Death & Dying

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No Regrets, No Fear: Welcoming Death in Order to Make the Most of the Life You’ve Been Given

What would be possible in your life if you had absolutely no fear of dying? How might you live with less fear overall, and more joy? How might your life change?

Join Tibetan Buddhist teacher and end of life expert Andrew Holecek as he walks you through a powerful, and life-changing, one-hour ILP coaching session to better understand death and liberate you from the false identity that keeps you trapped in the fear that your true self is anything other than timeless.

The thought of death can be terrifying for people, provoking anxiety, fear of the unknown, feelings of vulnerability and can even enhance group loyalty and nationalism. But research has shown that mindfulness practice can mitigate and even eliminate death anxiety*.

“The body and mind are only symptoms of ignorance, of misapprehension. Behave as if you were pure awareness, bodiless and mindless, spaceless and timeless, beyond ‘where’ and ‘when’ and ‘how’. Make your mind and body express the real which is all and beyond all.”Nisargadatta Maharaj

How It Works

Death and Dying is designed to deepen your understanding of your attachment to the various identities–starting with your body and going inward from there–that prevent you from encountering the idea of death with the equanimity that comes from being awake to your deeper self.

In this focused and powerful 1-hour coaching session with Andrew you will learn how to…

  • More fully appreciate and honor your body while also beginning to differentiate from exclusive identification with it
  • Move beyond attachment to all the various outward forms in your life that will inevitably pass on at death
  • Become familiar with your “mental body”–thoughts, emotions, hopes, dreams etc.–that is where people often believe their real identity lies
  • Learn how to transition your awareness from the fully-formed outer body to the formless inner body
  • Achieve access to the deepest, timeless, “spirit body” that is pure awareness beyond form and dissolution

And much, much more!

* Niemiec, et al. Being present in the face of existential threat: The role of trait mindfulness in reducing defensive responses to mortality salience. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2010; 99 (2): 344).

About the Author
Andrew Holecek

Andrew Holecek

Andrew Holecek is an author, spiritual teacher, and humanitarian. As a long-time student of Buddhism, he frequently presents this tradition from a contemporary perspective – blending the ancient wisdom of the East with modern knowledge from the West.

In 2009, he released The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy, one of the few books describing the shadow side of the spiritual path.

Known as an expert on death and dying, in 2013 he released his next book Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Perspective, as well as the audio learning course “Dream Yoga: The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming”.

Andrew has a strong scientific background, including training in biology and physics. This has instilled a healthy skeptical nature, one that has inspired him to go directly to the source to obtain his education and meditative training in Buddhism. He has studied extensively in Nepal, India, Bhutan, and even Tibet – the geographic and doctrinal wellspring of Buddhism — receiving teachings from the greatest living masters.

His questioning disposition has also motivated him to directly explore the ultimate source of Buddhism – the nature of mind itself. In addition to completing the traditional three-year meditation retreat, Andrew has undertaken annual retreats, conjoined with a strong daily practice. This unique blending of study and practice has made him an exceptionally qualified voice in the Western world.


Okay, I’m Dead… Now What? Practices for Living, Dying, and Living Again

Okay, I’m Dead is a 30-part exploration of conscious dying, offering a comprehensive guide to the many stages of the death and dying process. Based largely upon the timeless teachings of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Okay, I’m Dead includes a series of discussions and guided meditations to help you consciously prepare for your own death, relate gracefully to all that will happen to you physically and mentally as you die, recognize the astounding spiritual opportunities that will arise for you during this time, and help others better navigate the dying and post-death experiences, allowing you to assist your loved ones as they make this precious transition as smoothly and painlessly as possible.


Preparing to Die

We all face death, but how many of us are actually ready for it? Whether our own death or that of a loved one comes first, how prepared are we, spiritually or practically? In Preparing to Die, Andrew Holecek presents a wide array of resources to help the reader address this unfinished business.