Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

June 22 - July 21

Special Funding Available

If you are an educator, M.Ed. student, health care professional, or artist, you may be eligible for special financial support through a  Hemera Contemplative Fellowship.


A dathün or “month session” is 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.

Dathüns 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

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

Oryoki
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 the first week, the first two weeks, the last two weeks, or the full retreat. Any single week period other than the first week will require approval from the Director of the dathün. This retreat fulfills the dathün practice requirement for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

Arrival & Departure

Please plan to arrive between 3-6pm on Friday, June 22, 2018 to register and check-in. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins that evening at 7:30pm. July 21, 2018 is a departure day; you are free to leave at anytime.

Special Funding Available

If you identify as a person of color or are an educator, M.Ed. student, health care professional, or full-time artist you may be eligible for special financial support to attend our retreats.


Pricing

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.

FULL PRICE: $1970
Those who can are encouraged to register using this option.

DISCOUNT PRICE: $1575
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.


Teachers

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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