The Sacred Act of Death and Dying with Berget Jelane & David Cohn

Saturday, February 6, 2010, 9am to 4:30pm

This will be a day of silent and verbal exploration of our own dying process beginning now.  In a safe, caring environment we will offer the Buddhist teachings on death as well as our own experiences, fears, hopes, concerns.  Together we will share our process and do an exercise to help us get more in touch with the reality of our dying and begin to demystify the whole aura around death.  Please bring lunch so we can continue to share during the eating time.

Berget Jelane has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1986.  She coordinates and teaches at the San Jose Sangha.  As a graduate of the Sati Center Chaplaincy program, she conducts weddings, funerals, and other ceremonies.  In her psychotherapy practice, she uses mindfulness with psychotherapeutic exploration to help clients break free of old patterns of behavior.

David Cohn began practice at Zen Center in 1969 with Suzuki Roshi, later becoming a disciple of Baker Roshi. A residential student at Tassajara, Green Gulch Farm, and City Center until 1984, he was ordained as a priest in 1977. David worked for Stewart Brand at Whole Earth for a year, before opening his first restaurant in 1985, another in 1988 and retiring in January 2009. David has been a Zen Hospice Project volunteer since 1998 and Board Member. He maintains connections with Zen Center as a Board member for Everyday Zen and management consultant for Greens Restaurant as well as exploring practice opportunities at IMC.