Death & Dying Retreat

A 7-Day Guided Group Retreat with Lama Justin von Bujdoss (Livestreamed from Pure Land Farms)



One of the most profound places of practice that we find in the Vajrayana tradition is the inclusion of the process of death and the bardo experience into the spiritual path. In this retreat we will journey together into this unique and powerful way of bringing insight and wisdom into our own eventual experience of death. We will also develop skills around caring for loved ones who may be entering into the death process, and hone skills for professional caregivers including chaplains, social workers and other clinicians who wish to go deeper into the intersection of Vajrayana spiritual formation and their respective caregiving modalities. This retreat is a wonderful way to deepen the relationship of dharma into caregiving and how we can understand caregiving to be a profound spiritual practice.

During our time together there will be daily teaching sessions which will offer practical instructions that have been time-tested through the clinical experiences had by Lama Justin in the following:

  • Teachings and practical guidance on the inner processes that occur before physical death, during active dying and in the phases immediately after physical death 

  • Teachings on the bardo process and a review of Bardo Practice

  • Bringing difficult emotions into practice

  • The use of Ati-yoga and Mahamudra as a way of training in open non-judgemental presence

  • Instructions on Phowa Practice from the Yuthok Nyingthik Tradition as well as using Ati-Yoga and Mahamudra as an essential-phowa

  • Supportive practice modalities including guided visualizations, group discussion to dive deeper into what is alive for each one of us in working with what death and dying brings us

  • A deep exploration of Vajrayana spiritual practices that can be applied for those who are critically ill, dying or who are on their bardo journey


9:00am to 12:00pm
Morning Teaching and Group Practice Session

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Group Ati Yoga/Mahamudra Practice Session

 (All times in PST/ Los Angeles Time Zone)


  • $300.00

    12 Livestreamed Sessions (Four Hours Daily)

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Lama Justin von Bujdoss

Lama Justin von Bujdoss is an American Vajrayana Buddhist teacher, writer, and the is a co-founder of Bhumisparsha an experimental Buddhist sangha along with Lama Rod Owens. He is the author of "Modern Tantric Buddhism: Authenticity and Embodiment in Dharma Practice" published by North Atlantic Books, and contributor to "Buddhism and Whiteness: Critical Reflections published by Lexington Books". From 2016 until December 2021 Justin served as the Executive Director of Chaplaincy and Staff Wellness for NYC Department of Correction where he also served as Staff Chaplain supervising over 30 chaplains and guided wellness programming for staff. Justin also has professional experience in home hospice and hospital settings as a pastoral caregiver. Justin was ordained as a repa, a lay tantric yogin in the tradition of Milarepa, by His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche, one of the heart sons of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. Lama Justin has presented on Buddhist practice at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, University of Chicago, Wellesley, Columbia University, has been a visiting instructor at Union Theological Seminary, teaches at Pure Land Farms. Justin is passionate about helping to create the conditions for authentic embodied tantric Buddhist spiritual practice in the West.