Program Details

Summer Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Gaylon Ferguson
July 3 / 12:00 AM - August 1 / 12:00 AM


Contemplative Fellowship for Educators Available!

Hemera - a philanthropic organization dedicated to introducing secular contemplative views and practices into mainstream society is offering a full scholarship to our summer dathün for qualifying K-12 educators and M.Ed. students.  Learn more and apply at Hemera's website.  Application deadline March 21, 2014.

Open to everyone. Deepen your meditation practice in this month-long summer retreat that will be grounded in both the practice of shamatha-vipashyana using the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, and the practice of Shambhala Meditation, where we awaken to the fullness of our humanity through feeling, being, and touching our basic goodness.

Dathün (Tibetan for "month session") is a one-month group meditation retreat, which is one of the most important training programs in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. The program is open to anyone and is a very powerful introduction to and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation. The core daily practice of a dathün consists of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation with time for talks, study, and a short work period.

Silence and functional speech are observed. Meals are served oryoki-style, from the Zen monastic tradition. Each participant will regularly receive individual meditation instruction.

Participants may attend at minimum one week of the Dathün, called a weekthün. If you have not previously attended a Dathün or Weekthün, you must attend the first week of Dathün.

This Dathün fulfills the practice requirement for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

Shrine room floor accommodations are included in the Dathün price for participants taking the full program.

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