Why we do a Dathün

Orhun Cercel, senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, talks about the upcoming DATHÜN he will be leading: "We human beings yearn to connect with our inherent wakefulness. In order to do so we need to stabilize our minds. Dathun is a month-long meditation retreat that offers us the possibility to practice for very long periods of time. By doing so we begin to familiarise ourselves with our experience and learn to make friends with our minds. We begin to understand that we do not need to escape or reject our experience, but can accommodate all our ups and downs, all the sharp edges we encounter in daily life. We learn how to face the present moment and not turn away, to communicate with the situations we are in. As we let go of our avoidance and aggression we connect with a profound sense of relaxation. We begin to discover our innate sense of well-being and goodness. We are then able to re-engage with life from that perspective, extending the attitude of friendship to our environment and to other beings. Our mind becomes more spacious and less self-centred, better able to appreciate our perceptions. Above all we re-discover our kinship with other human beings and our desire to communicate and connect. This manifests as an attitude of empathy towards others and a desire to help repair many of the ills that our modern world is facing."


Orhun Cercel and Angelika Brockstedt will be guiding this Dathün, a precious opportunity for retreat and renewal. To register and for more information click here.


Possibilities of attendance:

• Full month: March 17 – April 15
• First week: March 17 – March 25
• First two weeks: March 17 – March 31
• First three weeks: March 17 – April 8
• Second two weeks: March 31 – April 15


If you can't make it for the Spring Dathün, there will be an Autumn Dathün in November. Have a look here.



16 November 2015


Dechen Chöling would like to express its great solidarity and compassion for the families and close ones of the victims of last Friday night's terrorism in Paris. During the coming days, we will conduct ceremonies to their memory, and continue to dedicate our prayers and our daily practice.

13 November 2015

Bid for the Open Heart Retreat at Dechen Chöling! Enjoy five days of practice and study with best-selling author and teacher Susan Piver.

More information here: Bidding for Good Auction

9 October 2015

"Today is a beautiful Fall day, the trees are dancing in the crisp energy of the wind, leaves have already changed colours and are flying about, everything is clear and vivid. It is slightly nostalgic, it is the end of summer, yet everything is very energised.

6 October 2015

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15 September 2015

Our Winter Meditation Retreat provides a precious opportunity for retreat, reflection and renewal during the Winter solstice and the New Year’s celebration. Join us for these days of mindfulness...

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