Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc.
An Affiliate of Emory University,
Presents
  An Exploration of
Life, Death, and
What may Follow
*Via ZOOM
July 24 - November 20, 2021
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Taught by
Geshe Dadul Namgyal
 
Fear of death and what comes next is a topic that intrigues and frightens many. In the age of COVID, along with advancements in technology that brings vivid details of all manner of disaster, with great speed into our awareness, this has become a focus of much concern and anxiety to most. What does Buddhadharma and medical science have to say about this that can bring calm, peace, and even a sense of adventure, to replace that of fear and anxiety.
 
In this five-session series, Geshe Dadul will present a Buddhist view of death and dying, what Happens After Death, and how to mentally prepare for death by exploring two of Buddha Shakyamuni’s Sutras along with relevant findings from the experience and research of a few select Medical Doctors, who have trained and practiced in the West.
 
Geshe-la will primarily rely on two sutras: Sutra in Response to a Query Over What Happens After Death; and Sutra on Wisdom at the Hour of Death. He will also distribute and refer to a transcription of the NPR radio program on The Nature of Consciousness. He will also be referring to the book Erasing Death by Sam Parnia, one of the physicians interviewed in the program.
 
The Foundation Series or its equivalent are a pre-requisite for this course.
 
In addition to the texts of the two sutras and the transcription of the radio program (a total of 30 pages), the following is a list of suggested readings, if one so wishes:
 
Erasing Death - by Sam Parnia
Before: Children’s Memories of Previous Lives - by Jim Tucker
After: A Doctor Explores What Near Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Death and Beyond  - by Bruce Greyson

Closer to the Light by Melvin L. Morse and Paul Perry


Class-wise Break up of Topics for Reflection:
 
Class 1
July 24
  “Since all phenomena are naturally pure, one should cultivate the clear understanding that there are no entities.
   
Class 2
August 28
  “Since all phenomena are connected with the enlightened mind, one should cultivate the clear understanding of great compassion.
   
Class 3
September 18
  “Since all phenomena are naturally luminous, one should cultivate the clear understanding of non-apprehension.
   
Class 4
October 30
  “Since all entities are impermanent, one should cultivate the clear understanding of non-attachment.
 
Class 5
November 20
  “Since the mind is the cause for the arising of wisdom, do not look for the Buddha elsewhere.”
   
 
 
Schedule
     
Morning Session:
10:00 am - Noon • with breaks
  Lunch Break:
Noon - 2:00 pm
Afternoon Session:
2:00 - 4:00 pm with breaks and Q&A
 
 

Payment and early registration is four days before the event date.
To register for these courses please call the center at: 404-982-0051

Tuition:
Full series: $275  (DLM Members: $245)
A voluntary offering to the teacher is customary in the Buddhist tradition.
Location:
On-line via Zoom


 
  Geshe Dadul Namgyal is an exceptional scholar and practitioner with extraordinary English language skills in communicating the Dharma at all levels. He received his Geshe Lharam, the highest degree of learning in Tibetan Buddhism, from Drepung Loseling Monastery in 1993. In addition to serving as the Editor of Lhaksam Tsegpa, a journal produced by the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, and Editor of Dreloma, a Drepung Loseling publication, he has also played a key role over the years as a convener, interpreter, and speaker for numerous conferences and forums exploring the interface of Buddhism with modern science, western philosophy and psychology, and other religious traditions, on both a national and international level. With this unique background and expertise in the interface between Buddhism and modern science, he will be an invaluable resource for the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative, which is developing a comprehensive science curriculum for Tibetan monks and nuns. Geshe Dadul-la also served for many years as the Principal of the Monastic School for Modern Education at Drepung Loseling Monastery, and then as a Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. In recent years, Geshe Damdul-la has served as the auxiliary English language translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and has traveled extensively in this capacity throughout the world.
 

Recording Policy:
No recordings, audio or visual, without express permission from Drepung Loseling Monastery.
Cancellation Policy:
One-day events: If you withdraw before the day of the event, we will refund your fees, minus a $20 administrative charge. You must speak with a member of the administrative staff by 6pm. Leaving a message will not alter your registration. There will be no other refunds.
If you do not attend a session it is counted as a withdrawal and there will be no refunds or exchanges.
*When purchasing a series for either the Foundation or the Intermediate classes note that the series advantage gives you a lower rate and purchasing classes individually gives you flexibility. When purchasing these series the first class will count toward the one day cancellation policy. After the first class has begun for the purchase of the series there will be no other refunds or exchanges.

Multiple-day events: If you withdraw before the start of the retreat, course, or event, we will refund your fees, minus a 10% administrative charge. If you withdraw after the first retreat or teaching session, we will refund 75% of the fees. After the start of the second session there will be no refunds.