“Shouldn’t we all try to contemplate the inevitability of our own death at least once this lifetime? Particularly as every one of us will die – itself a crucially important piece of information. Doesn’t putting some effort into processing the inescapable fact of our own death make sense?”
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
The Living is Dying program originated in 2022 as a book study of 34 sessions according to Dzongsar Khyentse’s book ‘Living is Dying’ … Free download of the book here
In 2023 the program will offer monthly presentations by guest speakers involved in the field of death and dying. We would like to invite you to continue to explore how cultivating an awareness of death can benefit us not only at the time of passing but also in our day to day living.
The Living is Dying program is aiming to provide a wide range of teaching material, resources and support for Buddhist practitioners, those who are dying and those who care for the dying.
Check out and participate in our Siddhartha’s Intent Community page: The Bardo Café
“This bardo of birth and life is so very important. If you can recognise this bardo as nothing more than a dream and a magical display and combine that recognition with uncontrived bodhicitta born from your heart, then you will master all the other bardos. And if you achieve that, you will have become a great hero or heroine, not frightened by birth, sickness, old age, and death.” Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche
“The bardo of dream is the intermediate state from the time we fall asleep till we wake up the next day. The duration may differ but it is like death. The five senses – of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch dissolve into kunzhi (the base of all senses which is neutral in nature) and then we fall asleep. During that time, it’s similar to death even though we are sleeping.” Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche
“If you even for a split moment don’t go to the past, don’t go to the future and just be aware, that moment is this exceptional, incredible world (of samadhi). This world is uncontaminated by references. What an amazing world!” Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche – Bardo teachings 2022
Sunday 24 September 5.30pm AEST (Sydney, Australia UTC +10)
Guest speaker Do Tulku as he explores the Bardo of Dharmata
“The Bardo of Dharmata is the time for mastering the crucial point: to be unafraid and instead recognise the nature of mind, which is manifest as self-radiance of knowing. This radiance has three forms – sounds, colours and lights. As they manifest don’t be afraid of these peaceful and wrathful displays, they are your own display. For most people such a groundless, centreless and boundless display is unfamiliar and therefore very scary; there are no handles on anything, nothing to relate to as being here or there. Recognise that it is just the play of dharmata, and don’t give in to fear, dread or panic.” – Erik Pema Kunsang
.Link to recording posted soon
Sunday 10 December 5:30pm AEDT (Sydney, Australia UTC +11)
This month we explore the last of the six bardos, the Bardo of Becoming with
“After body and mind have separated, the sounds, colours and lights and so forth of the luminosity of dharmata disappear, due to their nature not having been recognised. The period from the arising of the confused tendencies up until one enters the womb of the next life is called the karmic bardo of becoming.”
– Tsele Natsok Rangdrol “The Mirror of Mindfulness”
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Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche was recognised as an incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, and the 16th Karmapa.
Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche is the youngest son of the renowned master Kangyur Rinpoche and spent his childhood in Darjeeling with his family. After his father, Kangyur Rinpoche, passed away, he spent many years studying under the guidance of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in Nepal and Bhutan. Rinpoche moved to France in 1980, where, under the guidance of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, he and his brother, Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, established the retreat center Centre D’Études de Chanteloube. Over the past 40 years, both Rinpoche and his brother have invited many great lamas to visit and teach in the West, including Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Nyoshül Khen Rinpoche, and Trulshik Rinpoche. Rinpoche speaks fluent English and French, and teaches regularly in Europe, Australia, Vietnam, Canada, and the United States. Rinpoche also oversees the projects of the Padmakara Translation Group, leads retreats, teaches seminars all over the world and is the Principal Advisor of the Khyentse Vision Project.
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