Dzogchen Winter Dathun:
"Buddha in the Palm of Your Hand"
December 30,2022 to January 30, 2023
Prerequisite: " Touch and Go Weekend"
Dathun consists of a month-long intensive retreat focusing on the practice of Shamatha/Vipashyana as taught by Trungpa Rinpoche. It should not be cosidered a beginner's retreat particularly. Nor should it be considered something you do once and then have completed. If you are just starting out in your practice -- this training will provide a solid engagement with Trungpa Rinpoche's enlightened lineage and you should engage without further delay. If you consider yourself an "Old Dog" having been a student of these teachings for many years, when was the last time you actually did a full dathun as a participant? As students of this lineage we consider this retreat to be absolutely essential to re-engage through our lives.
“In the Kagyu tradition a little special technique of breathing practice which is employed is the experiencing of “chung ne dro sum.” “Chung” is where the thoughts arise; “ne” is dwell and “dro” is where they went; and those three are accompanied by “ying rig se wa.” Ying means space; “rig” means conscious mind; “se wa” means mixing. So mixing the mind consciousness. Sometimes it’s called also “lung sem se wa”—the mind and breathing mixing together. Whatever it is, the idea is that sense of space. And one doesn’t have to deliberately try to mix the mind and the breathing with solemn effort particularly. But like you feel the well-being of your body, in the same way you could feel you are breathing, a general sense of breathing.”
“The View Is the recognition of space as the true nature of mind. According to the Kagyu gurus, mind is like space. Space is unobstructed, all pervasive, empty and not produced by causes. Space accommodates everything—life and death, confusion and liberation. In that way it is the ground of everything. At the same time, space is ungraspable by thought and cannot be experienced as a thing. It is spotless because it has no allegiance and to describe it is impossible. The best you can say is that space simply is, and in that sense it is primordially pure.
“We should view our mind in the same way: mind is the ground of everything.”
Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin
Dathun is both a foundational retreat of the Vajradhatu sangha of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and a fruitional intensive depending upon one's depth of practice. It is a month long immersion in the practice of Shamatha/Vipashyana or mindfulness/awareness which forms the core for our mahamudra and Dzogchen path. In particular, it paves the way for entrance into the annutara yoga tantra. Without some kind of accomplishment of shamatha/vipashyana it is impossible to engage ngondro and the sadhana of Vajrayogini – which are the core practices of Kagyu tantra.
Dathun consists of 8 to 10 hours of group shamatha/vipashyana practice with oryoki meals. Group and private meditation instruction is offered regularly. Dzogchen Meditation Center is closed to the public during this retreat. '
The pre-requisite for this retreat is that the applicant practices shamatha-vipashyana meditation following Trungpa Rinpoche's instructions at least two hours a day as a personal practice and the completion on the "Touch and Go" introduction to meditation at Dzogchen Meditation Center.
Includes dorm room accommodation and meals
two work/study positions are available for cooks and servers.
Private rooms are available on a first come first serve basis and cost an additional $250.00 per week.