The Shambhala Dharma
Mukpo Institute students conduct a three-month investigation into the principles of Shambhala Buddhism. Students study and practice the fundamental meditation techniques of shamatha and vipashyana through the Shambhala Training or Sacred Path Series. These core retreats are supplemented with other contemplative study or traditional contemplative arts programs. When not in retreat, students complete assigned readings and practices and meet regularly with each other and their teachers for discussions.
The heart of the Mukpo Institute semester is a month-long mindfulness retreat called dathün. During dathün, students apply mindfulness to all activities in addition to scheduled walking and sitting meditation sessions. Meals are taken in traditional Japanese monastic style; silence or mindful speech is observed; also mind-body disciplines are practiced.
Sample Fall Schedule
|Sept. 6th||Arrival Day|
|Sept. 9th – Sept. 11th||Embodied Listening and Focusing
Beginner’s Kyudo: First Shot
|Sept. 16th – Sept. 23||Shambhala Training Levels I – III
Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse, Drala
|Sept. 29th – Oct. 29th||Fall Dathün|
|Nov. 4th – Nov. 10th||Shambhala Training Levels IV – V
|Nov. 17th – Nov. 23rd||Five Wisdom Energies|
Many of the retreats in the Mukpo curriculum are also offered to outside participants as individual programs. Some of the retreats listed below can be taken separate from the Mukpo Insitute. Learn more
“My whole life I’ve longed for an education that nurtures and nourishes my whole being… I found that here.” -Zoey, Fall and Spring 2011/2012 Mukpo Student