Shamatha-Vipashyana Half-Dathün 1

with Gaylon Ferguson

June 28th—July 13th

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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

    We are now accepting applications for a Half-Dathün (two-week) retreat. We may also offer a Weekthün option if space permits. If interested, please email Dan Scheibman at [email protected]

    Dathün is a month-long, group meditation retreat. The retreat is supported by an experienced staff of senior teachers and meditation instructors.

    This dathün provides an opportunity to develop a deep familiarity with the form of shamatha-vipashyana meditation taught by Shakyamuni Buddha – often referred to as "sitting practice." Shamatha-vipashyana meditation helps us make friends with ourselves and our circumstances, and to re-discover our fundamental awake nature.

    Although there is not much talking, group practice creates a shared atmosphere of wakefulness.This mutual support, inspiration and awareness is at the heart of the journey that all the participants at dathün take together.

    What to Expect

    This dathün follows the intensive group retreat style introduced by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

    The traditional four-session daily schedule begins at 7am and ends around 9pm most evenings. Sitting sessions are alternated with walking meditation periods, and there are regular breaks for meals, tea and a mid-day work period. Silence or "functional talking" is  practised for much of the retreat, and participants are assigned light cleaning and kitchen tasks as meditation in action. Meals are served in the meditation hall using the Zen contemplative eating practice of oryoki.

    While this is primarily a practice retreat focused on deepening one's shamatha-vipashyana meditation, there will be occasional dharma talks, and opportunities to ask questions about your practice when you meet with a meditation instructor.

    Who Should Attend

    The dathün is open to all and can be beneficial to both new and experienced meditators.Practitioners at all levels will deepen their meditation by reinforcing the foundational shamatha-vipashyana practice.

    Some familiarity with meditation practice is recommended. Newer meditators are advised to develop a regular daily practice before taking on this intensive, month-long retreat.