Summer Arts Half-Dathun (Dathun: Weeks 1-2)

with Lance Brunner

June 28 - July 13, 2019

Meditators

A half-dathün or half “month session” is 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.

During this retreat participants will experience 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 will 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

Contemplative Arts & Meditation

The theme of contemplative arts allows for an exploration of how working intensely with the mind/body unity can become the ground of discovering elegance, creativity and leading a more artful life. An artistic background is not necessary.

Contemplative arts activities are woven throughout the schedule, allowing participants to explore how meditation practice can be extended into our daily lives, whether we are making a cup of tea, having a conversation, painting on canvas, or writing a poem. These activities will enrich and extend mindfulness-awareness practice.

Whether or not we are practicing artists, when we wake up, we can lead our lives as a work of art. 

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 just these first two weeks, just the last two weeks, or the full, month-long retreat.

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

Arrival & Departure

Please plan to arrive between 3-6pm on June 28, 2019, to check-in and register. Dinner is served at 6:30pm. The program begins that night at 7:30pm. July 13, 2019, is a departure day. You are free to leave at anytime.


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 Lance Brunner

Lance Brunner is an experienced teacher in the Shambhala-Buddhist tradition, having directed Shambhala Training and contemplative arts programs and retreats for over twenty-five years in a variety of settings on five continents, including leading six “Summer Arts Dathüns” at Karme Choling.  He served as co-chair of the Advisory Board for the Shambhala Path of Social Engagement and was a member of the International Shambhala Art Council.  He combines his interests in the arts, meditation, and action in the world through his consulting and facilitation, having worked with health professionals, businesses, leadership organizations, and within prisons.  A Kellogg National Fellow (1985-88) and the founding Director of the Commonwealth Fellowship Program for community leaders in Appalachia (1990-96), he has been a professor of music history at the University of Kentucky since 1976.

 

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