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Weekend Seminar: Living, Dying and the Path of Meditation

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  • Sat 21 May ’11, 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Sun 22 May ’11, 8:30am – 4:00pm


Shambhala Meditation Centre, Level 6, 75 Ghuznee St, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $116.75
  • General Admission: $125.00
  • Student: $75.00

A Buddhist Perspective On the Cycle of Life and Death. A weekend seminar with Acharya Richard John. May 21-22, 2011

The cycle of life and death is the most basic expression of reality. We know our lives are temporary, yet in our culture we find ways to avoid this inconvenient truth until the last minute. Then we are likely to regard the reality of death - our loved ones or ourselves - as a shock, a failure, or a terribly mistake.

The Buddha taught that impermanence is the fundamental fact of life, and that meditation is the most powerful and direct method to come to terms with our fear of nonexistence. As practitioners have discovered over centuries of applying these teachings, facing our fear of death is the key to celebrating life.

This program will introduce meditation practice, include talks with Acharya Richard John and provide the opportunity to share our personal experiences in a gentle and safe environment. Everyone is welcome - it is requested that participants attend the entire program.

Acharya Richard John: As an early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an Acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs for many years in North America, Australia, Mexico, Chile and New Zealand. He completed the first three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey and now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Canada.

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