Practicing Fearlessness in Difficult Times: Winter Dathün Meditation with Acharya Dale Asrael & Roland Cohen: Weekthüns I & II

December 12–26, 2009

Tuition $0 + 14 nights

Join us for the first two “weekthüns” of our monthlong retreat, or dathün. Dathün (literally “moon session”), a month-long group meditation retreat for both new and experienced meditators, is a powerful training ground for the creation of compassionate society. The retreat will include meditation instruction and guided sessions of shamatha (peaceful abiding) practice to stabilize the mind, and vipashyana (contemplative meditation) to develop insight and open the heart of compassion. It will also include private interviews with qualified meditation instructors. Participants will practice silence and mindful speech; periods of meditation-in-action including cleaning, cutting vegetables, and community tasks; and Oryoki (traditional Japanese temple meal practice).

The Winter Dathun will be led by Acharya Dale Asrael (1st two weeks), Acharya Jenny Warwick (last 10 days) and Senior Teacher Roland Cohen who will preside throughout the month. Acharya Asrael will be offering refuge and bodhisattva vows during the second week of the retreat.

For a deep immersion into the path of meditation and warriorship, we invite you to attend the entire dathün. You can also participate in one or more of our weeklong segments, or weekthüns. Priority will be given to full month participants. All participants are required to attend for at least one week, preferably at least two.

Please review the payment and cancellation policies on the registration page carefully as they differ from the general policies for other programs.

Preference for “upgraded” housing (all options other than the seasonal dormitories) will be given to those registering for the full dathün. Please note that if you select dormitory accommodations you may be sleeping on a foam mattress on the shrine room floor.

Acharya Dale Asrael studied with Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche from 1973 until his passing in 1987. A student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, who appointed her an Acharya in 2000, she has lead dathüns and other meditation retreats internationally since 1980, including Sutrayana Seminarya and meditation instructor and teacher trainings in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. Acharya Asrael teaches Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Buddhist Studies and Contemplative Education at Naropa University.

Roland Cohen has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa since 1973 and has taught Shambhala training and Buddhist courses since 1981. He has served as Resident Director of Shambhala Training in Boulder and Resident Senior Teacher in New Zealand. A professor at Naropa University, Roland has also taught at Shambhala centers throughout the region and in prisons throughout the U.S.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.