Living and Dying: Navigating the Bardos

Andrew will guide us through the Tibetan bardo teachings, which can transform our daily lives by helping us approach transitions with confidence.

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Bardo is a Tibetan word that means "gap" or "transition." It can refer to any ending or change in life but often describes the journey that we make after death, before taking a new birth. This online course is about a Buddhist approach to the end of life but it will appeal to anyone interested in a non-materialistic understanding of what happens after we die.

It takes courage to explore the consequences of impermanence and our own mortality. However, more and more people are waking up to the possibilities opened up by the Tibetan Buddhist teachings on the bardos. Through Buddhist wisdom and meditation practices we can radically transform our relationship to death, and so live with greater ease and happiness. But this course is not just for you. It will also benefit those near to you by giving you the strength of mind to help others die, and to face any unwanted circumstance with confidence.

Course Outline

This is a 6-unit course. You are invited to study at your own pace. You will retain access to the course for as long as you need. Each lesson will offer roughly 90 minutes of material to work with, including weekly video teachings, prompts for reflection, optional quizzes, and a communal discussion board. There will also be suggested take-home practices, including guided meditations, for you to explore throughout the week.

Unit 1 | The Death Principle

Everything ends. We know this abstractly but tend to brush it under the carpet in our day-to-day lives. However, ignoring impermanence means that we miss out on a greater freedom: the freedom to live with ease and face endings big and small with equanimity. In this unit, Andrew shows us a healthier way of relating to our time-bound lives.

Unit 2 | The Importance of View

How we look at the world changes what we see. "View" is the starting place and it is a strong determinant of our success. Here, Andrew describes useful viewpoints for understanding life and death. We'll see that how we live affects our experience of the bardos after death.

Unit 3 | The Three Bodies

What is it that continues after we die? Andrew explains the Tibetan Buddhist teaching on the three bodies. These are increasingly subtle manifestations that can cause us varying degrees of suffering should we cling to them. Fortunately, as our experience and acceptance of impermanence deepen, we cling less and less.

Unit 4 | Transcending Fear

Fear is perhaps the central obstacle on the spiritual path. We fear endings. We fear death. Counter-intuitively, we need to understand and befriend fear if we are to transcend it. Andrew helps us to understand the origins of fear and how to keep it close to us so that we can learn and benefit from it, without being ruled by it.

Unit 5 | The Death of Death: Emptiness

The true release of fear and suffering is to realize first-hand that there is no-one who suffers, no-one who dies. Understanding these teachings at the deepest level brings a radical openness and connectedness that leaves us at peace with whatever happens. In meditation, Andrew points the way towards an awareness that can rely on itself instead of any external form.

Unit 6 | Voluntary Rebirth

The bardo teachings are not just about death, they are equally about birth. Endings always lead to a beginning. The knowledge and experiential understanding we have accumulated so far gives us an opportunity to shape our futures with wisdom and compassion. We'll learn powerful techniques that prepare us for death, understand more about who and what we are, and what awaits us after the end.

This course is offered through our partners at Tricycle Online.

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Your Instructor

Andrew Holecek
Andrew Holecek

Andrew is an author and spiritual teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition who leads seminars and workshops throughout the United States and abroad. As a longtime student of Buddhism, he frequently presents the tradition from a contemporary perspective, blending ancient wisdom with modern tools. Drawing on years of intensive study and practice, he teaches widely on opportunities found in obstacles, hardship and pain, and death and dying. Andrew has authored several books, including:

The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy

Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition

Dream Yoga; Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep

Dreams of Light: The Profound Daytime Practice of Lucid Dreaming

The Lucid Dreaming Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Your Dream Life

and the audio program Dream Yoga: The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming.

Tricycle offers discounted rates to groups of five or more if you're interested in taking this course as a group or with your sangha.

This course is offered through our partners at Tricycle Online.

Here's the link to the course on Tricycle, with a free extensive preview. Save $25 with coupon code: AH2019