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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Maranasati: Contemplating Death / Awakening to Life

The Buddha encouraged Maranasati practice to live an awakened life. This practice supports our appreciation of the preciousness of human birth and the development of equanimity with the difficulties of human existence. It helps us gain freedom from rigidity and clinging through a more expansive perspective of the inevitable and natural letting go. Maranasati matures our insight into impermanence and change, nourishing a skillful orientation to both life and death. In the retreat we will utilize the skills of loving awareness, compassion and investigation in our sitting practice, with some guided visualization and a period of contemplative inquiry each day.
2017-10-02 (8 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2017-10-03 Day 1 morning instruction: Arriving in the body with breath (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:53
  Nikki Mirghafori
2017-10-03 Maranasati Retreat Normalizing Death (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 49:44
  Eugene Cash
Great is the matter of Birth-and-Death. Life passed swiftly and is quickly lost Awaken! Awaken! Do not waste your life... Exploring mindfulness of death in Theravada Practice. Looking at the reality of human death in the world today and at the time of the Buddha. The paradox and potential of opening to the reality of death as part of life and Buddhist practice.
2017-10-06 Day 4 morning Instruction: This could be my last breath (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 51:12
  Nikki Mirghafori
Sit with Instructions AM
2017-10-06 Anathapindika: Letting Go into Death (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 49:22
  Eugene Cash
The radical teachings of letting go are offered to Anathapindika before he dies. He advocated these teachings be offered to all householders. How we practice radical letting go.
2017-10-07 Three Dimensions of Death Contemplation Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:12
  Nikki Mirghafori
The three dimensions of death contemplation are discussed: 1) preparing for death (ours and others) 2) awakening to our precious human life, and 3) awakening/liberation.
2017-10-08 Day 6 Morning Instructions: Deathbed visualization (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:39
  Nikki Mirghafori
2017-10-08 Maranasati: Grateful for Life and Death (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 43:20
  Eugene Cash
How contemplating and practicing with our mortality brings forward human maturity and allows us to appreciate this precious human life.
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