DB5: Death and Rebirth

Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April4

Explore the process of death and rebirth and its impact on how we live our lives. Learn to fulfill your purpose in life, resolve conflicts, and develop the skills to help yourself and others at death.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains:

We need to deal with the physical needs of our loved ones at the time of death, of course, but the spiritual needs are paramount. To die with a happy mind, a peaceful mind, that is a spiritual concern. Some people are prepared for it but most are not, because they never think about death.

Buddhist teachings explain that the best spiritual practitioners are joyful when they are dying, as if they’re going home to see their family after a long absence. Less accomplished practitioners are happy and comfortable at the time of death and are fully con dent that they will have a happy rebirth. And even the least accomplished practitioners die without worry or fear; death does not bother them at all.

(from How To Help Your Loved Ones Enjoy Death And Go Happily To Their Next Rebirth)

Don’t worry about the course number. (This happens to be DB course #5, but we’re not offering them in order.) You can join in on Discovering Buddhism at the beginning of any module.


The major topics covered in “Death and Rebirth” will be

  1. The Purpose of Thinking about Death
  2. Stages of the Death Process
  3. The Process of Rebirth
  4. What Helps You at the Time of Death
  5. How to Help People Who are Dying


There will be reading homework. The reading assignments will be provided to you, free of charge, in digital form, i.e., as a PDF which you can either read on your tablet or computer or print out. Get the password for the DB Homework Page in class.

Each module includes an experiential element in the form of a Saturday practice day or a weekend retreat. This is required in order to get your completion certificate for the course.

See more about the whole Discovering Buddhism program at Land of Medicine Buddha, here.

Venerable DrimayAbout the Instructor

Venerable Drimay is our regular Discovering Buddhism teacher. She has been teaching Discovering Buddhism since 2002. See more about our instructors.


Drop in on the first class to see if it suits you. Online registration below gives various options for donating to support this program. The Dharma center depends on your contributions to make classes like this possible. However, we don’t want anyone to feel that there is an obstacle if they are unable to donate. All are welcome.

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Date(s): Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April4
Times: 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Instructor/Leader: Venerable Drimay
Type of event:
Number of sessions: 5
Level: introductory
Participation: best to start at the 1st class of the module
Location: Main Gompa
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