In our death-denying culture, few of us contemplate the inevitability of our death or that it could happen at any time. The Buddha recommended that we do just that, not to frighten us but to use death as an object of contemplation to help us awaken to the fragile, fleeting and precious nature of our lives.
Contemplating death as a vital part of our meditation practice and inquiring together in community encourages us to be more real, more clear about our priorities, and more courageous.
This yearlong course is based on the book, A Year to Live, by Stephen Levine. The book will be our guide, supplemented by source material from dharma teachings, and aided by inquiry, daily meditations, deep listening, journaling exercises, and practical research. Please come prepared to participate in an intimate relational field where everyone can safely explore their views about mortality and feel supported in opening to the Deathless.
Monthly attendance and active participation are required. This is not a drop-in group. This is an intimate group with limited scholarships and work exchange, so register early.
Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this class for $180.
Volunteers are also needed to support this program; volunteers pay half price to attend. Contact Volunteering@spiritrock.org to volunteer.
Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.
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Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 488-0164 x224.
Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”
Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.