during, and after death, as well as difficult issues such as organ donation, euthanasia, suicide, and death of a pet.

    This weekend combines practices, teachings, and discussions that will enhance your understanding and experience of both your own death as well as the death of your loved ones. Anyone committed to transforming their relationship to the end of life – experienced practitioners and those new to the path – as well as those who work in helping professions, will find this weekend deeply enriching.

    Registration is being handled through the Tergar website.  Click here to go to their program page to register.

    Program Location (changed)

    Tergar Meditation Center:   706 N. 1st St., Suite 112   Minneapolis, MN 55401


    • Sponsor – $220 - your generosity at this level allows us to offer a reduced rate to those on a limited income
    • Basic – $180 - this level covers the actual cost of the program
    • Reduced – $110 - reduced fee for those with limited incomes

    Full payment is due at time of registration. If your ability to pay makes it difficult to attend, contact us by email to [email protected] to discuss options.

    Also please feel free to contact the Shambhala contact for this program, Susan Engel, at [email protected] with any questions.

    About Andrew Holecek

    Andrew Holecek is an author and spiritual teacher who offers talks, online courses, and workshops in the United States and abroad. As a long-time student of Buddhism, he frequently presents this tradition from a contemporary perspective – blending the ancient wisdom of the East with modern knowledge from the West. Drawing on years of intensive study and practice, he teaches on the opportunities that exist in obstacles, helping people with hardship and pain, death and dying, and problems in meditation. Known as an expert on lucid dreaming and the Tibetan yogas of sleep and dream, he is an experienced guide for students drawn to these powerful nocturnal practices.

    He is the author of several books, including “The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy,” “Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition,” “Dream Yoga; Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep,  Meditation in the iGeneration: How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress,” and the audio program “Dream Yoga: The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming.”