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Guidance On The Bardo Of Living And Dying

  • Sacred Stream Center 2149 Byron Street Berkeley, CA, 94702 United States (map)

Guidance On The Bardo Of Living And Dying
with Geshe Kunchap
Wednesday, October 26, 7:00-9:00PM
and three more Wednesdays, November 2, 9, and 16
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley

In Tibetan, “Bardo” literally means “in between.” In these teachings, Bardo refers to the time period in between life and death, or death and the next rebirth. Teachings on the Bardo are found throughout the Yungdrung Bön scriptures. However, a chapter within the Mother Tantra is dedicated to detailed information and advice regarding the Bardo. If one practices these teachings during life, then one experiences less fear during the moment of death. Additionally, by recognizing the true nature of these experiences, one has the opportunity to influence the conditions of one’s rebirth, or ultimately, to achieve complete liberation. With this knowledge, one can also be of great support and comfort to others who are dying. Within the Bardo teachings, there is a beautiful prayer that points out to the dying person the true nature of their experiences and leads them towards wisdom. This prayer is commonly called, “The Precious Garland,” and is traditionally sung continuously during the days following a person’s death. Each student will receive a copy of this prayer and be taught the traditional melody.

Geshe Murig Nyima Kunchap is a master of Sutra, Tantra, and Dzogchen of the Bon tradition. He is the founder of Dolpo Bon Society and the Nepal Bon Religion Association. He is also the head lama of the Nepal Bon Religion Association of Nepal and the Dolpa Youngdrung Committee.

For many years, Geshela has been engaged in teaching, dialogue, and writing. He has traveled widely abroad, giving teachings on preliminary practices, the practice of mantra, teaching methods of ritual offering, astrology and astronomy in the USA, Mexico, India, and Russia. He previously served as lecturer and head of department at the Bonpo Department, Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, India.

Earlier Event: October 26
Spooky Night Party
Later Event: October 27
Playland Halloween After Dark