How to Contemplate Death to Benefit the Future
Monday 1 August @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Far from being morbid, contemplating the fragility of our lives provides a solid basis for turning away from distractions and focusing our time and effort into what really matters – transforming the mind and awakening to our potential in ways that transcend just this one life.
A primary obstacle to putting effort into our spiritual lives is the subconscious view that although intellectually we know that our lives will end, we always expect it to happen far in the future. In order to energize our practice and create the space to prioritize it, we must overcome this false perspective.
In this course we will explore the method that the Buddha has provided for us to do this, his teaching on the nine-point contemplation on death. Through cultivating a deep understanding of the wisdom contained in this practice we will be able to reorient ourselves firmly toward what makes our lives most meaningful; becoming more and more deeply familiar with the positive states of mind that connect us with peace and contentment and motivate constructive actions that benefit others.
In this one month series we will look at the topic through the lens of short teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, or Lama Yeshe. Eddie will also incorporate western viewpoints, and lead us in checking with our own experience with questioning and discussion.
Presented by FPMT registered teacher:
Hosted by Thubten Norbu Ling, Santa-Fe:
This course is being hosted by our sister FPMT centre in the USA. If you are joining from overseas, please check the start time for your own time zone!
“We often feel miserable and our world seems upside-down because we believe that external things will work out exactly as we plan and expect them to.”Lama Zopa Rinpoche
“Death could come any minute so transform your life into Dharma.”Lama Zopa Rinpoche
“If you neglect to protect your mind, you can neither close the door to suffering nor open the door to happiness.”Lama Zopa Rinpoche