Summer Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

July 3 - August 1, 2014


Contemplative Fellowship for Educators Available!
Hemera - a philanthropic organization dedicated to introducing secular contemplative views and practices into mainstream society is offering a full scholarship to our summer dathün for qualifying K-12 educators and M.Ed. students.  Learn more and apply at Hemera's website.  Application deadline March 21, 2014.

Open to everyone. Deepen your meditation practice in this month-long summer retreat that will be grounded in both the practice of shamatha-vipashyana using the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, and the practice of Shambhala Meditation, where we awaken to the fullness of our humanity through feeling, being, and touching our basic goodness.

Dathün (Tibetan for "month session") is a one-month group meditation retreat, which 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 Dathün, called a weekthün. If you have not previously attended a Dathün or Weekthün, you must attend the first week of Dathün.

This Dathün fulfills the practice requirement for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

Shrine room floor accommodations are included in the Dathün price for participants taking the full program.


Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

Those who can are encouraged to register using this option.

To encourage all to study, we offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price. Charitable donations provide the funding to make this pricing option available. We thank our donors for their generosity.

Financial Aid

Karmê Chöling offers interest-free payment plans, scholarships, and other financial assistance.

Please Note:
Price includes meals and basic accommodations on the shrine room floor.

By pressing “Register,” you agree to allow Karmê Chöling to charge any balance owed for this program two weeks prior to the program start date against the card you use to make your deposit unless you make other arrangements with Karmê Chöling prior to that date.

Online registration is not currently open.


About Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

Gaylon Ferguson has practiced Shambhala Buddhist meditation since 1973 under the guidance of Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. In 2000, the Sakyong invited him to serve as an acharya or senior teacher. He is Core Faculty at Naropa University. His latest book, Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening, was published in February 2016. An excerpt from his first book, Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With, was selected for inclusion in The Best Buddhist Writing 2010.

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