Managing Life’s Ultimate Transition:
Meditations on Death and Impermanence
Daylong Retreat with Venerable Amy Miller

Saturday, February 24 at Jewel Heart Center

Because most of us live in denial of death, it comes as a shock when we or people close to us are dying. According to the Buddhist perspective, death is simply a transition from this life to the next. This transition is a crucial one because our state of mind at the time of death will determine our next rebirth. Contemplating death and rebirth prepares us to be at peace and unafraid at the time of death and also inspires us to make our lives much more meaningful.

This retreat is a very special opportunity to practice and integrate the teachings and instructions from the Death and Rebirth module of Discovering Buddhism (DB). It is also open to those with a sincere interest in this topic who have some experience with Buddhist practice. Ven. Amy Miller will lead participants through a variety of meditations on the Tibetan Buddhist approach to death and impermanence including the stages of the death process. To create the most conducive conditions, we will practice silence during the breaks including lunch. Please bring your own lunch and enjoy remaining in the calm energy of the retreat, uninterrupted by outside distractions.

Date and Times:

Saturday, February 24, from 10am to 4pm
10:00-10:15  Welcome and Motivation
10:15-10:45  Session
10:45-11:00  Break
11:00-11:30  Session
11:30-11:45  Break
11:45-12:15  Session
12:15-12:30  Walking Meditation on Impermanence
12:30-2:00    Lunch Break
2:00-2:30      Q&A
2:30-3:00      Session
3:00-3:15      Break
3:15-3:45      Session
3:45-4:00      Dedication and conclusion


Jewel Heart Center: 260 West Broadway is just below Canal Street. The entrance is in the St. John’s Lane alleyway that runs parallel to and between Varick Street and 6th Avenue. Here is a map showing the location of Jewel Heart Center.

Subway Transportation: 1 to Franklin St.; A, C, E to Canal St.; N, R to Canal St.

Suggested Donation:

Fee: $40 to help support direct costs, including space rental, Dharma materials, and administration.
Shantideva Meditation Members: $36


To register, click here.
Online registration will close at 6pm on Friday, February 23. Walk-ins are welcome.

Financial Assistance:

While the Dharma is given freely and no one is turned away for lack of funds, we invite you to inquire about volunteering or other ways you might support our efforts to make these teachings available in New York. As an emerging volunteer organization, Shantideva Meditation Center relies entirely on donations to cover the cost of space rental, transportation, housing, materials, and administration. Thank you for your generosity.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete: Scholarship for Shantideva Meditation Center (Word document) and email it to: email hidden; JavaScript is required at least one week before the event. We are happy to answer any questions at (646) 801-1579.

Discovering Buddhism Certification:

FPMT certification is available for those who complete all the components of the course. The completion certificate confirms the satisfaction of having accomplished a comprehensive engagement with the path to enlightenment and is symbolic of your commitment to spiritual awakening. For more information on the requirements for certification, please email Spiritual Program Coordinator Arnaud: email hidden; JavaScript is required

About the Teacher:

Ven. Amy Miller has been teaching extensively since 1992 and was ordained as a Buddhist nun in June 2000 by the great Tibetan master, Ven. Choden Rinpoche. She has directed several FPMT centers and projects for decades and has completed a seven-month solitary retreat. Her teaching style emphasizes a practical approach to integrating Buddhist philosophy into everyday life. She is happy to help people connect with meditation and mindfulness in an effort to gain a refreshing perspective on normally stressful living. Venerable teaches and leads retreats and pilgrimages around the world. In October 2018, she will lead a pilgrimage and retreat at Lawudo, a remote retreat in the Mount Everest region of Nepal. Her teaching schedule and other information can be found at

Ven. Amy is the co-author of Buddhism in a Nutshell and a contributor to Living in the Path, a series of online courses produced by FPMT.