Shamatha-Vipashyana Dathün Following the Form Taught by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

November 4th—December 5th (2021)

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    “In the practice of meditation, you step beyond your hope and fear. You develop trust in the strength of your being and in your ability to extend yourself to others, and you find you have tremendous willingness to do so.”
    -- Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

    This dathün, for both new and experienced meditators, will follow the intensive group retreat style introduced by Trungpa Rinpoche. Each day consists of a full schedule of alternating sitting and walking meditation. Meals will be taken in the meditation hall using the traditional Zen contemplative eating practice of oryoki.

    The dathün offers an experience of simplicity and clarity rarely found in modern daily life, and is a unique opportunity to develop a deep familiarity with the sitting practice of meditation taught by Shakyamuni Buddha. Shamatha-vipashyana meditation helps us to make friends with ourselves and our circumstances, and to re-discover our fundamental awake nature.

    What to Expect

    This style of dathün follows the traditional four-session schedule daily, beginning at 7am and ending around 9pm. Sitting sessions are alternated with walking meditation periods, and there are regular breaks for meals, tea, and a mid-day work period. Silence (functional talking) will also be practiced for parts of the program, and participants will have daily light cleaning and kitchen tasks as meditation in action.

    Meals are likewise an opportunity to practice meditation in action, and will be taken in the meditation hall using the Zen contemplative eating practice of oryoki. oryoki

    While this is primarily a practice retreat focused on deepening one's shamatha-vipashyana meditation, there will be occasional dharma talks given by the senior teachers.

    The program staff are instructors and teachers trained by Trungpa Rinpoche and his close students, all of whom have practised this form of meditation for between 20 to over 40 years.

    Who Should Attend

    The dathün is open and can be beneficial to both new and experienced meditators.

    However, this is an intensive program not usually appropriate as a first introduction to meditation. Some familiarity with meditation practice is recommended, and newer meditators are advised to develop a regular daily practice before taking on an intensive, month-long meditation program such as dathün.

    The dathün is also an excellent way for ngöndro or sadhana practitioners, or Mahamudra or Dzogchen students, to deepen their overall practice path by reinforcing its shamatha-vipashyana foundation.

    If you have any question about the appropriateness of this intensive for you please email the Dorje Denma Ling Program Manager, and they will provide you with contact information for the Lead Teacher.


    The Staff


    Nancy Huszagh became a student of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1979. In 2010, she completed the three-year-retreat at Söpa Chöling under the direction of Thrangu Rinpoche and subsequently assumed the role of Druppon (retreat master) for the latest retreat which ended in 2017. She has studied with a number of teachers over the years, including attending Scorpion Seal retreats with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

    Nancy attended the first dathun in 1981 when oryoki was first introduced, and more recently co-taught 2 mahamudra dathuns at DDL and served as meditation instructor at 2 CTR-style dathuns at Lerab Ling in France.

    Crane Stookey started meditating in the 80’s and heard Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche teach only 3 times, but he has always regarded him as his root guru. He has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has also studied with Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. Crane was a dathun junkie, sitting 5 dathuns before attending Vajradhatu Seminary. He has been a meditation instructor since 1991, and is delighted to be part of another dathun, and especially pleased at the chance to practice oryoki again. Crane has also for many years been staff at Shambhala Sun Summer Camp, and led the Rites of Warriorship for 16-year-olds.

    Ella Milligan was born just outside of Chicago to students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In 1988 her family immigrated to Nova Scotia to be closer to the growing sangha. Her first encounter with practice was at the age of eleven when her father tricked her into participating in a meditation retreat. Although she never met Trungpa Rinpoche she feels that her practice has always been deeply rooted in his teachings, and feels very lucky that her “job” now is with the continuing effort to transcribe all his talks.

    Since 1998 Ella has studied under Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. She loves dathun practice and has been a meditation instructor with the annual dathun in India for the last three years. Most of the last twenty years have been nomadic but she is currently very happy to be living in Nova Scotia.

    Click here for more information and to register for Shamatha-Vipashyana Dathün Following the Form Taught by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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