Half-Dathün (Fall Dathün: Weeks 1-2)
with Acharya Suzann Duquette and Hope Martin
October 12 - 27, 2012
This program is a two-week group meditation retreat, and is 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. The core daily practice of a dathün consists of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation with time for talks, study, and a short work period.
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 program (called a weekthün). Please see the weekthün registration page.
This program fulfills half of the Dathün practice requirement for the Shambhala Buddhist path.
Karmê Chöling offers 2 price options for this program.
Please choose the option that works best for you.
Full Program Fee: $1362
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: $970
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 Suzann Duquette
Suzann Duquette became a student of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in 1974, and has taught in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for more than 30 years. She is former co-director of Karmê Chöling, where she now serves as Resident Acharya (Senior Teacher) and core faculty for Karmê Chöling’s Mukpo Institute. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has also appointed her to the position of Rupa Acharya. In this post, she is responsible for strengthening and furthering the Shambhala lineage in the areas of sacred ceremonial and liturgical forms. Acharya Duquette respects the power of body awareness in manifesting what we learn conceptually, and emphasizes body discipline training in her teaching. She is a Qigong instructor in the lineage of Eva Wong. She lives with her husband, Jan, in Barnet, where they run Blue Skies Guesthouse, a local B&B.
About Hope Martin
Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for 25 years in the United States and abroad. She maintains a lively private practice, trains Alexander teachers at the American Center for the Alexander Technique and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City. Hope recently completed a two-year training in Focusing. She is a meditation instructor and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.