Closer-to-Reality Conference 2008

An attempt to connect real life experiences with Buddhist scriptural understanding

Death & Beyond

Saturday, 27 December – Monday, 29 December 2008
Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Organised by Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary

Concept: Our beliefs on what happens after death will condition how we respond to our own death, shape the form and spirit of our funeral rites, and counsel the dying. The closer our beliefs are to reality, the better we are able to handle death. So instead of limiting our understanding to a certain set of dogmatic views, it would be more advantageous to us to investigate the phenomenon objectively by comparing real-life experiences with those described or implied in religious doctrines.

This conference will initiate such investigations and hopefully bring us closer to a more accurate understanding of death and beyond—an inevitable reality that awaits all of us and our loved ones at the end of our human lives.

Spirituality is a matter of connecting not just with another divine power but with your own inner self. Religions like Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism all speak about karma and how it can affect your life and afterlife. To learn more about Buddhism and the wisdom it imparts, you can visit to understand all about the righteous teachings, ancient medicine and healings and Tantric Buddhism from Pema Khandro, a Buddhist Yogini from Tibet.

Who should attend:

  • Buddhists knowledgeable about the subject and relevant scriptural texts
  • Buddhists involved in Dhamma propagation
  • Open-minded people with a spirit of enquiry