July 8th - August 6th 2017
Vassa at Deer Park: A Rainy Season Retreat (Dathün)
July 8th - August 6th 2017
Led by senior students of Dzongsar Khyenste Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
“Meditation should not be regarded as a learning process. It should be regarded as an experiencing process. You should not try to learn from meditation but try to feel it. Meditation is an act of nonduality. The technique you are using should not be separate from you; it is you, you are the technique. Meditator and meditation are one."- Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
This four week long meditation retreat brings together the traditional rainy season retreat (Pali: Vassa) as practiced by the Buddha Shakyamuni and his followers in India with “dathün,” a retreat format designed by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Participants will have the chance to delve into the practice of sitting meditation in an environment that supports an atmosphere of simplicity, clarity, and discipline rarely accessible in our modern world.
During this retreat a unique environment is created where we can become familiar with our own minds. In addition to intensive meditation practice, the schedule includes morning and evening chants, walking meditation, mindful eating, silent periods, meetings with meditation instructors, dharma talks, readings, and study. The dathün a 24 hour a day practice.
The retreat will be led by senior students of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. We are delighted to bring this dathün format full circle to India, the seat of the Buddha’s enlightenment, and the place where this meditation instruction originated a millennium ago. Please join us!
Participants may register for shorter periods than the full month however priority will be given to those committed to a full month. One can an attend just the first two weeks, the last two weeks, or one week of the dathun. The entry dates for the week long meditation begins on July 8th, 15th, and 22nd.
The Retreat is led by June Crow, senior students of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche,
June Crow began her study and practice of Buddhism in 1968 when she met Suzuki Roshi, a Soto Zen Priest in San Francisco. During an intensive training session at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, she met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, of the Tibetan Kagyu, Nyingma and Shambhala Lineage, and became his student from 1970 to 1987. During that time she taught at a Vajradhatu Seminary, a three month-long practice and study intensive, lived 2 years at Karme Choling, a Buddhist Contemplative Center in the United States, was Head of Practice and Study at the Halifax Shambhala Center in Canada and was a senior meditation instructor and teacher. She has led month-long dathuns at Karme Choling and Cholqui Institue, Chile. Following the Parinirvana of ChogyamTrungpa Rinpoche, she has studied with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. In 1996 she received training in Buddhist philosophy and practice and was a senior teacher of the foundation curriculum at Nitartha Institute. Since 2010, June has been as student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and is furthering her understanding and practice of the Tibetan Kagyu, Nyingma and Rime Tradition.