Frost on Grass: The Bardo of Living

Sat., March 25, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nalandabodhi Colorado

Frost on Grass: The Bardo of Living

Saturdays, March 4 through March 25,

10:00am to 12:00 pm


Frost on grass:
a fleeting form
that is, and is not!

This class explores the bardo experience, or in other words, how to work with the fears and wonder that arise from our varied perceptions of fleeting forms. Utilizing readings from Pema Chodron’s most recent book, How We Live is How We Die, participants will be invited to examine their current lived experience through the lens of her wise words.

When we stay present with our transitory experience and all that its fleetingness evokes, we get in touch with our braver self, our deepest nature.
Pema Chodron

To support our “braver” selves we will experientially explore the “gap” of the bardo experience that can ease our journey as we encounter or prepare for old age, sickness and death. Since the bardo is conceived of as a transitional state it can be experienced as a spacious opening beyond all confusion and suffering.

As a counterpoint to Pema’s writing, we will reflect on impermanence by investigating the “death poems” of traditional Japanese and contemporary haiku practitioners. The way of haiku invites us to see directly into experience and offers a poetic opportunity to express the full spectrum of life’s pathos, humor and beauty.

waiting for me
to give it life —
my death poem
Karma Tenzing Wangchuk


Facilitator: Deborah Bowman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and retired professor of Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling at Naropa University. She choose her field of study inspired by working in respite services for Hospice over 40 years ago. She has begun to publish haiku in several journals including Modern Haiku, Frogpond and Kingfisher. She is the author of The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love.

Full program – $60 / Individual class as drop in – $20.

Contact Deborah about scholarship questions.

The program is in-person at the Nalandabodhi Colorado Center, 2229 Broadway, Boulder CO

Date/Time Date(s) - Sat., March 25, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location Nalandabodhi Colorado

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Ticket Type Price Spaces
Full Program $60.00
Individual Program, March 4 $20.00
Individual Program, March 11 $20.00
Individual Program, March 18 $20.00
Individual Program, March 25 $20.00