Half-Dathun: Training in Awakened Heart: Cultivating Kindness and Courage

  • Casa Werma Casa Werma
  • Libertad 80, Colonia Centro Patzcuaro, Mich. 61600 Mexico
  • Dec 15 - 29, 2018 (15 days)
  • Colibri Suite - $1,721.00 Leoncita - $1,469.00 La Casita Shared Lodging - $1,175.00 Camping in the garden / Acampar en el jardín - $965.00 Off-site Estancia De La Era Queen Size - $1,755.00 Off-site Estancia de la Era - La…

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Lojong (mind training): The Training in Awakened Heart

The traditional Mahayana teachings on lojong were developed over a 300-year period and primarily attributed to a Bengali meditation master named Atisha Dipankara (contact info blocked) CE). The purpose of mind training is to overcome the habitual tendency to center the world around our self while cultivating the viewpoint and transcendent actions of the warrior-bodhisattva.

Lojong offers time-proven advice for how to cultivate the qualities of generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation and prajna (six paramitas) through the skillful means of reflection on a set of 59 slogans. (Examples of slogans: Be grateful to everyone. Abandon any hope of fruition. Don’t ponder others.)

In this retreat the practice of mindfulness-awareness (shamatha-vipahsyana) will provide the basis for sitting, walking meditation, and mindful movement. Daily dharma talks and contemplation will offer an opportunity to explore and embody these Mahayana teachings – allowing a deep sense of kindness, wisdom, wholeness, and joy to emerge.

Recommended readings:

Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron

Training in Compassion by Norman Fischer

Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa

Dathun, Tibetan for “moon session,” is an intensive group meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness practice through extensive periods of meditation.

Meditation is about learning to recognize our basic goodness in the immediacy of the present moment, and then nurturing this recognition until it seeps into the very core of our being. The practice begins on the cushion and goes beyond the cushion into every aspect of the retreat — including meals, activities during open periods, mandala support roles (cleaning or food prep) and rest.

Composed of two weekly segments called “weekthuns,” this 14-day retreat allows participants to attend either one or two weeks.

For more information about the weeklong meditation opportunity, please visit:  Weekthun

This program will be taught in English with full Spanish interpretation only for the first week.

Pay-It-Forward program tuition not including accommodations: $933 usd  We invite all who are able to do so to consider paying the Pay-It-Forward tuition rate. By doing so, you make it possible for us to offer scholarships to others, particularly our Mexico sangha, while also covering the direct cost of your stay here and contributing to our year-round operations.

Please select “Pay-It-Forward Tuition Add-On” in Registration.

Full program tuition not including accommodations: $825 usd   We invite all who are able to do so to pay the full tuition rate.  By doing so, you cover the direct cost of your stay here and contribute to our year-round operating expenses.

Subsidized program tuition not including accommodations: 30% off Full Tuition  If the full tuition is unworkable for you, please pay the subsidized rate. By doing so you contribute towards the cost of your being here and everything it takes to keep Casa Werma operating year-round. Unfortunately, Casa Werma is not able to offer work/trade options at this time.

Please type “SUBSIDIZED” in Discount Code in Registration.

Please email (contact info blocked) with any further questions.

Travel Arrangements:

We recommend flights into Morelia airport (90 minutes away by car). We can help with travel arrangements, please inquire about options. Visit our How to Get Here page for more info.


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