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

    Beyond Mindfulness Series:

    Cultivating Pure Authenticity: The Seven Factors of Awakening

    Six Thurs, Nov 11; from 6-8 PM (PST) (Thanksgiving Off)

    PLUS 30 minutes group meditations; Mondays & Fridays 7:30 AM; PST


    Authenticity is misunderstood. This is because we live in a society where most people believe they are right and perhaps authentic when they speak their minds. But Authenticity is much more than that, or it can have levels of purity. As Rumi, the great poet, and philosopher, puts it, “Truth was a mirror that fell and broke into a hundred pieces. Everyone took a piece of it and thought they had the truth.”

    The Broken Pieces of Mirror represent personal biased truths. Personal biased truths can be sharp, capable of harming self and others. We pick up a broken piece of the truth and believe it is the whole truth because we are unaware, uneducated about these matters. We are influenced by our hurts, attachments, and our stories, and perceptions.

    Our 2021 Beyond Mindfulness Series

    Provides deeper, richer Mindfulness and wisdom training with the theme of authenticity.  Authenticity is the core of awakening. An integrated, unified self. A self that is not hindered by its own ideas and limitations. One that is free to express, 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 equally all others.

    This is a work-in-progress, as many of you have been traveling this road with us. Others are welcomed to join in along the way. Everyone will cultivate their own authentic self in their own continuum of progress.

    Material & Structure

    Materials used in this course include scientific, academic, psychological, and spiritual wisdom teachings of the Buddha. Books and articles, home practices, reflection, meditation, and more. The content is ideal to practical and secular audiences as well as those who seek richer spirituality in life. 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, Program Director, and Guiding Teacher at Perfectly Here. She is the Founder and CEO of Mindful Business Institute, an Affiliate Mindfulness Teacher for UCLA MARC, a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She 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 15 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.


    The main book we will use for this series is Contemplation on The Seven Factors of Awakening by Ajahn Thiradhammo (Forest Sangha – under Ajahn Cha)


    Meditation, reading and reflection, Q & A, Investigation of the teachings.


    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