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Develop an Enlightened View of Death, Rebirth and Healing

January 05, 2006

Jan. 14- 15, acclaimed author, Meditation Master and visiting Harvard Scholar Toluku Thondup Rinpoche will host workshops.The American Foundation for Tibetan Cultural Preservation (Ari Bhod) and Pacific Asia Museum's Himalayan Arts Council will co-host a weekend of guided meditation, reflection and healing with Tulku Thondup Rinpoch on Saturday, Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 15 in Pasadena.

In 1980, Tulku Thondup came to the United States as a visiting scholar at Harvard University. For the past 21 years, he has been living in Cambridge, Mass., where he engages in translation and writing on Tibetan Buddhism, particularly the Nyingma teachings, under the auspices of the Buddhayana Foundation. He is the author of many acclaimed books including "Boundless Healing: Meditate Exercises to Enlighten the Mind and Heal the Body," "The Healing Power of Mind," and his most recent release, "Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth; A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook."

Fluent in English, Tulku Thondup explains Tibetan Buddhist concepts and practices in terms that can be clearly understood by Westerners.

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In Saturday's Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth workshop at Pacific Asia Museum, Rinpoche will discuss Tibetan Buddhist teachings on how the state of our minds in life affects the nature and quality of our experiences in death. He will discuss fundamental Buddhist concepts such as impermanence, karma aid the importance of meditation. He will deconstruct the actual experience of dying, a process of distinct stages, including glimpsing the "true nature of the mind" and dwelling in me "bardo," a transitional period before rebirth.

In Sunday's Boundless Healing workshop to be held at the Pasadena Senior Center, Tulku Thondup will explain how to make the most of our four healing powers; positive images, positive words, positive feelings and positive belief. These powerful qualities of mind form the foundation of some of the meditation exercises to be taught at the workshop.

Workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $75 for the public and $55 for Ari Bhod and Pacific Asia Museum members. Signed copies of Tulku Thondup Rinpoche's books will be available for purchase.

Both workshops will be introduced by The Venerable Lama Chodak Gyatso Nubpa, founder of Ari Bhod, a California non-profit foundation dedicated to preserving the sacred cultural heritage of Tibet. Lama Gyatso is also the resident lama of Chagdud Gonpa T'hondup Ling, a traditional Tibetan Buddhist center in Los Angeles.

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