Acharya Emily Bower

Acharya Emily Bower began practicing with the Shambhala community 30 years ago. The Sakyong invited her to become an acharya in 2004. She leads retreats and weekend programs, with particular interests in dathun and weekthun;  contemplating kindness; and  practicing sanity in challenging situations.

She works as a book editor specializing in Buddhism, psychology, and yoga. She is a project manager and editor for the 84000 Project, a non-profit focused on translating the words of the Buddha into English. She is a staff reviewer and curator at Dharma Spring, the online Buddhist bookstore. 

She has a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Brown University and studied writing and editing at UC Berkeley. She is married to the translator, screenwriter, and artist Peter Alan Roberts.

Upcoming Programs by Acharya Emily Bower

Summer Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

June 9–July 9, 2017

Meditate for a week or the full month of Dathun. Our program will include individual meditation instruction, guided meditations to deepen our shamatha practice, and contemplative meditation to develop insight and open our hearts to compassion. Composed of four weekly segments called “Weekthuns,” this month-long retreat allows participants to attend anywhere from one week up […]

Summer Weekthuns: Week-long Meditation Retreats

June 9–July 9, 2017

Join us for one or more week of deep meditation practice. Weekthun is an intensive, week-long meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness. As part of the month-long Dathun program, there are four successive Weekthuns which can be taken individually or in combination. Through these immersive weeks, the practice of […]

Summer Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

June 9–July 9, 2017

CLICK HERE for more Dathun information and HERE for links to individual Weektuns.

Weekthun I

June 9–17, 2017

Click HERE to return to the Weekthun Landing page.   “Whether we sit for a month or a week, coming to
 a Dathun is a profound step. We have heard about peace, strength of mind, and enlightenment. During Dathun, we discover what these elements are, we see that they are innate, and we learn to […]

Weekthun I and II

June 9–24, 2017

Click HERE to return to the Weekthun Landing page.   “Whether we sit for a month or a week, coming to
 a Dathun is a profound step. We have heard about peace, strength of mind, and enlightenment. During Dathun, we discover what these elements are, we see that they are innate, and we learn to […]

Weekthun III

June 24–July 2, 2017

Click HERE to return to the Weekthun Landing page.   “Whether we sit for a month or a week, coming to
 a Dathun is a profound step. We have heard about peace, strength of mind, and enlightenment. During Dathun, we discover what these elements are, we see that they are innate, and we learn to […]

Weekthuns III and IV

June 24–July 9, 2017

Click HERE to return to the Weekthun Landing page.   “Whether we sit for a month or a week, coming to
 a Dathun is a profound step. We have heard about peace, strength of mind, and enlightenment. During Dathun, we discover what these elements are, we see that they are innate, and we learn to […]

Enlightened Society Assembly

Also Acharya Mitchell Levy

October 19–29, 2017

The Enlightened Society Assembly is a gathering of Shambhala warriors to contemplate, practice and manifest the principles of basic goodness in order to create a good human society.  Students will deepen their commitment and intention to manifest basic goodness by taking the Enlightened Society Vow.  We will practice the Shambhala Sadhana to support the journey […]

Enlightened Society Assembly

October 19–29, 2017

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please read these important details before registering Participation: Participation in the entire Assembly is required. Payment: A deposit of 50% of the total program cost is due upon registration. The full remaining balance is due on September 19, 2017, 1 month prior to your arrival date. Cancellation Policy: This cancellation policy for Enlightened Society Assembly […]