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Department
Religion
Course
RELI 2732
Professor
Angela Sumegi
Semester
Winter

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Reading #14: The process of dying 2 causes of death: 1) Accident/illness leads to early death: Can be averted if have prior knowledge of what will kill you. Signs come in dreams, shadow images, etc. but need to be interpreted by an expert. Warn a person to use practices to prolong life because death is coming. - Spiritual practise accumulates merit and both heals & protects against illness, prolonging life by making one psychologically, emotionally and spiritually whole. - Special long-life practices call life energy from elements and universe through meditation/visualization - One practise to enhance life is to buy animals that will be killed and set them free. Based on karma concept: giving life to others will lengthen your life 2) Old age/exhaustion of natural life span: Because of Karma, have certain lifespan. Can prolong through perfecting Yoga. Teachers can sometimes tell the student their expected lifespan. Bardo of dying: Between moment we contract terminal condition and moment inner respiration ceases. Suffer if not prepared for it (not know what will happen) and even for practitioners. But hope through teachings. - Good practitioners know what happening and may look forward to death - See clear light, hope - Life measured in number of breaths, hold breath to postpone death? - Okay practitioners need teacher there to remind them - Understand stages of dying, natural process Process of dying: 2 phases- 1) Outer dissolution: Senses & elements dissolve - Elements= earth, air, fire, water, space - Th
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