“Of all the footprints,” said the Buddha, “that of the elephant is supreme. Similarly, of all mindfulness meditation, that on death is supreme.” This course is an opportunity to take this statement into our hearts and to allow it to radically transform the way we live our lives. In a caring, supportive learning environment we will combine the stillness of insight meditation with dharma talks, partner and small group exercises, guided reflections, and heart-felt discussions. Maranasati, 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. This course is an invitation to truly wake up and celebrate the “laughter of the wise.”
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Going Forth: Befriending Death, Embracing Life
Days: Thu - Sun (3 Nights)
Instructor(s): David Chernikoff
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.