Remembering Death: A Day-Long Retreat with Robert Beatty at PIMC (Sat. 3/9/19)

PIMC's founder and guiding teacher, Robert Beatty, will lead his "Remembering Death Retreat" on Saturday, March 9, 2019. It has been several years since Robert offered this teaching.
 
If we want to live fully, to risk intimacy and closeness with other persons, it is essential that we embrace the reality of death. The contemplation of death occupies a central and honored place in Buddhist meditative training. Some people, when they hear of this, imagine that such reflections must result in a morbid and depressed outlook on life.
 
Quite to the contrary however, when we openly face the previously unconscious fears, a new joy, freedom and aliveness appear.

 

DETAILS

Date/Time:   Sat. 2/9/19, 9:00am-4:30pm

Location:      PIMC, 6536 SE Duke St., Portland OR 97206

Lunch: Potluck

NOTE: There will be a 45-minute silent lunch. Please bring food and/or drink to share (and please bring a clear listing of ingredients for your prepared dishes, so our friends with diet restrictions can easily take care of themselves). PIMC will provide tea and coffee.and message

Suggested Donation:    $60 (No one turned away for insufficient funds.)

To Register:   Please click HERE 

For Questions About The Retreat:   You can write to Avi by clicking HERE

Being alive as a separate person is one end of a polarity which includes death. We do our best to deny this truth. Much of the anxiety that we experience arises from this unconscious fear of death.  We and our loved ones may be healthy today, but we know in the back of our minds that sickness or death will soon be with us. There is also a shadowy intuition that accidental death is but a moment away. We say, "drive carefully" when we would more honestly say. "I am afraid that I am going to lose you in a car accident".

 

During this day of practice, in the supportive community of PIMC, we will use mindfulness to bring stability and clarity to the mind. With this foundation we will turn our minds to a variety of contemplations of death.    

 

Our exploration will include viewing part of the video:

 

Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject.
 
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Of all ploughing,  

ploughing in the autumn is supreme.

Of all footprints, the elephant's is supreme.

Of all perceptions,  

remembering death and impermanence

is supreme.

 

Buddha