On-Land Retreat

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

Nikki Mirghafori

Nikki Mirghafori

Sylvia Boorstein

Sylvia Boorstein

Rachel Lewis

Rachel Lewis

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.

Affinity Group

Open to all

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

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