夏札法王                           移喜泰賢金剛上師

 HH Chatral Rinpoche         Vajra Master Yeshe Thaye

敦珠佛學會        Dudjom Buddhist Association

影片精選

Videos of Dharma Essence

 

  生死教育系列 Series on Life & Death Education  佛法系列  上師系列 Guru Series

敦珠佛學會傳承及活動系列 Lineage & Activity    對佛法疑惑的問與答

影音系列簡介 Audio-Visual Series introduction  所有活動相片集 / all photos of activities

敦珠佛學會相片集  Photo Album of Dudjom Buddhist Association

 

生死教育系列之有關文章     Selected Articles on Life & Death Education

以下為「生死教育系列」之影片精選

The following are some selected video clips on "Life & Death Education Series"

 

生死教育系列

Life & Death Education

Series

 

 

 死後世界篇  生與死的奧秘  科學、生死、輪迴系列 

Science, Life and Death, Reincarnation Series  Life & Death Education Series

死後世界篇

釋迦牟尼佛開悟的真理指示,「死亡」並不代表一切的終結。肉體物質身的腐壞,並不代表精神身體的幻滅。只不過是如車輪廻轉般不斷再次借另一種物質的依附,繼續生命的存在。這種不解的痴纏,原因竟然是因為我們對生命的執着。執持不放的結果是痛苦永無終結。繼續生命的存在,就等於繼續輪廻。

要終結嗎?只有一個方法,就是先於在生時,對自己的生命作出釋放的訓練。這種釋放身心的訓練,釋迦牟尼佛稱之為「修行」。

若果「修行」未達圓滿就死亡,在「死後世界」裏,我們應如何自處呢?當中有什麼危險呢?我們可以從「死後世界」裏脫穎而出,提昇生命的投生,以至脱離輪廻的引力擺布嗎?請勿錯過這系列的精彩演譯。

「死後世界篇」目錄  Catalogue

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你能確保你的修行有用嗎?

你的修行功德在死後有用嗎?

因果業力橾控命運,如何修行方才有效。

死後是否只是信者就得救,還要怎樣呢?

 

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你的命運與「俱生神」有何關係呢?

死後會否被公平審判,是誰做證人作證供。

死後的命運由因果決定,還是由神決定呢?

 

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如何方可避過「死後的審判」及「淨土」的奧祕原理

死後如何可以避過審判而直接投生淨土

了解淨土的奧秘有助投生西方極樂世界

 

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推算「未來命運」與修習「正定」的方法

應如何正確地掌握改變未來命運的方法

命運如何與正定產生關聯,正定是什麼呢?

 

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『死後世界』的高度危險性

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  • 死後會面對最少兩次的審判,一次是外在的,一次是內在的,究竟會怎樣呢?

  • 釋迦牟尼佛開示眾生死後會有「俱生神」的出現,記錄及敘述眾生的一切行為,究竟「俱生神」的運作是怎樣的呢?

  • 眾生間的『俱生神』會互相連結,形成一個龐大的連結網羅,會產生怎樣的效應呢?

  • 眾生死後至投生前,稱為「中陰階段」。這種「中陰暫存區」十分危險,有幾多種情況是要注意的呢?

  • 據說眾生很容易會誤入鬼道,慘變成餓鬼,究竟有何方法可以自救呢?

  • 藏傳佛教的『本尊法』,只能算得上是『完整教授』的其中一部份,並非全能的、及全部的,還有很多的輔助教法及知識需要修持,為什麼呢?

  • 那麼死後應該如何做,才可以保護自己呢?什麼才是『完整教授』呢?

 

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生與死的奧秘

「瀕死體驗」-- 俗稱「死而復生」的生死歷程經驗,在西方已有數十年的研究歷史。參與研究的醫生、護士、心理學家、科學家等佔有很大的比例,都是社會上的有識之士,而非泛泛之輩。單是在美國,「瀕死體驗」的個案已達二千多萬宗。遍及全球的「瀕死體驗」者更加不計其數。他們的親身體驗片段,可以在此系列的演譯中,帶給大家一個全新的領悟。

釋迦牟尼佛開悟的真理指示,「死亡」並不代表一切的終結。肉體物質身的腐壞,並不代表精神身體的幻滅。只不過是如車輪廻轉般不斷再次借另一種物質的依附,繼續生命的存在。這種不解的痴纏,原因竟然是因為我們對生命的執着。執持不放的結果是痛苦永無終結。繼續生命的存在,就等於繼續輪廻。

要終結嗎?只有一個方法,就是先於在生時,對自己的生命作出釋放的訓練。這種釋放身心的訓練,釋迦牟尼佛稱之為「修行」。這種「修行」,與「瀕死體驗」的個案有著唇齒相依的互相啟發靈性的作用。請勿錯過此系列的精彩演譯。

「生與死的奧秘」目錄  Catalogue

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瀕死體驗 -- 生死之光

     

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“意識” 是否在死後仍然存在?

「科學﹑生死﹑輪迴」講座系列之二:瀕死體驗

「科學﹑生死﹑輪迴」講座系列之三:科學研究與精神領域

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敦珠佛學會早於2000年開始, 跟據藏傳佛教之《西藏度亡經》, 便已經推出了一系列有關「中陰救度法精要」之「生死教育」公開講座, 如是者已有十年。本會為進一步把《西藏度亡經》之內容, 與近代西方對「瀕死體驗」(Near-Death Experiences) 的有關科學研究互相結合, 故於去年(2010年)曾主辦「科學﹑生死﹑輪迴」系列講座之一, 廣受社會各界人士歡迎, 向隅者眾。今年(2011年)更欣幸地獲得 「李嘉誠基金會」之“香港仁愛香港”善活動的贊助, 本會特別邀請得譽滿全球的三位著名專家與學者前來本港, 向全港市民介紹及分享他們在近代醫學與科學界頂尖的研究成果,包括“意識”與大腦的關係,以及“意識”是否在死後仍然存在等等之重要研究領域,以使現代人更加能夠很科學化地去進一步了解與分析「科學﹑生死﹑輪迴」之間的相互關係。 

這次講座的課題中,包括有:「瀕死體驗、脫體、臨終顯像」等等重要課題, 均科學地指向死後生命的可能性。凡對此等方面有興趣的人士, 均可以在不同之媒體上看到有關的資訊;然而,這些資料的真確性和權威性實難以判斷。現在能有此難得的機會,親身聆聽三位科學及醫學界之權威對此等課題的闡釋, 相信還是香港開埠以來的首次。一般人士尤其困難地在公開場合聆聽到這些專題講座,因此實在是一稀有難得的機緣,誠盼讀者諸君、與及對此方面有興趣的人士,萬勿錯過。 

是次講座討論了下列的一些問題: 

  • Ÿ   當腦功能停止時, 「意識」仍然繼續活動, 可能嗎那意味些甚麼呢?

  • Ÿ   當「意識」在腦部功能停頓後仍繼續活動, 那在活動的是甚麼呢? 是一般人俗稱的「靈魂」嗎?

  • Ÿ   民間傳說的「靈魂出竅」, 即西方的「脫體」經驗 (Out-of-Body Experience), 果有其事嗎? 那又意味著些甚麼呢?

  • Ÿ   病人臨終前所見的顯像 (Death-bed Vision), 通常是他們已去世的親友, 那些親友是「鬼魂」? 抑或只是病人的幻覺呢? 

凡此種種的有關之問題與疑惑, 將會由三位具豐富研究經驗的國際級權威給您介紹與解答, 影片附中文字幕,以方便廣泛的信眾

2011生死教育講座詳情   返回頁首

意識與人腦是否一體?  瀕死經驗有助解答此問題嗎?

非區限的意識:基於瀕死體驗的科學研究  死後生命的信仰與輪迴

意識與人腦是否一體?瀕死經驗有助解答此問題嗎?

  

 彼得芬域醫生 (Dr. Peter Fenwick) 

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  彼得芬域醫生 (Dr. Peter Fenwick)

          ----- 劍橋大學文學士、劍橋大學內外全科醫學士、英國皇家精神科學院榮授院士

     芬域醫生之專業領域非常廣泛,包括精神病學、神經精神病學、腦內、外科、頭、腦及脊髓疾病及創傷,睡眠紊亂,尤精於腦癎症。他對腦功能與意識間的關係具有長期及廣泛的研究

     芬域醫生曾任多家醫療及學術機構要職,長期任英國摩斯里醫院神經精神科顧問醫生、並曾為英國牛津威傑夫醫院精神科高級講師及神經精神科顧問醫生、倫敦英皇學院精神科高級講師。

          目前他是英國布洛姆醫院神經生理學榮譽臨床顧問醫生、及英國修咸頓大學精神科榮譽高級講師。近十年來,他每年都有數月時間在日本一神經科學實驗室從事腦磁圖的研究。他並在英國荷蘭日本等地進行龐大的善終服務計劃。他並為「科學與醫學網絡」的主席及「綜合醫學基金」研究委員會主席

          芬域醫生對「瀕死體驗及死亡過程」有長期的研究,分析個案超過三百宗,別具獨到的心得。他著作等身,已發表於學術刊物的論文逾240篇及另有六本專門著作,在專業界內公認為英國主要的「瀕死體驗臨床研究」權威。

2011109(星期日)主講題目:

意識與人腦是否一體?瀕死體驗有助解答此問題嗎?     

   

彼得芬域醫生(Dr. Peter Fenwick)  with

與敦珠佛學會會長陳建强博士 Dr. David Chan Kin Keung, President of

Dudjom Buddhist Association (International)

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傳聞瀕死體驗出現時,瀕死者訴說他們離開了自己的身體,對週遭發生的事,清楚了然,或遊走到醫院其他病房,並覆述那裏發生的事情。於是,開展了一組的研究,調查這些現象。他們將一些咭片或數字放在某些地點,而當事人離開其身體,應可看見。這些研究將會在今次舉辦的演講中詳述。 

為了作進一步的研究,山攀尼亞醫生 (Dr. Sam Parnia) 及其團隊自2008年開始,在聯合國主導下進行了AWARE (在復甦時覺知)計劃。該項計劃之目的是試圖瞭解:「當死亡開始時,發生了甚麼事情」、是否有証據顯示腦和意識是可以分離的?到目前已清楚知道曾經心臟病發的病人約有10% 經歷瀕死體驗,其中約有三份之一有脫體的經驗 

當心臟病發而出現脫體時,病人的腦部是沒有功能的。因此如証實病人當時有感受到這些經驗是重要的。假如這是真的,那麼便意味我們的意識是獨立於腦部,而這些對神經科學將有廣泛的含義。AWARE (在復甦時覺知)計劃是要測試這些報導,到底是否真實。 

英國法國奧地利美國,好些醫院的急救區內都有一些上載資料的咭片放近天花板處。每家醫院放置超過六十張咭,期望當有病人心臟病發而出現脫體時,剛好在這些有咭片的區域內。其後會訪問心臟病發的當事人,是否有脫體的出現。 

假若有的話,描述當中發生了什麼。每位當事人會收到一份問卷調查,以決定他們瀕死體驗的性質,有否發生脫體?特別是他們期間看到了什麼?從中分析所收集的資料。由於此項目的重要性,在研究完成之前,不會透露結果。此研究項目已經引致要重新規劃心臟病發時量度腦部活動的方法,及心臟病發時當急性腦缺氧要檢驗腦部的活動。 

這項研究提出了意識的本質的問題,並介紹更廣闊狀態的意識的例子。探索涉及的腦部活動機制,因而帶出不同的意識模式,這些都是超逾了單純機械式的腦部功能。 

不少人士匯報在瀕死體驗後,他們的角色或變為治療者、或成為治癒者。並會回顧相關之証據。  

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非區限的意識:基於瀕死體驗的科學研究得出的概念

 

雲諾武醫生 (Dr. Pim van Lommel)

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雲諾武醫生 (Dr. Pim van Lommel)

          雲諾武醫生為心臟專科醫生,服務於荷蘭Rijnstate醫院。在26年的行醫期間發表了多篇心臟病學的論文。自1986年起開始研究因心臟病發而經歷「瀕死體驗」的病例,數達五百多宗。

     1988雲諾武醫生成立了麥卡華基金會,為國際瀕死研究學會荷蘭的的分支。自2001年,雲諾武醫生與一些同工在著名的醫學期刊刺針上發表了他們在荷蘭的研究,並論著了一些有關「瀕死體驗」的論文及專著的部份章節。在2007年,他發表了他的荷文新作《無盡的意識從科學角度探討瀕死體驗》一年內售出十二萬册,成為荷蘭當年的暢銷書,之後該書被翻譯成英文法文

          在過去數年,雲諾武醫生不斷地在全球各地作學術演講有關「瀕死體驗」及意識和腦功能的關係。2005年,他獲得國際瀕死研究學會頒發布鲁士.桂臣研究奬」。在2006年,印度總統鴨都 .卡林博士在新德里舉行的「世界臨床及預防心臟病學」會議上頒授雲諾武醫生「終身成就奬」,以表揚他的貢献。

2011109(星期日)主講題目:

非區限的意識:基於瀕死體驗的科學研究得出的概念 

   

雲諾武醫生Dr. Pim van Lommel)with

與敦珠佛學會會長陳建强博士 Dr. David Chan Kin Keung, President of

Dudjom Buddhist Association (International)

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研究異常是了解正常的最好方法       威廉.占士    

根據我們目前的醫學概念,心臟病發時,循環和呼吸因而停止,意識不可能有感知作用。但心臟病發時,正當命懸一線而腦部沒有功能活動的期間,卻被事後發現在病人的報告中有「拓展意識」(enhanced consciousness) 的存在,而這種情況的出現正正是與目前的醫學知識產生矛盾的。 

近世已有數個理論嘗試去解釋一般之所謂「瀕死體驗」。要建立一個能普及解釋「瀕死體驗」的成因和內容,其難處在於它的復雜性,因為在不同的情況下,皆能感知「瀕死體驗」的產生。例如:在腦部因心臟病發而受重創之情況下,以至在腦部似乎仍然有正常功能的狀態。在四項具有前瞻性的研究裡,被發現在562名心臟病倖存者當中,分別有11%18%病人報告曾經歷過「瀕死體驗」。在這些研究中,從生理、心理、藥理、或地域等範疇及因素,皆無法解釋這些經驗的成因和內容。 

自從發表了數宗心臟病發倖存者「瀕死體驗」的研究,其結果和結論都有極度驚人而相似的結果及結論。因而這種「瀕死體驗」的現象,已再不可能地將之摒出科學門外,而置之不理。這是真確的經驗,而不能簡單地委之於幻想、恐懼死亡、幻覺、精神病、藥物影響、或缺氧等等因素。而當事人顯然在心臟病發的數分鐘內,因經歷了「瀕死體驗」,從而永久性地改變了其對死亡的態度。 

現時大多數的醫生、哲學家和心理學家們,對「大腦與意識」的關係所持「唯物」的觀點,局限了他們對這現象的正確了解。因此要討論建立新的假設,實在是一個科學的挑戰,以便可以嘗試解說有清晰及「拓展意識」的存在,並附有如下功能之可能性: 帶有記憶、自我身份的認同、認知能力、情緒,可從外及上方透視那無生命的身體,並能與其他人士和逝去親朋的意識作出互相之聯繫,能立刻和同時(非區限性) 回顧某人的過去之生命、與及預示其將來,而不需通過我們傳統與身體相連的「時、空」概念與範疇,所有「過去、現在、未來」之事件均可同時存在,甚或能夠解說「意識」返回身體的經驗。這些假設,確實是科學的挑戰,但卻是眾多「瀕死體驗者」們的親身體驗! 

基於近世具有前瞻性的「瀕死體驗」研究所得出的展望,與及近世「神經生理學」在心臟病發之際、與及於腦部功能正常活動之時所得出的新發現與洞察力,加上來自於「量子力學」的概念,我們自然而然地會得出如下的結論:「意識」不會只是區限於某些特定的時間和空間,這被稱為「非區限性」。我們有很好的理由去假設「意識」不會經常與我們腦部的活動功能同步進行:「拓展意識」有時能夠離開身體而能夠感知不同事物的。因而我會得出如下的結論:腦部極可能有引發、而非產生體驗「意識」的功能。在這種見解下,我們的「意識」是無始亦無終的。 

看來發現單獨一個不尋常的例証,因難以通過廣被接受的概念和思想之所能解釋,故未能夠給科學帶來有任何根本性的改變。若在科學上能成立「意識」的「非區限性」、而是普遍存在於一切處的現象,這樣的觀點將會有助於人類去重新認識「意識和大腦」之間的關係,因為它將會質疑在科學上採取純「唯物性的範式」(materialistic paradigm)。再者,「瀕死體驗」亦是個人之親身感受地去重新發現這個年代久遠、已被現代社會所遺忘的跨文化知識。在不同的「時間與空間」當中,這種經驗通常有不同的名稱,例如:異像、或神秘的、宗教的、或開悟的經驗。在對「死亡」紛紜多端的認識中,除了我們自己,一個恒常跨越時間和跨越文化的意義,便是一個個體的本質,它能獨立地存在於肉體之外,通常被稱作「靈魂」。近代「瀕死體驗」的研究,將會成為考察「意識」在肉體死後,仍然繼續存在的可能性之新思維的來源。

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死後生命的信仰與輪迴、及死後生命之正反論證

        

   喀嚕臣教授 (Professor Erlendur Haraldsson)

講者簡介:

喀嚕臣教授 (Professor Erlendur Haraldsson)

          喀噜臣教授任教於冰島大學心理學系逾四分之一世紀,並曾擔任維珍尼亞大學客座教授,美國加州超個人心理學院兼任研究員、及德國弗萊堡心理學院研究教授。

喀噜臣教授研究範疇廣泛,包括:通靈經驗及民俗信仰、超自然能力、臨終顯象、亡靈鬼物等,他在輪迴方面的研究尤其舉世著名,是西方學者在這方面的先驅。他曾在斯里蘭卡印度黎巴嫩等地,對一些宣稱能「回憶前生事蹟」的小孩作研究廣泛地調查近一百宗個案,並發表逾百多篇論文及五部專著,他是近世研究輪迴的殿堂級權威喀嚕臣教授長期與維珍尼亞大學醫學院之史提芬遜教授,及心理學巨擘加里士.奧西斯博士合作研究。並與奧西斯博士合著的《死亡時刻》,是一部有關“臨終顯像”的罕有著作,已翻成12種文字出版喀嚕臣教授歷年來受邀在世界各地作學術演講,總達逾百餘場,廣受學術界重視及一般社會大眾歡迎。

2011109(星期日)主講題目:

死後生命的信仰與輪迴、及死後生命之正反論證     

     

Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson (喀嚕臣教授) with

羅美玲女士 -- 敦珠佛學會行政總裁

Ms Law Mei Ling, CEO of Dudjom Buddhist Association (International)

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對死後生命和輪迴的觀點,在人類的認知中有頗大的岐異。「斷滅論者」認為死後一了百了, 「不可知論者」認為不可能知道死後生命會否延續,「永生論者」認為死後將永遠存在於死後世界,「輪迴論者」認為我們將投生在一新的身體。這些信仰有多普遍呢?調查顯示跨國界與跨宗教間有差異,但並不一定與每個國族的主流宗教教義吻合。 

現存主要的、經驗上的論據是甚麼呢?主流的科學觀認為「意識」是完完全全依存於「大腦」的條件。下列範圍的研究顯示這種觀念需要修改。 

臨終顯像:有時可從臨終的人士那裡觀察到他們與死後真實存在的事物接觸。 

瀕死體驗:從一些教學醫院處進行數項「瀕死體驗」研究後,此課題便更為觸目。 

遇見亡者:在歐洲每四人中便有一人有此種經驗。 

輪迴的記憶:很多發生在兒童身上的個案已被証實,有些兒童且有恐懼症及胎記,與他們所稱述前生的死亡情境有關。 

靈媒溝通:特別在十九與二十世紀,顯示頗有趣的發現。 

用科學和實際的方法在上述領域的研究,從而得出的結果,將於實驗論據的基礎上建議有「死後生命」的存在。 

而在講座的稍後部份,將講述最近一則有憑據的研究個案。案例發生在哥本哈根雷克雅未克,與發生在瑞典一著名的舊案例相類似。

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Science, Life and Death, Reincarnation Series

The Dudjom Buddhist Association (International) has been promoting Life & Death Education in Hong Kong ever since the year 2000. More recently, back in 2010, the Association has held the first series of talks on the Seminar Series on ‘Science, Life and Death, Reincarnation’ (1), which turned out to be very popular and well received by the general public in Hong Kong, resulting in many people having difficulties in trying to get tickets.

Then, one year later in 2011, we were most glad and thankful to have received the generous sponsorship from the “Love Ideas ♥ HK” Campaign of the Li Ka Shing Foundation, the Association has continued to hold further a series of seminar talks on “Science, Life and Death, Reincarnation”, by inviting three world-renowned experts, medical professionals and scholars to come to Hong Kong by sharing their top-notched frontier medical and scientific research findings in exploring the key areas on the relationship between the human brain and the “consciousness”, as well as by investigating into whether or not the “consciousness” still continues to exist after death, and so on, thus enlightening the general public in Hong Kong on their scientific studies.

The second and third series of these seminars were held respectively on:

‘Science, Life and Death, Reincarnation’ (2) - “Near-Death Experiences” (9th October, 2011) at the Meeting Room N101 (Expo Drive Entrance), Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

‘Science, Life and Death, Reincarnation’ (3) - “Research Studies in Spirituality” (15th October, 2011) at the Auditorium, 3/F, KowloonBay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong.

Such events were believed to be the first of its kind ever to be held in the history of Hong Kong.

Panel Discussion on Near-Death Experiences

Q & A Session on NDEs

Q & A on  "Research Studies in Spirituality"

NDEs Snapshots on Science, Life and Death, Reincarnation

Science & Spirituality Snapshots on  Life and Death

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Are Mind and Brain the Same?     End of Life Experiences

 Nonlocal Consciousness on NDEs  Implications of Nonlocal Consciousness

Life after Death: For or Against?  Deathbed Visions

Are Mind and Brain the Same? Can the Near-Death Experiences Help Us to Resolve this Question?

意識與人腦是否一體?瀕死經驗有助解答此問題嗎?

 

                     

彼得芬域醫生 (Dr. Peter Fenwick) 

One of the themes for these series of talks is on “Near-Death Experiences”, held on 9th October 2011 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

The first part of this seminar was presented by Dr. Peter Fenwick, BA (Cantab), MBBChir (Cantab), FRCPsych Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of Southampton, UK. He is also the Chairman of the Scientific and Medical Network, as well as the Chairman of the Research Committee, Integral Medical Foundation. Dr. Fenwick has longstanding research experiences in the areas of “near-death experiences and the dying process”. He has published over 240 academic papers and 6 books of special topics, and is considered as the major authority in clinical research on “Near-Death Experiences” (NDEs) in the United Kingdom.

The topic of his talk was “Are Mind and Brain the Same? Can the Near-Death Experiences Help Us to Resolve this Question?”, and he has used some of the findings in the AWARE Study that has been investigated by Dr. Sam Parnia, the Chief Investigator, with the speaker and others.

   

彼得芬域醫生(Dr. Peter Fenwick)  with

敦珠佛學會會長陳建强博士 Dr. David Chan Kin Keung, President of

Dudjom Buddhist Association (International)

 

   Are Mind and Brain the Same?   

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 End of Life Experiences – A Spiritual Perspective

臨終經驗 - 靈性的觀點

彼得芬域醫生(Dr. Peter Fenwick)  with

羅美玲女士 -- 敦珠佛學會行政總裁

Ms Law Mei Ling, CEO of Dudjom Buddhist Association (International)

The topic of Dr. Peter Fenwick's second talk was on “End of  Life Experiences -- A Spiritual Perspective”.

Spiritual awareness is an important part of care for the dying. Our research with a palliative care team, and with the carers in hospices and nursing homes, has confirmed that end of life experiences, which occur in the last few days of life, have spiritual implications for the dying and their families, and are not uncommon. Besides our formal research data we have numerous anecdotal accounts following a TV broadcast, a radio broadcast in the USA and articles in the UK press.

These experiences include powerful visions by the dying of dead relatives who they say have come to ‘take them on a journey’. These deathbed visions occur in the last few days and hours before death, usually in the setting of clear consciousness. The ‘visitor’ is usually a dead relative or close friend, and appears to be in real space as the dying direct their gaze and comments at a particular place. Sometimes the recipient is unable to speak but will often show facial recognition. Their presence is felt as reassuring and comforting. Occasionally spiritual beings or angels are seen, but in the UK culture this is rare. Very rarely these visions were seen by others in the room.

Deathbed ‘coincidences’ are also reported, in which someone close to a dying person reports being ‘visited’ by them at the time of their death. The form these coincidences take depends on the mental state of the recipient. If the recipient is awake, they report usually a sense of presence or an overwhelming emotional feeling that compels them to take action. Less commonly they hear a voice or a touch, very rarely a vision. If the recipient is asleep the coincidence takes the form of a dream, which is narrative and complex, with a vision of the dying person and a message conveying that they are alright and the recipient is not to worry.

Carers of the dying also report that at the moment of death they may see the body surrounded by light, mists leaving the body, or an intense feeling of love in the room. Other phenomena reported at the time of death are clocks stopping, mechanical devices malfunctioning, e.g. alarms going off and TVs stopping, and odd animal behaviours. Carers also report the desire which the dying often show for reconciliation with their life and, importantly, other family members. 

In our prospective and retrospective studies of experiences related to carers, over 90% rated these as transpersonal experiences, Less than 10% thought they were due to imagination and less than 30% to medication. Nearly all the reports (85%) suggested that they are profoundly comforting to the dying, and seem to help achieve a peaceful death for the dying and comfort for their families, whose grieving process seems to be helped if they are fortunate enough to witness these phenomena. The study has clear implications for theories about the continuation of consciousness after death.

End of Life Experiences

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Nonlocal Consciousness: A Concept Based on Scientific Studies on Near-Death Experiences

非區限的意識:基於瀕死經驗的科學研究得出的概念

 

     

              雲諾武醫生 (Dr. Pim van Lommel)

The second part of this seminar was presented by Dr. Pim van Lommel, a renowned European cardiologist, the first medical practitioner to have undertaken a full and systematic study of near-death experiences.

In his talk on "Nonlocal Consciousness: A Concept Based on Scientific Studies on Near-Death Experiences",  Dr. van Lommel has discussed the implications of recent prospective studies which have led to the inevitable conclusion that consciousness can not be localized in a special time nor place, which is known as “non-locality”, and has thus led him to the conclusion that most likely the brain must have been a facilitating, and not a producing, function to experience consciousness.

In this view, there is no beginning nor will there ever be an end to our consciousness. Thus, recent research on NDE seems to be a source of new insights into the possibility on the continuity of our consciousness after physical death, which fundamentally questions the purely materialistic paradigm and basic assumptions of contemporary scientific knowledge.

   

雲諾武醫生Dr. Pim van Lommelwith

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Implications of Nonlocal Consciousness for Survivors of Cardiac Arrest: How Recent Research on the Continuity of Consciousness Could Affect the Treatment of Patients Reporting Near-Death Experiences?

心臟病倖存者「非區限意識」的含意:近代對延續意識的研究,將會如何影響對曾有瀕死體驗病者的治療?

雲諾武醫生Dr. Pim van Lommelwith

敦珠佛學會會長陳建强博士 Dr. David Chan Kin Keung, President of

Dudjom Buddhist Association (International)

The topic of Dr. Pim van Lommel's second talk was on “Implications of Nonlocal Consciousness for Survivors of Cardiac Arrest: How Recent Research on the Continuity of Consciousness Could Affect the Treatment of Patients Reporting Near-Death Experiences?"

As the first medical practitioner to have undertaken a full and systematic study of “near-death experiences” (NDEs), Dr. van Lommel found it ethically untenable not to investigate the phenomenon under the controlled conditions of a cluster of hospitals with medically trained staff. For more than twenty years, he has systematically studied near-death experiences in a wide variety of patients who had survived a cardiac arrest, encountering consistent reports of full cardiac arrest coincident with clear consciousness with full cognitive functions, emotions, self-identity, and sometimes memories from childhood and even (non-sensory) perception outside their lifeless bodies and beyond the dimensions of physical time and space.

In 2001, he and his fellow researchers published the results of the first scientifically rigorous longitudinal study of near-death experiences in The Lancet”, challenging the foundations of neurological theory and causing an international sensation in the medical community. In four prospective studies with a total of 562 survivors of cardiac arrest, between 11% and 18% of the patients reported a NDE, and in these studies it could not be shown that physiological, psychological, pharmacological, or demographic factors could account for the cause and contents of these experiences. Based on such research, van Lommel asserts that the prevailing idea of most physicians and neuroscientists that the brain entirely encompasses consciousness does not account for the observed phenomena, because there are good reasons to assume that our consciousness does not always coincide with the functioning of our brain: enhanced consciousness can sometimes be experienced separately from the body.

The conclusions of these scientific studies on NDE may have practical implications for the care for comatose or dying patients, euthanasia, and the removal of organs for transplantation from a person in the dying process with a diagnosis of brain death, yet with a still-beating heart in a warm body. Health care practitioners of all kinds, along with terminal patients and their families, have been shown to benefit from an awareness of the extraordinary experiences that may occur during a period of clinical death, or coma, and even after death.

Implications of Nonlocal Consciousness

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Belief in Life after Death and Reincarnation, with Arguments For and Against Such an Afterlife

死後生命的信仰與輪迴、及死後生命的正反論證

       

喀嚕臣教授 (Professor Erlendur Haraldsson)

The third part of this seminar is on “Belief in Life after Death and Reincarnation, with Arguments For and Against Such an Afterlife” which was presented by Professor Erlendur Haraldsson.

Professor Haraldsson studied philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and the University of Freiburg, Germany. He later studied psychology at the University of Munich, with a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Freiburg. He had been teaching at the Department of Psychology at the University of Iceland for over a quarter of a century, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Virginia, Adjunct Research Faculty Member at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, California, USA, and Research Professor at the Institut fur Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene, Freiburg, Germany.

Professor Haraldsson has a wide range of research interests, including psychic experiences and folk-beliefs, miracle makers, death-bed visions, apparitions, contacts with the dead, and so on. The cases studied are over 100 and more than 100 academic papers and five books of special topics have been published. His study on reincarnation is especially famous worldwide. He is considered as one of the pioneers of western scholars in this special field, and is a world-class authority in contemporary research study on the cases of reincarnation.

What are the main empirical arguments for and against survival? The dominant scientific perspective views consciousness as completely dependant on the condition of the brain. Research in some areas indicate that this view needs revision due to the following new research findings:

·       Death-bed visions are sometimes observed near the time when people die indicating contact with a post-death reality.

·       Near-death experiences have been brought into focus with several studies conducted in university hospitals.

·       Enounters with the dead are reported by every fourth person in Europe.

·       Reincarnation memories. Many cases by young children have been verified. Some children have phobias and birthmarks which they relate to how they died in the previous life.

·       Mediumistic communications, particularly in the 19th and early 20th century, revealed highly interesting findings.

Research in these areas, using scientific, empirical methods, have resulted in empirical arguments suggesting that there is, indeed, a “life after death”.

     

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     Life after Death: For or Against?

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Deathbed Visions: Visionary/ Hallucinatory Experiences Close to the Time of Death

臨終顯像:臨終時的幻覺經驗

Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson (喀嚕臣教授) with

Dr. David Chan Kin Keung, President of Dudjom Buddhist Association (International)

敦珠佛學會會長陳建强博士

The topic of Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson's second talk was on "Deathbed Visions: Visionary/ Hallucinatory Experiences Close to the Time of Death"

It is an old observation that terminally-ill patients sometimes have visionary experiences shortly before they die. Karlis Osis and Erlendur Haraldsson conducted a major comparative study in USA and India which confirmed this observation across two countries with different religions and cultures. Over 400 physicians and nurses in each country reported observations of dying patients who told of visions of deceased relatives or angelic beings shortly before they died. They told the dying person that they had come to take them away. After that, the dying patients were “ready to go” and they felt much better. This occurred independent of the medical condition of the patient, and factors which may lead to hallucinations. Were the patients observing glimpses of a life that was waiting ahead of them?

Deathbed Visions

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Life & Death Education Series

 

 

  愛芙琳‧艾爾塞瑟 -瓦拉利諾女士 (Ms Evelyn Elsaesser-Valarino) with

羅美玲女士 -- 敦珠佛學會行政總裁

Ms Law Mei Ling, CEO of Dudjom Buddhist Association (International)

 

 

珍尼詩‧M‧柯頓教授 (Professor Janice M. Holden) with

Dr. David Chan Kin Keung, President of Dudjom Buddhist Association (International)

敦珠佛學會會長陳建强博士

Then, later on in 2012, the Dudjom Buddhist Association (International) was again very much obliged and thankful to have received the second round of generous sponsorship from the “Love Ideas ♥ HK” Campaign of the Li Ka Shing Foundation, and for this round we have held another series of seminars on “Life and Death Education Series”, entitled “The Light of Life” on 5th August, 2012 (Sunday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. We had thus invited two other world-known practitioners in the professional field of psychological and grief counseling, as well as in research on Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) and its after-effects respectively.

Panel Discussion on Life & Death

Q & A Session on Life and Death Education

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What Near-Death Experiences  Teach   Deathbed Visions, and After-Death Communication

Lessons From the Light: What Near-Death Experiences  Teach About Life and Death

有關「光明」的教授:「瀕死體驗」對生死的啟示

愛芙琳‧艾爾塞瑟 -瓦拉利諾女士

(Ms Evelyn Elsaesser-Valarino)

 

The 1st Keynote Speech was presented by Ms Evelyn Elsaesser-Valarino on “Lessons From the Light: What Near-Death Experiences  Teach About Life and Death”.

For over thirty years, Ms. Elsaesser-Valarino has devoted much of her time to research on Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) and its after-effects, and has authored several books and articles on the topic. She is the European coordinator of IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies), as well as a special advisor for international relations of the Netzwerk Nahtoderfahrung IANDS Germany, and is also an honorary member of SEDEL (Sociedad Española para la Difusión de la Espiritualidad, that is, the Spanish Society for the Diffusion of Spirituality). She further serves as a coordinator of the Scientific and Medical Network SMN of Switzerland for many years, and is a member of the scientific committee and honorary member of INREES (Institut de Recherche sur les Expériences Extraordinaires, that is, the Research Institute for Extraordinary Experiences) in Paris.

Her talk includes three major aspects, namely: (i) The survivors of NDEs view life reviews in three dimensions, and they come to understand how their actions and thoughts have affected other persons involved. They gain a holistic understanding of the impact of their deeds by reliving the events not only from their own perspectives but also from those of the persons involved. The life review is highly transformative and pedagogic because it confronts us with our intrinsic responsibility towards our fellow humans; (ii) After-effects of NDEs provoke massive and fundamental questioning of values and objectives, as well as the way one lives one’s life. These concern one’s own conception of life and death, and of self-conception, as well as on social and material issues, will bring about personality changes; (iii) These “Lessons from the Light” trigger a profound change in attitudes and belief systems, via encounters with the “Being of Light”, and thus deepen their understanding of this transpersonal experience.

What Near-Death Experiences  Teach

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The Role of Near-Death Experiences, Deathbed Visions, and After-Death Communication in Grief and Grief Counseling

瀕死體驗、臨終顯像、及死後溝通」在哀傷及哀傷輔導的角色扮演

 

珍尼詩‧M‧柯頓教授

(Professor Janice M. Holden)

 

The 2nd Keynote Speech was presented by Professor Janice M. Holden on The Role of Near-Death Experiences, Deathbed Visions, and After-Death Communication in Grief and Grief Counseling.

Prof. Janice M. Holden  is professor of counseling, and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA. Her primary specialization is the transpersonal perspective in counseling, with implications on experiences that transcend the usual limits of space and time, and their associated developmental potential.

In particular, she has researched near-death experiences (NDEs), with over 30 journal articles, edited volumes, books, book chapters and numerous presentations. Dr. Holden served six years on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) since 2000, was their past President for three years, and currently serves as the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies. Dr. Holden is a Texas Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and National Certified Counselor in the United States of America.

Her talk focuses on research findings on three transpersonal experiences surrounding death – near-death experiences, deathbed visions, and after-death communication – which indicates that they are virtually always a source of comfort, reassurance, and hope to the bereaved. In the talk, Dr. Holden defines and provides examples of each type of experience, presents research results that indicate the overwhelmingly beneficial effects of these experiences for the bereaved, and explains how counselors and other health professionals can interact with the bereaved about these experiences in ways that best promote the progression of the grieving process and the general well-being of the bereaved.

Deathbed Visions, and After-Death Communication

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