with Acharya Richard John and Lead MI: Acharya William McKeever
January 4 - February 1, 2012
"It feels that my practice has taken on new meaning. After five years of practice, I feel like I'm starting fresh."
-2009 Winter Dathün participant
"I learned that there is a ton to learn."
-2009 Winter Dathün participant
Dathün (Tibetan for "month session") is a one-month group meditation retreat, and one of the most important training programs in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. The program is open to anyone and is a very powerful introduction to and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation.
Each day consists of periods of sitting and walking meditation, Buddhist chants, talks, and a short work session. Silence and functional speech are observed. Meals are served oryoki-style, from the Zen monastic tradition. Each participant will regularly receive individual meditation instruction.
Participants may attend at minimum one week of the Dathün, called a weekthün. Weekthün participants who have not previously attended a dathün should plan to come for the first week.
Shrine room floor accommodations are included in the Dathün price.
Participants wishing to attend the 3rd and 4th weeks of the dathun must have attended at least a weekthün (and learned Oryoki).
Karmê Chöling offers 2 price options for this program.
Please choose the option that works best for you.
Full Program Fee: $2234
This price covers Karmê Chöling's actual operational cost for the program. By choosing to pay this price, you extend your generosity to Karmê Chöling and the other participants. Thanks to you, we can make more scholarships available and continue to enrich Karmê Chöling.
Discounted Program Fee: $1450
This price reflects Karmê Chöling's commitment to keeping programs affordable. The operational costs for this program not covered by program fees come from donations.
Price includes meals and basic accommodations on the shrine room floor.
It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program.
Online registration is not currently open.
For information on registration, pricing, childcare, transportation and other issues, see our Frequently Asked Questions.
About Acharya Richard John
An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Formerly Resident Teacher at Karme Choling, he has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Chile. After careers as a designer and a management consultant, he served as director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
About Lead MI: Acharya William McKeever
Norbu William McKeever has been a student of Shambhala and Buddhism since 1972 when he met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche while getting his degree in Buddhist Studies at Yale. Immediately following graduation he moved to Tail of the Tiger, now Karmê Chöling, to begin his dharma study, practice and teaching. Norbu has served as director of Karmê Chöling; Vice President of Naropa University - where he coordinated the university's successful accreditation effort; faculty member of Naropa's graduate department of contemplative psychotherapy; Founding Director of the Ryuko Kyudojo; Assistant Director of Education for Nalanda Foundation; as well as a member of the Shambhala Board of Directors under Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has been a member of the Shambhala Trust since its inception until 2002 and served as its chairman. To find out more about Acharya McKeever, click here...