Remembering Death



Saturday, February 4, 2017


Robert Beatty


Portland Insight Meditation Center



Robert Beatty

is the founder and guiding teacher of the Portland Insight Meditation Community. He brings 40 years of Buddhist Dharma practice and decades of practice as a therapist to his teaching. Robert is a member of the first wave of lay Theravada Buddhist teachers who brought Buddhism from Asia to America. Robert uses humor, poetry and drumming to teach meditation for everyday life, including intimate relationships, parenting, work, and community. 


Blue Buddha


Of all ploughing,  

ploughing in the autumn is supreme.

Of all footprints, the elephant's is supreme.

Of all perceptions,  

remembering death and impermanence

is supreme.





Dear Friends

If we want to live fully, to risk intimacy and closeness with other persons, it is essential that we embrace the reality of death. 


Being alive as a separate person is one end of a polarity which includes death. We do our best to deny this truth. Much of the anxiety that we experience arises from this unconscious fear of death.  We and our loved ones may be healthy today, but we know in the back of our minds that sickness or death will soon be with us. There is also a shadowy intuition that accidental death is but a moment away. We say, "drive carefully" when we would more honestly say. "I am afraid that I am going to lose you in a car accident".


The contemplation of death occupies a central and honored place in Buddhist meditative training. Some people, when they hear of this, imagine that such reflections must result in a morbid and depressed outlook on life. Quite to the contrary however, when we openly face the previously unconscious fears, a new joy, freedom and aliveness appear. 


During this day of practice, in the supportive community of PIMC, we will use mindfulness to bring stability and clarity to the mind. With this foundation we will turn our minds to a variety of contemplations of death.    


Our exploration will include viewing part of the video:


Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject.


Date: February 4,  9 - 4:30.


Suggested Fee: $60 See registration form.


Lunch: Potluck


Registration:  Please Register in advance.  


Information: questions: or call Kate 503-771-4123