Half Dathün: Two-Week Shambhala Meditation Retreat

with Patricia Ullman

March 8th—March 23rd (2013)

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  • $950.95 Full Tuition
  • $530.95 Tuition Assistance 1
  • $88 a month for 6 months Tuition Assistance 2
  • $0.00+lodging Tuition Assistance 3

This Program has a FREE tuition option!  In this two-week retreat (or half-dathün), we will introduce Shambhala Meditation, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's new practice of connecting directly with basic goodness as the ground for meditation practice and everyday life. The basic practice of shamatha will be developed over the course of the retreat and the structure of the two weeks will reflect the wisdom of the Four Dignities.

For beginning as well as advanced practitioners, this program will provide a powerful experience at any age or stage of life. Deepen your meditation practice, as well as fulfill group practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path. The retreat consists of individual meditation instruction, guided meditation, contemplations, and dharma talks, which develop insight and open our hearts. Each day follows a traditional schedule, with periods of sitting and walking meditation, exercises, chants, and a short work session. Functional silence is observed for most of the retreat, and meals are served in 'Shambhala contemplative householder ' style.

Participants are encouraged to attend the entire program. If you can only attend one week, it's preferable if you come to week one, but we do have some participants entering for week two. Arrival and departure days for the one-week periods are March 8-16 for week one, and March 15-23 for week two.

Additional aspects of the program include one-on-one meditation instruction with an experienced meditation instructor, guided sessions of meditation, contemplative meditation and a wonderful festive dinner to celebrate the closing of this powerful retreat.

This program fulfills the weekthün or half-dathün practice requirement for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

The following texts are required for this retreat:
An Introduction to Shambhala Culture
The Shambhala Practice of Dathun: A Month of Meditation

There is a materials fee of $40.95 to cover the costs of the books included in the program price. If you have one or both, please contact our Registrar at [email protected] or call (902) 657-9085

In addition to these two texts, please also feel free to bring Turning the Mind Into an Ally and Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies for Modern Life, by Sakyong Mipham; and Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, by Chogyam Trungpa. These books will be referenced in the talks and teachings, but they are not required for the program.  They will also be available to purchase in the gift shop.


Full program tuition plus accommodations:  $950.95  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 plus accommodations:  $530.95  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  $88/month:   If having 6 months to pay makes the discounted tuition possible for you, please choose this interest free option.   The payments would be $27 per month for tuition; if you add lodging to the payment plan it would be $38/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 $35 per night, so for this program the lodging cost would be an additional $525.  Huts and Cabins are not available as lodging options for winter programs.  If you are interested in a single room, please contact us about two weeks before the program begins, and depending on the number of registrants, we may be able to offer you this option for an additional $40 per night.

 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 [email protected] 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