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Instructions for the Transitional State

When someone we know is dying... we don’t know what to do. But that problem is now solved. Julie Rogers, a diligent, long-time student of Venerable Gyaltrul Rinpoche, has compiled very clear, precise and detailed instructions on exactly what to do for the dying and deceased here in America. There are very few books on Tibetan Buddhism that I would unequivocally say are “must-haves”; this is one.”

— Lama Bruce Newman,
author of "A Beginner’s Guide to Tibetan Buddhism"

For more information about all the resources available online at TLC Transitional Life Care, visit

Transitional State Forum with Julie Rogers

Founder & Director of TLC Transitional Life Care

A Vajrayana Buddhist End of Life Education & Support Program

Registration open through March 5th

Date:    Saturday, March 9, 2024

Time:  10:30 am - 5:30 pm pacific  (Please arrive  at 10 am)

Location: Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz
The Galleria #240 Community Room, 740 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA


The Buddhist teachings tell us that death is one of the most profound opportunities of our lifetime. Authorized by Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche, Julie Rogers will share her concise “end of life” manual of instructions in a practical, accessible manner to help prepare for transition, presented in a conversational forum. Information will include traditional Buddhist methods and observances, as well as advice about secular documentation, such as Advance Directives and POLSTS, plus more…

•  Assisting before and after death

•  Advice regarding secular preparation

•  Observing beneficial behaviors

•  Suggested Buddhist practices

•  Communicating with loved ones

•  Preparing the body

•  Vajrayana cremation

•  Bereavement

The manual also includes advice from Buddhist masters and a checklist of secular concerns. Pre-ordering this text is recommended - please see the ordering information online or below.

People of all traditions are welcome, whether planning for your own transition or helping others with theirs.

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Julie Rogers is the Founder and Director of TLC Transitional Life Care. She is the author of  ‘Instructions for the Transitional State’, the manual used by TLC for end of life support.  She completed training in Patient Hospice and Bereavement Care at Ashland Community Hospital Hospice and Children’s Bereavement at WinterSpring Center in Medford, Oregon. A long-standing student of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche and Sangye Khandro, she was active at Tashi Choling Center in Ashland, Oregon for almost three decades. She now facilitates a study and practice group at Orgyen Dorje Den in Alameda, CA

Registration -open until March 5th
In person pre-registration required

Onsite participation is advised - limited seating. 

($25 non-refundable deposit)

$120 standard registration 

$75 low income

To register by mail, notify the Wisdom Center by email and send a check by March 3rd to:

Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz

170 Hagemann Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062


Register for Streaming: $50 ($25 non-refundable deposit).

The forum will be available for observers and those unable to attend in person. Julie asks that your video remains on and submit questions through chat.

See below for text purchase options.

Instructions for the Transitional State by Julie Rogers.  Pre-order your hardcopy manual when you register and pick it up when you arrive at the forum— [$12  exact cash ONLY or checks made to “TLC Transitional Life Care”.  

Streaming participants must order hardcopies from Vimala [$12.00 + $8-$10 shipping] by February 20th at Digital texts are available though not recommended.

Transitional State Registration

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Thanks for registering. You will receive any updates or links several days before event by email. 

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