The videos posted here are both TLC's original films and films our organization has been permitted to post by others for the benefit of all.
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Death - What's Life Got To Do With It?
A Conversation Between
Julie Rogers, TLC Founder & Director
& Brenda Kress, Sacramento Hospice Consortium
Learn about Buddhist traditions that uplift living
and also support those who are dying.
Personal Loss and the Path of Awakening
A Conversation with Loppon Yudron Wangmo
Director of Mayum Mountain Foundation
& TLC Founder & Director Julie Rogers
During Loppon Yudron's online classes dealing with impermanence, this one hour talk took place between she and Julie Rogers. The focus here is working with bereavement, including a demonstration of simple Buddhist practices that can help us heal, restore balance, and benefit others when faced with situations associated with loss.
Sur Offering Practice - A Concise Teaching
with Loppon Yudron Wangmo
Director of Mayum Mountain Foundation
Filmed by Daniel Donner
Loppon Yudron demonstrates this simple and profound Buddhist offering practice anyone can perform that brings great benefit to those who have died and beings in the bardo, or states of transition, particularly helpful in the case of tragic death.
Practice Support Advice, Images and Seed Syllables
for the Vajrayana Neydren Ritual
Commentary by Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche
with artwork permitted for use by Friends of Lama Tharchin
This film clip is from Khenpo Paljor Gyatso's TLC teaching 'Introduction to the Neydren and Other Practice Advice’, translated by Kersten Anchetta, filmed April 21, 2019 at Orgyen Dorje Den Temple in Alameda, CA. The featured text is an excerpt from teachings on the neydren ritual for the deceased by Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche.
Taliesin’s Rainbow - The Miraculous Account of a Young Man's Passing
Introduced by Carolyn Myers
On Friday, May 26, 2017, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche was riding a Portland OR MAX train when a man got onboard and began harassing two teenage girls, one of whom was black and the other one wearing a traditional Muslim hajib. As the man escalated his rant about how Muslims should die, Taliesin, a white man in his twenties, and two other passengers stepped forward to intervene. The man pulled a knife from his pocket and repeatedly slashed them before fleeing the train at the next station. Taliesin was murdered in that attack. He lived long enough to acknowledge aloud that he was dying and, as other passengers tried to help him, that he “loved everybody here.”
At the very same moment in Ashland, OR, Taliesin’s mother Asha Deliverance was attending a Buddhist teaching given by HH Khatok Getse Rinpoche, soon to be supreme head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism - a truly accomplished master. This was the only time Getse Rinpoche ever spoke in the town of Ashland. He had been invited by children in the Sangha community who were to do a life release to demonstrate their compassion for all living beings. Rinpoche blessed the bait worms they planned to free and offered a dharma talk.
Soon after, when Asha learned of her son Taliesin’s death, she immediately called Tashi Choling and asked that Getse Rinpoche be informed. Rinpoche was visiting the Buddhist temple there to preside over an annual spring retreat. Instantly, he began praying for Taliesin. On the last day of these practices, there is a ritual for all beings in the bardo, or intermediate state, to help release their consciousness into the pure realms. Taliesin’s cremation ashes and photo were included in that ceremony.
This video is a testimonial given by Matthew Small about the amazing events that took place during the scattering of Taliesin’s ashes. Personally, I'd known Taliesin since his birth. I witnessed the channeling of his almost wild, mischievous boyish energy, into a passionate defender of Mother Earth during his later teen years. And, like everyone who met HH Getse Rinpoche, I immediately recognized His Holiness as an extraordinary being. The meeting of these two spirits is like the stuff of legend, an example of the nirmanakaya–not magic, but rather highest dharma, what we all aspire to; with a seal of guarantee provided by Taliesin’s Rainbow.
In early July 2020, Taliesin's assailant was sentenced to life in prison. Prayers for his release from suffering.
This video has been posted with the permission and encouragement of Asha Deliverance, Taliesin's mother.