The Clear Light Institute  
of Sukhasiddhi Foundation 

"Life is fragile, like the dew hanging delicately on the grass, crystal drops that will be carried away on the first morning breeze."

-Dilgo Khyentse


Death Cafe
August 9, 2015
4-6 pm



of each moment:
An interview with Clear Light Institute director Pat Berube.




DO YOU appreciate
the work of the Clear Light Institute? 

JUNE 2015

Dear Friends,

The Clear Light Institute held our first Death Cafe on May 2. Over forty people attended with rave reviews. One of the participants was so inspired that he left a long, positive review on the web site. He said:

"Saturday, I talked with a group of strangers about death. It was the most intimate and meaningful conversation of my week."

Death Cafe was first started in England by Jon Underwood in September 2011. Jon Underwood was inspired by the work of Bernard Crettaz, a renouned Swiss sociologist. Since then, there have been over 1800 Death Cafe's in Europe, Australia, the USA and parts of Asia. On May 6, 2015, over 400 people participated in a Death Cafe in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It was the largest Death Cafe in the world. 

Clearly, Death Cafe is part of a movement that is gaining international momentum. The human connection and shared experiences allows the conversation about death to develop in an intimate and supportive environment. The sharing enables us to cut through the fear, denial and panic liberating us from the painful secrecy that surrounds death in our culture. 

Talking about death helps us to reflect on the preciousness of our life and to explore what is most meaningful. 

The more we explore and expose our mind, the more our heart opens and our connection to others deepens. Death Cafe's are lighthearted events with participants often excited to speak freely and openly about impermanence, death and life's meaning over tea and cake. Not knowing what to say is held with acceptance, patience and not evaluating others. 

Through our ability to be authentic, a natural expression of our shared human experiences unfolds that develops connection, compassion and loving kindness. 

Please join us for our next Death Cafe on August 9th from 4-6pm. The event is free and donations are accepted. Tea and cake are served. RSVP is appreciated. 



Much love,


Pat Berube 



Death Cafe: An Open Conversation

Tea, cake and conversation on August 9 from 4-6 pm.


DEATH CAFE  is an open, respectful, confidential and safe space where people can discuss death, impermanence and reflect on what is important in their life. We live in a culture that denies  old age, sickness, death and impermanence. Death Cafe opens the discussion and aspires to provide a safe space for all of us to evolve into a society that accepts death as a part of life.


This will not be a teaching event. While the venue is a Buddhist meditation center, the discussion will adhere to Death Cafe guidelines. Contemplation of impermanence and death is an essential Buddhist teaching and we welcome the open discussion that increases awareness so we can make the most of our finite lives.


The event is free but donations are accepted.


To register: click here




Pat Berube, Director
Jennifer Dunn
Frank Hatch