Death & the Art of Dying: The Karmic Bardo of Becoming with Andrew Holecek
April 20–22, 2007
Explore the final death bardo, where we spend 49 days after death and are then hurled by the winds of karma into our next life. By becoming familiar with this bardo and preparing for it now, we can control these “winds” and use them to sail into a fortunate rebirth. During this extremely volatile time, mind becomes reality. With preparation, the bardo of becoming transforms into the bardo of opportunity, where we can literally become anything we want by directing the karmic winds in the proper direction. Without preparation, it transforms into the bardo of panic, where a single thought can take on a life of its own and hurl you uncontrollably into an entire realm of existence. The Dalai Lama says of this bardo: “This is a very dangerous time.”
Join us as we take a plunge into the realms that await us in this bardo, learning how to transform obstacle into opportunity. Discover what to expect in the process, when to expect it and what to do about it. We will also learn techniques to help those who have died, for this is the bardo where we can really help the dead.
We will also discuss the following questions:
o In terms of reincarnation, what is it that continues?
o What are the pure lands and how do we get there?
o How and why do the masters take voluntary rebirth?
o Can we prove any of this? If not, does it matter?
o What are the delogs (death-returners) and what can they teach us?
Discover the many opportunities this bardo presents for spiritual development.
Andrew Holecek, DDS, has been studying and practicing the meditative traditions since 1975. A faculty member of the Ngedon School of Higher Studies, he has completed the traditional three-year retreat and has founded the Death College, a venue for the extensive exploration of death, dying and rebirth. As the cofounder of a charity that provides health care to children in India and Nepal, he spends several months a year in Asia. These travels have allowed him, over the past ten years, to study the bardos directly with some of the greatest masters in Tibetan Buddhism.
Two bedrooms in a solar-powered house close to SMC are available. If you are interested in these accommodations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Red Garuda’ in the subject line of your email.
Andrew Holecek is the founder of The Forum of Living and Dying, which offers seminars internationally on death, dying and beyond. A columnist for Bodhi Magazine, he has written for many periodicals related to spirituality and Buddhism. He is the author of The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy and the forthcoming, Prepare to Die: A Spiritual and Practical Guide from the Buddhist Perspective.
Financial aid is available for this program.