What is meditation all about?
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What is a Weekthün and a Dathün?
After beginning meditation practice, many want to deepen this experience through deeper retreats. A week of meditation, known as weekthün (week session), is offered in some local centres and in all of our rural retreat centres. It is a powerful introduction and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation, open to anyone.
The program includes sitting and walking meditation. Dathün (Tibetan for “month session”) is a one-month group meditation retreat led by a senior teacher. Silence and functional talking are observed and meals are served in the shrine room through a contemplative eating practice. The retreat includes talks, study, and a short work period. After attending a dathün, students may choose to do a solitary retreat, and a number of Shambhala practice centres have facilities for individual retreats.
What is ‘Shamatha’?
The word for meditation in Sanskrit is “shamatha” in Sanskrit (Tibetan: shi-ne), which means “peacefully abiding.” Peacefully abiding describes the mind as it naturally is. The word “peace” tells the whole story. The human mind is by nature joyous, calm and very clear. In shamatha meditation we aren’t creating a peaceful state——we’re letting our mind be as it is to begin with.This doesn’t mean that we’re peacefully ignoring things. It means that the mind is able to be present, without constantly leaving.
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche responds to a student’s question about meditation.
Q. Would you care to sum up the purpose of meditation?
A. Well, meditation is dealing with purpose itself… Generally we have a purpose for whatever we do: something is going to happen in the future, therefore, whatever I am doing now is important — everything is related to that. But the whole idea of meditation is to develop an entirely different way of dealing with things, where you have no purpose at all. In fact, meditation is dealing with the question of whether or not there is a such thing as ‘purpose.’ ~ Meditation in Action
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche leads you through a thorough meditation instruction, from Turning The Mind Into An Ally.
“With meditation I found a ledge above the waterfall of my thoughts.”
― Mary Pipher, Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World
“Meditation is a totally nonviolent, nonaggressive occupation.”
― Pema Chödrön, The Pocket Pema Chodron