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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Shu Ting's "Gifts"

This post on Shu Ting and the following three posts on Rumi, Hanh, and Gibran contain poems which have helped me process deaths I have experienced in my family and which I share with others undergoing a similar experience.  Each welcomes the reader into an understanding of dying and grief that reaches beyond a self-centered reoccupation with one's own suffering.

Click on "Read More" to read this poem called "Gifts" by Shu Ting.

Rumi's "The Guest House" and "To Take A Step Without Feet"

Click on "Read More" to Read Rumi's poems "The Guest House" and  "To Take A Step Without Feet."

Thich Nhat Hanh's "For Warmth"

To Read the "For Warmth" poem by Thich Nhat Hanh click on "Read More."

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

To read an excerpt from Gibran's The Prophet click on "Read More".

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Talk by Lama Karma Samten: A Community Conversation, Healthy LIving, Joyful Death

The Community Hospice is sponsoring a free Public Talk by The Venerable Lama Karma Samten titled, "A Community Conversation, Healthy Living, Joyful Death," Wednesday, October 27th from 7:00 pm --8:30 pm at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY. For more information call 694-4985


"Healthy Living, Joyful Death"

Venerable Lama Samten was born in West Tibet in 1944. He fled his homeland with his brothers, sisters and parents in 1959 when the Communist Chinese invaded Tibet. His entire family of 13 members died crossing the Himalayas. only Lama Samten survived.

He took his ordination in exile in India with the Very Venerable Khyabje Kalu Rinpoche and completed 10 years of solitary retreat under his guidance in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

In 1980 Lama Samten was sent to New Zealand by HH 16th Gyalwa Karmapa and spent 24 years there developing the Buddha Dharma. He retired in 2004 and now teaches internationally, guiding his many students in their practice and taking them on pilgrimage to holy Buddhist places around the world.

He is the author of many books on Dharma practice including "Living with Death and Dying" on the 6 Bardos. He was the creative force behind the 2004 Grammy Award winning music recording "Sacred Tibetan Chant - the monks of Sherab Ling" and has recorded a series of his own chanting entitled "Sounds of Liberation."

It comprises 6 CDs with recordings of the sacred mantras of:
Medicine Buddha; Green Tara; White Tara; Mahamudra Lineage Prayer & Karmapa Chenno; Padmasambhava; and Avalokiteshvara.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Top Five Regrets of the Dying

Corine motivated me to get this blog off the ground by sending a link to this article by Bronnie Ware, palliative care-giver: