July 9 - August 8, 2017.
Vassa at Deer Park: A Rainy Season Retreat Dathün
July 8th - August 6th 2017
This month long intensive meditation retreat joins together the classic Dathün, as taught by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, with the Buddha’s traditional rainy season retreat. During the Buddha’s time practitioners would gather and practice together during the monsoon season. We are delighted to reignite this tradition at Deer Park from July 9 - August 8, 2017.
Led by senior students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, this retreat will offer the opportunity to gain a deep familiarity with the sitting practice of meditation. The meditation instruction given by Trungpa Rinpoche originated in India, crossed the Himalayas a millennium ago, and has been taught in Europe and North America since the 1960’s. We are very pleased to see that journey come full circle.
Dathün is a unique environment where the schedule, guidelines, and practice of meditation together offer a space of simplicity and clarity rarely experienced in our ordinary lives. In addition to sitting meditation, other forms are used to create an environment in which we can get to know our own minds. Oryoki, a Japanese monastic form of serving and eating meals, morning and evening chants, walking meditation, silent periods, meetings with meditation instructors, and dharma talks and readings are all essential components of the retreat. It is a 24 hour a day practice.
In a 1973 letter to Dathün participants, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche wrote: “Meditation is the way of Buddha. A Dathün, or “month long training period,” is a systematic method of putting the teaching into practice. Alternating formal sitting with meditation in action (daily living experiences as practice) creates a confrontation with hidden neuroses and a means to transmute them.”
Participants may register for shorter periods.
However: (a) Priority will be given to individuals
committed to the full month of retreat; and
(b) No new participants will be admitted
after 22nd July.