• Zoom – $108.00
  • Commuter – $150.00
  • Single Room – $265.00
  • Shared Double Room – $225.00
  • Shared Dorm – $210.00
  • Monastic - Shared Dorm – $0.00
  • Monastic - Commuter – $0.00
  • Monastic - Zoom – $0.00

Date & Time Details: December 9 & 10

Location: Online and In-Person at LMB

Address: 5800 Prescott Road, Soquel, CA, USA

Contact: Rommy Johnson
[email protected]

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Death and Dying Retreat

December 9 - 10, 2023

LMB is delighted to be able to offer this special opportunity from renowned teacher Geshe Sherab.

“Death and Dying” aims to offer participants a deeper, spiritually grounded understanding of death. Geshe Sherab will provide the knowledge, meditation practices, and spiritual wisdom necessary to navigate this universal experience with grace, mindfulness, and a profound appreciation for the spiritual journey beyond. By engaging with these teachings and practices, attendees will gain insight into the impermanence of life and find solace in the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism when facing death, both for themselves and for loved ones.

 

Topics covered during this workshop will include:

 

  • Understanding the Stages of Death: Participants will be introduced to the stages of death as elucidated in Tibetan Buddhist teachings. This includes a comprehensive understanding of the phases that an individual goes through during the process of dying.

 

  • Guided Death Meditations: Through guided meditation sessions rooted in Tibetan Buddhist practices, participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with what to expect at the time of death. These meditations will draw on ancient wisdom to provide a unique perspective on this transformative experience.

 

  • Preparing for Death: The event will emphasize the preciousness of human rebirth and the profound opportunity it offers to progress spiritually. Attendees will explore the concept of karma, the importance of virtuous living, and the spiritual preparations for death according to Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

 

  • Normalizing Death: In the context of Tibetan Buddhism, participants will delve into the concept of impermanence and how the ‘I’ essentially dies from moment to moment. This perspective will provide a profound insight into the nature of existence and the impermanence of the self.

 

  • Prayers and Practices for the Deceased: Participants will be introduced to Tibetan Buddhist prayers and rituals to perform when a loved one passes away. These practices aim to guide the deceased through the afterlife and provide solace to the living.

About Geshe Sherab

Geshe Thubten Sherab, a student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa since childhood, brought this direct lineage of teachings to New Mexico in 2001. Geshe Sherab held the position of headmaster of the Mount Everest School at Kopan Monastery in Nepal, and was appointed to serve as acting abbot of Kopan Monastery for one year. Since 2014, Geshe-la spends six months per year as Thubten Norbu Ling’s resident teacher, and six months teaching his students abroad. Geshe-la teaches in English.

 

Schedule:

Saturday December 9

 

8:00 – 9:00 am Overnight Guest Check-In.

9:00 – 10:30 am Session 1

11:00 – 12:30 pm Session 2

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch (commuters and overnight guests)

2:00 – 3:30 pm Session 3

4:00 – 6:00 pm Session 4 includes Q & A

6:00 – 7:30 pm Dinner (overnight guests only)

 

Sunday December 10

8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast (overnight guests only)

9:00 – 10:30 am Session 1

11:00 – 12:30 pm Session 2

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch (commuters and overnight guests)

2:00 – 3:30 pm Session 3

4:00 – 6:00 pm Session 4 includes Q & A

 

Lodging and Meals

​​During the retreat, we provide various lodging options to accommodate different preferences. We have a variety of lodging available to make your stay comfortable. 

Accommodation on December 9 is included in the pricing. If you would like to stay on Friday December 8 or Sunday December 10 you will need to add additional nights of lodging.

For overnight guests Lunch and Dinner is included on December 9 and breakfast and lunch is included on December 10.

All additional nights of lodging include continental breakfast. 

We will do our best to cater for additional requirements outside of this, please contact Rommy at [email protected] to communicate your specific requirements, as much notice as possible is greatly appreciated.

Room Options

Single: Ideal for those who need privacy, each room has an ensuite bathroom. Please note Single rooms are limited and book out quickly.

Double: Ideal for those who like to have a bit more privacy, but have the convenience of being close to everything at the main campus. Each double room has an ensuite bathroom. You would be sharing this room with one other person. 

Shared: If you prefer a more communal setting, we have shared dormitories available. These dormitories provide a cost-effective option for participants who enjoy the camaraderie and interaction with fellow retreat attendees. Each dorm has an ensuite bathroom.

 Camping and yurts are not available at this time of year due to permitting. 

Additional Nights

You are most welcome to add extra nights to your stay 2 days before and after the retreat starts. A 10% discount is offered on our standard room rate. Please note that only a continental breakfast is included in that price. You will need to arrange your own lunch and dinner before or after the retreat starts.

Commuters

Please note lunch is included in your program costs. Breakfast and Dinner are not included. 

How to Get Here

 

Access to LMB is via a small, winding road (Prescott Road) which we share with numerous neighbors. As you are driving to our property please turn on your headlights, go slowly, and be prepared to pull over to the side when you meet oncoming traffic.

 

Closest Airports:

 

The nearest airports to LMB are San Francisco (~1.5 hours away) and San Jose (~1 hour away). To reach LMB from either of these airports you can use a rideshare app (Uber, Lyft etc), or a shuttle service (Early Bird Airport Shuttle Service). Expect to pay $100 – $150 from San Francisco, or $60 – 80 from San Jose using a rideshare app. LMB is unable to offer assistance in helping you get to or from the center. Please make your own arrangements.

 

Cancellation Policy

Overnight Guests:

If you cancel more than 2 weeks in advance a full refund will be offered. If you cancel up to two weeks prior to the retreat starting a 50% refund will be offered. If you cancel up to 1 week prior to the retreat starting no refund will be offered.

Commuters

If you cancel 1 week prior to the retreat starting a 50% refund will be offered.

Zoom Participants

A full refund will be offered up to the day the retreat starts.

No refunds will be offered once the retreat has started for any participant. A $50 administrative charge will be applied to all refunds required to be processed.