Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester
February 24 - May 14
Mukpo Institute students conduct a three-month investigation into intensive meditation practice and contemplative study in beautiful rural Vermont. At its root, the curriculum presents the heart teachings and forms of Shambhala Buddhism, as presented by both Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
The Mukpo Institute is made up of a series of retreats that are offered over the course of the semester (Fall/Spring). The heart of the Mukpo Institute semester is a month-long mindfulness retreat called dathün. During dathün, students apply mindfulness to all activities in addition to scheduled walking and sitting meditation sessions. Meals are taken in traditional Japanese monastic style; silence or mindful speech is observed; also mind-body disciplines are practiced.
Immersing oneself in the Mukpo Institute allows the space and time to delve into the age old question of what it really means to be human and alive within the context of living in a contemplative community.
For more information, please visit the Mukpo Institute website.
If you would like to apply to this program, you can download the application at this link.
Program Fee: $3300
Price includes meals but not accommodations.
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.
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For information on registration, pricing, childcare, transportation and other issues, see our
Frequently Asked Questions.