Datun - Three Week Meditation Retreat. 

A powerful introduction to, and deepening of, shamatha-vipashyana meditation for both new and experienced meditators.

A Datun is an in-depth group meditation retreat, offering an ideal environment to discover and strengthen an awareness of our own fundamental being through the simple but powerful method of shamatha-vipashyana meditation, which can be translated as calm abiding and clear seeing meditation.

Practical Information  
Who can join – This retreat is open to all those interested in discovering, deepening, and stabilizing the practice of meditation whether you are a Rigpa student, a member of another sangha, or you are looking for an authentic method of meditation.

Please note – If you are new to the practice of meditation we warmly encourage you to first register for one week and see during the retreat if you wish to extend.

The Datun is also ideal for Rigpa meditation and ngöndro students and is warmly recommended for Dzogchen students, since the accomplishment of shamatha-vipashyana meditation is inseparable from Dzogchen practice.

How to participate – Although participants are encouraged to attend the entire month, we also offer options to enable everyone to participate for as long as possible. Due to the nature of this retreat, we ask all participants to reside onsite.

There are two entry days for the 3 week option:

  • Saturday 9 March 2019 – The start of the retreat 
  • Saturday 16 March 2019 – The second week 
  • There is no entry date after the second week

All start and end dates as well as the daily start and end times are strict. It is not possible to enter on a later date or time or to leave early in order to avoid any disruption for your fellow retreatants.

The team - The retreat will be led by Larry Mermelstein, a close personal student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, together with Andy Karr and a team of experienced instructors who have been trained according to Trungpa Rinpoche’s guidance. Many of them were Trungpa Rinpoche’s personal students as well.

The programme - The datun programme was designed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, specifically for his Western students in the 1970s. The word datun comes from the Tibetan word da, “moon” or “month” and tun (or thün), “practice session.”

The datun team offers a seasoned, personal approach to the fundamental simplicity of shamatha-vipashyana meditation, and they seek to support each datun participant as their practice unfolds through regular individual interviews.

Each day starts at 6.55am and ends at 9pm and consists of a full schedule of sitting and walking meditation, contemplative meals, personal time, and a short meditation in action period (to help run the event). Days of silence combined with the practice of functional speech are observed. The simplicity of the daily routine provides a welcome respite from the hectic pace of modern life, encouraging us to make friends with ourselves, our environment, and to reconnect with our fundamental nature. See schedule here


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To see the programme for Rigpa students please log in with your "Rigpa Admin & Care" email and password. If you are a student from another sangha and you think you qualify to participate to this event, please send an email to registration@rigpa.org