Sukhasiddhi’s Clear Light Institute offers teachings, guidance and support to help people meet their death or a loved one’s death with confidence, peace and love.

Mission

Sukhasiddhi’s Clear Light Institute was founded with the purpose of assisting people in preparing for death in order to have the transition be as smooth, loving, and peaceful as possible, and most importantly, to teach people the skills to be able to use the death and dying process and beyond to awaken fully to who they truly are. We also provide guidance on how to care for friends and loved ones who are dying, as well as how to be with our own grieving process.

It is often said that the simple essence of our spiritual journey begins and ends with the present moment. In demystifying the teachings on death, we discover that they include the entire spectrum of our experiences in both life and death. The profound Vajrayana Buddhist teachings and transmissions offer an indispensible guide for living as well as for preparing for death. Through practicing these teachings, we can ensure that each moment of our lives can be turned to awakening and our karma can be liberated. Through spiritual practice and study we come to abide in peace and love and our lives become more and more meaningful. The entire Buddhist path is a preparation for death.

Clear Light Events

Death Cafes

A Death Cafe is an open, respectful, confidential and safe space where people can discuss death and impermanence, and reflect on what is of most importance and value in life. We live in a culture that denies old age, sickness, death and impermanence. Death Cafe opens the discussion and aspires to provide a safe space for all of us to evolve into a society that accepts death as a part of life.  The venue is a Buddhist meditation center but this will not be a teaching event. We adhere to Death Cafe guidelines of an agenda-free discussion, with the topics determined by attendees. We will provide a host and discussion facilitator. Please come and join us for tea and cake while we discuss death. The events are free but donations are always welcomed. The dates for the upcoming Death Cafes are below, please click on the links for more information and to register:

 

Workshops

Workshops are held periodically are held to assist people in preparing for the practical, legal, medical and spiritual issues in planning for death. In these workshops, through presentation, video, and discussion we will examine real life illness and death scenarios, options, and likely outcomes, in order to be prepared to clearly document our intent and decisions for our end of life care in advance, to help ensure a loving, peaceful and meaningful death. The next workshop is:

 

Pujas/Practices

Vajrayana pujas, which include prayers, mantra recitation, and visualization, are held each month, that are particularly useful for people working with death and dying. Medicine Buddha and Amitabha pujas alternate monthly. The pujas are done in English with guidance provided for new students.  All are welcome to come and explore this. The upcoming pujas are:

 

Prayers

All are welcome to request being added to the prayer list at the regularly scheduled pujas held at Sukhasiddhi. Prayers may be for yourself or a loved one, for support in recovering from an illness, support in the dying process and for the period after death.

 

Newsletters

A Clear Light Newsletter is sent four times a year.

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Clear Light Institute Director: Pat Berube, Sukhasiddhi Teacher, RN, MA.

patberubePat Berube first started meditating over 30 years ago and has studied with Asian and Western teachers. For over 14 years, she has studied with Lama Palden, completing both the 5-year Shangpa lineage program and intra-lineage teachers training. She holds a masters degree in counseling and has been an RN for nearly 40 years. Her personal interest is in psycho-spirtual development and integrating the dharma in everyday life. Pat directs the Clear Light Institute at Sukhasiddhi, which supports contemplative approaches to dealing with illness, death, and dying.