Two-Week Meditation Retreat
with Shastri Bill Brauer
November 15 - 30, 2012
This program is a two-week group meditation retreat, and will focus on developing a deep understanding of shamatha or "peaceful abiding" meditation. This retreat will encourage us to appreciate being precise, relaxed and simple in the present moment, impacting our entire life. Shamatha is the basis of all other practices in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. The program is open to anyone and is a very powerful introduction to and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation. The core daily practice of this retreat consists of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation with time for talks, study, and a short work period to support the community.
This program is often a life changing experience giving oneself an opportunity to touch the tender heart we sometimes lose connection with in our daily lives. The schedule includes frequent talks by a senior teacher, one on one meditation instruction with a experienced meditation instructor, guided sessions of meditation, contemplative meditation and a wonderful festive dinner to celebrate this powerful program the night before departure.
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.
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 Shastri Bill Brauer
Shastri Bill Brauer has been a member of the Shambhala community for 40 years, and was once the Executive Director of Karmê Chöling. He currently is a consultant for large corporations on leadership training, succession planning, and developmental feedback programs throughout North America. In 2010, Shastri Brauer was empowered as a Shastri by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has fulfilled this role by leading Way of Shambhala classes, Dathuns, Meditation Instructor Training, and Shambhala Training Levels throughout North America and Eastern Europe, and most recently Russia.