----------------------- Welcome to DYING INTO LOVE ---------------------- Three remarkable workshops both On-line and on Flash Drive
Plus Bonuses: Free Webinars, A Community Forum & More...
with Ram Dass Joan Halifax Roshi Dale Borglum Bodhi Be
- Joan Halifax Roshi
"Now is the time for us all to consider what we're missing as a culture because of our disconnection from our own mortality."
- Ram Dass
Dying Into Love is a series of 42 on-line videos, in bite-sized chunks,
totaling almost 18 hours, from three intimate workshops
illuminating all aspects of dying, clinical and esoteric,
in order to reclaim death as a sacred component of everyday life
Some of the participants are professional caregivers, some are dying
themselves, and some are spiritual people who wish to consider
the issues of death as a way of enhancing their
own consciousness and move closer to God.
We have all kinds of education –
but what prepares us to deal with the
death of a loved one or our own passing?
How can we be of the highest service to
someone who is dying without "Burning Out"?
Based on a series of three intimate workshops,
learn from FOUR AUTHORITIES in the field.
Watching DYING INTO LOVE You Will Learn:
What to expect when you are expecting to die.
How to take stock of your own attitudes and understandings of death.
How caregivers can put their own beliefs and stories around death "on hold" to allow the dying person to have their own unique experience.
What you can do now help ensure that you have the kind of death you want.
Skills and techniques to develop Compassion and Equanimity in the face of death.
Skills and techniques for giving and receiving "Presence", the greatest gift you can give a dying person - to simply be a loving and neutral witness to their process.
Meditations for caregivers to ward off burn out and secondary trauma.
An understanding and appreciation for the difference between pain and suffering.
How having an intimate personal relationship with death can lead to a more fulfilling, happier and well balanced life now.
Natural Transitions Magazine called Dying Into Love a "dynamic, sobering, and often profound collection of teaching moments...
In a beautifully choreographed presentation, the principle speakers weave personal and universal discoveries to overcome fear in order to experience the human needs and spiritual awakenings that are present in the transition called death.
As a whole, the video segments represent a cohesive pattern of inquiry and wisdom, spanning both philosophical thought and down-to-earth concerns for ourselves and for our loved ones."
- Herb B.
Why Is DYING INTO LOVE Important?
Before our “modern” age, virtually all cultures on earth wove Death rituals into the fabric of everyday life, enjoying the balance, appreciation and connection with their ancestors and children’s children that such practices create.
But, in today’s disconnected consumer culture, life is seen as an entitlement and death has no valued role - our ancestors are forgotten and the earth and our children’s future has been exploited and mortgaged away. Our deaths have been stripped of all intimacy and meaning by a profit-driven establishment that manipulates us and views death as failure, the end of their gravy train.
As the baby boomers age more and more of us are confronted
with death issues and hardly anyone is prepared.
The result is fear, separation and suffering.
Dying Into Love is dedicated to broadening the discussion around dying, providing information, both clinical and esoteric, so that all aspects of death can be reclaimed as sacred components of everyday life.
Learn how to soften the path for anyone who is dying (including yourself).
Ease the fear and help heal society too, one death at a time, by Dying Into love.
Order DYING INTO LOVE now and you'll get:
42 individual on-line video segments, 10 to 40 minutes long, totaling almost 18 hours, on a wide range of death-related topics.
Immediate video streaming access on-line PLUS down-loadable files for later viewing. (Dying Into Love is not available on DVD. 18 hours of DVD would cost hundreds of dollars.)
Introductory Bonuses! For a limited time get these free bonuses: 1) A one page printable pdf with simple guidelines for visiting someone who is dying. 2) A printable pdf describing customs around death from twelve major world cultures. 3) A one page printable pdf of an inspirational letter Ram Dass wrote to the parents of Rachel, who died at a young age. 4) Four "Mindfullness" meditation practices from Joan Halifax Roshi. 5) Links to resources from around the world.
Access to User's Forums We're excited to have created a place for the community to give and receive support. This promises to be a wonderful resource for all.
Free Tele-Seminar We're putting together a free one hour tele-seminar
with some of the Dying Into Love Team that you'll be able to participate in Live. Details to be announced.
- Joy B.
Workshop 1: Living & Dying in Everyday Life
Features Ram Dass and Joan Halifax Roshi
Original Weekend Workshop Tuition was $175
1. (23 Min) Cultivating Stability and Compassion: Joan Halifax asks several probing questions and speaks of cultivating mental stability, clarity and compassion.
2. (22 Min) Being Loving Awareness: Ram Dass on “Being Content” and how we best serve a dying person by witnessing them with our “Lovingly Awareness”.
3. (27 Min) Developing Neutrality and Equanimity: Roshi Joan on interconnected Views, Practices and Actions. The need for neutrality, equanimity, and to understand and suspend our own beliefs. We practice so that in the moment “Open Presence” rises of it’s own accord.
4. (25 Min) Best and Worst Case Scenario Part 1: Finish the sentences: 1) My worst case scenario of how I will die is... 2) My best case scenario of how I will die is... 3) What I have do now to have the best death possible is...
5. (32 Min) Best and Worst Case Scenario Part 2: The group shares and discusses what they learned from the previous writing assignments.
6. (26 Min) Suffering and Compassion Part 1: The nature and role of Suffering, Empathy and Compassion. Ram Dass characterizes his own experience suffering a stroke. Roshi Joan on types of compassion.
7. (31 Min) Suffering and Compassion Part 2: Roshi Joan on the suffering of a death row prison inmate, and seriously ill Tibetan monks. Suffering builds character and raises compassion in others. Also: Self-pity and pain mitigation vs. an un-medicated conscious death.
8. (31 Min) Offering and Receiving Presence: Joan leads an exercise in offering and receiving Presence to develop Compassion and Equanimity.
9. (16 Min) Presence, Compassion and Equanimity: Group sharing on previous exercise.
1. (35 Min) Practices to Cultivate Presence: Joan leads the group through a guided meditation intended to develop fundamental equanimity. The group then responds to the practice.
2. (27 Min) Caretaker's Experiences: Ram Dass, Roshi Joan and the group reflect on Forgiveness, Regret, Betrayal and Rejection as a caregiver.
3. (31 Min) Options Around Death Part 1: Roshi Joan reads a poem and discusses some of the options a dying person has. Group exercise and discussion on organ donation.
4. (34 Min) Options Around Death Part 2: More on organ donation, cremation, burial, The Five Wishes, durable power of attorney, advanced directives, family dynamics.
5. (34 Min) What To Expect When You're Expecting To Die: Ram Dass speaks of discovering love, soul, ego and roles in the world. Roshi celebrates not knowing and our unconditioned nature.
6. (27 Min) Intervention, Pain and Suicide Part 1: Exercise on how and when to manage pain, orchestrating care interventions, and making the choice to continue life or hasten death (assisted suicide).
7. (39 Min) Intervention, Pain and Suicide Part 2: The group shares what was learned during the previous exercise.
- Lucianna G.
Workshop 2: The Frontiers of Love, Sex & Death
Features Ram Dass and Joan Halifax Roshi
Original Three Evening Workshop Tuition was $150
1. (35 Min) Questions on Love Part 1: Joan Halifax offers a brief overview of the workshop and then moves into a series of questions on the Nature of Love.
2. (18 Min) Questions on Love Part 2: Ram Dass speaks on finding contentment, followed by more questions on love. Roshi Joan then shares a poem.
3. (27 Min) Questions on Love Part 3: More questions and sharing exploring the nature of Love.
1. (26 Min) Many Forms of Love: Discussing Love, Sex and Death, Ram Dass describes the attachments of sexual love. Roshi Joan on Buddhist understandings of Love co-mingled with Kindness.
2. (28 Min) Sexuality and Spirituality: Ram Dass on his Guru's happy, private family life. Group discussion on the spiritual implications of physical love, power relationships, and sexuality on a spiritual path.
3. (15 Min) Caretaker and Patient Relationships: Love, Sex and Death, Caregiver/Patient relationships, the power of impermanence and that intimacy arising around mortality can be confusing.
4. (26 Min) What Happens When You Die: Cultural perspectives, reincarnation, karma, the subtle mind at the moment of death and limitless possibilities.
5. (33 Min) How To Prepare For Death: Death as liberation and surrender, the ultimate moment, and life the ultimate possession to give away. From suffering we gain Mindfulness.
1. (42 Min) Suffering and Transformation: Suffering vs. relief from suffering. Shamanistic and Psychedelic death journeys missing from our culture has serious consequences. We need a prior meditation practice to uphold neutrality and equanimity even in the face of death.
2. (46 Min) Empathy and Compassion: Questions on Achieving bliss, Physiological, relational and economic chaos, Caregiver burn-out, secondary trauma and moral distress, Meditation, Pain, suffering, and grief.
- Tina B
Workshop 3: Dying Into Love
Features Ram Dass, Dale Borglum and Bodhi Be
Original One Day Workshop Tuition was $65
1. (23 Min) Introduction and Centering: Bodhi Be opens the workshop with a group centering process.
2. (17 Min) What Kind of Death Do You Want?: The group is led through a process around the question: What kind of death do you want?
3. (18 Min) Awakening to Consciousness: Dale Borglum shares how we can awaken to consciousness through an understanding of Death.
4. (15 Min) Dying Into Love: Ram Dass describes that what we die into is Love’s universal presence.
5. (11 Min) Integrating Body and Mind: Bodhi Be leads the group through a moving meditation process.
6. (11 Min) Guided Meditation: Bodhi Be and Ram Dass leading a sitting, closed-eye guided meditation.
7. (22 Min) What Happens When We Die Part 1: Dale Borglum postulates on what happens when we die.
8. (16 Min) What Happens When We Die Part 2: The group discusses what happens when we die.
9. (16 Min) Society's Death Dysfunction: Dale Borglum and Bodhi Be discuss society’s dysfunction around death and grief.
10. (13 Min) Short Meditation: Dale Borglum offers a short meditation on non-duality (Oneness).
11. (20 Min) Dying with Pain: The group discusses dying with pain.
12. (22 Min) Being with the Dying: The group discusses Being with the dying, Denial and Acceptance of Death.
13. (11 Min) Judgment Day: The group discusses Fear of Judgment Day.
14. (7 Min) Participant's Story: A participant shares his mother’s process of being OK with "becoming nothing".
15. (4 Min) Grief: The group discusses Grief.
16. (10 Min) Homework Assignment and Closing: Bodhi Be offers a homework assignment and closes the workshop.
- Tom S.
Special Introductory Bonuses
Bonus #1 Mindfulness Meditation
Receive a 30-page downloadable PDF from Joan Halifax Roshi with four "Mindfulness" Meditation Practices:
The Heart of Meditation Practice
Mindfulness Practice with an emphasis on Concentration
Mindfulness Practice with an emphasis on Insight
Turning the Mind Toward the Body
Bonus #2 How to "Be" With the Dying
Receive a one-page down-loadable PDF from Bodhi Be on how to prepare yourself to enter the space of someone who is dying.
Bonus #3 Ram Dass's Rachel Letter
Receive a one-page down-loadable PDF of Ram Dass's inspirational letter to parents Steve and Anita on the passing of their young daughter Rachel - Featured in the film Fierce Grace.
Bonus #4 Cultural Customs Around Death
Receive a down-loadable PD F featuring a summation of the particular customs honoring death from 12 different world cultures.
Bonus #5 Audio only versions of all 42 videos
You can download these mp3 files and load them into your ipod or mp3 player to listen on the go or in your car
About the Workshop Presenters
In 1961, at age 28, Richard Alpert was a rising star in the academic world, with a PhD in Psychology from Stanford, a teaching position at Harvard and research grants from both Stanford and Yale. Realizing that his own personal neurosis was a formidable match for all that psychology had to offer, Alpert saw that the path he was on wasn't going to deliver him a satisfying life.
Another research psychologist, Dr. Timothy Leary, entered the scene and with him came exposure to newly discovered psychedelics. The research they did together using psychedelics helped Alpert crack open the narrow confines of his life so far AND got them both fired from Harvard. Free to search out new horizons, Alpert went to India where a chance encounter let him to experience something he'd never experienced before and had always craved; the warm embrace of true unconditional love.
As a student of Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba, Alpert (renamed Ram Dass, which means "Servant of God") absorbed eastern philosophies and upon returning to the west embarked on a series of teachings that got summarized into the book Remember: Be Here Now.
Be Here Now sparked a generation of wisdom seekers and has had a major impact on the course of western society's opening to alternative understandings of life's purpose, as well as the explosion of both yoga and meditation practice.
Ever inquiring, Ram Dass sought out the frontiers of western society's dysfunctions and began teaching about Death and Dying as a means of cracking open the narrow confines of western thought and the common consumption-driven American life. These seminars are dedicated to the notion that an intimate understanding of death can lead to a more joyous and productive life, here and now.
Joan Halifax Roshi
Joan Halifax Roshi is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
She has worked in the area of death and dying for over thirty years and is Director of the Project on Being with Dying. For the past twenty-five years, she has been active in environmental work.
A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than three decades has focused on engaged Buddhism. Of recent, Roshi Joan Halifax is a distinguished invited scholar to the Library of Congress and the only woman and Buddhist to be on the Advisory Council for the Tony Blair Foundation.
She is Founder and Director of the Upaya Prison Project that develops programs on meditation for prisoners. She is founder of the Ojai Foundation, was an Honorary Research Fellow at Harvard University, and has taught in many universities, monasteries, and medical centers around the world.
She studied for a decade with Zen Teacher Seung Sahn and was a teacher in the Kwan Um Zen School. She received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, and was given Inka by Roshi Bernie Glassman. A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than three decades has focused on engaged Buddhism.
Roshi's new book, Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death is a powerful exploration of nearly 40 years of contemplative work with dying people.
Dale Borglum, PhD
Dale Borglum is the founder and Executive Director of The Living/Dying Project. He is a pioneer in the conscious dying movement and has worked directly with thousands of people with life-threatening illness and their families for over 30 years.
In 1981, Dale founded the first residential facility for people who wished to die consciously in the United States, The Dying Center. He has taught and lectured extensively on the topics of spiritual support for those with life-threatening illness, on care giving as a spiritual practice, and on healing at the edge, the edge of illness, of death, of loss, of crisis.
Dale has a BS from UC Berkeley and a PhD from Stanford University. He is the co-author of Journey of Awakening: A Meditator's Guidebook, Bantam Books and has taught meditation for the past 35 years. He has intensively immersed himself in the practices of devotion, meditation, and contemplative prayer for over forty years, studying with many of the greatest masters of the last century, including Neem Karoli Baba, Suzuki Roshi, Ananda Mayee Ma, Kalu Rinpoche, the 16th Karmapa, Dilgo Khyentse, Mahasi Sayadaw, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Trungpa Rinpoche, Goenka, Dudjom Rinpoche and HH the Dalai Lama.
Dale has taught with Ram Dass, Stephen Levine, Joan Halifax, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Rev. Wayne Muller, and many others. His life’s work and passion has been and continues to be the healing of our individual and collective relationship with death and also using our mortality as an inspiration for spiritual awakening.
Bodhi Be is both an interfaith minister and a Sheikh in the Sufi Ruhaniat International. He is a death coach and a Hospice volunteer. Bodhi facilitates funeral ceremonies, is a Funeral Director, has trained at an operating crematory and hand-builds inexpensive caskets.
Bodhi is the founder of DOORWAY INTO LIGHT which offers workshops on spiritual care giving and provides tools for approaching death. Doorway Into Light has been engaged in advocacy and educational programs on Maui, with families and professionals in the field, as well as actively helping dying people, their families and their care-givers. Doorway Into Light runs a monthly death and dying support group.
Bodhi is an active educator promoting dying and death as natural and sacred, a family and community-centered experience, imbuing it with community-based spirituality that honors the person, the soul, the community and the land. Bodhi helped facilitate the first sea burial on Maui in more than 50 years and speaks regularly about green burials, home funerals, and advance directives. He has been the host of a radio talk show dedicated to these issues.
Bodhi and Doorway Into Light are seeking to build a “Dying Center” here on Maui. This would include a green conservation cemetery, a sustainably powered crematory, a ceremony hall, a school and a retreat center supporting the full spectrum of care to the dying, sustainable and conscious practices for after death care, and spiritual disciplines and practices helpful in approaching one’s own death.
Bodhi also founded THEDEATHSTORE, in Haiku, Hawaii as a funeral home and resource center offering goods and services for the dying and their families. His mission is to further become a presence on Maui and make alternative educational materials on death and dying more readily available to the public.
Bodhi is also a businessman, having successfully created and operated a number of businesses, including the Twin Falls Fruit Stand, the Maui Juice Company, and the Rainbow Menehune Sprout Company.
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Ram Dass - www.ramdass.org
Joan Halifax - www.upaya.org
Dale Borglum - www.livingdying.org
Doorway Into Light - www.doorwayintolight.org
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