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    September 17, 2016 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Beyond Mindfulness Series:

    Pure Authenticity via the Seven Factors of Awakening

    Option A: Six Wed, May 5 – June 9; from 12-1:30 PM (PST)

    Option B: Six Thurs, May 6 – June 10; from 7-8:30 PM (PST)

    PLUS 30 minutes guided meditations

    Fridays from 5/7 to 6/11; (7:30 – 8 AM; PST)

    Mondays from 5/10 to 6/11; (7:30 – 8 AM; PST)


    We live in a peculiar era. Individual and collective minds are divided and polarized like no other times before. Everyone believes they are right and perhaps authentic when they speak their minds. As Rumi, the great poet, and philosopher, puts it, “Truth was a mirror that fell and broke into hundred pieces. Everyone took a piece of it and thought they have the truth.”

    The broken pieces of mirror, representing one’s truth, have the faculty of sharpness capable of cutting, harming oneself and others. When we pick up a broken piece of the truth and believe it is the whole truth, mostly it is because we are unaware. We are biased, influenced by our hurts, what we cling to, and how we construct our stories and perceptions.

    The 2021 Beyond Mindfulness Series provide Mindfulness and wisdom training with the theme of authenticity.  Authenticity is the core of awakening. An integrated, unified self that all human beings should strive to cultivate. A self that is not hindered by its own ideas and limitations. One that is free to express, to live as one desires, without harming others along the way. It’s not a selfish, egoistic-self, rather a well-refined wise, compassionate heart who loves oneself fully and equal to all others— As an awakened being, one knows and is without a shadow of a doubt a part of the Interdependence/Interconnection of all things.

    This is a work-in-progress. Many of you have been traveling this road with us. Others join in along the way. Everyone will be cultivating their own authentic self in a continuum of progress.

    Materials used in this course include scientific, academic, psychological, spiritual wisdom teachings of the Buddha. Books and articles, home practices, reflection, meditation, and more. You may pair yourself with a Journey Buddy to share your practice and grow with. It will be a wonderful experience of healing and growth.


    At least three years of consecutive Mindfulness & Buddhist practice or at least two years and 3 days of Mindfulness retreat experience. Please contact the instructor if you have other equivalent experience for obtaining approval to attend.


    Dr. Manijeh Motaghy is the C0-Founder, Executive & Program Director, and Guiding Teacher at Perfectly Here. She is the Founder and CEO of Mindful Business Institute. She is an Affiliate Mindfulness Teacher for UCLA MARC, a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, and holds a Doctorate in Psychology of Organization Management Consulting, a corporate trainer. Manijeh has led 90+ day-long retreats, designed and taught countless curricula, trained thousands of students, and has over 14 years of study and practice of the teachings of the Buddha in the Theravada tradition with direct disciples of Ajahn Cha, such as Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro, and Ajahn Yatiko. She attends and trains in 10-day silent retreats routinely.


    Contemplation on The Seven Factors of Awakening by Ajahn Thiradhammo (Forest Sangha – under Ajahn Cha)


    Six one-hour sessions plus ten half-hour meditation sessions.


    We offer scholarship and Covid Hardship pricing. After you register for one of the lower prices, please send us a short hardship email for our records to info@perfectlyhere.org