Befriending Small Deaths – Big Deaths
Dominie Cappadonna and Joshua Mulder
May 9–11, 2014
Approaching death with curiosity, courage, and spiritual skills allows for fearlessness in facing the unknown. The small deaths of broken-heartedness, sickness, aging, loss of work and more, offer us practice moments for the big death at the end of life. By relating in a profound way with our small deaths, we build resilience and positive qualities to strengthen our encounter with dying moments as they arise. During this retreat, we will meet inside the Great Stupa and burial grounds for gentle, experiential processes and meditations that draw upon universal principles, as well as Shamanic and Buddhist teachings. For both individuals and those who work in the death and dying field.
Dominie Cappadonna, PhD, CT, is a transpersonal psychotherapist, mentor, death awareness educator and contemplative chaplain. Dominie’s work, Radiant Living~Luminous Dying: Guiding Midlife~Elder Passages and Beyond, facilitates life and death transitions. As a Buddhist practitioner, she co-guides seminars such as One Year to Live, Conversations on Death, and Community Care Circles for Natural Transitions.
Joshua Mulder has been a student of Buddhism for 43 years. In 1987 he was asked to care for the great Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche’s relics. Inspired by the teachings of Buddhism, he has spent the last 26 years designing, building, and creating the artistic expression and heraldry of the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. He continues to deepen visitors understanding and connection to the Stupa by giving tours and dharma talks on a regular basis.