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Making Friends with Death – A Death & Dying Workshop

with Ondy Willson

Discover the teachings and practices from the rich Tibetan Buddhist tradition on death and dying and how we can learn to make friends with death. Topics for study and contemplation on this one day workshop include:

  • consciousness – understanding the nature of mind
  • the death process – what we experience during death
  • the intermediate stage – the experience of becoming
  • rebirth & karma –  the law of cause and effect and cyclic existence
  • our present human life – the opportunity to prepare for the future yet also make the most of what we have

Over the day you will get a glimpse into the practical wisdom and sacred inspiration that comes from the Tibetan tradition.

“From the moment we were born, we’ve been destined for death. We think dying is a big deal, worse than losing a job, a boyfriend, a girlfriend, husband or wife. That’s the wrong attitude. We think that dying is negative; that’s just our projection…The reason Tibetan Buddhism educates people to understand the death process and trains them to deal with it is so that when the time of crisis arrives and the various illusory visions arise, instead of being confused, we know what’s going on and can recognise illusions as illusions, projections as projections and fantasies as fantasies.” Lama Thubten Yeshe

This workshop is suitable for all, whether you are a Buddhist practitioner or just interested to find out more about death and dying from the Buddhist perspective.

Suggested donation £25.  To book please use the book button above or email smile@jamyangleeds.co.uk.

Classes are offered for free at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds so as many people as possible can benefit. We do not get grants and all donations go towards running the Centre. You can donate at the start of a class or online by clicking the link on the right.

About the teacher: Ondy Willson

Ondy has been a Dharma practitioner since 1979, and established Yeshe Buddhist Group (YBG) in Cumbria in 2001. She has served as a FPMT Touring Teacher since 2007 and has taught both internationally and in the UK, from evening talks and weekend courses to longer Buddhist deity retreats. Ondy particularly enjoyed teaching the 10 day Introduction to Buddhism course and intermediate Buddhist courses at Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamsala, India and Root Institute in Bodhgaya, India and will lead an introductory course at Land of Joy retreat Centre in Northumberland in Summer 2018.

Ondy specialises in making the Buddhist teachings accessible and relevant to contemporary life. Having developed a Mindfulness Based Mind Training Programme that encapsulates Buddhist Psychology in a secular framework, she has much experience of delivering teaching and training to professional, public sector and private organisations, as well as in Dharma (Buddhist) settings. Trained as a Drama teacher, Ondy has been teaching since 1976 and says that she still has plenty of Drama (and Dharma) left in her.

Ondy is based at Yeshe Buddhist Study Group in Cumbria and is qualified to teach and support the FPMT’s Discovering Buddhism Programme and Mindfulness Based Mind Training.

 

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