On-Land Retreat

Meeting the Three Characteristics through Cultivating Stability, Well-being, and Confidence

It is no news that all things are impermanent. Unease is a familiar aspect of our human experience, and what we take very personally is not in fact personal. In this retreat, we first tend to the three qualities of stability, well-being, and confidence—all of which support insight into the three characteristics of existence. Then we explore and befriend the three characteristics—namely, aniccā (impermanence, inconstancy), dukkha (stress, unsatisfactoriness, suffering) and anattā (not-self, impersonality, ungovernability)—in our own lived experience. Throughout the retreat, we support ourselves with the three corresponding heart qualities of anukampa (care), karuṇā (compassion), and mettā (lovingkindness). The three characteristics aren’t just harbingers of existential bad news. Their understanding serves as the three doorways to liberation. When we understand and make peace with them, we have more ease, compassion, and freedom in our lives, and we can be of more benefit to ourselves, others, and the world.

Recording Information

A recording will be available for all participants (on land & online) following the program in approximately 10 days. You will have ~90 days from the original program date to view the recording.

Teaching Team

Nikki Mirghafori, PhD

Nikki Mirghafori, PhD

Teacher

Nikki Mirghafori, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher and Artificial Intelligence scientist. She was empowered by the living Burmese meditation master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, with whom she practiced the jhanas and detailed analytical vipassana. She serves as a Stewarding Teacher and on the Board of Directors at Spirit Rock.

Sylvia Boorstein, PhD
Rachel Lewis
Mei Elliott

Mei Elliott

Teacher

Mei Elliott currently lives and practices at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center temple. She has been meditating since 2004 and began Zen monastic training in 2014. She is training as an Insight teacher with James Baraz and is a participant in Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella’s four-year Dharma teacher training.

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