At Home Retreat – Death as a Spiritual Teacher
December 3 - 6, 2020
“Of all the footprints,” said the Buddha, “that of the elephant is supreme. Similarly, of all mindfulness meditation, that on death is supreme.” This retreat is an opportunity to take these words into our hearts and to allow them to radically transform the way we live our lives. A major focus of the retreat will be alternating periods of sitting meditation and walking meditation (or mindful movement like yoga or qigong.) There will be meditation instruction, dharma talks, and small group discussions. In addition, we’ll do some experiential exercises that will deepen our understanding of the ways in which befriending death can inspire us to live fully, love well, and die in peace.
David Chernikoff, LCSW, M.Div., is a meditation teacher, spiritual counselor, and life coach who taught meditation and psychology 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, New Mexico. He later spent three years in Nepal studying with Tibetan Buddhist teachers and working with a public health program. After returning to the U.S. he became the education and training director of the Spiritual Eldering Institute, a conscious aging organization based in Boulder, Colorado. 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 Meditation Center, David is currently one of the guiding teachers of the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado and has a private practice in Boulder. For more information about his work, including recorded dharma talks, please see his website, http://www.davidchernikoff.com.