Living & Dying Workshop

The tide comes in, the tide goes out

Subhana Barzaghi, roshi leads a two day workshop about living and dying
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October

To live freely and fully with a heart blown open is also to be able to face our own inevitable death and loss of loved ones. Buddhist traditions have reflected deeply on life and death and for many wise and liberated souls it has been a pathway for awakening. Contemplating or accompanying those who are dying helps to prioritize what is truly of value to us and emboldens and enlivens us to the preciousness of each moment. We don’t want to come to the end of our life, full of regrets but rather live life to our fullest potential. Death is a poignant harsh teacher it sharpens the truth of impermanence, opens the heart to compassion and deepens our understanding of causality. It lays bare the mystery at the heart of all things it awakens us to that which does not die, our unborn essential nature.

This workshop is open to everyone and is suitable for; those who wish to inquire deeply into facing ones own death, who have been touched by a loved one or friend who has died, are caring for someone who is terminally

ill or dying, who works in the helping profession or hospice work.

The topics we will cover over our two days together are:-

• Talk and discussion on the importance of facing our death as a spiritual practice.

• Prioritising what is important. What shall you do with your wild and precious life?
A safe place to share our fears and hopes.

• Buddhist contemplations on death, zen koans and guided meditations on the process of dying.

• Spiritual needs of the dying from a Buddhist perspective.

Enquiries & Registrations: Helen Sanderson 0410 884 092

When: 9.30 – 4.30pm Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October

Where: Sydney Zen Centre
251 Young St. Annandale

Cost*: $150 SZC members
$200 non-members
* Scholarship (half the fee) is available if financially challenged.

Living & Dying flyer

Subhana Barzaghi, a senior resident teacher of the Sydney Zen Centre, has been practising meditation for over 40 years. She has studied in Australia and California with John Tarrant Roshi, in Japan with Yamada Koun Roshi, and in Australia and Hawaii with Robert Aitken Roshi, the founder of the Diamond Sangha. Subhana received Dharma transmission in 1996 from Aitken Roshi and John Tarrant Roshi at our bush zendo, Kodoji Subhana Barzaghi is a qualified and experienced psychotherapist, a mother of two children, and a grandmother. She was a founding member of the 'Bodhi Farm' community in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, where she lived for 20 years. She was also the founder of the Kuan Yin Zen Centre in Lismore. Subhana is a Registered Religious Marriage Celebrant, and also teaches in the Vipassana Insight Meditation tradition. She leads workshops, Zen sesshins and Vipassana retreats at a variety of centres in Australia and New Zealand. Subhana has mentored and appointed eight Apprentice Teachers in the Diamond Sangha tradition.