Death and Dying

About this section:
The Lamrim suggests three perspectives about death: death is unavoidable, its time is uncertain, and our only security is the strength of our practice. In the face of these three realities, Ven. Thubten Chodron invites us to consider how we can prepare for death and use our dying to benefit ourselves and others.

Lam Rim teachings on Death & Impermanence.

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Compassion In Living and Dying
by Venerable Thubten Chodron© & Ms Lee Paton
Seattle, 19 Nov 96

Note: Due to change of tapes during recording, parts of the teachings were lost.

[RealAudio files]

Introduction to speakers & the program, instruction on breathing meditation, setting motivation [6 min] : Download | Listen

Session 1:

Topics covered include:
- What is compassion? Compassion for ourselves & compassion for others
- Dealing with change, a source of pain
- Physical, psychological & spiritual changes that occur as one approaches death; phases in the dying process
- Our tendency to want to "fix" things
Part I [24 min] : Download | Listen
Part II [14 min] : Download | Listen
Part III [21 min] : Download | Listen

Question & Answer: Use of morphine & procedures for the dying, communication between the dying and the caregiver, denial, euthanasia, handling abusive patients, etc.
Part I [20 min] : Download | Listen
Part II [19 min] : Download | Listen

Session 2:

Topics covered include:
- The nature of death; people's notions of "good" diseases, "bad" diseases, "good" deaths, "bad" deaths.
- Value of thinking about death & the significance of death for living a good life.
[25 min] : Download | Listen

Question & Answer: How to "clean up" unfinished business, compassion & co-dependency, giving to beggars, the "right to die" movement, etc.
Part I [18 min] : Download | Listen
Part II [22 min] : Download | Listen

Session 3:

The nature of grief (There's a voice in the background for the first 4 1/2 minutes of the talk. Please ignore that.)
[17 min] : Download | Listen

Question & Answer: Handling the death of a patient as a caregiver, grieving from guilt, grieving for the future, explaining death to a child, how Ven. Chodron got on the Buddhist path, how Lee Paton became a hospice nurse, etc.
Part I [17 min] : Download | Listen
Part II [19 min] : Download | Listen


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