Winter Dathun Meditation Retreat with Shastris Dan Hessey and Holly Gayley

December 10, 2011–January 7, 2012

Tuition $150 + 28 nights

Dathün is a monthlong group meditation retreat for both new and experienced meditators. This dathün will focus on developing a deep understanding of shamatha, or “peaceful abiding” meditation. This practice allows us to “turn our mind into an ally,” rather than struggling with ourselves in daily life. It encourages us to appreciate being precise and simple in the present moment. Shamatha is the basis 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. This retreat can be done in its entirety or taken in weekly segments. All practice levels welcome.

Shastri Daniel Hessey has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1971. Former director of Shambhala Mountain Center, he is now on its board of directors. He has taught Shambhala Buddhism throughout the United States, as well as in Mexico, Australia and Chile.

Shastri Holly Gayley teaches courses on Buddhism in the Religious Studies department at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. She has been a practitioner of meditation in the Shambhala community since 1992.

Week I: December 10-17
Week II: December 17-24
Week III: December 24-31

Weeks I & II: December 10-24
Weeks II & III: December 17-31
Weeks III & IV: December 24-January 7 (Note: Attendance in Week IV requires participation in at least one of the earlier weeks.)

NOTE: For the first time, Shatris Dan Hessey and Holly Gayley will offer a special Shambhala Online Course series beginning on October 23, 2011 to help participants prepare for a Dathün or Weekthün. They will discuss the benefits of group practice, what to expect and how to prepare. To learn more, click here.

Check out these Shambhala Times articles on Dathün.

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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.
A discount of 10% off the seasonal dormitories is available for all full-time students and seniors.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.