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Death and the Art of Dying: The Luminous Bardo of Dharmata

August 24 - August 31

Presented by Andrew at the Drala Mountain Center

August 24–31, 2022

From a spiritual perspective, death is the crowning moment of life. The karma that brought us into this life is exhausted, and the bad habits that will propel us into our next one have not yet formed. This gap (bardo) provides a golden opportunity for rapid spiritual progress — if we are prepared. This bardo is where the peaceful and wrathful deities appear, which represent the archetypal aspects of our own mind. “Dharmata” means “suchness, reality,” and refers to the enlightened state. All of manifest reality arises out of this bardo, and returns to it. It is the womb and the tomb of existence.

Because of the subtle nature of this bardo, this program is more advanced. Some familiarity with the bardo teachings is recommended.

Some Topics We Will Cover:

  • How to remove all fear of death

  • How to help others at the end of life

  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead

  • What continues after death, where do you go

  • Where near-death-experiences fit in

  • The “primordial distraction”

  • Contemplations and meditations that help you prepare

  • How dream yoga and sleep yoga help you prepare

  • The role of psychedelics in preparing to die

  • The problem of proof

  • What happens to those who don’t recognize this bardo

  • How this bardo relates to nonduality and enlightenment

  • How this bardo manifests in daily life​

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