death

Teachings on death from a Buddhist perspective, including preparing for death, dying peacefully, and helping the dying.

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Stages of the Path to Awakening Podcast

Karma that ripens at death

Continuing Chapter 11, explaining many factors that affect the result of karma and different perspectives…

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Black and white image of a man gazing off into the distance.
On Impermanence

Don’t take life for granted

"In the blink of an eye, everything can change." A student examines how this truth…

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Shantideva Teachings at Sravasti Abbey

Freeing ourselves from negativity

Covering Verses 57-65 and finishes the commentary on the four opponent powers of purification and…

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Shantideva Teachings at Sravasti Abbey

Offering ourselves to the Buddhas

Continuing the commentary on Chapter 2, Verses 42-57: covering generating regret for negativities and seeking…

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Shantideva Teachings at Sravasti Abbey

Regretting negativity by reflecting on death

Giving commentary to Verses 32-41, showing how reflecting on death can help clarify what is…

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Stages of the Path to Awakening Podcast

Powa, transference of consciousness

Teaching from the last section “Powa, Transference of Consciousness”, in Chapter 9.

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Stages of the Path to Awakening Podcast

What to practice while dying

Contiuing the section "Helping Ourselves and Others at the Time of Death" and explaining which…

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Kenryuu with his arm around his mother, both smiling and standing with Venerable Chodron.
On Taking Illness Onto the Path

My trip to the operating theatre and back

I recently had an infected cyst on my back. It had grown quickly, got infected,…

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