Nurturing the Seeds of Peace: Winter Dathün Meditation Retreat: Week 2 with Acharya Dale Asrael & Shambhala President Richard Reoch

Richard Reoch and Acharya Dale Asrael

December 21–28, 2007

Tuition $ + 7 nights

“Peace is not a choice for some; it is imperative for all. It is the only way forward for humanity and our planet. Aggression often seems the most direct and expedient way to solve a problem, but it is fundamentally unstable and will never last. Peace is fundamentally strong and long lasting.” — Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, citation from the Living Peace Award presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya (September 2006)

The seeds of peace, like the seeds of war, are in the human heart. Nurturing the seeds of peace is the ground of living in harmony with each other and bringing peace into our strife-torn world. Sustained group meditation offers us the space and time to settle and train the mind, and to live in such a way that we are grounded in mindfulness, awareness and the recognition of how interconnected we all are.

Join us for the second “weekthün” of our monthlong retreat, or dathün. The program will include sitting and walking meditation, private interviews with qualified meditation instructors and talks. The week will include Chi Kung (taught by Richard Reoch and Lady Jane Ward), meditation inside The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, Zen-style oryoki meals and work shifts to create an integrated experience that aims to engage the whole person.

Acharya Dale Asrael has been leading meditation retreats internationally since 1980, focusing on the practices of the three yanas of Buddhadharma. An associate professor at Naropa University in the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Buddhist Studies and Contemplative Education departments, she also trains meditation instructors who wish to serve in hospices, prisons and homeless shelters.

Richard Reoch is the president of Shambhala. Born into a Buddhist family in Canada, he has devoted his working life to defending human rights, protecting the environment and promoting peace. Formerly global media chief of Amnesty International, Richard is a trustee of the Rainforest Foundation, and he heads the International Working Group on Sri Lanka, dedicated to ending the Buddhist world’s longest running war.


Payment and Cancellation Policies: Please review the cancellation information on the registration page carefully as it differs from our general policy.

Prices below include tuition, lodging and meals. Due to restrictions on water usage at Shambhala Mountain Center, the laundry for participants attending two weeks or more of the dathün will be done professionally off-site. This fee, which is not reflected in the prices below, is $20 if attending for two weeks, $40 for three weeks and $60 for full dathün attendance.

While you can attend either Weeks 1 or 2 individually, to attend Weeks 3 or 4, you will need to attend at least one other weekthün. If you are registering online, you must submit a separate registration for each weekthün you plan to attend (except for Weeks 1 & 2, 2 & 3 and 3 & 4, which can be registered for together). Please note in the “comments” section of your registrations that you will be registering for more than one weekthün.

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

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

Dorm space is available for women only. If you are a male and want to register for dorm space, please contact our housing coordinator at 970-881-2184 ext 235

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 Dale Asrael

Acharya Dale Asrael leads retreats and meditation programs internationally.  She was appointed Dean of Meditation Instructors for Shambhala International by Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche.  Dale studies qigong with, and has been authorized to teach by, Daoist lineage-holder Eva Wong.  Dale is an Associate Professor at Naropa University, in the Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Master of Divinity programs. She is the founder and teacher of Naropa’s Mindfulness Instructor Training program.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.