Upcoming Conference Examines Death and Dying Issues

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Summary: Doctors, nurses, therapists, hospice workers, and bereavement counselors along with renowned spiritual teachers will gather for “The Art of Dying IV” conference to talk about death in new and more open ways. October 1 – 3 in Phoenicia, NY.

Experts in palliative care and renowned spiritual teachers will gather from October 1 – 3 in Phoenicia, NY for a conference that rethinks the way we face death. “The Art of Dying IV” responds to a clear call in contemporary American society to talk about death in new and more open ways.

The conference brings doctors, nurses, therapists, hospice workers, and bereavement counselors together with spiritual teachers possessed of profound and sophisticated approaches to death. Presenters include acclaimed teacher Marianne Williamson, author of the bestselling A Return to Love; Frank Ostaseski, co-founder of the first Buddhist hospice in America, who was honored by H.H. Dalai Lama in 2001 for his years of compassionate service to the dying and their families; and Robert A.F. Thurman, PhD, professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University.

“Our culture is awakening to a more conscious view of our own mortality, as well as moving closer to traditions that show how death can be much less frightening for us,” said Ralph White, Creative Director and co-founder of the New York Open Center. “As this conference unites thinkers and innovators trained in both the Western and Tibetan traditions, it gives participants a distinct, holistic perspective on dying and death.”

Together, presenters and participants will examine such key issues as: What is death? How can our own death and the death of those we love be faced with courage and awareness? Does consciousness survive death and, if so, what might we expect? How can we best prepare? And how can we work more compassionately and intelligently with the dying? “The Art of Dying IV” aims to help us make peace with our death and, in doing so, find better ways to live.

More information and a full conference schedule can be found at artofdying.org.

About the New York Open Center:
Founded in 1984, New York Open Center is one of the nation’s largest non-profits dedicated to nurturing body, mind and spirit through holistic learning and world culture. A preeminent platform for the world’s most renowned visionaries, including Deepak Chopra, Karen Armstrong, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Cornel West, the Open Center offers over 700 workshops, lectures, performances, conferences and professional trainings annually, hosting more than 250,000 people in its 25-year history. For more information and a complete event calendar, visit us at http://www.opencenter.org; become a fan on Facebook; follow us on Twitter.

About Tibet House US:
Tibet House US was founded at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who, at the inauguration in 1987, stated his wish for a long-term cultural institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization and culture, whatever the political destiny of the six million people of Tibet itself. Tibet House US is dedicated to preserving Tibet’s unique culture at a time when it is confronted with extinction on its own soil. By presenting Tibetan civilization and its profound wisdom, beauty, and special art of freedom to the people of the world, we hope to inspire others to join the effort to protect and save it. Menla Mountain Retreat and Conference Center is Tibet House’s upstate New York healing spa and wellness institute.

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