Death and Dying Day Course – A Buddhist Perspective


Saturday 19 June 10am – 4.00pm


Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, 24 Rugby St, Merivale, Christchurch

There is plenty of parking on the street but please do not park on the neighbours driveways.

About the Day Course

This course is presented in two parts.

The morning event will focus on Buddhist psychology and philosophy about death and dying as well as practical tips that integrate easily into modern life. The afternoon session will focus on more traditional Buddhist ritual practices performed for those who have died.

Part One: Meditation Workshop | 10.00 –1.00pm

We are alive, therefore we will die. This is the simplest, most obvious truth of our existence, yet very few of us have really come to terms with this fact. Buddha gave extensive teachings on the death process, and on how to use an awareness of our death to live a more full and meaningful life.

Part Two: Guided Powa Practice | 2.15pm – 4pm

The practice of Powa is a traditional Buddhist ritual practice to transfer the consciousness of those who have recently died, or our own consciousness, to a Pure Land. Powa practice explains clearly how we can face our own death, and how we can help those who are dying. This is one of the kindest things we can do for ourself and for others.

Suitable for beginners and advanced. Everybody is welcome


$60 – includes morning and afternoon tea. Please bring your own vegetarian lunch or there are cafes nearby.

Booking is essential, so please book online now, or contact the Centre to book your place.


9.50 – 10.00am: Registration

10.00 – 11.15am Teaching & Meditation

11.15 – 11.45am Morning tea

11.45 – 1.00pm Teaching & Meditation

1.00 – 2.15pm Lunch break

2.15 – 4.00pm Teaching & Guided Powa Practice

What to expect at a class

These classes are based on Buddha’s teachings on the mind, but you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend, or to benefit from them.
There is no physical exercise involved and you can choose to sit either in a chair or on a cushion.
These classes are suitable for all levels of experience.