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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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Winter Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

Also Shastri Holly Gayley

December 13, 2014–January 10, 2015

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 […]

Meditating

Winter Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

Also Shastri Holly Gayley

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 […]

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Winter Weekthun: A Week-long Meditation Retreat

Also Shastri Holly Gayley

December 13, 2014–January 10, 2015

“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 III and IV

Also Shastri Holly Gayley

December 27, 2014–January 10, 2015