Death is a vast mystery, but there are two things that we can say about it: It is absolutely certain that we will die, and it is uncertain when or how we will die. Sooner or later we all have to face this inevitable fact. Through this Congress the German Buddhist Union enriches the public discourse on death and dying by bringing a Buddhist perspective as well as initiates personal explorations into an understanding of the impermanence of all things.

In the Buddhist approach, life and death are seen as one whole. Death is a mirror in which the entire meaning of life is reflected. The knowledge and practical methodology on how to recognize the truth of everyday impermanence, make use of it in order to prepare for death and lead a meaningful life will be presented from the point of view of various Buddhist traditions.

In the Buddhist teachings there are detailed descriptions of the dying process which can provide us with new perspectives when facing sickness and in times of crisis as well as when caring for the dying.

Is there something that underlies the whole of our life? Is there ’something’ that does survive what we call death? Maybe this is something to be curious about.

Why is this topic so relevant for our society?

Buddhist perspectives on the wholeness of life and death result in values that cultivate human closeness and care, especially when life is difficult. The Congress aims to contribute to the German Social Charter for Care for the Seriously Ill and the Dying.

In talks, workshops and meditation sessions renowned Buddhist teachers and practitioners from both East and West will present to us the wisdom and practices of diverse Buddhist traditions.
Stories from the life of the Buddha and personal accounts from Western Buddhists practitioners will bring additional colour to this programme.

There will be space for exchange and conversation during the breaks with drinks and snacks.

During the Congress, a variety of Buddhist practices dedicated to the sick and the dead will be conducted.