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Befriending Mortality: Living an Awakened Life through Mindfulness of Death (Maranasati)

Death is not exactly a typical dinner table topic in modern, dominant Western culture. 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 inevitable mortality, we can harness the power of this reflection to stay aligned with our deepest values and to live and love more fully. Through mindfulness of death (maranasati), we become more present for this miraculous, passing show called our life with gladness and gratitude.

Fully embracing our life’s impermanence can give rise to a deep letting go and freedom, so that we can be fearlessly and peacefully prepared for our death as a potentially liberative moment. Considering the myriad spiritual benefits of maranasati, let us come together to explore this supreme practice, one which the Buddha invited us to reflect upon daily for the sake of ourselves and others.

2022-12-03 (7 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

  
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