Half-Dathün: Two Weeks of Meditation

with Cara Thornley

September 26 - October 11

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

Half Dathun

A half-dathün is two weeks of 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 Contemplative Breakfast
9:00am Morning Practice Session
12:30pm Contemplative Lunch
1:30pm Work Period
3:00pm Afternoon Practice Session
4:00pm Tea Break
4:30pm Late Afternoon Practice Session
6:00pm Contemplative Dinner
7:00pm Evening Practice Session
9:00pm End of Day
 
 

Additional Information:

Attendance at the entire program satisfies the two consecutive weeks of practice requirement for the Shambhala Buddhist path. If you wish to attend the first week only, please contact registration at frontdesk@karmecholing.org

Arrival & Departure

Please plan to arrive between 3-6pm on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 to register and check-in. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins that evening at 7:30pm. October 11, 2018 is a departure day; you are free to leave at anytime.

Special Funding Available

If you identify as a person of color  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: $1310
Those who can are encouraged to register using this option.

DISCOUNT PRICE: $1050
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 Cara Thornley

Cara Thornley, a teacher in the Shambala tradition, has led the spring dathuns at Karmê Chöling for the past 4 years.  She also teaches classes in the Way of Shambhala curriculum at Karmê Chöling, other Shambhala Centers in the Northeast and in the Southeast where she was director of the Atlanta Shambhala Center during its expansion project. In 2005 she moved to Karme Choling Meditation Center where she served as Director of Programs and then Director of Practice and Education. She left Karme Choling to work at the three year retreat center at Gampo Abbey from 2008 through December 2010

She has been a resident of St. Johnsbury since 2010. She currently works as an editor, writer, photographer, and at the Community Restorative Justice Center. She is the Regional Correspondent for the Shambhala Times Community Newsletter.

She has been practicing meditation for a long time.

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