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.


While we greet the birth of a child with great joy and celebration, in our culture death is too often met with fear, denial and isolation.  This does not have to be, death is a meaningful transition for all involved and can be a time of joy, love and sharing.  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. We 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.  Most importantly, the death and dying process and beyond can be our greatest opportunity to awaken fully to who we truly are.

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. Death Cafe’s are held on the last Sunday quarterly: July 29, 2018 and October 28, 2018 from 3-5pm.



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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.