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Wasteland to Pureland: Reflections on the Path to Awakening
by Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat
Wasteland to Pureland is a contemporary guide to integrating spiritual practice with everyday life. Learn how the daily grist of work, relationships, and challenges can become our richest resources. Honest, edgy, and accessible, this book is for anyone ready to shed limiting beliefs, and wake up to the vibrant, creative nature of reality.
These teachings emerge out of decades of practice and study by master teachers Acariya Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat. Grounded in the belief that awakening is available to everyone, they teach us how to reunite with our gifts, and become agents of compassion and transformation, personally, interpersonally and globally.
Doug & Catherine's teachings are a rallying cry for all those who want no-holds-barred, honest guidance on the path of awakening. I'm thoroughly inspired by the spiritual potential we all have, and sobered by the challenges we face as a species and global consciousness. The path they lay out makes it clear that the journey is worth taking.Cara Conroy-Low
Doug and Catherine are always burning calories to get you back on a path that can lead toward greater self-awareness. When I am with these two very clear individuals, I am humbled by their dedication to others, and understand the every-waking-moment responsibility that comes with their calling.Peter Ujlaki
If you get a chance to study with Doug and Catherine, don't miss it. Through the power of long dedication, deep meditation, and wise guidance, life can definitely be transformed.Paul Jaffe
What is the Purpose of Spiritual Practice?
Life is a fascinating journey, filled with discovery, exploration and awesome experiences. It can also be fraught with suffering and sorrow, often unnecessarily. Happiness is the original state that shines through after unnecessary suffering has been eliminated. We’re dedicated to sharing this path.
A Modern Spiritual Path
Our mandate is to support as many beings as possible to experience spiritual awakening. Our overall approach to the the spiritual path, includes four important aspects
Four Aspects for a Modern Spiritual Path
A truly inspiring spiritual path includes discovery, exploration and study. It incorporates both formal study and apprenticeship-style modalities.
Formal study opportunities with Planet Dharma include online or in-person courses, meditation retreats and public classes.
Meditation also brings us vast insight and understanding, the building blocks of wisdom. We use both Eastern and Western methodologies to achieve these aims.
In Karma Yoga, we watch the patterns that arise as we interact with others. We use the same principles that we’ve learned in meditation and apply it to our work, our relationships and our communities.
It’s important that we are clear and honest: by its very nature, shadow work is not fun or pretty. It takes courage and fortitude to see parts of our being that are not like we wish them to be, and to dedicate one’s energy to transforming that.
We believe that integrating our shadow is fundamental and one of the fastest ways to unfold spiritually, and reduce our suffering.