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Winter Meditation Intensive (Dathün)

December 14, 2014 - January 11, 2015


The practice of Pure Awareness (Mahamudra or Dzogchen) is the simplest and also the most advanced teaching in Tibetan Buddhism. Pure Awareness, also called the awakened state or the Buddha mind, is our most fundamental nature, a part of ourselves that is neither born nor dies and underlies all of the experiences of our human life. In this program, we will learn and practice the training stages of Pure Awareness practice, beginning from our current place of distraction and confusion and culminating in a vision of the world as open, perfect, and pure. Faithful to the Tibetan approach that “enlightenment is found in the body and nowhere else,” our approach will be somatic. Within the safety and warmth of a supportive community, this life-changing opportunity will allow us to journey deep into the limitless openness, wisdom, and joy that are within each of us, waiting just beneath the surface of our everyday experience. Come for a one, two, or three week segment or for the full month. *Note: One week segments are only available for weeks one and two.


Blazing Mountain Retreat Center

Crestone, CO



About the Teacher

Dr. Reginald “Reggie” Ray draws on four decades of study and intensive meditation practice within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition to address the unique problems, inspirations, and spiritual imperatives of modern people. He is the founder and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the practice, study, and preservation of the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the practice lineage he embodied.


Registration for this program is now closed. For questions about existing registrations, please call 1-877-DHARMA-9


For general information about traveling to our retreat center, please see the Getting Here page on the Blazing Mountain website.

Dharma Ocean will be offering a private shuttle service directly from Denver International Airport to Blazing Mountain Retreat Center for this program. There are limited seats available for this service. Therefore, we suggest that you choose this option at registration if you need this service and would like to guarantee a seat. We have endeavored to keep the fee associated with this chartered shuttle as low as possible and competitive with other public transportation options.

If you do plan to use the shuttle service make sure your inbound flight allows for enough time to board the charter bus by 12:45 PM. We recommend that your flight arrives before 12:00 PM.

For the return trip, the charter bus will leave BMRC at 6:45 AM and arrive at the Denver airport at 11:15 AM. Please plan your outbound flight accordingly. We recommend a flight that departs after 1:30 PM.

*Note: We will not be offering a local shuttle between Moffat and Blazing Mountain Retreat Center.

Retreat Details

Please plan to arrive between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. on your scheduled arrival day (either Sunday December 14th for week one, Sunday December 21st for week two, or Sunday December 28th for week three arrivals). Departure will be after breakfast on either December 21st, 28th, January 4th or 11th depending on the length of your stay.

If you are staff or work-study for this program, you may need to arrive a day early and depart a day late. Please contact Scott Exline (registrar@dharmaocean.org) if you have questions.

Please visit our Program FAQ page for other important information about being on retreat at Blazing Mountain. For any further questions please email us at wmi14@dharmaocean.org.

Week 1: December 14 – December 21
Week 2: December 21 – December 28
Week 3: December 28 – January 4
Week 4: January 4 – January 11

Participants can expect an intensive daily practice schedule. The specific daily schedule will vary throughout the program but will generally consist of an early morning practice session (or sessions), breakfast, a morning practice and teaching period, lunch, a break with time to do chores and rest, an afternoon practice and teaching period, dinner, and an evening practice session.