"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

What Death Teaches about Life
Frank Ostaseski, Rachel Remen
Sunday, May 7, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $110 - $275. Please bring your lunch. Code FO1B17.
OPEN-Register Here

Dying is inevitable and intimate. We can’t be truly alive without maintaining an awareness of death. In this experiential program, we will explore how ordinary people develop profound insights and are transformed in the dying process. Both the person dying and their caregivers often find love and a capacity in themselves that they didn't know they had access to. They discover an innate trust and reliable goodness in themselves and emerge as someone more expansive than the small, separate self they had previously taken themselves to be.

If that possibility exists at the time of dying, it also exists here and now. Death illuminates what matters most and reminds us not to squander this life. The good news is we don’t have to wait until the end of our life to realize the wisdom that death has to teach. This program is an invitation to reclaim the meaning and mystery in life and discover how the lessons learned at the time of dying have relevance for all of us in leading a whole-hearted life.

These two old friends, respected teachers, and pioneers in the field of death and dying have dedicated their lives to serving those with serious and life-threatening illness. Join them for a day of silent meditation, experiential exercises, inquiry practices and storytelling.

All proceeds from this day will benefit Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Metta Institute.

General Information

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