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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Aging, Dying, and Awakening (age 55 & above)
Anna Douglas, Kamala Masters, Eugene Cash, Trinity Sipila
Monday, June 5, 3:00pm - Sunday, June 11, 11:30am
upper Retreat Hall
$1475 - $670 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 272R17.
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Prerequisite: At least one weeklong silent insight meditation retreat; age 55 and above.

Retreat Description:
Living life fully includes aging and dying. It's a natural process, and ripe with spiritual possibilities. Aging brings loss; what we once assumed to be "ours" slips away, revealing the pervasive truth of impermanence. But even as our memory slides, our cognitive speed slows down, and our bodies become more fragile, qualities of the heart reveal themselves. We see that the potential for wisdom and compassion does not depend on the state of the body or on our age, but rather on the training of the mind to abide in timeless awareness. It is best to begin this training before you are ill or dying. Then, like a treasured friend, your own mind can accompany you through the challenges of aging, loss, illness and dying. Right now, we know we will die but we do not know when or how. Through engaging in a variety of contemplations on death in the communal space of retreat, our confidence in our capacity to meet death peacefully increases.

Join a group of your peers who are interested in life after 55 as a new stage of life, one which offers opportunities for deepening in wisdom and compassion and loosening our fears around dying. Teachings will offer a blend of the traditional ancient wisdom of the Buddhadharma with more contemporary views and resources for helping us prepare for death. This is a silent retreat with one period a day of interactive contemplative inquiry in dyads or small groups. In addition, there will be daily instructions in mindfulness, meetings with the teachers, dharma talks and qigong.

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.

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