If you're not interested in death & dying events, just delete this email. There's so much going on, I thought it might be best to put it all in one email. And if you look carefully, you'll see some new events too! Like a monthly Buddhist Memorial Chanting group.
Buddhist Contemplative Care for End of Life
Dates and Speakers
February 6, 4–6 p.m. EST: Doug Duncan Sensei and Catherine Pawasarat Sensei (Vajrayana)
- these are my teachers!!!
March 6, 2–3:30 p.m. EST: Venerable Bhante Sasana Sarana (Theravada)
March 27, 2–3:30 p.m. EDT: Venerable Yin Kit (Chinese Mahayana)
April 17, 2–4 p.m. EDT: Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison and Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell (Mahayana–Zen)
This series is FREE and registration is required. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants on the morning of each talk.
Death, Dying, & Community - 4th Thursday of each month- 7:00-8:30pm
Will continue the exploration of death and dying, and the various decisions one makes to prepare for death. The aim is both practical and existential, and is discussion based. The idea is that the more you prepare for death, the more joyful your life becomes. We hope we can offer this in person in the fall again, starting on September 26, after our usual summer break, but will need to find a new venue that has more space to allow for appropriate spacing. Alternatively we stay virtual on Zoom. Stay tuned for details of this decision.
January 28 - What Happens After We Die?
February 25 - Understanding Medical Assistance in Dying
Sunday, January 31, 2021 – 6-7 pm Theravada Prayers 4th Sunday of the month
Come join the first ever Monthly Toronto Centre for Applied Buddhism Buddhist memorial service to honour those in our lives whom have passed, to support others who are grieving their loss and to remember the Dharma teachings on impermanence and emptiness. Let us together recommit ourselves to the path of compassion snd wisdom. Registration required by January 27.
If you would like to share the name and/or a picture of your loved ones during the service or to share a few words about them, please register no later than 1 week before service. You may share a photo of our loved one during in the registration email if you'd like it shared with the group. We welcome volunteers to do reading and chanting as well. A zoom link will be sent before January 31 to those registered.
Sunday, February 28, 2021 – 6-7 pm Mahayana Pureland Prayers
Sunday, March 28, 2021 – 6-7 pm Vajrayana Prayers
Exploring the Bardos - One Week Online Meditation Retreat
If you're interested in learning more about that special time between the last breath and what Tibetan Buddhists have mapped to be the next rebirth, consider joining me June 19-25, 2021 for a weeklong online meditation retreat when I will co-teach with my own beloved Buddhist teachers, Doug Duncan Sensei and Catherine Pawasarat Sensei on the Bardos of Living and Dying. They are experts on the topic of seeing gaps as opportunities to explore life more fully. Come meet my teachers and the source of my own inspiration, and let's learn together.
This will be an online course, and you can join from the comfort of your home, but be prepared to put aside your every day activities and immerse yourself in the teachings and meditation activities.
Book Release of 21 Days to Die: Recognizing Death by October, 2021
I'm working hard to get my book manuscript in final draft form to my editor by the end of February. I'm expecting lots more editing and back and forths with him. If all goes as planned, we're aiming for an October book release date. Stay tuned for book launch details, and opportunities to get your own signed book. This is the kind of book that all Canadians need to read to complete their "Death Education" in order to help others around you die better, and before they need to know this for themselves.
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Life and death are intrinsically linked. To study death is to lean in to Mary Oliver's urging - What will you do with your one precious life?