Dön Season Retreat
Kasung Kyi Khyap, Jesse Grimes and Dapön M Dennis Southward
February 21–23, 2014
As the Shambhala year comes to an end, we enter the period known as the dön season, the ten days before Shambhala Day when the accumulated negativity, underlying habitual patterns and latent obstacles of the past year are heightened.
It is traditional during this period to intensify one’s practice, particularly the practices that invoke protector principle, to pacify and reach beyond negativity. While it is generally considered a time to lie low and to refrain from embarking on new projects, unnecessary travel, and risky ventures, the Dorje Kasung gather together in the dön season as protectors, to proclaim our commitment to working with our personal and societal obstacles directly and fearlessly. Our camaraderie and esprit de corps establish the lungta that inspires us to hold together in a groundless process that is necessary to face obstacles directly. Through our practice we can overcome fixed mind and habitual patterns.
We will practice, look deeply at our path of Kasungship and explore how we can extend that further. This will be a time to deepen our connection to Kasung Vision, rejuvenate our energy and contemplate our motivation and intention for the year ahead, while enjoying good food, abundant humor and sharing the stories that have revealed to us the nature of our practice.
Who: All Kasung and Cadets from near and far.
Time: Arrive Friday evening (2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.) and depart Sunday afternoon (after lunch). If you can’t attend the full program please come to as much as you can.
Price: $60.00 per night (includes a bed in a dorm and food, upgraded housing available) + $30.00 program fee (Program fee will not be handled by SMC). Please don’t let funds stand in your way; please contact Rusung Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any concerns.