Graceful Entry: Preparing for a Good Birth

  • Menla Retreat & Spa Menla Retreat & Spa
  • 375 Panterkill Road PO Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
  • Oct 2 - 11, 2020 (10 days)

About This Event

This retreat will examine the karmic bardo of becoming, which constitutes the majority of our after-death experience. It’s a fluid and volatile time, when the winds of habit blow us involuntarily into our next birth. With preparation, it transforms into the bardo of opportunity, where we can become anything we want by waking up to the experience and taking control.

Learn what to do before, during, and after death – for yourself and for others – from a spiritual and practical perspective. You will leave this program with unshakeable confidence for what lies ahead.

This six-day program is the second in a series of three retreats designed to give you a complete preparation for death by understanding the three death bardos or “transitional processes.” Each retreat is a stand-alone program. This means you can enter the series at any time without having attended a previous program.

Some Topics We Will Cover

Types of experiences to expect

Best practices to prepare

Lucid dreaming and lucid dying

How this bardo occurs in daily life

Understanding the power of habit/karma

The importance of emptiness

The Six Realms and voluntary rebirth

The role of Phowa and the Pure Lands

Meeting your maker – the samskaras

What is it that reincarnates?

Why do we reincarnate?

How do the masters experience this bardo?

The problem of proof – are these teachings really true?

Who Should Attend?

This program is for anyone seriously wanting to prepare for the end of life. It is a no-nonsense deep dive into the profound teachings of the bardos. While it describes spiritual preparation from a Buddhist perspective, the material is tailored for anyone with an open mind. This retreat is for those interested in exploring meditations that are designed to prepare you for death, and to “die before you die” — to discover states of mind that do not dissolve at the end of life. This program is also for those wishing to help others during the dying process, either personally or professionally, from both a spiritual and practical perspective.

Schedule

Thursday, September 24th (Free Stream)

6pm Welcome and Introduction Program

Friday, October 2nd (Paid Content)

10 - 1pm Morning Session

2:30 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session

Saturday, October 3rd (Paid Content)

10 - 1pm Morning Session

2:30 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session

Sunday, October 4th (Paid Content)

10 - 1pm Morning Session

2:30 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session

Schedule Weekend Two

Friday, October 9th (Paid Content)

10 - 1pm Morning Session

2:30 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session

Saturday, October 10th (Paid Content)

10 - 1pm Morning Session

2:30 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session

Sunday, October 11th (Paid Content)

10 - 1pm Morning Session

2:30 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session

*Schedule is subject to change at any time.

*In order to respect the privacy of our guests, we send the Zoom link as a BCC email list. Doing so may result with the email being sent to the Spam folder. Please check for the emailed link a day before the event. If unable to find the link, please email (contact info blocked).

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