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Aging with Purpose and Joy: A Buddhist Approach to Growing Older
Dates: May 19, 2022 - May 22, 2022
Days: Thu - Sun (3 Nights)

Instructor(s): David Chernikoff

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Buddhist teachings offer valuable and life-changing guidelines for those of us who aspire to age wisely, love well, and die peacefully. In this course, we’ll explore perspectives and practices that empower us to embrace the vicissitudes of growing older with compassion, curiosity, humor, and gratitude. Our time together will include dharma talks, meditation practice, experiential exercises, and small group discussions. This is an invitation to move beyond the life-denying attitude toward aging that is common in our culture and to celebrate the richness and depth of authentic spiritual maturity.

Noble Silence: 

Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning, with some extended periods of silence during the day.

Experience Level:

This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

Three spaces will be held for self-identified BIPOC participants until eight weeks before this course begins when they will be released generally. Therefore, we encourage you to join the waitlist even if the course appears full as additional spaces may become available. Please see our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies for more information.

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.

  • David Chernikoff, LCSW, M.Div., is a meditation teacher, spiritual counselor, and life coach who taught psychology and meditation at Naropa University for many years. In the early 1980s, he worked at Ram Dass’s Hanuman Foundation Dying Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico and then became the director of Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces, N.M. He later spent three years in Nepal doing public health development work for the Seva Foundation and studying with Tibetan Buddhist teachers. After returning to the U.S. he became the education and training director for the Spiritual Eldering Institute, now called Sage-ing International. In that role, he taught conscious aging programs throughout the U.S., in Canada, and in Ireland. David is currently one of the guiding teachers of the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado and has a private practice in Boulder.