What Happens When We Die: A Buddhist Perspective

In our society, death and dying are often perceived as inherently negative topics of conversation and are often associated with confusion, grief, and suffering. However, Buddhisim offers a completely different perspective based on a profound understanding of the process of dying, the meaning of death, and what we can do to protect ourself and help others during this important time.

In this day course, Gen Gomlam will help us to understand, from a Buddhist perspective, what is death, what happens after death, and how an awareness of our own mortality can inspire us to lead a meaningful life. In this way, instead of something to be feared or denied, death can become a positive and transformative experience.

“Preparing for death is one of the kindest and wisest things we can do for both ourself and others.”
– From the book Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Registration Details

Cost: $25, free for members and benefactors. Add March 19’s Friday Night Lecture, Transforming Sadness and Loss, for just $5 additional (save $5).

Free for Members and Benefactors: With your membership or trial membership, you will receive all links to regular events (excluding special events with visiting teachers or the Midwest Dharma Celebration, which require separate registration).

A livestream link is available for 72 hours after the class for everyone who registers.

Please review our terms and conditions before registering. Here are some helpful tips for getting the most benefit from our livestream classes.  Please note that registration closes one hour before each class starts to allow for time to get people the link in a timely manner and prepare for the livestream class.

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Register in 3 Easy Steps!

1. Click the Register button.
2. Follow the instructions and make your payment. You will be taken to a PayPal page where you can use a credit/debit card or your PayPal account.
3. Watch for the livestream link to be emailed 45-60 minutes before class starts. (If you do not receive the link, email [email protected].)

Hourly Schedule

Saturday, March 27

10 AM - 11:30 AM
Session 1
11:30 PM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 2 PM
Session 2
2 PM - 2:30 PM
Optional Q&A
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Saturday March 27 2021


10:00 am - 2:00 pm




  • Gen Kelsang Gomlam
    Gen Kelsang Gomlam

    Gen Kelsang Gomlam is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Madison and Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s representative in Madison. She has been studying, practicing and teaching Kadam Dharma for many years. Gen Gomlam’s heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone.