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Shastri Ben Hines

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.

Upcoming Programs by Shastri Ben Hines

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Summer Weekthuns: Week-long Meditation Retreats

Also Acharya Emily Bower

June 11–July 9, 2016

Join us for one or more week of deep meditation practice. Weekthun is an intensive, week-long meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness. As part of the month-long Dathun program, there are four successive Weekthuns which can be taken individually or in combination. Through these immersive weeks, the practice of […]

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Summer Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

Also Acharya Emily Bower

June 11–July 9, 2016

Meditate for a week or the full month of Dathun. Our program will include individual meditation instruction, guided meditations to deepen our shamatha practice, and contemplative meditation to develop insight and open our hearts to compassion. Composed of four weekly segments called “Weekthuns,” this month-long retreat allows participants to attend anywhere from one week up […]

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Summer Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

Also Acharya Emily Bower

June 11–July 9, 2016

Weekthun I

June 11–18, 2016

“Whether we sit for a month or a week, coming to
 a Dathun is a profound step. We have heard about peace, strength of mind, and enlightenment. During Dathun, we discover what these elements are, we see that they are innate, and we learn to bring them into our experience.” — Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche Dathun, […]

Weekthun I and II

June 11–25, 2016

“Whether we sit for a month or a week, coming to
 a Dathun is a profound step. We have heard about peace, strength of mind, and enlightenment. During Dathun, we discover what these elements are, we see that they are innate, and we learn to bring them into our experience.” — Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche Dathun, […]

Weekthun II

June 18–25, 2016

“Whether we sit for a month or a week, coming to
 a Dathun is a profound step. We have heard about peace, strength of mind, and enlightenment. During Dathun, we discover what these elements are, we see that they are innate, and we learn to bring them into our experience.” — Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche Dathun, […]

Weekthuns II and III

Also Acharya Emily Bower

June 18–July 2, 2016

“Whether we sit for a month or a week, coming to
 a Dathun is a profound step. We have heard about peace, strength of mind, and enlightenment. During Dathun, we discover what these elements are, we see that they are innate, and we learn to bring them into our experience.” — Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche Dathun, […]