Weekend retreat - How to meet death with freedom, June 5-8 2014

Brommagården

Meditation retreat with Erik Pema Kunsang: How to meet death with freedom

You will not get through the web unless you are like space.

Your own clinging to "here and there" is the web.

Learn how to meet death with freedom.

Public talk and retreat with Erik Pema Kunsang.

Practical advise to help yourself and other at the end of life


Erik Pema Kunsang
Our precious life should be used in the best possible way as long as we have it. But it is a fact that death will occur one day. 

Awarness, however, is according to buddhist teachings not something that ceases when the body dies. Therefore it is a good idea to prepare oneself for what is awaiting us. A clear mind - based on knowledge and insight - makes us fearless and reduces the anxiety that otherwise may remain as a disturming background noise and control our behaviour and our intentions. When fear and anxiety is not present, we are filled with a natural love, that is genuine and uncontrived, which is of benefit to ourselve and others at the end of life.

Self-confidence, love and inner peace

To learn about death gives, according to Tibetan Buddhism, first rise to self-confidence, then to love and inner peace. In the Tibetan Tradition we find ver special insights about life, death and the states in between, called bardo

With these insights we ourselves can contribute to improving our own journey through death. We can learn to recognize the signs of death that show themselves in the body and the mind. We can learn about the lights, sounds and colors of the bardo, and about the attraction of the various realms, and about the moment of death and what happens before next birth. 

Bardo

In this retreat, we will focus on the training we can perform now, that belongs to the four bardos: this life, dying, the intermedieray state and rebirth. You will receive instructions about a special meditation training that can be used by the dying and by relatives. We will also get methods that enable us to develop in all situation. We will focus on the training in inner peace and love that we can practice thoughout our lives, and that will be of benefit to ourselves and others at the end of life. 

Something for you

The retreat is suitable for you if you are a curious beginner, and also if you have previous experience of buddhism and meditation, as long as you have an open mind and a genuine wish to learn and explore yourself and the buddhist teachings. 

The retreat and public talk are held in English. Erik also speaks Danish. 

Time & place

Time:   Start: Thursday June 5,  at 18:00
    End: Sunday, June 8,  at 15:00

PlaceBrommagården outsid Vagnhärad, ca 1 hour by car from Stockholm
    Kråkvik Brommagården,  VÄSTERLJUNG (see map below)

Ticket: BUY TICKETS AT TICKSTER

NOTE! The number of available spaces at the retreat is limited, so if you want to make sure to get a place, we recommend that you register as soon as possible.

Program (preliminary)

Thursday
    18:00 Dinner
    19:30 - 20:30 Meditation

Friday and Saturday
    6:45 - 7:30 Meditation
    7:30 - 8:15 Breakfast
    9:00 - 12:00  Teaching & meditation
    12:30 - 13:15  Lunch
    15:00 - 17:00 Teaching & meditation
    18:30 Middag
    20:00 - 21:30 Teaching & meditation

Sunday
    6:45 - 7:30 Meditation
    7:30 - 8:15 Breakfast
    9:00 - 12:00  Teaching & meditation
    12:30 - 13:15  Lunch
    13:30 - 15:00 Cleaning individual rooms and common areas

Erik Pema Kunsang

How to get there

Car: See map below.

Train:
    Friday: Stockholm - Vagnhärad (Dep. 16:55, Arrival. 17:33)
    Sunday: Vagnhärad - Stockholm (Dep. 15:38, Arrival. 16:24)

Bus: Trosabussen, Åkerbergs Trafik. 
    Friday: Liljeholmen - Vagnhärad (Dep. 16:15)
    Sunday: Vagnhärad - Liljeholmen (Dep. 15:10)

Ride sharing: We will help to coordinate ride sharing, at fuel cost, from  Vagnhärad to Brommagården in connection to arribal and departure times listed above. If you have space in your car, or if you need a ride - fill out this  RIDE SHARING FORM.

Public talk

The program at Erik Pema Kunsangs visit also includes a public talk on June 3rd.. 

Food & lodging

Food and lodging is included in the retreat.

Food: Vegetarian food will be serve as follows: 
    Thursday: Dinner
    Friday, Saturday: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    Sunday: Breakfast, lunch.

 Contact us if you have need for a special diet, so we can try to cooperate in finding a solution for you. I the buildings there are several pentrys and fridges where you can keep and prepare special food.

Lodging: Lodging is in 2-bed, 4.bed and 8-bed rooms. There are a few sigle bed rooms. At ticket purchase you choose how many people you want to share room with. We offer separate fooms for men and women. If you wish to share room with someone in particular, we will arrange room allocation on-site at Brommagården. 

You need to bring your own bedding. Blankets and pillows are available.

Registration and payment

Price: 980 - 2800 kr, details and ticket purchase at Tickster.

The ticket price only covers our costs for food, lodging, travels and rent - not payment to the teacher. In this way we try to keep down the price of the teachings to make it possible to participate for as many as possible. 

Donation to the teacher
You give your payment/donation for the teachings personally to the teacher in an envelope at the end of the teaching. This is your opportunity to adjust the amount of your payment depending on your financial situation. As a benchmark figure for the donation we suggest 800 kronor. If your financial situation is good feel free to give more, and if your economy is weak, you can give a smaller amount. 

Practical details

During the retreat, we all will contribute with some work shifts in the kitchen. At the end of the retreat we all help out with cleaning the rooms we have lived in and used. 

Practical things to bring
  • Bedding
  • There are plenty of chairs for those who want to sit on a chair. If you want to sit on the floor, please bring a cushion and/or a carpet.r matta
  • Flashlight/torch/headlamp
  • Ground cover for outdoor meditationutomhus
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Rain gear and/or umbrella
  • Indoor shoes
  • Cash for donation to the teacher
  • Notpad and pen
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