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TLC Transitional Life Care Program

Introducing a non-profit, volunteer based group

from the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition

offering training and support for the end of life transition.


 We will train together in order to:

carry out traditional Vajrayana Buddhist end of life customs and rituals  

support those approaching death and who have recently died and their families

gain knowledge about the Buddhist practice of caring for the body at death

develop abilities to assist with planning cremations and memorial services

further our understanding of ‘end of life’ care with continuing education

receive referrals for hospice, bereavement care, and support literature

 The program will be set in motion with study of the manual Instructions for the Transitional State ~ A Concise Guide for Families and Friends of Vajrayana Buddhists written by Julie Rogers and compiled with the guidance of Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche, a Buddhist master. Experts and Buddhist teachers will be invited to provide educational guidance. Workshops will offer instruction in topics such as creating Wills and tsa-tsa making. A community of support will form to assist with the end-of-life transition. People of all faiths are welcome.


 2244 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, CA

Requested sliding scale donation: $10 - $30


All donations are tax-deductible. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Our next events will be held at ODD

Sundays,  August 23, Sept. 27 & Nov. 15 from 3 - 6 p.m. 

‘Instructions for the Transitional State,’ by Julie Rogers, published by Vimala ( can be purchased by contacting the Vimala website or at Orgyen Dorje Den's bookstore at TLC's events. 

This program is authorized and enthusiastically supported by Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche. Julie Rogers has been a student of Gyatrul Rinpoche for over thirty years. She has received hospice and bereavement training for adults and children, worked with the dying, and volunteered at Ashland Community Hospital Hospice in Ashland, OR.