No one knows what death is, whether it is not the greatest of all goods for man. But humans fear it as if they were sure that it is the greatest evil.
(Plato, Apology I, 17)
"Die before you die" - this is the radical request of a Zen master to his disciple, who asks him for a way out of his suffering.
A paradox: to die into life. Who or what must die so that the eternally immortal can appear unveiled? The inner way is a way of death, a way through death into immortal life. Exploring this is a human quest from time immemorial, but few have walked the inner path through the valley of death. These few are precious teachers for people who are seriously interested in these issues, and in this conference they offer an introduction on different levels of knowledge.
This conference invites you to study the great mystery of DEATH. The speakers illuminate the dimensions of death from different perspectives.
In addition to lectures and deepening dialogues, there will be the opportunity for reflection, exchange and meditative exercises.
In depth study of key topics in conferences of this kind is the concern of the "Inner Science", which is taught at Gut Saunstorf by the philosopher and wisdom teacher OM C. Parkin.
Pim van Lommel, M.D., worked as a cardiologist in the Netherlands and began research on near-death experiences with patients in 1986. In the meantime, he is mainly researching the interaction between brain and consciousness. He is an author and lectures worldwide.
Lecture: Endless Consciousness. New medical facts about near-death experience.
According to current medical concepts, it is not possible to experience consciousness when circulation and breathing have stopped. However, recent research indicates that there is a continuity of consciousness after physical death. This is called near-death experience.
Sabine Mehne worked as a physiotherapist and systemic family therapist. In 1995, she was taken ill with cancer and experienced a near-death experience during a life-threatening condition.
She is a writer and gives numerous lectures, also with Pim van Lommel.
Lecture: My near death experience - the dissolution of the EGO and my way back to life
Personal report of an intense near-death experience, the difficulties to regain a foothold in life and still experience healing, as well as a fundamental reorientation of the personal worldview.
Peter H. Cunz is one of the few Sheikhs of the Mevlevi Order in the West. He supervises groups in Switzerland and the USA, as well as in Colombia and Brazil. Website: http://www.mevlana.ch/
Lecture: What remains of us after the death of the body? - a Sufi view
The Sufis are exploring the depths of the divine ocean in order to practice and strengthen their efforts for salvation. The talk will focus on how Sufis understand the human being as the connection between the hereafter and the here and now and what the consequences are.
Lisa Cairns is an advaita teacher. Her inner path led her to well known advaita teachers. A profound awakening experience brought her to the "Path of the Teacher". For some years, Lisa has given retreats and dialogues around the world.
“The sadness about death comes with the idea of the loss. To know true love, is to live in a perpetual state of loss. ” (Lisa Cairns)
In an introduction Lisa will talk about the spiritual meaning of death and dying processes. Afterwards the participants are invited to ask questions and to talk to Lisa directly.
OM C. Parkin is a philosopher and spiritual wisdom teacher, a leading representative of the Inner Science, head of the Mystery School Enneallionce - School for Inner Work at Gut Saunstorf - Place of Stillness.
At the age of 27, OM C. Parkin had a final encounter with death. Since then he teaches students of the Path about death as a gate opener to eternal life.
Lecture: Death, the Great Master. The spiritual dimension of death
"Die before you die" is the teaching of the path of awakening for human beings. In his lecture, OM introduces the spiritual dimension of death, illuminates the masks of its appearance and reveals the obstacles in the ego world that prevent an inner encounter and revelation of death.
Friday, March 22
15:00 welcome and introduction
15:30 – 19:00 lecture and dialogue Pim van Lommel and Sabine Mehne
21:00 – 22:00 music and lyrics: Gustav Mahler/Leonard Bernstein
Saturday, March 23
10:30 – 13:00 lecture and dialogue Peter Hüseyin Cunz
15:30 – 17:00 sufi practice session „Dhikr“ with Peter Hüseyin Cunz
20:00 – 22:00 introduction Lisa Cairns with following dialogue
Sunday, March 24
10:00 – 13:00 lecture OM C. Parkin with following dialogue