Instructions for the Transitional State
A Guide for Vajrayana Buddhists & their Families and Friends

The Buddhist teachings tell us that death is one of the most profound opportunities of our lifetime. During this Forum, Julie Rogers will share a concise manual of instructions to help prepare for the end of life transition, compiled with the guidance of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche. According to Vajrayana tradition, this overview includes suggested Buddhist practices, assisting before and after death, communicating with loved ones, observing beneficial behaviors, preparing the body, and Vajrayana cremation, and bereavement. The manual also includes advice from Buddhist masters and a complete checklist to deal with secular issues. Pre-ordering this text is recommended – please see the information below.

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2107 ~ 11:00 – 6:00 with lunch break
at Ngakchang Gatsal (Happy Garden of Practitioners)

2346 Mitchell Street, Oakland, CA ô please arrive by 10:30 for registration

Suggested Donation: $50 - $75 sliding scale – to be offered at the door.

Needed text: ‘Instructions for the Transitional State’ by Julie Rogers
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 “As western practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, we are blessed with a plethora of very profound teachings and advice on how to die and how to deal with the dying and dead. However, when someone we know is dying, we are often not sure how to apply these teachings; in short, we don’t know what to do. But that problem is now solved. Julie Rogers, a diligent, long-time student of Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche, has compiled very clear, precise and detailed instructions on exactly what to do for the dying and deceased here in America. This guidance is extremely helpful and exactly what we need. There are very few books on Tibetan Buddhism that I would unequivocally say are must-haves; this is one.”
-- Lama Bruce Newman, author of A Beginner’s Guide to Tibetan Buddhism published by Snow Lion

A student of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche for over thirty years, Julie Rogers is the Director of TLC Transitional Life Care, a non-profit, Vajrayana Buddhist End-of-Life training and support program based at Gyatrul Rinpoche’s center, Orgyen Dorje Den, in Alameda, CA. She is authorized by Gyatrul Rinpoche to offer this instruction, and has completed training in Patient and Bereavement Care at Ashland Community Hospital Hospice in Ashland, Oregon, and in Children’s Bereavement at WinterSpring Center in Medford, OR. See TLC’s website at