with Acharya Richard John
January 4 - February 3
With Acharya Richard John and guest MI Acharya Bill McKeever
Dathün (Tibetan for "moon session") is a month-long group meditation retreat for those who wish to establish or deepen their meditation practice. You will be introduced to Shambhala Meditation, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s new practice of connecting directly with basic goodness as the ground for meditation practice and everyday life. The basic practice of shamatha-vipashyana will be developed over the course of the dathun using the classic Four Foundations of Mindfulness, and the structure of the dathun will reflect the wisdom of the Four Dignities.
For beginning as well as advanced practitioners, this program will provide a powerful experience at any age or stage of life. Deepen your meditation practice, as well as fulfill group practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path. Dathün consists of individual meditation instruction, guided meditation, contemplations, and dharma talks, which develop insight and open our hearts of compassion. Each day follows a traditional schedule, with periods of sitting and walking meditation, exercises, chants, and a short work session. Functional silence is observed for most of the retreat, and meals are served Shambhala Oryoki style.
Participants are encouraged to attend the entire dathun. Those who are able to attend only one or two weekthüns are very welcome to do so, but please note that first-time participants must enter at the very beginning. Those who have attended dathün previously may enter either at the beginning or at the midway point. Any exceptions must receive permission from the director.
Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows will be offered in the later part of the dathün.
Shrine room floor accommodations are included in the dathün price.
The following texts are required for the Winter Dathün:
An Introduction to Shambhala Culture
The Shambhala Practice of Dathün: A Month of Meditation
There is a materials fee of $39 to cover the costs of the books. If you have one or both, please contact our Registrar at email@example.com or call (802) 633-2384.
*"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
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.
Scholarship and Financial Aid resources are available to make dharma accessible to people in all circumstances. We offer different ways for overcoming financial obstacles here.
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.