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TLC is honored to bring you...

Elizabeth Namgyel

American Buddhist Teacher and Author

The Importance of Faith During the Dying Process 

 

 

 

 

Sat., February 12, 2022

 10:00-12:00 ~ 1:30-3:30 p.m.  PST on Zoom

During our lives and especially as we approach transition, faith can be

our source of refuge, confidence, and comfort. During this program we will

explore how faith offers us support at the end of life, and how it can connect us

to a deeper place of strength. This type of faith increases trust, openness,

and appreciation, and will help to carry us onward with grace.

Suggested sliding scale donation $30 - $50

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

After registering, you will receive an acknowledgement. One or two days before the event, you will receive another email, and the link will be posted there two hours before the event. Within a week after the event, an additional link will be emailed, providing access to the recording for one month.​

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Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for 35 years under the guidance of her teacher, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She is the retreat master of Samten Ling in Crestone, Colorado and has spent over six years in retreat. She holds a degree in anthropology and an M.A. in Buddhist Studies. Elizabeth is known for her use of inquiry as a means to reach a place of genuine practice and awakening. She asks audiences to engage in open questioning while taking a fresh look at assumptions and beliefs we may have about spirituality. Elizabeth teaches throughout the U.S., Australia, Europe, and South America, and is the author of The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom and The Logic of Faith: the Buddhist Path to Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt.

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Upcoming 2022 Events

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  • Dream Yoga teachings with Khenpo Paljor Gyatso, translated by Vanessa Kubota 

    • Saturdays March 19,  April 16, & May 21 10:00-12:00 & 1:30-3:30 p.m. PST/Zoom

  • Roshi Joan Halifax, recognized internationally for her “death and dying” work ~    "Meeting Suffering as One Giving Care: Edge States and Self-Stewardship"

    • Saturday April 30, 2022 / 2 - 4 p.m. PST on Zoom

 

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PAST EVENTS

2021

1-31-21 ON ZOOM "Releasing Attachment to Prepare for the Bardo" with Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. Program Focus: Venerable Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, an esteemed scholar, Dzogchen master, and highly qualified teacher in the Palyul lineage of Vajrayana Buddhism, teaches and guides us with a comprehensive overview of preparing for death, covering many points for practitioners with personal advice and anecdotes. This teaching is now available as a Chinese translation on this website. Highly recommended. [This film is available on our TLC Videos Page.]

11/20-4/21 ON ZOOM "Meditations from Here to Hereafter~A Six-Part Teaching Series" with Khenpo Paljor Gyatso, translated by Vanessa Kubota. Program Focus: Khenpo Paljor gives a commentary on ‘The Wheel of Analytical Meditation that Thoroughly Purifies Mental Activity’, composed by the great Nyingma Master, Mipham Rinpoche. Suitable for any practitioner, straightforward explanations about the Buddhist path, the truths of impermanence and suffering, advice about how to make progress, and the importance and significance of practice are offered–a thorough overview of why meditation is essential. Some classes include brief periods of meditation. Khenpo Paljor Gyatso  completed his studies at Larung Tarig College in Tibet. He was a distinguished disciple of Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche and served as a lecturer at the Tibetan Language Program at Stanford University. He is the resident lama at Milarepa Buddhist Center in Iowa City,  Iowa. Excellent translations are provided by Vanessa Kubota. [These films are available for rental on TLC's Videos Page.]

5-8-21 ON ZOOM "Skillful Means at the End of Life" with Lama John Ross. Program Focus: Accumulating merit and practicing skillful means are essential at the end of life.  Vajrayana Buddhism offers many practices that benefit as death approaches, at the time of death, and afterwards.  Some are very simple, others involve elaborate ritual.  Lama John reviews these methods with a focus on what is most practical and beneficial for lay practitioners as we face our own deaths, and also as we help others face theirs. This event is very helpful for anyone, and especially those putting their affairs in order, and is an essential teaching for preparing for the end of life. Some Q & A is included. [This film is available for rental on TLC's Videos Page.]

6-19-21 ON ZOOM "The Teachings of Masters - A Buddhist View of Life and Death" with Lama Padma Yontan Gyatso. Program Focus: In a manner particularly accessible to westerns, Lama Padma Gyatso gives practical advice for daily life and preparing for death, with a close look at accumulating merit and practicing bodhicitta. His clear explanation of "The Five Forces-or-Strengths", is an important teaching by the great master Atisha. This can also be found on page 30 of TLC's manual "Instructions for the Transitional State", offering guidance that can be utilized by anyone on a spiritual path. Lama Padma Gyatso, an American, has been practicing Vajrayana Buddhism since 1970 and was ordained as a Lama by HE Chagdud Rinpoche in 1996. He is the resident teacher at both Chagdud Gompa Amrita in Seattle and Rigdzin Ling in Weaverville, California. 

8-15-21 OUTDOOR PUBLIC EVENT "A Sur Cho Offering & Vajrasattva Mantra Recitation Gathering to Benefit those who have Died During the Pandemic" with Loppon Yudron Wangmo and TLC Director, Julie Rogers. Program Focus: “An Offering of All Pervasive Desirables that benefits Bardo Beings and Ghosts” is a ritual (Sur chöd) and mind treasure of Traktung Dudjom Lingpa. Loppon Yudron explained and gave the transmission for this simple practice that benefits all beings, especially the deceased in the Si pa’i Bardo, or intermediate state between death and rebirth. Loppon Yudron led the Sur practice; TLC Director Julie Rogers led the Vajrasattva practice and mantra recitation. Loppon Yudron is the resident teacher and director of the Mayum Mountain Foundation, and she is now offering online classes.

8-29-21 ON ZOOM "The Sutra of the Eleven Recognitions - Lord Buddha's Advice for the Time of Death" with Khenpo Norgay Rinpoche. Program Focus: this two-part program focuses on the last teaching Buddha Shakyamuni offered to his disciples before his parinirvana. Khenpo Norgay's clear, comprehensive examination of these eleven points of advice is practical and replete with common-sense as well as deeply inspiring; an essential teaching. Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche attended Ngagyur Nyingma Institute at Namdroling Monastery in Mysore, India and taught there for three years. He was formally enthroned as Khenpo by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in 1998 who assigned him to teach at the Palyul Buddhist college in Tibet. Due to his knowledge, experience, and command of the English language, HH Penor Rinpoche asked Khenpo to teach in the US for Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche’s programs. He resides in upstate New York, and is a beloved by disciples and students across the globe. [This film will soon be available for rental on TLC's Videos Page.]

11-6-21 "Legal Matters at the End of Life" with attorneys Kathleen Pratt, Esq. and Vanessa Kubota, moderator. Program Focus: This informative program is presented in three segments: Why this Matters, Wills and Trusts, Advance Directives and Powers of Attorney. The needs of Buddhist practitioners and the general public are addressed, explaining the needed safeguards and how to put them into place. A power point presentation is offered, in conjunction with opportunities to have questions answered. Kathleen M. Pratt is a long time Vajrayana Buddhist practitioner and an AV-rated attorney and mediator with over 30 years’ experience, including estate planning. Throughout her life as a “death doula”, Kathleen has helped many beings peacefully navigate the dying process. Vanessa A. Kubota is a renowned Tibetan Buddhist translator who spent many years studying Dharma in India and Nepal, as well as a newly licensed attorney. Her arena of interest is estate planning. This presentation is highly recommended by TLC for explaining how to put one's affairs in order, and the paperwork needed to do so. [This film will soon be available for rental on TLC's Videos Page.]

2020

5-16-20 ON ZOOM 'The Healing Nature of Presence' with Amita Lhamo. Program Focus: Former hospice chaplain, spiritual care director, and award winning author of  'Dandelions Blooming in the Cracks of Sidewalks: Stories from the Bedside of the Dying,' and a forthcoming book, 'Wisdom Moon: Presence in Dying', Amita Lhamo shares four qualities of presence available to us in each moment, including times of fear, illness or death. She offers advice and practical tools for remaining present with one another, honoring both our vulnerabilities and our capacities for kindness, with Q & A. [This film is available for rental on TLC's Video Page.]

6-7-20 ON ZOOM 'Grief in a Time of Global Pandemic: Exploring a Path of Healing' with Lama Choyang. Program Focus: Lama Choyang, Vajrayana Buddhist teacher, grief counselor, and former hospice chaplain shares reflections on the path of grief and healing. She invites participants to consider grief not as a problem to be solved or emotion to be transcended, but as an experience to be supported, witnessed and loved. The moving program includes meditation and shared discussion. Lama Choyang was ordained by her teacher, Lama Drimed Norbu, an American practitioner who was recognized by HE Chagdud Rinpoche as his Dzogchen Lineage holder in 1995. 

7-18-20 ON ZOOM 'The Truth of Impermanence' with Tulku Jigme Wangdrak Rinpoche, translated by Jacob Archuletta. Program Focus: Jigme Chakung Rinpoche, a fourth-generation descendant of the 19th century master Dudjom Lingpa and founder of Abhaya Fellowship,  offers a simple and inspiring overview of the transitory nature of all phenomena and how we can utilize our awareness of impermanence to enhance and accomplish our practice and enrich our daily life. Helpful translations are provided by Jacob Archuletta. [This film is available for rental on the TLC's Video Page.]

8-22-20 ON ZOOM 'The Practice of Bodhicitta' with Venerable Sogan Rinpoche, translated by Christina Monson. Program Focus: Founder of the Sogan Foundation benefitting marginalized people in Golok, Tibet, Sogan Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director of Thubten Osel Choling in the SF Bay area and Thubten Osel Ling in northern Italy. Rinpoche gives a talk focused on practicing for the benefit of all beings, referencing the Bodhicharyavatara and Patrul Rinpoche's A Precious Treasury of Advice from the One-to-One Oral Lineage with wonderful translations by Christina Monson. [This film is available for rental on TLC's Videos Page.]

10-4-20 ON ZOOM 'The Healing Power of Prayer' with Chagdud Khadro. Program Focus: Chagdud Khadro, spiritual wife of HE Chagdud Rinpoche and Spiritual Director of Khadro Ling in Brazil, lama, editor, author, and p'howa adept, gives an inspiring teaching on both liturgical and personal prayer, bodhicitta, and the healing power of awareness and faith. This inspiring film is highly recommended. [This film is available for rental on TLC's Video page.]

10-31-20 ON ZOOM 'Before Rebirth: The Bardo of Becoming"in Plain English' with Loppon Yudron Wangmo. Program Focus: Authorized  as a loppon by Lama Padma Dorje Rinpoche, Yudron Wangmo leads this workshop focusing on the period after death and before conception, the Intermediate State of Becoming, the Si pa’i Bardo, including brief discussions of reincarnation, children's memories before conception, Interdependent Origination, Buddhism and science, and related topics. Geared for Vajrayana Buddhist practitioners. Loppon Yudron Wangmo was authorized to teach and was ordained as a Loppon by Lama Padma Dorje Rinpoche. She is the resident teacher and director of the Mayum Mountain Foundation in Oakland, CA.[This film iavailable for rental on TLC's Videos Page.]

2019

 

1-20-19 ‘Experiencing the Bardos through Dreaming’ with Khenpo Paljor Gyatso, translated by Jacob Archuletta. Program Focus: Utilizing the teachings of dream yoga and transforming the dream state into Buddhist practice in preparation for death; instructions about the dream bardo, or intermediate state, that takes place during the transition of death, when “clear light” is experienced, with Q & A. Khenpo Paljor was educated in Tibet at Larung Gar and was an esteemed student of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche. His delightful manner and clarity are especially accessible to westerners. He is the resident lama at Milarepa Buddhist Center in Iowa City,  Iowa.

 

3-10-19 ‘The Practice of Sur Chö–Offering the All-Pervasive Desirables’ with Loppon Yudron Wangmo. Program Focus: Loppon Yudron, an American lama, offers explanations for a concise traditional Tibetan smoke offering ritual (Sur chöd). This simple, important practice benefits all beings, especially those in the Bardo, hungry ghosts (pretas), and those who have had traumatic deaths. Participants will receive the transmission, teachings, and hands-on instruction for preparing the offering, concluding with the practice. Loppon Yudron Wangmo was authorized to teach and was ordained as a Loppon by Lama Padma Dorje Rinpoche. She is the resident teacher and director of the Mayum Mountain Foundation in Oakland, CA.

 

4-21-19 ‘Understanding the Neydren Ritual for the Deceased’ with Khenpo Paljor Gyatso, translated by Kersten Ancheta. Program Focus: Teachings on the Neydren ritual that guides those in the intermediate state following death to the Realm of Great Bliss, Sukhavati, and higher rebirth; explanation of this essential practice in steps easy to understand, including locating & relaxing the consciousness, gathering accumulations & purifying obscurations, instructions, transference to the pure realm, cremation, and dedication and aspirational prayers. Khenpo Paljor was educated in Tibet at Larung Gar and was an esteemed student of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche. His delightful manner and clarity are especially accessible to westerners. He is the resident lama at Milarepa Buddhist Center in Iowa City,  Iowa. [This film is available on our TLC DVD Archive Page and will soon be available as a rental on TLC's Video Page.]

 

6-30-19 ‘Receiving the Lama’s Guidance During Transition’ with Lama Tsering Gyaltsen, translated by Cyril Kassoff. Program Focus: Practical instructions about the preliminary practices and how daily practice and awareness of impermanence will prepare us for end of life. A lifelong practitioner of the Dudjom Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and a learned Buddhist scholar, Lama Tsering Gyaltsen was a director in the creation of the Padma Charitable Foundation, located in Corvallis, Oregon, where he serves as the founding and head Dharma teacher. He is a Founding Director and Vice-President of the Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute.

 

8-25-19 ‘Preparing for a Meaningful Death & Rebirth’ with Chamtrul Rinpoche. Program Focus: Heart instructions about contemplation, practice, and living with awareness to bring the path to fruition in this lifetime, in order to prepare for death. Chamtul Rinpoche is a highly regarded Master from the monastery, Tashi Gakyil Thupten Shedrup Choeling at Mardo in Tibet. He teachers internationally and is loved by students of Buddhism worldwide.

 

9-29-19 ‘Transforming Suffering into Compassion’ with Khenpo Paljor Gyatso, translated by Jacob Archuletta. A Reimagine Event Hosted by TLC Transitional Life Care at UCSF Helen Diller Cancer Center, San Francisco. Program Focus: A simple overview and instructions about how to do the Buddhist meditation practice known as ‘Tonglen’, or "Sending and Receiving". Khenpo Paljor was educated in Tibet at Larung Gar and was an esteemed student of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche. His delightful manner and clarity are especially accessible to westerners. He is the resident lama at Milarepa Buddhist Center in Iowa City,  Iowa.

 

11-1-19 ‘Clearing the Way: Meditation on Vajrasattva’ with Khenpo Paljor Gyatso. A Reimagine Event Hosted by TLC Transitional Life Care at SF Dharma Collective, San Francisco. Program Focus: Instructions for Vajrasattva practice, a Buddhist method using mantra and visualization, that assists in transforming negativity, challenging habits, difficult attitudes, and anxiety into positive states of mind, especially helpful at the end of life. Khenpo Paljor was educated in Tibet at Larung Gar and was an esteemed student of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche. His delightful manner and clarity are especially accessible to westerners. He is the resident lama at Milarepa Buddhist Center in Iowa City,  Iowa.

2018

 

1-28-18 ‘Why Hospice: A Doctor’s Perspective’ with Dr. Benjamin Boblett, MD and former Medical Director at Mission Hospice & Home Care. Program focus: Information and guidance in an open format sharing professional and personal experiences about what palliative and hospice care can offer. This film is very helpful for those who are advocating in a hospital or hospice situation, or caregiving in the home. 

 

3-25-18 ‘Relaxing with Impermanence & Change’ with Lama Pat Berube, RN, MA, dharma teacher and Director of Clear Light Institute in Fairfax, CA, a Vajrayana Buddhist program supporting contemplative approaches to dealing with illness, death, and dying. Program focus:         Meditations that support awareness and the direct experience of our innately pure and open nature, which help us meet the challenges in life, including our own mortality, with equanimity and ease.

 

4-24, 25 & 26-18 ‘Teachings for the Transition–Preparing for the End of Life’ with Chagdud Khadro. Program focus: Two separate events 1) "Teachings and Advice for the End of Life" and 2) "Instructions and Practice~Chenrezig P'howa." Esteemed American lama and p’howa master Chagdud Khadro draws on thirty years of experience teaching p’howa and guiding the dying and deceased, as authorized by her teacher and husband, HE Chagdud Rinpoche. [Both the films from this event are available in TLC’s Film Archive.]

 

5-20-18 ‘Bridging East and West: How Buddhism is Vital to Modern Healthcare’ with Lama Frederico Trancoso and Liz Hamill-Howard, Hospice Chaplains. Program Focus: Understanding how to provide spiritual and bedside support to those in transition, and their loved ones; hospital chaplains committed to the Buddhist tradition offer a bridge between the spiritual and medical worlds.

 

7-29-18 ‘The Bardos During Transition’ with Khenpo Paljor Gyatso with excellent translations by Shashi Reitz. Program Focus: Instructions and explanations about the experience of dying and what occurs during this process, such as the dissolution of the elements. Khenpo provides clear explanations and clarification about what takes place during the transitional state, or bardos, including questions and answers. Khenpo Paljor was educated in Tibet at Larung Gar and was an esteemed student of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche. His delightful manner and clarity are especially accessible to westerners. He is the resident lama at Milarepa Buddhist Center in Iowa City,  Iowa.

 

8-26-18 ‘Open Heart Mandala – A Creative Mandala Workshop’ with Artist Nancy Hom. Program Focus: Construction of a large mandala onsite, incorporating photos, prayers and offerings for deceased friends and loved ones. This guided, hands-on workshop is an exploration of creatively working with loss and bereavement.

2017

1/29/17 The Zen Hospice Project: ‘Reflections on Volunteering with Zen Hospice’ with Hospice Educator Alistair Shanks. Program focus: Alistair Shanks’ storehouse of experience with serving the dying and training others allow him to share a unique viewpoint and keen insights;  Q & A and group discussion related to helping others as we live into dying with dignity, grace, and awareness.

3-26-17 ‘End of Life Decisions-Making Hard & Loving Choices’ with Lama Pat Berube, RN, MA, dharma teacher and Director of Clear Light Institute in Fairfax, CA, a Vajrayana Buddhist program supporting contemplative approaches to dealing with illness, death, and dying. Program focus: Screening of the film: ‘Fear of Death’ / Review of 5 Wishes Document & Legacy Letters. 

 

5-21-17 Tsa Tsa Workshop PART 2/ Working with Clay w/Nirabhra Taylor, head of the department at ‘Magical Display of the Arts’ at Pema Osel Ling Vajrayana Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Program focus: Working with traditional Tibetan Buddhist tsa tsa molds using clay; enshrining cremation ashes and creating iconographic forms in the shapes of stupas. 

 

7-23-17 ‘Speaking from the Heart – Spiritual Care in Times of Need’ with Jamie Kimmel, Hospital Chaplin. Program focus: practical advice about creating trust to open the topic of death for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, and how the teachings of interdependence and emptiness can be applied to ordinary situations at an extraordinary time of life.

 

8-20-17 ‘Preparing for Death’ with HH Kathog Getse Rinpoche with translation by Dr. Robert Clark. His Holiness Getse Rinpoche, Dzogchen Master, Head of the Nyingma School of Vajrayana Buddhism, and “heart son” of HH the Dalai Lama. Program focus: Teachings from the Buddhist sutra, "The Sutra on Wisdom for the Time of Death", including His Holiness's heart advice about embracing the end of life and how to prepare the mind for transition. [This film is available in the TLC DVD Archive.]

 

9-24-17 ‘Meditation as Sustenance for Death & Dying’ with author Sarah C. Beasley. Program focus: A conversation with participants to discover the opportunities for sustenance offered by Buddhist practice in order to support ourselves and others during the dying process, and how to live more fully.

 

11-19-17 ‘Death & Dying – A Tibetan Medical Perspective with Dr. Thinley Gyatso. Program focus: Both a Tibetan doctor and Registered Nurse, Thinley Gyatso offers perspectives from both ancient and modern healing systems regarding what happens during the dying process, including an examination of the dissolution of the elements at death.

2016

 

1-31-16 Understanding the Bardos with Lama Les Collins, student/teacher of Ven. offering bardo study and practice opportunities at ODD and other centers. Program focus: How Buddhism became the religion of Tibet and the concept of Six Bardos.

 

3-20-16 Extending Life with Buddhist Practice with Lama Drimed, resident teacher at ODD and at Dechen Rang Dharma Center in San Jose. Program focus: Life Release and the three traditional Vajrayana customs that can lengthen life.

 

5/22/16 The East Bay Conversation Project & Atul Gawende’s film ‘Being Mortal’ with Dr. Peter Candell, formerly w/Alameda Family Physicians, Asst. Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine, currently w/The East Bay Conversation Project & the ACCMA Physicians Group dedicated to Physician’s Advanced Care Planning and End of Life Care Conversations. Program focus: exploring what matters most to patients facing terminal illness and their families and doctors, and taking control of one’s own health care decisions. 

 

7-31-16 Tsa Tsa Making Workshop with Magical Display of the Arts & Nirabhra Taylor, head of the department at ‘Magical Display of the Arts’ at Pema Osel Ling Vajrayana Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Program focus: learning to create Tsa-tsas, small clay forms (Tibetan Buddhist sacred objects of art) and their molds to be utilized after death. 

 

8-7-16 Caring for the Body After Death & Instructions for Cremation, Part 1 with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche, a Nyingmapa Ritual Master of Tibetan Buddhism and resident teacher at Pema Osel Ling in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Program focus: caring for the body after death, including spiritual and practice advice, and instructions in preparing for traditional Vajrayana cremation.  

 

9-25-16 A Buddhist View of Grief and Loss & Lama Tsultrim Allione’s film ‘Taking Grief on the Path’ with Fran Anderson, retired Clinical Psychologist, and Rosie Kaufman, retired Marriage and Family Therapist, both from Tara Mandala Bay Area Sangha. Program focus: discussion about loss and grief, sharing experiences, exploring how to work with loss as Buddhist practitioners, and an overview of Tara Mandala Sangha’s ‘Bay Area Resource Guide for Death & Dying’.

 

11-12 & 13-16 Caring for the Body After Death & Instructions for Cremation, Part 2 with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche, a Nyingmapa Ritual Master of Tibetan Buddhism and resident teacher at Pema Osel Ling in the Santa Cruz Mountains, translated by Joshua Duncan. Program focus: caring for the body after death, including spiritual and practice advice, and instructions in preparing for Vajrayana cremation. [A short film demonstrating wrapping the body for cremation will be available from TLC.] Kick off for TLC’s monthly ‘TEACHINGS OF THE MASTERS’ film series, starting with ‘Advice For Death & Dying’ taught by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche.

2015

 

3-8-15   Introductory Gathering: Program Launch and Overview Discussion with TLC Founder and Director, Julie Rogers, long-time student of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche, hospice volunteer and caregiver educated in hospice and bereavement training, and author of ‘Instructions for the Transitional State’, the TLC program manual.

 

5-17-15 Living Fully, Dying Meaningfully/End of Life Decisions with Lama Pat Berube, RN, MA, dharma teacher and Director of Clear Light Institute in Fairfax, CA, a Vajrayana Buddhist program supporting contemplative approaches to dealing with illness, death, and dying. Program focus: stories about end of life; preparing end of life paperwork: Spiritual Wills, Advance Directives, Power of Attorney, POLSTs, and The Five Wishes Document.

 

7-26-15 Nursing Perspectives on the End of Life with Buffy Plante, critical care nurse, and Joshua Hayes, hospice nurse, both long-time Vajrayana practitioners. Program focus: Dying with comfort and dignity versus saving life at all costs, including anecdotes, advice, and needed information about caregiving, and navigating hospital and hospice situations to best provide care for those at the end of their lives. This program creates awareness about how to best advocate for those who need support.

 

8-23-15 Death and Dying from a Buddhist Perspective / The Conversation with Paloma Landry, Tibetan/English translator. Paloma has presented programs on death and dying for over twelve years in twenty-five Buddhist communities. Program focus: Having the necessary conversations with our families about our end of life wishes, and how Westerners address death and dying from both spiritual and practical perspectives.

 

9-27-15 Teachings on Phowa - Transference of Consciousness with Venerable Lingtrul Rinpoche, the reincarnation of Ling Lama Chökyi Dorje and an emanation of Longchenpa, translated by Cyril Kassoff. Program focus: Vajrayana practice at death; instructions for p'howa, reading transmission, and instructions about how to effectively provide care and practice for the benefit of others.

 

11-22-15 Caregiving at the End of Life with Buffy Plante, critical care RN, and Joshua Hayes RN and Hospice Nurse (invited to speak again due to popular demand.) Program focus: How to know the signs and provide comfort, support, and optimum circumstances for those entering the end of life transition. This program provides much information useful to advocates of those approaching the end of life, complete with questions and answers. [This film will soon be available on our TLC Videos Page.]