Aging and Awakening: An Online Half-Day Insight Meditation Retreat with David Chernikoff
January 20, 2024 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
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 guidance that enables us to free ourselves from the ageist attitudes of modern western society and to reframe the changes inherent in growing older as a curriculum leading to true spiritual maturity. This retreat will include sitting meditation and walking meditation in Noble Silence. There will also be a dharma talk, some experiential exercises, and opportunities for discussion. By creating a supportive learning environment that encourages genuine discovery and exploration, we’ll come to know ourselves in new and vibrant ways that invite us to live fully, care deeply, and die joyfully.
David Chernikoff is a meditation teacher, Community Dharma Leader, and spiritual counselor 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 teaches retreats throughout the country. He is the author of Life, Part Two: Seven Keys to Awakening with Purpose and Joy as You Age. For more information, please see www.davidchernikoff.com.