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Death as a Spiritual Teacher
Dates: Oct 01, 2021 - Oct 03, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): David Chernikoff

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“Of all the footprints,” said the Buddha, “that of the elephant is supreme. Similarly, of all mindfulness meditation, that on death is supreme.” This program is an opportunity to take this statement into our hearts and to allow it to radically transform the way we live our lives. Maraṇasati, the practice of death awareness, has the power to awaken us to a felt experience of the preciousness and mystery of this amazing human life. In a supportive online learning environment, we will combine the stillness of insight meditation with dharma talks, partner and small group exercises, guided reflections, and heart-felt discussions. 

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.


Online Course: This course will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. 


Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online courses. When registering for this retreat, please plan to attend as many sessions as possible. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this retreat (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:


Friday, October 1

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Saturday, October 2

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

2:00 – 5:00 pm Meditation practice on your own (not on Zoom). Alternating periods of sitting meditation and walking meditation or mindful movement, adjusted to individual home environment.

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Sunday, October 3

10:00 am – 12:30 pm


Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.


Registration fees for online courses are nonrefundable after the course start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the course will incur a $25 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.

  • 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.


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