Nurturing the Seeds of Peace Winter Dathün Meditation Retreat: Weeks 2 & 3 with Acharyas Dale Asrael and Judith Simmer-Brown, and Shambhala President Richard Reoch

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

December 20, 2008–January 4, 2009

Tuition $ + 15 nights

The seeds of peace, crucial to cultivate in these times of chaos and conflict, are found within our most painful, as well as delightful, emotions and experiences. When we unlock those experiences through meditation, we discover the intrinsic clarity and compassion of our own being, right in the midst of all states of mind and life situations. Contemplation practices expand the effect of that clarity and compassion into all our most habitual patterns.

Join us for the second and third “weekthüns” of our monthlong retreat, or dathün. 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; Oryoki (traditional Japanese temple meal practice); and Chi Kung and Shamatha Yoga practices to train the body.

Acharya Dale Asrael will teach Week 2 and Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown will teach Week 3. Richard Reoch will preside throughout.

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.

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, is a professor of Buddhist studies at Naropa University and director of the Ngedon School of Higher Studies. She is also author of Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism. She travels and teaches in North America, Europe and Asia, teaching meditation practice, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism and inter-religious dialogue.

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.

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 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.