Death and the Art of Dying: Luminous Bardo of Dharmata
with Andrew Holecek & Robert A.F. Thurman
February 11-13, 2022, March 11-13, 2022
If we are prepared, death is the crowning moment of life – our greatest opportunity for enlightenment. The karma that brought us into this life is exhausted, and the habits that will propel us into our next one have not yet formed. This gap (bardo) provides a golden opportunity for rapid spiritual progress.
If we’re not prepared, the luminosity is blinding, and we black out because of the intensity of the light. The bardo of dharmata is where the peaceful and wrathful deities appear. Who are they, and how can I meet them in daily life? “Dharmata” means “suchness, reality,” and refers to the enlightened state. All of reality arises from this bardo, and returns to it. It is the womb and tomb of existence.
These two weekends explore the energies of this bardo, showing how they also manifest in each thought and emotion. With specific meditations that prepare us for this part of the death process, we will learn how to glimpse this bardo every night when we fall asleep, and between each and every thought.
Due to the subtle nature of this bardo, these online teachings are considered an advanced offering and students should have some familiarity with the bardos, meditation, and mindfulness practice.
Death and the Art of Dying: The Luminous Bardo of Dharmata is part of an on-going series of online 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.
Art work for The Death and the Art of Dying Series by Alex Grey, All Rights Reserved, Used with Permission.
Two Weekends of Live Online Classes with Re-Plays