The Path of Service
With David Chernikoff
May 23 - 26, 2019
Compassionate action plays a central role in many of the great wisdom traditions. In this retreat, we’ll practice sitting and walking meditation in Noble Silence to quiet our minds and open our hearts. There will be meditation instruction and dharma talks on the retreat theme. We will also do some guided meditations and interactive exercises designed to deepen our understanding of the joys and challenges of working to benefit living beings and our planet.
Check in will be from 4pm-5:45pm on Thursday. Dinner will be served at 6pm. The program will end at noon on Sunday, with lunch served immediately after the closing.
Both beginning and experienced meditators are welcome.
Fees: The room and board fee ranges from $190 to $240, depending on lodging. Vegetarian meals will be provided. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for this retreat. As is the practice at insight meditation retreats, your payment covers room and board only. There will be an opportunity to offer dana (translation: ”generosity freely given”) to the teacher and retreat manager at the end of the retreat.
What to bring: A meditation cushion and pad, if you use one (chairs will be provided); a water bottle, appropriate layers of clothing, an alarm clock, a notebook and pen, and a blanket or shawl if you use one in the meditation hall. Please put your cellphone, iPad, and / or laptop away when we begin the retreat and do not plan on using them until we break the silence at the end. There is no cell phone service or internet access at the RMERC.
David Chernikoff began the study and practice of meditation in 1971 and started teaching insight meditation in 1988. He trained as a yoga teacher at the Integral Yoga Institute and completed the Community Dharma Leader program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. His teaching has been influenced by senior teachers from the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock, Tibetan teachers he studied with during a 3-year stay in Nepal, and Zen teacher Yvonne Rand. As someone with a longtime interest in interspiritual dialogue, David has also studied and practiced with spiritual guides from other contemplative traditions, most notably Ram Dass, Father Thomas Keating, and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. He taught psychology and meditation at Naropa University for many years and worked as the education and training director of the Spiritual Eldering Institute, a conscious aging program later renamed Sage-ing International. Currently David is one of the guiding teachers of the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado (IMCC) and has a private practice as a spiritual counselor and life coach in Boulder, Colorado. He teaches workshops and retreats throughout the U.S.
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