Program Details

Half Dathün - A Pilot Shambhala Meditation Retreat

with Tom Bell
March 21 / 5:00 PM - April 5 / 12:00 PM

This retreat has a FREE tuition Option!  Above prices include ALL Meals!

This group meditation retreat is specially authorized by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as part of a pilot series of retreats. These retreats are designed to introduce meditation practitioners to the meaning and experience of “Shambhala Meditation.” Sakyong Mipham has been carefully introducing this new approach to meditation to the Shambhala community.

This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to dedicate one or two weeks of meditation practice to beginning to learn this very beneficial approach to meditation. And this group retreat is an occasion to experience fully some of the traditional mindfulness and awareness meditation practices used in Shambhala Buddhism within an atmosphere infused with the qualities of Shambhala Meditation.

Each day consists of periods of sitting and walking meditation, body-mind exercises, study and contemplation, chanting, and a short work session. Meals are taken in silence in the shrineroom. Each participant receives individual meditation instruction during the retreat. Talks and group guidance are offered regularly. The study component covers basic teachings on calm abiding and insight meditation as well as the new teachings of Shambhala Meditation. All this study and discussion is done within the context of the Shambhala Buddhist view of warriorship and enlightened society.

This two-week retreat is also offered in two one-week segments, that can be attended separately. The full retreat and the two weekthüns that make up this retreat are recognized as fulfilling part of the one month dathün requirement that is a prerequisite for attendance at certain advanced Shambhala programs. Arrival time for the second weekthün is before 5 pm on Friday, March 28. Departure day for the first weekthün is Saturday March 29th.


 Thomas Bell first received teachings from the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in December of 1972, and received individual meditation instruction from from Trungpa Rinpoche in the fall of 1973, and attended the Vajradathu Seminary in 1976. Mr. Bell directed and staffed numerous dathuns over the following years, and in 2000, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed Mr. Bell to serve as the Director of Karme Chöling. During his years as Director of KCL he was involved with various Dathüns, including serving as Director of the Winter Dathün in 2002. Since returning to Nova Scotia in December of 2003 Mr. Bell has been an active teacher and student in Shambhala and has continued to apply these teachings to his work and family life, which now includes seven grandchildren, ages 1 to 17.

 Full program tuition not including accommodations: $750  We invite all who are able to do so to pay the full tuition rate.  By doing so, you make it possible for us to offer scholarships to others, while also covering the direct cost of your stay here and contributing to our year round operations.   Interest free payment plans for 6 months are an option for those who choose this tuition level. 

Discounted program tuition  not including accommodations: $490  If the full tuition is unworkable for you, please pay the discounted rate if you can.  By doing so you contribute towards the cost of your being here and everything it takes to keep DDL operating year-round.

Discounted tuition plus payment plan: $81 per month over six months   If having 6 months to pay makes the discounted tuition possible for you, please choose this interest free option.   The payments would be $88 per month for tuition; if you add lodging to the payment plan it would be $201/month.

 Free tuition option: only pay lodging and materials fee

Please Note: Above price includes meals but not accommodations. For winter programs, double and triple rooms with shared hallway bathrooms are available in Gyatso Lodge for $45 per night, so for this program the lodging cost would be an additional $720.  Huts and Cabins are not available as lodging options for winter programs. 

 All program costs at Dorje Denma Ling are workable. With either of the tuition choices above, we can provide a payment plan of up to 6 months, and we also match all scholarships that local Shambhala Centers grant to help their members attend programs. If you have any questions about the financial aid or payment plans, please contact us at 902-657-9085 or via email at at least two weeks before the program begins. Please note that we cannot arrange tuition discounts at registration.


Deposits will be refunded up to 30 days prior to the program, less a 10% administration fee. Deposits will be 50% refunded up to 10 days prior to the program.  There is no refund of deposits for cancellations less than 10 days before the start of a program.

To register please click on the "Registration" button below or call us at (902) 657-9085

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