Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and Shastri Ethan Nichtern

March 3 - 11

Mukpo Institute This program may be taken on its own or as part of the Mukpo Institute, a three-month residential program.

Meditators

A weekthün or “week session” is a powerful and in-depth retreat focused on the practice of mindfulness-awareness meditation. This technique of watching and being with the mind and body transforms how we relate to everyday life and ourselves.

Weekthüns 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.

Shambhala Meditation will also be taught at this retreat. This is a pre-meditation technique that helps us to feel the present moment more fully and directly and enriches our meditative experience.

As the 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

This particular retreat will focus on how to see through fixations and self-absorption by looking at the quality of equanimity and unbiased mind, also known as the Shambhala dignity of Garuda. This inquiry can open us further to the expansiveness of our mind and to others.

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

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

Additional Information:

This program fulfills the weekthün practice requirement for those on the Shambhala Buddhist path.

Please plan to arrive between 3pm-6pm on Friday, March 3rd.The program ends with a departure day on Saturday, March 11th...you are free to leave any time that day. 

 


Pricing

Karmê Chöling offers 2 price options for this program.
Please choose the option that works best for you.

Patron Price: $730
This price covers 100% of Karmê Chöling's operational cost for the program and supports financial aid for other participants. 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.

Base Price: $520
This cost covers 80% of operating costs for the program reflecting Karmê Chöling's commitment to keeping programs affordable. We fundraise to cover the remaining program costs.

Please Note:
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.


Teachers

About Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

Suzann is an Acharya, a senior teacher and representative of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  She has been a student, leader, and teacher in the Shambhala lineage since 1974. A former co-director of Karmê Chöling, Suzann is currently Resident Acharya for the center and a core faculty member of Karmê Chöling’s Mukpo Institute. She is also Rupa Acharya. In this position, she is responsible for maintaining and fostering the sacred ceremonial and liturgical forms of Shambhala.

Acharya Duquette teaches widely. She respects the power of embodiment in bringing conceptual learning to manifestation, and emphasizes body awareness and disciplines in all her teaching. The Acharya is a Qigong instructor in the lineage of Eva Wong, a Lujong or Warrior Exercises instructor in the lineage of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, Rinpoche, and a Mudra Space Awareness teacher in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. She lives with her husband, Jan, in Barnet, where they own a bed and breakfast, Blue Skies Guesthouse.
 

About Shastri Ethan Nichtern

Ethan Nichtern is a Shastri, a senior teacher, in the Shambhala tradition. He is a senior teacher in residence for the NY Shambhala community. He is theauthor of several books. His most recent, The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (FSG) made several major lists of the Best Books of 2015. He is also the founder of The Interdependence Project, an organization dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and psychology, transformational activism, mindful arts, and meaningful media. He teaches and lectures around the world and is based in New York City.

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