The Buddha taught that old age, illness, and the inevitability of death can be powerful positive teachers in our lives. He called them “heavenly messengers,” catalysts that can support personal transformation.
In our time together, we will combine discussion, reflection, and silent meditation periods to help us explore how these universal themes can actually help wake us up to a richer, more fulfilling life, here and now.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. All are welcome.
Matthew Daniell has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over 30 years. He studied Zen in Japan, Tibetan Buddhism in India, and Insight Meditation in India, Burma, Thailand, and the United States. His teachers include Munindra, Dipa Ma, Larry Rosenberg, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, and Jack Kornfield. Matthew is a founder of IMCN, as well as its primary and guiding teacher. He also teaches at various retreat centers including the Omega Institute, Kripalu, and CIMC. He is a member of the Religious Services Department at Phillips Exeter Academy where he leads meditation groups for students and faculty and teaches online through eMindful.org.