Shambhala Meditation Dathun: Feeling, Being and Touching Basic Goodness

Acharya Holly Gayley and Acharya Daniel Hessey

December 14, 2012–January 12, 2013

  • $2,315.00 – dorm room, shared bathroom
  • $2,775.00 – double room, private bathroom
  • $3,220.00 – single room, shared bathroom
  • $3,690.00 – single room, private bathroom
  • $2,315.00 – Red Feather Cabin: double room, shared bathhouse
  • $1,885.00 – Seasonal Dormitories: dorm room, shared bathouse
  • $6,550.00 – junior suite, private bathroom
  • $1,710.00 – second person in single private bathroom or jr. suite
  • $1,650.00 – Generosity Policy: dorm room accommodations


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Dathün is a month long group meditation retreat for people who are interested in furthering their meditation practice.

The 2012 winter dathün will focus on developing a deep understanding of shamatha, or “peaceful abiding” meditation. It will  introduce Shambhala Meditation, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s new approach to connecting with basic goodness as the ground for meditation practice.

Shambhala meditation allows us to “turn our mind into an ally,” so that we can fulfill our human potential for sanity, kindness and strength. The meditation practices taught by the Sakyong are the foundation of all other practices in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions.

Our program will include individual meditation instruction, guided meditations to deepen our shamatha practice, and contemplative meditation to develop insight and open our hearts of compassion.

NOTE: To learn more about Dathün, read these Shambhala Times articles.

Register for the entire Dathün or a Weekthün

The dathün is a month-long journey to deepen in the practice of meditation. If you have not attended a week or more of dathün previously, please register for week one or week two. If you have a situation that requires an exception to the guidelines below, we can arrange for you to discuss this with the program directors:

  • If you wish to enter in the Weekthün I, you feel inspired to do an intensive group retreat. If you already have a meditation practice, that is a good foundation.
  • If you wish to enter in the Weekthün II, it is suggested that you have already completed some Shambhala Training Levels or attended other meditation programs.
  • If you wish to enter the Weekthün III, it is suggested that you have already completed at least one weekthün and are already familiar with oryoki.

To register, please use the corresponding links below:

Monthlong Dathün: December 14 – January 12
Weekthün I:  December 14-21
Weekthün II:  December 21-28
Weekthün III:  December 28 – January 4

Weekthüns I & II:  December 14-28
Weekthüns II & III:  December 21 – January 4
Weekthüns III & IV:  December 28 – January 12

Laundry Services

Due to restrictions on water usage at Shambhala Mountain Center, the laundry for participants attending the Dathün will be done professionally off site. The cost for this service is included in price.

Financial Aid

Partial scholarships are available. Read about our Financial Aid program. To apply, please check the Financial Aid Option when you register. You will be directed to the application page at the end of your registration process.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Please review our Rates, Payments and Cancellations policy.

Acharya Holly Gayley

Acharya Holly Gayley is Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. With a passion for translation, her research focuses on Buddhist literature in contemporary Tibet. She is author of Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet (Columbia University Press, 2016) and co-editor of A Gathering of Brilliant Moons: Practice Advice from the Rimé Masters of Tibet (Wisdom Publications, 2017). As a senior teacher (acharya) in the Shambhala tradition, Holly regularly leads meditation workshops and retreats.

Acharya Daniel Hessey

Acharya Daniel Hessey has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1971 and has taught extensively throughout the U.S. and South America. Since 2004, he has studied the I Ching with Eva Wong, a Taoist Qigong lineage holder and translator of classical Chinese texts. Dan is also a former director of Shambhala Mountain Center.

Program Details

Date and Time Details: Please arrive between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. There are no activities scheduled for the departure day.

Financial aid is available for this program.