Being with Death and Dying Workshop IV: Phowa Practice

Olmo Ling Tibetan Bon Center and Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Friday April 8, 7-8:30 PM, Sat. April 9, 9:30 AM-5 PM and Sun. April 10, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Tibetan Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Workshop co-sponsors: C.G. Jung Institute of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

8 continuing education credits for psychologists, professional counselors, and social workers

About the Workshop

For thousands of years, the Tibetan spiritual traditions have cultivated practices to offer spiritual support to the dying and to prepare for a peaceful and conscious death. Olmo Ling Tibetan Bon Center and Institute offers a series of four workshops on contemplative practices to support the dying.

This workshop will focus on the Tibetan contemplative practice called Phowa, a path of liberation traditionally used by great masters to liberate the consciousness of self and other at the moment of death. Phowa is the practice of trans-ference of consciousness, which is performed when an individual approaches death or has passed. At the moment of death our body and consciousness separate. Through Phowa practice we help the consciousness of the deceased or dying person liberate. Phowa is also used to clear the causes of the six realms of existence, the karmic traces that bind us to the cyclic continuum of suffering, and to unify our mind with the primordial purity.

Tempa Lama will give the teaching and instruction on how to practice Phowa for the self and how to clear karmic conditioning. This Workshop is for all who are interested in the dying process, conscious dying, or who would like to offer psychological and spiritual assistance to the dying, including family members. It is for those who are ill and anyone wanting to look deeply into the meaning of death and dying within the framework of a spiritual path. It is suited for medical professionals, psychologists, counselors, and social workers working with dying and illness. To attend it is NOT necessary to have attended previous workshop in the series.

Workshop Faculty

Tempa Dukte Lama is an ordained Tibetan Bon lama. He is the founder and spiritual director of Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. He is an artist, poet and author of Journey into Buddhahood, Heart Drop of the Loving Mother, Inexhaustible Miracles and The Intimate Mind. Tempa Lama trained in Menri Monastery, India, from the age of six under the close guidance of H.H. 33rd Menri Trizin, the world-wide spiritual leader of Bon. He has lived in the US since 2000 and teaches internationally, helping people bring a practice of compassion, healing, and happiness into their lives. Tempa Lama has been teaching continuing education workshops since 2009, focusing on support for the dying and the application of Bon teachings in clinical practice.

Stanley Perelman, Ph.D. is a psychologist and Jungian Analyst with a private practice in Pittsburgh. He also consults with the Chatham University Counseling Center. He is a member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association in New York and affiliate member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute. He has given seminars, talks and papers on a variety of subjects including personality disorders, aspects of Jungian psychology, dreams, Buddhism and the nature of spirituality. Stan has a long time meditation practice and has been a student of Bon Buddhism for twenty years.

Educational Objectives

By the conclusion of the Workshop, participants should be able to integrate the following skills into their professional practice:

  • Utilize contemplative practices to help the dying person let go of fear and attachments and cultivate openness and trust.
  • Support the dying person in drawing strength from their own faith and spiritual practice.
  • Describe the characteristics of the six realms of existence from both a psychological perspective and according to the Bon tradition.
  • Relate the concept of the six realms to their own clinical practice and apply the antidote of each realm to healing psychological issues.
  • Apply the contemplative practice of Phowa to help the self and others during this life, at the moment of death, and after death.
  • Utilize Phowa practice to clear the five poisons of ignorance, anger, desire-attachment, envy and pride; transform afflictive emotions and abide in a pure state of mind, body and feelings.

Continuing Education Credits

This program is offered for 8 continuing education credits for psychologists, professional counselors, and social workers. The C. G. Jung Institute of Pittsburgh is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The C.G. Jung Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work is an approved provider of continuing education for social workers.

Licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed professional counselors will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirement by attending this program. For further information, please review the applicable APA statement and the statement of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Olmo Ling Being with Death and Dying Workshop Series

  • Workshop 1: Being with Death and Dying (spring 2014). Introduction to the Bon teachings on dying and compassionate care for the dying and ourselves.
  • Workshop 2: Contemplative Practices to Help the Dying. Contemplative practices to help the dying develop openness and trust toward the process of dying and let go of fear and attachments.
  • Workshop 3: Being with Dying: The Bardo (spring 2015). This workshop focuses on the process of dying and the psychological, mental, and physical shifts that take place during the dying process.
  • Workshop 4: Being with Dying: Phowa Practice (spring 2016)

Registration and Costs

Program cost:
Olmo Ling members: $120 without CE credits, $140 with CE credits.
Non-members: $135 without CE credits, $155 with CE credits.

Online registration will remain open until Friday April 8 afternoon (space permitting!). Registrations at the door on Friday evening will also be accepted; however, we advise early registration to reserve your seat.

Cancellations and refunds

For cancellations prior to 24 hours before the workshop begins, a $20 processing fee will be charged. No refunds for cancellations within 24 hours before the workshop.

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