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Going Forth: Aging and Awakening
Dates: Sep 24, 2020 - Sep 27, 2020
Days: Thu - Sun (3 Nights)

Instructor(s): David Chernikoff

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We are living in a time when wise elders are of critical importance. While the aging process involves losses and challenges, these can become a pathway to profound spiritual realization. Buddhist teachings offer us practical and liberating guidelines that enable us to free ourselves from the negative attitudes of modern western culture and to reframe the changes inherent in growing older as a curriculum leading to true spiritual maturity. In this course, we’ll combine short didactic presentations, dharma talks, innovative experiential exercises, partner & small group discussions, and the stillness of insight meditation. By creating a supportive group environment that encourages genuine discovery and exploration, we’ll come to know ourselves in new ways that invite us to live fully, love well, and die joyfully.

Learning Intentions:

To deepen our understanding of the way Buddhist teachings enable us to age consciously and joyfully; create a supportive community of like-minded individuals who aspire to shift the paradigm for aging in modern society; and celebrate the mystery of our common humanity as it unfolds in the last third of our lives.

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:

Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.

Experience Level:

Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

  • David Chernikoff, MDiv, LCSW, is a meditation teacher, spiritual counselor, and psychotherapist 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, NM and then became the director of Messilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces, NM. He later spent three years in Nepal studying with Tibetan teachers and doing development work for the Seva Foundation, after which he returned to the U.S. and  became the education director for the Spiritual Eldering Institute. In that role, he taught conscious aging programs throughout the U.S., in Canada, and in Ireland. Trained as a Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock, 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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