Death Fair 2018: Let’s Talk About Death

with Mary Lang, Maryl Schapiro, Sara Lewis, Cathy Brennan

October 27th (2018)

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  • $50 Patron
  • $35 Sustaining
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Room: Main Shrine Room

(photo courtesy Wonderlane on Flickr)

For Buddhists, the moment of death and how we prepare for that moment, is a critical opportunity on our path of awakening. As practitioners trained to let go, bear witness, and extend compassion, we have much to offer to the national conversation about death, and much to learn from our own contemplation of death itself. Holding a loving environment while supporting a friend or family member’s end of life is a powerful spiritual practice.

Join us for our fifth-annual Death Fair!

Led by the Shambhala Center’s End of Life Committee Members: Mary Lang, Maryl Schapiro, Cathy Brennan.With a special presentation by Sara Lewis, PhD, on Lessons from Tibet on Navigating Dying and Death.

This interactive workshop will explore the topic of death in a variety of ways. The morning begins with open-ended, personal conversations about death, and includes meditation practice & contemplation, experiential exercises, and group discussion.This year we are fortunate to be able to share a presentation by Dr. Sara Lewis:

Lessons from Tibet on Navigating Dying and Death
Can the teachings of the Tibetan Book of the Dead and other Tibetan Buddhist practices make a difference at the end of life? 

Dr. Sara Lewis is an anthropologist of religion and medicine specializing in Tibetan Buddhism. In this talk she will present ethnographic research she has conducted on death and dying among Tibetan Buddhists living in India, Nepal, and Queens, NY. Her research investigates how advanced medical technologies have both presented new opportunities for a good death and interfered with traditional Buddhist notions of death. Her research reveals the ways that scientific understandings of the body, time, and consciousness may be more flexible than we have tended to conceive of them in the West.

Sara currently teaches in the Department of Religion at Wellesley College and has been a member of the Shambhala community since 2007. Her presentation will be appropriate for a general audience, with ample time for questions and answers.

The Center’s End of Life Committee members include longtime hospice volunteers, social workers, longtime Buddhist practitioners and senior teachers in Shambhala, all of whom have direct experience with death and dying.

A resource packet will be provided with information on advanced directives; traditional Buddhist practices at the end of life; the Boston Shambhala Center’s Spiritual Directive; as well as hospice, home funerals, reading lists and toolkits for further exploration.

Cost: includes breakfast and a take-home resource packet