Letting Go: The Buddhist Approach to Death and Dying (Eagle Rock)

with Acharya Emily Bower

August 10th—August 11th

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  • $150 Program Price
  • $225 Patron Price
Room: EAGLE ROCK SHAMBHALA- Main Shrine Room- 963 Colorado Blvd, 90041

The Buddhist tradition regards the human journey of aging and death as natural and as a path on which we could learn and grow as beings. Contemplating the fact that we age and die, while intimidating at first, leads to emotional growth, resiliency, and strength. In this program, Acharya Emily Bower will give an overview of Tibetan Buddhist views about impermanence and death, and will lead traditional practices for accepting the truth of aging and dying, and developing compassion for all beings who are subject to aging and death. Presentations and discussions will also include how to embrace impermanence, as well as teachings and practices for attending and helping others.

The weekend program includes: guided meditation, discussion on Buddhist views of death, and practices and teachings based on Tibetan Buddhist views on death and rebirth. Time will be allotted for small group discussions on the practical matters pertaining to death and dying based on participants' interest. Lunch on Saturday is included.  

Acharya Emily Bower

Acharya Emily Bower has been a Buddhist practitioner with the Shambhala community since 1987 and a senior teacher since 2004. Her mentors and teachers in this area of practice and study have been: Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, Roshi Joan Halifax, her hospice-volunteer training staff, her friend Ellen, and her mother.

She is also an editor specializing in Buddhist works. Acharya Bower is married to Tibetan scholar and translator Peter Alan Roberts.


The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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