Winter Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

Holly Gayley and Shastri Ben Hines

December 13, 2014–January 10, 2015

Tuition $100 + 28 nights

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.

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Holly Gayley

Holly Gayley is an Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has been practicing meditation in the Shambhala tradition for more than 20 years and regularly leads meditation retreats and workshops as a shastri or senior teacher. Holly has frequently travels to Eastern Tibet for her research on contemporary Buddhist movements and enjoys trekking in the Himalayas and Rocky Mountains.  She is author of Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet (2016).


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.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.