Living Well to Die Well Mindfulness Course
Part One of Living Well to Die Well
with Heather Regan-Addis and Jacky Seery
In person at Samye Ling 26-28 May 2023
Why might you want to do this course?
It might seem like a difficult topic to tackle. However there are two main reasons why this course will be of benefit to you.
First – How can we learn to live our lives more joyfully, and navigate life’s challenges more easily so that we can say we have truly lived every minute of our lives?
Second – Inevitably we will be faced with the death of someone we know or love. This course will provide some insights and practices to help us cope better with these events when we are faced with them.
Please book your accommodation and meals for the weekend directly with Samye Ling by emailing email@example.com. They will need to know the dates that you would like to stay, what room you would like (please click here to see the room types and prices), your name, and the name of the second person if you are booking a twin room, your address, phone number and preferred email address for the booking. No room bookings can currently be made via the Samye Ling website.
Price: £330.00 payable in six monthly instalments of £55.00
Times: The weekend begins at 19.00pm on Friday evening and ends at 15.00pm on Sunday afternoon.
Location: Samye Ling (near Lockerbie) There will also be six bi-monthly Thursday evening online sessions over the course of the year following the weekend from 19:00-21:00 (to be confirmed)
A key aim of the Buddhist path is preparation for death, but what about those of us who are mindfulness practitioners? How do we prepare for our death and for the death of our loved ones? How can we support each other in the processes involved at the end of life? In this course we will explore how we can live well so as to prepare for a good death, without fear or regret. Our practice will be based around loving kindness, tonglen, imagination practices and open awareness. By becoming more mindful and compassionate in our approach to death, we can support ourselves and others when faced with end of life. As we become more mindful, we will be able to recognise the stages of death more easily and introduce practices to best support the transition. We will also explore fear of death, fear of pain and moving from regret and resentment towards forgiveness.
We expect that this course will then be followed by a part two, in a similar format but the long term aim is to set up a support group of people who have gone through this training so as to support each other in the face of bereavement and in due course in the face of our own death.