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Events with Michael

Retreat at Vajrapani Institute, California

Upcoming Deconstructing Yourself events with Michael W. Taft

2020 Events

June 12 – June 17 – Meditation retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Cancelled due to Coronavirus

Aug 14 – Aug 19, 2019 – Silent Meditation Retreat at The Hermitage, Denman Island, Canada. Cancelled due to Coronavirus

The Deconstructing Yourself Silent Meditation Retreat is a unique opportunity to dive deeply into your meditation practice. You will receive a lot of personal, individual attention about the details of your own practice from the instructor. Based on the teachings and one-on-ones, you will begin to develop a real sense of what you’re doing, how to do it more effectively, and what may be coming next. Note: Michael meets with students individually during the day for one-on-one practice discussion.

Ongoing Events

~ Michael teaches (almost) every Thursday night at 7:30 (Pacific Time) at the SF Dharma Collective in San Francisco. (2701 Folsom St.) Please come join us in person. If you cannot be there, it’s also streamed live (and then saved) on Michael’s youtube channel. (DUE TO CORONAVIRUS SHELTER IN PLACE ORDERS, THIS CURRENTLY TAKES PLACE ON VIDEO)

~ Michael leads the very special “Death Sangha” event one Saturday night per month, also at SFDC. (DUE TO CORONAVIRUS SHELTER IN PLACE ORDERS, DEATH SANGHA DOESN’T MEET. HOWEVER, MICHAEL WILL LEAD GUIDED DEATH MEDITATIONS ON VIDEO)

Death Sangha Description:

“At its core, all spirituality is about Death. The Buddha, Buddhism, and meditation practice have always been deeply concerned with Death, dying, and mortality. Every living thing has to face the reality of Death, and yet in modern meditation circles there is almost no confrontation with this ultimate question and primordial mystery. Instead there is denial, obfuscation, minimizing, and—essentially—painting a smiley face on the whole subject.

If that seems ridiculous to you, as well as something that misses the whole point, then Death Sangha is for you. In Death Sangha we will meet once a month to honor the fact of Death, to face our own and others’ mortality in a clear, unsullied, fierce, humble, and gracious manner. In Death Sangha we will play with the fantasies of both eternalism and nihilism, and experiment with the awakening that lies beyond both. We will confront experiences such as Cosmic Horror, Cosmic Shame, and Total Meaninglessness. We will also engage with the mythological, occult, psychological, historical, and phenomenological aspects of this most important topic. And of course we will do plenty of meditation.

Death Sangha is not a spectacle for the curious, nor is it a soporific for the frightened. In Death Sangha, you will confront your deepest fears, your most difficult warts and shadows, and learn to meditate with the reality of your own imminent demise. It has often been said that until we truly accept Death, we cannot actually live. In Death Sangha, we will not meekly accept Death, but rather learn to passionately and exuberantly dance with this final and most intimate partner.”

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Michael teaching at Vajrapani