july, 2019

27jul(jul 27)9:00 amFeaturedDeath and the Art of Dying: The Karmic Bardo of Becoming

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Death and the Art of Dying: The Karmic Bardo of Becoming

with Andrew Holecek

Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28, 2019

According to the Tibetan view, the bardo of becoming is where we will spend 49 days after death.  For most of us, it constitutes the entirety of our after-death experience.  It is a volatile time when the winds of karma/habit arise to blow us involuntarily into our next birth.  With preparation, it transforms into the bardo of opportunity, where we can literally become anything we want by directing these winds in the proper direction.  Without preparation, it accelerates into the bardo of panic, where a single thought can take on a life of its own and hurl us uncontrollably into an entire existence. Because mind becomes reality here, the Dalai Lama says of this bardo: “This is a very dangerous time.”  But it is also a very opportune time – if we are prepared.

Join us as we plunge into the realms that await us after death.  Learn what to expect, when to expect it, and what to do about it.  What is that reincarnates, and why do we reincarnate? What is phowa (ejection of consciousness) and how can it help me?  We will also learn techniques to help those who have died, for this is the bardo where we can most help the dead. The bardo teachings apply to life as much as to death, and can help us negotiate any situation that ends: a relationship, a job, even a state of mind. Understanding the principles of transition as they are applied to death can help us understand any transition in life. How can you shape your mind now and become what you truly want in this very life?

Session Timings:

Please join us for the full weekend or any part of the weekend!



Morning: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Morning: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon: 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.


Livestream is available; please make a note that you would like to watch via livestream when you register.




27 (Saturday) 9:00 am MST


Padmasambhava Meditation Center

1900 South Cook Street

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