Half-Dathun (Dathun: Weeks 3-4)
with William McKeever & Calryn Aston
January 21 / 12:00 AM - February 5 / 12:00 AM
A half-dathün or half “month session” is in-depth introduction to and deepening of the mindfulness-awareness meditation technique. Doing this practice transforms how we relate to ourselves and everyday life by allowing us to get to know our mind and patterns.
During this retreat participants will experience an in-depth introduction to and deepening of the mindfulness-awareness meditation technique. Doing this practice transforms how we relate to ourselves and everyday life by allowing us to get to know our mind and patterns.
This retreat will also explore the Shambhala principle of basic goodness -- that we are all, at the core, worthy and complete. Learning this principle is a journey where by we make friends with who we are and draw out our inherent fearlessness.
From this point of view, meditation is not a tool to fix ourselves or improve our abilities. Rather, it is a direct path to connecting with our fundamental wisdom.
As the daily meditation practice and routine of this retreat unfolds, we will discover an atmosphere in which we can trust in the experience of truly feeling ourselves, the natural world, and human society.
Retreats like this one happen multiple times throughout the year. Learn More
Sitting and walking meditation
Individual meditation instruction
Talks by senior teachers
7:00am Early Morning Practice Session
8:00am Oryoki-style* Breakfast
9:00am Morning Practice Session
12:30pm Oryoki-style* Lunch
1:30pm Work Period
3:00pm Afternoon Practice Session
4:00pm Tea Break
4:30pm Late Afternoon Practice Session
6:00pm Oryoki-style* Dinner
7:00pm Evening Practice Session
9:00pm End of Day
* Oryoki ("just enough") synchronises mind and body by bringing mindfulness to how we eat. Eating oryoki-style, in a prescribed manner and sequence, follows a tradition that began in Zen Buddhist monasteries.
Participants may attend just these first two weeks, just the last two weeks, or the full, month-long retreat.
This retreat fulfills the half-dathün practice requirement for those on the Shambhala Buddhist path.
Arrival & Departure
Please plan on arriving 3-6pm on January 21, 2019 to check-in and register. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins at 7:30pm. February 5, 2019 is departure day; you are free to leave at any time.