with Acharya Richard John
We typically think of going on retreat as a chance to get away, staying at a remote retreat center surrounded by nature. But what happens once the retreat is over and we return to our normal routine in a busy, crowded city? It can feel as if all the peace, clarity and connection cultivated during retreat evaporates as soon as we jump back into city life.
With this in mind, the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York is pleased to announce the Winter Weekthün, seven days of mindfulness meditation practice.
By participating in deep practice in our home city we are better able to incorporate the rich rewards of retreat into our daily lives and see the magic in our usual surroundings, allowing the benefits of retreat practice to stay with us long after the retreat is over.
This program includes approximately 8 hours of daily silent meditation. People of all faiths and traditions are warmly invited, but please note the practice days will begin and end with a few traditional chants.
Approximate Daily Schedule (subject to change):
9:00 - 12:00pm Morning Practice Session
12:00 - 2:00pm Contemplative Lunch & Rest/Work Period
2:00 - 4:00pm Afternoon Practice Session I
4:00 - 4:30pm Tea Break
4:30 - 6:00pm Afternoon Practice Session II
6:00 - 7:00pm Contemplative Dinner
7:00 - 8:30pm Evening Practice Session
About the Teacher
Acharya Richard John was an early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, and has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs internationally. For twenty years he has concentrated on leading Mahamudra Retreats in Nova Scotia and at Casa Werma in Mexico. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Canada.
Testimonials from Past Participants:
"This was one of the best things I have done for myself. Really deepened my meditation practice."
"Thank you for this week, it has been life changing."
“This week has been profoundly illuminating on multiple levels. There simply isn’t enough space here to describe.”
"Extremely valuable. An experience that has deepened and softened me and made me more aware of my thoughts and how they affect others and wider society in general.”
“So glad I did this! I’m only beginning to realize the true value of this week to my practice and life, and I know it’s effects will continue to unfold long after the last day.”
“So grateful to be here again and thanks to all the teachers. Wonderful presence and feeling cheerful.”
“I’m not Buddhist but so glad I did it. Got so much out of it.”