Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester
February 23 - May 7
Mukpo Institute students conduct a three-month investigation into the principles of Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhism. Students study and practice the fundamental meditation techniques of shamatha and vipashyana. Understanding and practicing these techniques is supplemented by studies of Buddhist philosophy of mind and consciousness. There are also opportunities for students to witness and practice traditional contemplative arts.
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.
The objective of the Mukpo Institute curriculum is to connect traditional wisdom teachings with students' present lives and real concerns. Our students arrive with diverse academic and professional backgrounds; the Institute respects and fosters this diversity. The curriculum, presented within the experience of living in a contemplative community, is ideal for all who wish to bring simplicity, clarity, and ultimately joy into their personal and professional lives.
For more information, please visit the Mukpo Institute website.
Program Fee: $3600
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.