Transpersonal therapist and nun Ji Hyang Padma, Ph.D., combines an academic career with her vocation as a spiritual teacher. Ji Hyang has taught Zen for over twenty-five years, currently as a teacher within Four Vows Sangha. Ji Hyang holds a doctorate in psychology from Sofia University. At Wellesley College, Ji Hyang served as Director of Spirituality & Education Programs there. Her first book, Living the Season: Zen Practice for Transformative Times, was released in 2013. She currently serves as Director of Comparative Religion & Philosophy at the California Institute of Human Science.
Ji Hyang has conducted research with traditional Buddhist healers to explore the role of worldview in their healing practices. Working with people, she helps them find their inner resources, and reflect back the hope and wisdom that she sees within them. Her work can be found here: https://www.mountainpath.org/about
From a Buddhist perspective, it is believed that death, like life, is a journey. The consciousness opens up in a particularly powerful way at the time of death; there is the opportunity for awakening on that great journey…
In this presentation, we will explore Buddhist approaches to end-of-life, as well as art and ceremonies that can truly be a celebration of life, as based in traditional Buddhist ritual practices. Participants will write poetry, and participate in a Buddhist ceremony that commemorates their own life, including a simplified form of the Tibetan phowa (celebration of life) practice. These have been adapted, so as to be experientially welcome those of any faith tradition.