“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
Dates: Sep 29, 2016 - Oct 02, 2016
Days: Thursday - Sunday
Number of Nights: 3 nights
Instructor(s): David Chernikoff
About the Instructor(s):
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.