Dathün: Weeks 3-4

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

January 21 - February 4, 2017


This meditation retreat is the last-two weeks of a dathün or “month session.”

During this retreat participants will experience an in-depth introduction to and deepening of the mindfulness-awareness meditation technique. Doing this practice transforms how we relate to ourselves and everyday life by allowing us to get to know our mind and patterns.

This retreat will also explore the Shambhala principle of basic goodness -- that we are all, at the core, worthy and complete. Learning this principle is a journey where by we make friends with who we are and draw out our inherent fearlessness.

From this point of view, meditation is not a tool to fix ourselves or improve our abilities. Rather, it is a direct path to connecting with our fundamental wisdom.

As the daily meditation practice and routine of this retreat unfolds, we will discover an atmosphere in which we can trust in the experience of truly feeling ourselves, the natural world, and human society.

Retreats like this one happen multiple times throughout the year. Learn More

Theme of This Retreat
Meditation can be a path of social transformation. In this retreat we will work with meditation as a practice of uplifting the human spirit and discovering good human society. This will be an immersive experience that will open the door for participants to contact human goodness and explore how this leads to the development of a culture of kindness and wakefulness. The experience will invite us into a greater awareness of our relationship to our bodies, one another, society, and the planet.

Practice Includes
Sitting and walking meditation
Individual meditation instruction
Talks by senior teachers
Study periods
Silence practice

Sample Schedule
7:00am Early Morning Practice Session
8:00am Oryoki-style* Breakfast
9:00am Morning Practice Session
12:30pm Oryoki-style* Lunch
1:30pm Work Period
3:00pm Afternoon Practice Session
4:00pm Tea Break
4:30pm Late Afternoon Practice Session
6:00pm Oryoki-style* Dinner
7:00pm Evening Practice Session
9:00pm End of Day

* Oryoki ("just enough") synchronises mind and body by bringing mindfulness to how we eat. Eating oryoki-style, in a prescribed manner and sequence, follows a tradition that began in Zen Buddhist monasteries.

Additional Information:

Participants may attend just these last two weeks, just the first two weeks, or the full, month-long retreat.

This retreat fulfills the half-dathün practice requirement for those on the Shambhala Buddhist path.

Please plan to arrive between 3-6pm on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The program begins that night at 7:30pm. Saturday, February 4, 2017 is departure day; you are free to leave anytime that day.



Participants wishing to attend only weeks three and four of the Dathün must have attended at least a weekthün.


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.

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About Acharya William McKeever

Norbu William McKeever has been a student of Shambhala and Buddhism since 1972 when he met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche while getting his degree in Buddhist Studies at Yale. Immediately following graduation he moved to Tail of the Tiger, now Karmê Chöling, to begin his dharma study, practice and teaching. Norbu has served as director of Karmê Chöling; Vice President of Naropa University - where he coordinated the university's successful accreditation effort; faculty member of Naropa's graduate department of contemplative psychotherapy; Founding Director of the Ryuko Kyudojo; Assistant Director of Education for Nalanda Foundation; as well as a member of the Shambhala Board of Directors under Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has been a member of the Shambhala Trust since its inception until 2002 and served as its chairman.

About Shastri Calryn Aston

Calryn Aston has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1997 and has been teaching across the Colorado Front Range and New Mexico since 2003. She hosts a weekly meditation group in her hometown of Jamestown, Colorado and has served as a director and a meditation instructor for many Shambhala programs and classes. She is the mother of two adult sons and works as a journalist and coach. Her present interest is working with regional and international groups to integrate mindfulness practice in disaster response and resilience trainings. 

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