Program Details

Half Dathun & Qigong Retreat, Taumarunui

with Samten Kobelt
January 2 / 2:00 PM - January 16 / 12:00 PM

With Shastri Samten Kobelt

Date: 2nd to 16th January 2013.

Venue: The green hills of Taumarunui, New Zealand

This program is a two-week residential group meditation retreat and will focus on developing a deep understanding of shamatha or “peaceful abiding” meditation.  The retreat will encourage us to appreciate being precise, relaxed and simple in the present moment, impacting our entire life.   Shamatha is the basis of all other practices in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions.  The program is open to anyone and is a very powerful introduction to and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation.

Students will also be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems: the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School. This is through the lineage handed down by Dr. Eva Wong.  The cultivation of body needs to be balanced by the cultivation of mind. Therefore, Shambhala shamatha meditation will be integrated with qigong practice throughout the program.

This program is often a life changing experience which allows us an opportunity to touch the tender heart we sometimes lose connection with in our daily lives.  The schedule includes frequent talks by a senior teacher, one on one meditation instruction with an experienced meditation instructor, guided sessions of meditation, contemplative meditation and a wonderful festive dinner to celebrate this powerful program the night before departure.

This program fulfils half of the dathun requirement for the Shambhala Buddhist path and both Level 1 and Level 2 of the Qigong path.  Participants may attend the first week of the program.


Full Program Fee:

This price just covers the actual costs for the program.  It includes teaching, materials, meals and accommodation).  Scholarship resources are available in the form of a loan to make dharma accessible to people in all circumstances.  To register please send your name and contact information and we will send you a copy of the participants letter.

It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program.

For further information on registration, pricing, transportation and other issues, please contact:

Or register here through the Wellington Shambhala website

About the teacher:
Shastri Samten A. Kobelt grew up in Switzerland where he met with the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa in 1984.  He has explored the Shambhala Buddhist teachings and various body/mind disciplines throughout his life.  Today he lives and teaches in Boulder, Colorado.  He has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1991 and of Eva Wong since 2005.

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