The seed of this project arose when I had the idea of helping with the sick and the dying in some way. I had a natural interest, in having been a registered nurse, and always wanted to work as a Marie Curie nurse. But sadly my husband became ill for fourteen years with strokes and depression so my time and skills were given to nursing and caring for him until his passing.
I wished to be able to offer a service that could provide guidance, advice, dharma teachings, and networking with others. I asked Ringu Tulku for his advice about help for the dying and he responded, “Generally I think there are first two things: one, what the dying person can do and, two, what the survivors can do for the dead.”
A small survey was carried out asking people what major concerns they have regarding how and when they die. Questions were invited from people about what they would like answered about this time of dying and death. Ringu Tulku kindly answered them.
From this survey, the major concern expressed was: to have someone present who would know how to help them practise, support them spiritually andÂ arrange prayers for them at this tender time. As Ringu Tulku says, “The whole of the Buddhist pathway is about living and dying, to die well we have to live well.”
Here the focus is on training and practice for this life with a particular consideration for planning for the time of dying, death and after death. We never know at what time and at what age we will die.
This is a work in progress.
Be happy, be joyful, go well,
Founder of Rigul Trust