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Living An Awakened Life Through Mindfulness of Death (Maranasati)

Residential Program
Dates: Feb 07, 2024 - Feb 11, 2024
Days: Wednesday - Sunday
Number of Nights: 4 nights

Instructor(s): Nikki Mirghafori

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Program Description:

We all “know” that we die, yet we tend to ignore it and put our collective heads in the sand. Rather than running away from our mortality, the Buddha advised us to bring the intimacy of our finitude into the forefront of our minds. We can harness the power of this reflection to live with presence, staying aligned with our deepest values. Fully embracing our life’s impermanence can give rise to a deep letting go and freedom in the way we live. It can also support us in our dying, enabling us to cultivate peace and let go of fear and prepare for our own death as a potentially liberative moment. Through mindfulness of death (maranasati), we can live this miraculous, passing show called life with more wholesome qualities.

In this program we will come together to explore maranasati through dharma talks, guided meditations, Q/A, silent sitting and walking periods, as well as interactive inquiry in small groups. We will also explore sutta passages from the Pali canon. All mortals, with varying levels of experience and background, are welcome.

Noble Silence:
Noble silence will be observed during much of this program. Some contemplative exercises may involve mindful speaking and listening. Noble silence is to be upheld at all other times.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Dr. Nikki Mirghafori is a Buddhist teacher and Artificial Intelligence scientist. She is a lineage holder in the Theravada tradition, empowered by the Burmese meditation master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, with whom she practiced the jhanas and detailed analytical (Abhidhamma-style) vipassana. She also received empowerment from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, Insight Meditation Center, and is a Stanford-trained compassion cultivation instructor. She teaches with clarity and warmth on topics ranging from mindful leadership to cultivating kindness, with a rare expertise in mindfulness of death.