60's and Over: Video and Potluck: Pema Chodron This Sacred Journey

November 25th (2018)

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    Room: Community Room

    This event will be held in the downstairs community room

    Those of us who are over 60 are among the first generation of westerners whose aging is informed by the study and practice of the dharma, the teachings on impermanence and egolessness. What does that mean? What could it, or should it, mean? Join us for a potluck gathering to rouse energy in a supportive environment as we contemplate aging, wisdom, challenges, what’s next, etc.

    3:30 pm: Video:  Talk One of Pema Chodron's couse:  This Sacred Journey (courtesy of Shambhala Publications and Prajna Studio)

    Most of us, when we think about death (or the groundlessness of life itself), feel sadness or anxiety in the face of such profound insecurity. But what Pema Chödrön shares with us here is that those very feelings are the fertile ground for training in courage, wisdom, and compassion. In this first lesson, we’ll learn how the bardo teachings have come to us through generations of wisdom holders and what relevance they can offer us as we face the uncertainty of being alive.

    As she entered the ninth decade of her life, Pema spent a year in solitary retreat working deeply with traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings on death, including teachings on the bardos from The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

    4:30 - 6 pm: Discussion and potluck
    Bring a dish or beverage to share.  We would appreciate a donation for the center and the teachings.

    Pema Chödrön, beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun and mother, has inspired millions of people
    from around the world who have been touched by her example and message of practicing peace in these turbulent times. 
    She has taught extensively for many years, writing the best-selling books When Things Fall Apart and The Places That Scare You. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery for westerners in North America. 

    Please note in the comments when registering if you have any accessibility concerns  - visual, sound, mobility or sensitivity to incense or chemicals. There are 6 outside stairs to enter the building. We will hold this event on the first floor to avoid a flight of stairs up to the meditation halls.

    Please register at the link below so we know how many people to plan for. There is NO REGISTRATION FEE for this event.