Winter Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat
Shastri Holly Gayley and Shastri Ben Hines
December 13, 2014–January 10, 2015
The 2014 winter dathün focuses on empowering our lives through the practice of meditation. We explore facets of mindfulness and awareness and also introduce Shambhala Meditation. These practices help to increase our appreciation of the sense perceptions and the natural world around us. Relaxing into our physicality, we are invited to feel the simplicity of being human and find strength and confidence in our wakeful healthiness inherent within. Immersing ourselves in group retreat, we discover a natural sense of communal connection that transcends our personal histories and unfolds in the magic of the present moment.
Shastri Holly Gayley teaches courses on Buddhism in the Religious Studies department at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has been a practitioner of meditation in the Shambhala community since 1992 and regularly presents meditation to groups on college campuses. Holly has frequently traveled to Eastern Tibet for her research on contemporary Buddhist movements.
Shastri Ben Hines, first encountered Shambhala in 1981 in a series of four talks called “Awakened Heart.” With a lifelong interest in how society works, Ben’s life has been deeply marked by meditation and the Shambhala teachings and by the example of the Sakyongs, each of whom present the highest possibilities of society as a path for the expression of dignity, nobility and sacred outlook.
Ben mixed meditation practice with a career in construction and retired from Habitat for Humanity in 2010. Appointed as Shastri in 2010, he is married, a father of two, with three grandchildren.
Financial aid is available for this program.