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Retreat Dharma Talks

Maranasati: Contemplating Death

2016-10-30 (8 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2016-10-31 Day 1: Instructional Sit 60:35
Nikki Mirghafori
2016-10-31 Great is the Matter of Birth and Death 46:08
Eugene Cash
Exploring the celebration & relationship to death on Halloween and through the Zen practice of Segaki. We recognize the normalcy of death through Buddhist teachings, reflecting on our lives and in each moment of practice. Using reflection and meditation we discover how death leads to awakening and living our lives fully.
2016-11-01 Day 2: Dharma Talk - Reorienting our life in the light of death 51:07
Nikki Mirghafori
1) Death brings the scarcity of time to our consciousness. 2) The parable of the poisoned arrow and holding the imponderables with a "don't know" mind. 3) Grief, for ourselves and loved ones, as a natural response to death.
2016-11-02 Day 3: Morning Instructional Sit 49:49
Nikki Mirghafori
2016-11-03 Day 4: Morning Instructional Sit 50:44
Nikki Mirghafori
2016-11-03 Maranasati: Letting Go of Everything 47:50
Eugene Cash
Recognizing letting go as a natural part of our life and death. The story of Anathapindika death, how he received the highest teachings and changed Buddhist culture so that these teachings are offered to all of the 4 fold Sangha.
2016-11-04 Dying practice: Letting go into the deathless 46:26
Nikki Mirghafori
1) Death contemplation can prepare us for the moment of death to be ultimate moment of freedom, of letting go into the unconditioned. 2) Holding the possibility of rebirth and reports of near death experiences with spaciousness of a "don't know" mind.
2016-11-05 Day 6: Morning Sitting with Instructions 54:14
Nikki Mirghafori
2016-11-05 Grateful for Life in the Light of Impermanence 46:53
Eugene Cash
Gratitude arises naturally as we explore/open to the truth of the living impermanence of our lives. The dharma unveils various gifts of our aliveness. We recognize and become awake to the magic of life itself.
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