Awakening to Our Precious Life Through Contemplating Death

“What is subject to death, dies. I am not exempt.” is one of the Five Daily Remembrances the Buddha recommended for frequent reflection for lay and ordained practitioners, alike. We all “know” we die, yet we tend to ignore it, putting our collective heads in the sand, or we run away from any discussion with mortal fear. Instead of a conflictual relationship with reality, we can harness the power of this reflection to stay aligned with our deepest values, to live and love more fully, and be present for this miraculous show called our life. Embracing our life’s impermanence also allows for a deep letting go, freedom, and fearlessness in preparation for our actual moment of ultimate letting go. Join us for a day of practice and exploration through dharma talks, guided meditation, and small and large group dialogue to turn towards and befriend this powerful contemplation. Appropriate for both beginner and experienced practitioners.

Nikki will also be leading a dharma talk on Friday, July 12 titled “Got Enlightenment?”
Nikki Mirghafori, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher and Artificial Intelligence scientist. Nikki is a lineage holder in the Theravada tradition, empowered by the Burmese master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, as well as Spirit Rock/IMS/IMC. She serves on the Teachers Council and Board of Directors at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, as well as the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA, and teaches Dharma internationally. She is also a Stanford-trained compassion cultivation instructor and a UCLA-trained mindfulness facilitator. Additionally, for almost three decades, Nikki has been a researcher in AI, holding multiple patents and co-author of 40+ scientific research articles. For information, see



July 13, 2019. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

First Unitarian Universalist Church of SD, Bard Hall

4190 Front St.

San Diego

Parking is validated in the ACE parking lot adjacent to the church.

Registration Info:

The cost to attend is $30. Scholarship funds are available should finances be an obstacle (see registration page for details).

Additional Info:

Chairs and several zafus and zabutons will be provided. Bring your own sitting cushions if you prefer.

Bring your lunch and water (hospital cafeteria nearby; walk to other restaurants can take too long).

Contact Irene at with questions about this event.