Death is a topic that universally affects everyone, and it is scarcely discussed. This course will be an attempt to move beyond atheist propositiions of what happens to people after they die. Throughout the quarter we will engage with psychological and spiritual theory, music, and one another. In its culmination, the final project will be writing one’s own eulogy. This will be a discussion-based seminar-style course. Individual interests within the subject of death and dying will be explored as a group.
Most assignments and readings are optional, but highly encouraged. Some of the readings are as follows: Death: The Final Stage of Growth by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and Sogyal Rinpoche who writes The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: New Spiritual Classic from One of the Foremost Interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism.