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Suggested donation – $150.00 - $350.00

Date & Time Details: Friday July 19- Sunday July 21, 2024

Location: Zen Mountain Monastery

Contact: ZMM Registrar
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On Death & Dying: Allowing Death to Teach Us How to Live

with Rev. Trudi Jinpu Hirsch-Abramson

July 19 - 21, 2024

Who wouldn’t rather avoid the subject of death? Most of us may wait until we are face-to-face with it before ever wondering: Who am I? However, death can be one of our greatest teachers; awareness of our mortality can actually enrich our lives. But first we need to embrace the inescapable truth that we will die someday.

Allowing an awareness of death into our everyday life gives us the opportunity to strip away the superficial layers of our identity. Moving toward our fear of it, we can become more present to the life we’re living now, with more freedom and compassion for others. Our spiritual practice then becomes urgent and immediate. Facing death has the potential to open many doors—loosening our attachments to experience a feeling of expansive and all-inclusive joy and love, no longer clinging to the things that had once seemed so important.

In this experiential workshop, we will explore what death means to us. Using meditation, visualizations, writing exercises and more, we’ll delve into issues around what it means—spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally—to embrace our mortality. We will look at our life, explore our journey towards death, consider what we hold dear, and then begin to imagine actually dying. This critical investigation can help us discover that life and death are not fearsome enemies, but can be best of friends, each enhancing and embracing the other.

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As with all in-person retreats at the Monastery, participants are required to follow the current protocol for keeping everyone safe (this link is updated frequently so check back). Review the current protocol requirements before registering, and if you have further questions, please contact the registrar.

Public transportation is available to the Monastery: please contact Trailways (tel. 1-800-858-8555 for schedule from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC).  See these travel instructions for details.  

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Financial concerns should not prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. This program is offered by donation so that everyone can participate. We appreciate your support.

 

 

 

 

As with all in-person retreats at the Monastery, participants are required to follow the current protocol for keeping everyone safe (this link is updated frequently so check back). Review the current protocol requirements before registering, and if you have further questions, please contact the registrar.

Financial concerns should not prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. If you can’t afford the program fee, you can see these options.

 

Teacher

Rev. Trudi Jinpu Hirsch-Abramson
Reverend Trudi Hirsch-Abramson is an ACPE certified chaplain supervisor and an APC certified chaplain. A resident of Zen Mountain Monastery for 12 years, she completed her monastic training in 1998 and was ordained as a Zen Buddhist Priest and received Denkai transmission in the White Plum Sangha. She previously worked for 14 years as a chaplain and supervisor at various hospitals in New York City. For nearly a decade, Reverend Hirsch served as a faculty member and Chaplain Supervisor for the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care in NYC. She retired from serving as Chaplain Supervisor at Vassar Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY. in 2018, and is presently concentrating on her spiritual practices and creating art.
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