Winter Weekthun - Partial week

January 28th—February 3rd

Date details +
  • $100.00 Program Price
  • $15.00 Special Price
  • Or, pay what you can afford (enter amount when registering online, or pay on site)
Room: WPFC Carriage House
Program Registration is Closed.


Shambhala Pittsburgh is happy to offer a weekthün from Monday 1/28/19 to Sunday 2/3/19.  Weekthüns are in-depth practice retreats and a powerful introduction to and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation.

During these programs, the practice goes beyond sitting on a meditation cushion; every aspect of daily life becomes part of the mindful discipline of rediscovering the present moment and our own hearts and minds.

Each day consists of a full schedule of sitting and walking meditation, Buddhist chants, talks/study, contemplative meals and a short work session. Since this is a city weekthün, you will return home each evening and return refreshed each morning to resume practice. Silence and functional speech are observed for much of the week.  The simplicity of the daily routine provides a welcome alternative to a world of speed and multi-tasking and, bit by bit, we become friends with the present moment.

Feel free to sign up for the whole week, part of the week, or a single day. 

Planning your arrival time: To minimize disruptions to participants, the door will be open for timed arrivals, after which it will be locked.  People may leave at any time, but we ask that you plan to arrive at one of these entry times: 

8:45-9:15am – Morning entry [except Sunday: 10:15-10:30]
12:30-1:30pm  – Afternoon entry
4:00-4:15pm – Mamo chants entry (on short days)
5:30-6:30pm – Evening entry (on long days)
7:15-7:30pm – Mamo chants entry (on long days)


Suggested Daily Schedule for Monday-Saturday: 

Wednesday – Saturday - Observe Silence

Thursday, Friday, Saturday - Long Days

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Registration; Set Up
9:15-9:30 Open Shrine; Opening Chants
9:30-10:45 Sitting and Walking Meditation
10:45-11:00 Tea/Stretch Break/Walk Outside
11:00-12:30 Sitting and Walking Meditation (or break out group upstairs to do Mahayana &/or Vajrayana practices)
12:30-1:30 Contemplative Lunch Together (please pack a lunch except for on long days when we will order delivery together if you’d like)
1:30-2:30 Work Period
2:30-3:00 Shamatha Yoga, Rest, or Aimless Wandering outside
3:00-4:15 Dharma Talk (& Dharma conversation on talking days only; quiet study on silent days) and tea break, as needed
4:15-5:30 Mamo Chants & Closing Chants on short days; Closing up the center on short days

Schedule after 4:15 for long days (Thursday thru Saturday)

4:15-5:15 Sitting and Walking Meditation
5:15-5:30 Protector Chants on Long Days
5:30-6:30 Contemplative Dinner
6:30-7:30 Sitting and Walking Meditation
7:30-8:30 Mamo Chants & Closing Chants; Closing up the center

Suggested Daily Schedule for Sunday:

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Registration; Set Up
9:15-10:15 - Morning Chants, Sitting (upstairs)
10:15-10:30 - Tea Break (can move downstairs to join open meditation)
10:30-12:00 - Guided Open Meditation (Stroke Practice offered in the upstairs shrine room for those who have completed Warrior Assembly)
12-1:30 - Soup/cleaning ROTA
1:30-2:00 Shamatha Yoga, Rest, or Aimless Wandering outside
2:30-3:45 Sitting and Walking Meditation
3:45-4:15 Setting up for celebration
4:15-4:30 Closing Chants; Close Shrine
4:30-5:30 Closing Celebration!

About our pricing: If only attending one or a few days, please select the Special Price and edit it during registration. Our Generosity Policy is available if the Program/Special Price is too high. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Questions?  Contact Stephanie