Program Details

Urban Weekthun - June 16 thru 22 [9am to 5pm daily]

June 16 / 9:00 AM - June 22 / 5:00 PM


 "Someone says a harsh word and something in you tightens.  Instantly you are hooked!  That tightness quickly spirals into blaming the person or denigrating yourself."  This is how Pema Chödrön describes habitual patterns of response.  A word is spoken, an action takes place, and we respond with a knee-jerk reaction. 

During this week of meditation, Pema Chödrön's DVD series Choosing a Fresh Alternative will be used to help us begin to interrupt this chain reaction.  This non-residential group retreat will provide the framework for deepening our meditation practice of calm abiding as taught in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. 

This program is appropriate for new and experienced meditators.

Participation in the entire week counts toward one week of dathun, and fulfills a portion of the group practice requirements for attending Enlightened Society Assembly (formerly Sutrayana Seminary), Shambhala Guide Training and other Shambhala program requirements. 


DAILY SCHEDULE (subject to change):

Arrive 8:30 am so that chants can begin sharply at 9 am

9 to 10:30 am Opening Chants, Contemplation , Practice

10:30 – Noon Pema Chödrön Series: Choosing a Fresh Alternative

  • Sun – Practice the Three Difficulties

  • Mon- Shenpa and the Pause

  • Tue-Karmic Seeds

  • Wed-Loving Kindness to Ourselves

  • Thu-Bringing Together Practice with the Teachings

  • Fri-Choosing a Fresh Alternative

  • Sat-Possible Shambhala arts exercise


12 – 12:45 pm Lunch (brown bag or take out)

12:45-1:45 pm Study and Contemplation

1:45-2:45 pm Dharma talk

3-3:30 pm Tea

3:30-5:00 pm Practice and Closing Chants



Registration is required. Please register online below.


Entire week $240.00

Daily rate of $40 is available.  Partial attendance will not apply towards weekthun requirements.

Foundation Members of the Dallas Center are entitled to a discount rate of $140 for the entire week.

When you register please note in the comments box what attendance and tuition amount you are paying.  Only the $240 rate will show on the registration page.


Tuition may be paid online when you register, in person, or by mail. If you wish to pay by check, please make your check payable to Dallas Shambhala Mediation Center, and denote the workshop name to ensure accurate credit of your payment.   

1. Secure Online payment: use the Pay Now button and pay with your bank card or checking account when you register.

Note:  If paying for more than one person with the same bank card or bank account, combine the payments on one of the registrations and write the registrant names in the payment comment box along with the program name.

2. In person: cash and checks are accepted any time the Center is open.

3. Payments by mail: send checks to Dallas Shambhala Meditation Center, 13720 Midway Road, Suite 108, Farmers Branch, TX 75244


If you have questions or need assistance contact Joan Keagy at

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