Santa Barbara Mondays

  • 2014 death series 3257:30 – 9:00pm on the 2nd Monday of each month this fall

    Sept 8 • Oct 13 • Nov 10 • Dec 8

    There is nothing more precious than our human life. Having been born as a human being we have immense freedom to accomplish almost anything we want. But what will make us truly happy? What will benefit others most? And when this life is over, what will help us then?

    All of us realize that our death is inevitable, but generally it seems a long way off. We think there will be lots of time in the future to really work on finding our own inner peace and for now we put most of our time and energy into seeking external comfort and peace. The shocking reality is that death can strike at any moment. Death does not always wait until we are old and terminally ill. At the time of our death, only our own inner peace will be of any help when we face death and the uncertainty of our next life.

    In this lecture we will explore Buddha’s teachings on death and impermanence as a practical method to bring meaning to our life. Kelsang Wangpo will show why it is beneficial to contemplate our death now so that we are able to put energy into creating our own inner peace now and face death with a calm peaceful mind, and thereby secure happiness and good fortune in all our coming lives. By doing this we can refresh our focus and learn to make daily activities part of our spiritual practice.

    This class is part of our Death and Dying series which includes the following titles:
    Sept 8: What is Death
    Oct 13: What is a Meaningful Life
    Nov 10: How to Care for the Dying
    Dec 8: Prayers to Relieve our Grief