Ruling Your World: The Path of Compassion Winter Dathün Meditation Retreat with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche presiding, Richard Reoch & Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Richard Reoch and Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

December 15, 2006–January 14, 2007

Tuition $ + 30 nights

Dathun is a pivotal point in one’s life, where the profundity of the teachings soak into our core. It is the time and opportunity for us to change, develop and mature. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

The practice of group meditation offers powerful support for each individual’s path. The collective energy facilitates inner cultivation and provides a rich training ground for the creation of compassionate society. This monthlong retreat, known as a dathün, will provide an extraordinary opportunity to practice together under the overall guidance of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the lineage holder of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. The program will include sitting and walking meditation, private interviews with qualified meditation instructors, periods of silence, and talks. The retreat will also include Chi Kung, meditation inside The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, Zen-style oryoki meals and work shifts–all to create an integrated meditative experience which we can then carry forward beyond dathün into our daily lives.

This dathün will be an opportunity to contemplate and put into practice key insights presented in the Sakyong’s most recent book, Ruling Your World, with a particular emphasis on the practice of compassion. This begins with compassion toward ourselves: “The most loving environment we can create is on the meditation seat.” From that ground, we are then able to radiate that intimate feeling of compassion out to all beings.

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 of our weeklong segments, or weekthüns.

Week 1
Week 2
Weeks 1 & 2
Week 3
Week 3 & 4

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is one of Tibet’s highest and most respected incarnate lamas. The son and dharma heir of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of Shambhala Mountain, he is the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers. He is the author of the national bestsellers Turning the Mind Into an Ally and Ruling Your World.

Richard Reoch is the president of Shambhala. A lifelong Buddhist, he has devoted his working life to defending human rights, protecting the environment and promoting peace.

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown is a professor of Buddhist studies at Naropa University and director of the Ngedon School of Higher Studies. She will be in attendance during the latter portion of the program.

Payment and Cancellation Policies: Please review the cancellation information on the registration page carefully as it differs from the general policies for most other programs.

Prices below include tuition, lodging and meals. A mandatory laundry fee ($15 if attending two weeks, $30 for three weeks, and $45 for full dathun attendees) will be added for participants registering for two or more weeks.

STUDENT DISCOUNT: A discount of 10% off the dormitory price is available for all full-time students.

Please note that if you book dormitory accommodations, you may be sleeping on a foam mattress on the shrineroom floor.

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Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage. An incarnation of Mipham the Great, he is the dharma heir and son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Mountain Center’s founder. Sakyong Mipham is the spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers, and the author of the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally, as well as Ruling Your World ,  Running with the Mind of Meditation and The Shambhala Principle. His background embraces both Eastern and Western cultures. Born in Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, he grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and received his spiritual training from his father and other distinguished lamas. In addition to Shambhala, the Sakyong also holds the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. An avid poet, artist and athlete, he travels extensively teaching throughout the world.

Richard Reoch

Richard Reoch is the former media chief of Amnesty International, the human rights organization, and a lifelong campaigner for peace and the environment. His work has taken him to conflict zones around the world. As the President of Shambhala, he has a wealth of experience in applying The Six Ways of Ruling and now travels widely sharing his insights with others.

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978.  As Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s, she became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, and was empowered as an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2000. Her teaching specialties are meditation practice, Shambhala teachings, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, and contemplative higher education.  Her book, Dakini’s Warm Breath (Shambhala 2001), explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men.  She has also edited Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY 2011). She had her husband, Richard, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.