Meditations for Discovering your True Nature

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Mind's nature is and always has been Buddha (one who is awake). It has neither birth nor cessation, like space. When you realize the real meaning of the equal nature of all beings, to remain in that state without searching is meditation.

The practice of meditation is to become aware of the already existing unchanging true nature of the mind. Confusion, anxiety, anger and hatred exist from a lack of knowing our true nature. Meditation is the practice where we can experience this true nature and "cut through" obscuring thoughts and actions and their impact to the mind and body. This class encourages embodied meditation. All the tools introduced in this class help to build a foundational practice that can be continued in one's daily life.

The essence of this class is best expressed through the following words from Garab Dorje, the first teacher of Dzogchen:

Three Principals of Garab Dorje--

Direct Introduction into one's own nature
Not remaining in doubt concerning this unique state
Continuing to remain in this state
Mind's nature is and always has been Buddha (one who is awake)
It has neither birth nor cessation, like space.
When you realize the real meaning of the equal nature of all beings,
To remain in that state without searching is meditation.

Influencing meditation methodologies that will be introduced in this series include:

Dzogchen - a method to bring one into the awareness of the natural state of luminous and pure mind (which is always present)

Mahamudra - Indestructible, unchanging bliss beyond subject and object, shape, thought or expression, the ultimate attainment. Not created or invented by anyone; therefore it cannot be destroyed. It is absolute reality. Originated with the mahasiddhas of the Pala Empire 8th - 12th century in India.

Shangpa - Oral Transmissions - To deepen practice and introductory teachings it is recommended that one obtain transmissions from a qualified master to effectively practice these forms of meditation. This instructor is grateful to the many teachers to have bestowed their blessings.


Learn new relaxation and breathing methods used in meditation
Discover and recognize the true nature of mind
Differentiate between concrete mind (dualistic) and mind in awareness (non-dual mind)
Experience embodied meditation methods that help one “be in the body”
Learn how to rest in embodied meditation


Mimi M. Malfitano
Mimi is an experienced well-being consultant with a concentration in meditation and subtle energy work. She’s developed a process to help individuals move through mental, emotional and physical blocks by using advanced meditation techniques to explore the innate life-force energy of the body and deep states of consciousness. The focus of her work includes: grief and loss, depression, self-esteem, life transitions and relationship issues. Mimi currently teaches meditation as adjunct faculty with GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, Department of Exercise Science. She also has experience teaching and facilitating programs for summer retreats with GW’s Development and Alumni Department. In her private practice Mimi combines techniques from Dzogchen, Kashmir Shaivism and Phenomenology to help individuals face life circumstances with openness and presence. She has held a private practice in Alexandria, Virginia since 2003. Mimi conducts weekly individual sessions and group meditation classes in the Washington, D.C. metro area including law firms, architecture firms, fitness studios and the following clients: Inova Fairfax Hospital Life with Cancer, IACP (International Association of Collaborative Practitioners), IANDS (International Association for Near Death Studies), Washington National Cathedral Healing Circle, and Yoga Works Studio. Mimi holds a B.A. in Sociology from SUNY Oswego and was formerly an IT consultant with 18 years’ experience. Mimi received the Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master Certification from the Foundation for Balance and Harmony. Mimi has 20 years of Transcendental Meditation practice and 10 years practice with Dzogchen Tibetan teachings and meditations. She continues her studies in at the Washington Center for Consciousness Studies in Washington, D.C. Mimi is grateful for the profound teachings with Dzogchen Masters Dungse Rigdin Dorje Rinpoche, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Lama Wangdor Rinpoche, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Yangthang Rinpoche, Lama Chödak Gyatso Nubpa and Lama Norhla Rinpoche. Mimi’s desire is to help individuals rediscover their true nature of self-born awareness. This awareness ultimately brings about better mental, emotional and physical well-being.


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