Learning Programs

Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying

Key Learning Points

Advice for caregivers

Guided meditations for carers, families, and the sick or dying

Practices to arouse compassion and avoid burnout

Practical tips on preparing for death

Noble Living, Noble Caring and Noble Dying describes the outlook we can bring to our human experience. This resource center results from many conversations with Phakchok Rinpoche, Tulku Migmar, and experts in the caring profession. We invite you to explore how our Buddhist practice informs our living, caring, and dying so that they are noble: filled with dignity and grace.

Description

Noble Living, Noble Caring and Noble Dying describes the outlook we can bring to our human experience.

Most of us will receive care and give care to others at some point in our lives. And all of us will die. How do we care for the present moment? Welcoming everything, pushing away nothing? A complete acceptance and openness to all situation, emotions, and people. Experiencing everything including birth, old age, sickness and death.

In the past few years, we sat with Phakchok Rinpoche several times and began a discussion on this topic that is so important to many of us.  We began with a basic question:

How do we age and die with dignity?

Phakchok Rinpoche responded:

 We need to learn how to live with dignity. Live without regret, live with compassion, (just a little bit of compassion), live with contentment… live with no regrets. Then you are going to find some degree of dignity, I think that is the only way to die. No regret. Whether you are spiritual or not spiritual it is important to have no regrets.  And don’t do “blaming”.

My concern is that when you focus on living and dying with dignity too much, you lose your focus on living. Then sometimes we have no time to think of dignity when we are dying. How we are going to die? You never know. Whether we die very gently or whether we die very suddenly, we don’t know. Are you going to have everybody with you? Or have no body with you ? You never know. This is my sharing.

Noble Living: The Ground of Practice

For this reason, we emphasize that this program aims to remind us first of living nobly. For only if we truly engage with that practice, can we prepare ourselves to care for others, and for ourselves in the process of aging, sickness, and death.

In what ways can our Buddhist practice inform our living, caring, and dying so that they are noble: filled with dignity and with grace?

Can we care for others who are sick and dying and care for ourselves as well? Can we embody the practice of caring?

Love and kindness are aspects of noble caring as is our respect for human dignity.

How do we enter the healing space between two people and ease the physical, spiritual, and emotional distress? Intention and motivation are key in caring and in dying. Being clear and steadfast are both important and can increase our self-awareness and deep listening at the bedside. Caring is integrating knowing and not knowing. The emphasis of caring is on being, not doing. Exchanging self for other is part of the practice of caring.

Together we embark on the journey, the bond of caring is established, is shared, and unfolds.

Noble Living, Noble Dying

In addition to the units here, we encourage you to explore Samye Institute’s offering, The Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death Sutra.  This home study program features line-by-line discussion of this classic Mahayana Sutra. For those who are interested in practicing meditation and contemplation to prepare for death, this presentation can be very beneficial.

Course Curriculum

Noble Living: Study and Reflections
Conversation with Phakchok Rinpoche on Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying 00:00:00
Conversations about Noble Living, Noble Caring and Noble Dying: How We Live is How We Die 00:00:00
Four Reminders for Noble Living 00:00:00
Taking Hold of Bodhicitta 00:00:00
Conversations about Noble Caring and Noble Dying: Preparing For Our Own Death 00:00:00
The Six Bardos, Powerful Opportunities for Liberation 00:00:00
Conversations about Noble Living, Noble Caring and Noble Dying: Tulku Migmar on the Bardo 00:00:00
Physical Health: Advice from Phakchok Rinpoche 00:00:00
Instant Liberation through Supplication 00:00:00
Noble Caring: At the Bedside
Noble Caring: Compassion 00:00:00
Cultivating Kindness 00:00:00
Conversation with Phakchok Rinpoche on Noble Caring 00:00:00
Let Go: Simple Self-Care Practices For the Caregiver 00:00:00
Applying the Paramitas to Care-giving 00:00:00
Conversations about Noble Living, Noble Caring and Noble Dying: Pure Motivation 00:00:00
Motivation and Dharma as Medicine FREE 00:00:00
Conversations about Noble Caring and Noble Dying: Helping Others Prepare 00:00:00
Conversation with Phakchok Rinpoche on Physical and Mental Pain 00:00:00
Conversation with Phakchok Rinpoche on Grief and Guilt 00:00:00
Grief: A Contemplative View 00:00:00
Medicine Buddha Visualization and Mantra 00:00:00
Caring for Children 00:00:00
Caring for Children Part Two 00:00:00
Body Scan and Favorite Place Practice with Children 00:00:00
Never Stop Communicating 00:00:00
Noble Dying: The Final Steps
Practical Matters: Death and Paperwork 00:00:00
Active Dying
Conversations about Noble Living, Noble Caring and Noble Dying: Physical Signs: What’s Happening at Death? 00:00:00
Buddhist Reading on Dying and Care-giving 00:00:00
Conversation with Phakchok Rinpoche on Prayer and Phowa 00:00:00
Guided Meditations
Body Scan Practice 00:00:00
Power of The Pause: Three Minute Breathing Space 00:00:00
Practicing Calm Presence 00:00:00
Long Version of Guided Compassion Meditation 00:00:00
Compassion Guided Buddhist Meditation: A Casket of Sacred Dharma 00:00:00
Creating Spacious Natural Awareness Guided Meditation 00:00:00
Sound Healing: Tibetan Singing Bowls 00:00:00
Guest Blog
Noble Living Blog: My ALS Adventure 00:00:00
Continue the Conversation: A Meeting Place
Continue the Conversation 00:00:00

About the Instructor

Andrea Sherman

Andrea Sherman, PhD, is a gerontologist, educator, trainer and End of Life Doula.  She is a graduate of the New...

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Program Details

55 Students Enrolled

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Duration: Lifetime Access

Price: Donation Based