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Living with loss

A talk given at Jewel Heart Cleveland in Ohio.

  • Gross impermanence and subtle impermanence
  • How a father’s death is a Dharma teaching
  • Death is not morbid, it’s just a reality that needs to be faced
  • Death is part of life, a natural part of living that happens to every one
  • Grief is adjusting to a change we did not want
  • When we mourn we are not mourning the past, we are mourning our expectation of the future that is not going to happen
  • What goes to the next rebirth after death?
  • Six things to do when dying to cultivate a virtuous mind and make the death experience a practice

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Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.