NDF’s Winter Meditation Intensive – January 2018
- Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
- 253 Philbrick Hill Road Springfield, NH 03284
- Jan 2, 2018 - Jan 2, 2018 ()
- Private Room w/En-Suite Bath - $207.00 Private Room w/Hall Bath - $180.00 Shared Room w/En-Suite Bath - $152.00 Shared Room w/Hall Bath - $137.00 Dorm - $125.00 Commuter - $89.00
Important: January 2-7 housing is sold out, except for Women’s Dorm and those willing to lodge locally (local lodging options found under “Commuting” lodging type on the registration page). To wait-list, please follow the “wait-list” instructions listed in the right-hand side column, on this page.
The Heart of Practice
We are delighted to announce Wonderwell’s first ever Winter Meditation Intensive (Dathun)! There is nothing quite like beginning the new year with deep meditation practice in community, encircled by the quiet beauty of snow-covered mountains. Join us this January as we explore “The Heart of Practice,” how to engage, sustain and deepen into the vibrant heart of meditation. Mixing our experience, no matter what it is, with our practice, we will discover how meditation can provide a powerfully transformative container for everything that arises.
This month-long intensive includes meditation sessions (both guided and unguided), daily yoga, a Dharma teaching per day with the teacher-in-residence, and three textual study sessions per week. The textual study sessions will focus on an in-depth study of John Makransky’s Awakening Through Love (Jan 2-7), the classic meditation manual The Ocean of Definitive Meaning by the Ninth Karmapa (Jan 8-23) and Creation and Completion by Jamgon Kongtrul (Jan 23-31). Teachings during the retreat will focus on accessing the heart of awakening through relationality and through resting in natural awareness. Teachings also will explore view, meditation, and action, with special attention on finding stability, ease, and freshness within your personal experience.
Attendees of the Jan 8-23 section of the retreat will have access to purchase the restricted translation of The Ocean of Definitive Meaning. We are especially honored to host Elizabeth Callahan, the translator of this text, from January 19-23. During her stay, she will give daily teachings from her translation.
Week 1 – January 2-7: Compassion
(Intro to Benefactor Practice. Margha students encouraged to attend)
Week 2 – January 8-15: Natural Meditation
Week 3 – January 16-23: Open Awareness
Week 4 – January 23-31: Awareness and the Divine
(Green Tara transmission & practice instructions Jan 26-28)
January 3, 10:30am New Year’s Fire Puja
January 7, 6pm Refuge Vow Ceremony
January 14, 6pm Bodhicitta Vow Ceremony
January 21, 6pm Buddhist Lay Precepts
January 27, 5pm Tara Empowerment (Jan 26-28 focuses on Green Tara)
Note: The sangha is welcome to attend special events as commuters, daily schedule will be modified.
Dathun Daily Practice Schedule:
6:30-7:00 Sunrise Meditation
8:30-10:00 Yoga Practice
10:20-11:10 Dharma Teaching
11:30-12:15 Meditation Practice (guided)
12:15-3:00 Lunch and Mid-day Break
3:00-3:45 Meditation Practice (silent)
4:00-5:30 Dharma Study Session (M,W,F: Teacher-guided, all other days: Self-guided)
5:45-6:30 Meditation Practice (guided)
6:30-8:00 Dinner and Break
8:00-8:45 Evening Meditation (silent)
For stays of 5 nights or more, a practice interview with Lama Willa or Lopen Liz is guaranteed. Stays less than 5 nights will receive an interview if the teacher’s schedule permits. All interviews are scheduled at time of check-in.
For Program Curriculum questions, please email Liz Monson at: firstname.lastname@example.org