Ritual, Death and Transformation: Lessons from Burning Man and the Zen Hospice Project

Public Programs and Performances WKS 111 1.00

Workshop participants will explore the role of temporal art and ritual in their own lives; Burning Man’s tradition of the Temple; and Zen Hospice’s spiritual practice of sitting with impermanence. Participants will bundle personal objects to mark a passage or honor a deceased loved one, and the workshop will culminate in a ritual to burn participants’ creations. Zen Hospice Project began helping people in 1987 and continues to offer programs and trainings that blend spiritual practice with service to the dying. Burning Man is world famous for its fire art, and offers an annual tradition of building and burning a temple that honors those lost in the previous year. In this workshop, participants will create offerings to loved ones who have passed; discuss and meditate on the meaning of death in their lives; and explore art making and burning as a transformative experience.

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