Living & Dying: Compassion Cultivation for Modern Times

Date of Presentation: 

February 25, 9:00am – 4:00pm (6 CEU’s)



University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Student Union Theatre (Free Parking in Student Union Garage) 


Free Admission

Free Parking at the Student Union Parking Garage

In the Buddhist Tradition, contemplation and meditation on death and impermanence are an important bridge to cultivation of compassion. Recognizing how short and precious life is, we are more likely to make it meaningful and to live it fully if we understand the transition from life to death is an opportunity to realize our present full potential. The way we live our present lives directly influences our state of mind at death which in turn, directly influences our future lives. Understanding the states of death and the mind body relationship behind them can remove fear and anxiety at the time of death for both the living and the dying. In this presentation, participants will receive an overview of compassion and compassion cultivation, learn about the external and internal signs as the body dissolves, the state of mind at the time of death, and how to assist the dying by promoting a peaceful and compassionate environment.


Ven Geshe Thupten Dorjee, Ph.D, Buddhist Psychology, UAF Assistant Clinical Professor, Humanities

Ven Geshe Dakpa Topgyal, Ph.D, Buddhist Philosophy and Religion

Dr. Sidney Burris, Ph.D, English, UAF Director Of Fulbright College Honors Program

Dr. Dent Gitchel, Ph.D., CRC, UALR, Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling