How Vipassana Meditation Helps Prepare for Death

How Vipassana Meditation Helps Prepare for Death

Just as shamatha meditation prepares the mind for the after death states, we can also look at how vipassana meditation helps prepare for death. One of the main themes in The Tibetan Book of the Dead is “recognition and liberation are simultaneous.” This relates to...
Karmic Implications of Suicide

Karmic Implications of Suicide

To address questions about the karmic implications of suicide, it helps to understand the four aspects of a fully established karma. What is a karmic action made of? How are the consequences of an act established? Even though the topic of karma has entered the public...
Relating to Suicide from a Buddhist Perspective

Relating to Suicide from a Buddhist Perspective

The difficult topic of suicide and the depression that often triggers it are complex issues. Biological, cultural, social, and psychological causes all conspire to spark these tragic events. How can we relate to suicide from a Buddhist perspective? Is there a way to...
Holding Environment for Dying

Holding Environment for Dying

There is a great deal we can do to help others as they die.  The best thing is to create a proper holding environment for dying. What is a Holding Environment? The idea of holding environments was created by the psychiatrist and pediatrician Donald Winnicott.  He used...
The Four Reminders

The Four Reminders

The four reminders, or four thoughts that turn the mind, are an important preparation for death because they turn the mind from constantly looking outward to finally looking within. As with mindfulness, they provide another way to work with distraction. They bring the...