Half Dathun: Two Weeks of Meditation

with Cara Thornley and Caroline DeMaio

April 19 - May 4, 2019

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

Meditators

This half-dathün (“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.

This retreat also explores 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,  or the full two-week retreat.

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

Arrival & Departure

Please plan on arriving between 3-6pm on Friday, April 19, 2019, to register and check-in. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins that evening at 7:30pm. Saturday, May 4, 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: $1400
This is the actual price of the program.

DISCOUNT PRICE: $1120
We offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price of the program. This price is made possible through the generosity of Karmê Chöling and our donors

Payment Policies:
Karmê Chöling has updated its payment policies. The new policies apply to all programs that start after January 1, 2019. Please read the payment policies before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x-101 or x-103). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.


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.

About Caroline DeMaio

Caroline DeMaio recently retired from her position as school library media specialist at the Danville School, grades K-12. She has lived in the Northeast Kingdom for over 45 years, and has served on many community boards, including Umbrella, the Chamber of Commerce, Catamount Arts and the St. J Athenaeum. Ms. DeMaio has studied meditation and Buddhism for many years. She is a student of ikebana, Japanese flower arranging. She is a past chair of the Karmê Chöling board of directors and of the St. Johnsbury Shambhala Center Council.

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