Program Details

Winter Dathün

with Richard John
January 4 / 12:00 AM - February 3 / 12:00 AM


With Acharya Richard John and guest MI Acharya Bill McKeever


Dathün (Tibetan for "moon session") is a month-long group meditation retreat for those who wish to establish or deepen their meditation practice. You will be introduced to Shambhala Meditation, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s new practice of connecting directly with basic goodness as the ground for meditation practice and everyday life. The basic practice of shamatha-vipashyana will be developed over the course of the dathun using the classic Four Foundations of Mindfulness, and the structure of the dathun will reflect the wisdom of the Four Dignities.


For beginning as well as advanced practitioners, this program will provide a powerful experience at any age or stage of life. Deepen your meditation practice, as well as fulfill group practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path. Dathün consists of individual meditation instruction, guided meditation, contemplations, and dharma talks, which develop insight and open our hearts of compassion. Each day follows a traditional schedule, with periods of sitting and walking meditation, exercises, chants, and a short work session. Functional silence is observed for most of the retreat, and meals are served Shambhala Oryoki style. 

Participants are encouraged to attend the entire dathun. Those who are able to attend only one or two weekthüns are very welcome to do so, but please note that first-time participants must enter at the very beginning. Those who have attended dathün previously may enter either at the beginning or at the midway point. Any exceptions must receive permission from the director.

Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows will be offered in the later part of the dathün.

Shrine room floor accommodations are included in the dathün price.

The following texts are required for the Winter Dathün:

An Introduction to Shambhala Culture

The Shambhala Practice of Dathün: A Month of Meditation

There is a materials fee of $39 to cover the costs of the books.  If you have one or both, please contact our Registrar at or call (802) 633-2384.


*"It feels that my practice has taken on new meaning. After five years of

practice, I feel like I'm starting fresh."*

-2009 Winter Dathün participant

*"I learned that there is a ton to learn.”

-2009 Winter Dathün participant




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