2020 Teaching ScheduleBasic Schedule | Note: Subject to change. Check back for updates.
Welcome to the 2020 teaching schedule for Dharma Teachers Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat. We invite and encourage you to plan your year of dharma practice in advance. The schedule is subject to changes and additions. Mark your calendars now and check back again for more details.
2020 Course & Retreat Schedule
January 13 – February 3, 2020
We launch the year focusing on learning, one of the four pillars of our teaching’s diverse modalities. A four-week online course studying a classic Mahayana sutra (TBD), to sharpen our mental acuity and deepen our understanding of this profound turning of the wheel. Classes are offered live weekly on Monday evenings, 7:30pm MST, and available for one week as a recording. We strongly encourage you to attend live as much as possible so that you can connect optimally with the awakening mindstream and Triple Gem. The last weekend of the course features a weekend flash retreat to empower you to seal your learning through your own meditative experience, in the comfort of your own home.
February 7 – 16, 2020
Conscious Life Expo in L.A. & Public Teachings
Join us in Los Angeles for the Conscious Life Expo! We’re proud to be presenting at this major event (Fri-Mon Feb 7-10) covering all aspects of consciousness as we know it. Both Planet Dharma and Clear Sky will have a presence. You are welcome to visit us there or event be a part of our team–get in touch for either. Th-Mon Feb 13-16 we will be teaching dharma at several different venues in the greater Los Angeles area. Join us at these historic classes, or let your friends in the region know so that they may benefit.
April 6 – May 3
While we believe any undertaking can be a vehicle for awakening, there is no substitute for the power of meditation. This is why meditation is one of the four foundational practices of our teaching. Together we take a deep dive in this four-week online course exploring the Theravadin tradition of vipassana or insight meditation, through the lens of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (kaya, vedana, citta, dhamma). Don’t know what this means? You will, and it will help you extend your meditation experience into the microcosms of subatomic particles, the vastness of space and all that’s between. Online talks will be held weekly on Monday evenings MST. The end of the course will include a weekend flash retreat to seal your learning experientially.
April 10 – 24
Insight Retreat at Clear Sky
Find out for yourself why meditation is one of the four foundational practices of our teaching. Take advantage of Acariya Doug Duncan Sensei’s mastery of insight in this powerful and rare two-week insight meditation retreat. Your experience of your mind will never be the same. Held at our home retreat centre, the model of innovative awakening in the 2000s, Clear Sky, in the Rocky Mountains of BC.
Public Talk in London: Money, Sex and Power
Doug and Catherine Sensei present public teachings on how we can transform challenges with these energy-intensive issues to fuel our spiritual unfoldment. At the historic Watkins Bookstore, the oldest metaphysical bookstore in the U.K. Details TBC.
May 8 – 18
Karma, Womb & Transcendence Somatic Retreat, UK
The nine months in our mother’s womb plus our birth comprises some of the most formative karmic shapings of our experience of this lifetime. How much do we know about these crucial events? What kind of embodied connection do we have with them? Having contact with and understanding our emergence into form is key to the wholesome experience of this and other lifetimes. Join this important, somatic ten-day retreat on Namgyal Rinpoche’s pioneering work on Karma, Womb and Transcendence at the historic Maitreya House in Wales, UK.
May 22 – 25
Body, Mind, Spirit Festival in London
Join Doug & Catherine Sensei for their workshop at the extraordinary Body, Mind, Spirit Festival in London, UK. Dates, time and topic to be confirmed.
Hero’s Journey Retreat, Nelson BC
Join Doug & Catherine Sensei for in Nelson, BC for a retreat on the Hero’s Journey.
July 4 – 5
Birthday & Anniversary Celebration
Celebration time! Join us to fete Doug Sensei’s birthday together with our observation of a remarkable 15 years of Clear Sky unfoldment. We honor the remarkable lineage we are all a part of, and rejoice all the growth we’ve experienced together through the founding and development of our cutting-edge 310-meditation cushion, Clear Sky.
August 3 – 30
Online Course: Karma Yoga
A four week online course on the theme of Clear Sky’s Five Principles of a Spiritual Container. As the adage goes, remarkable tea requires a worthy vessel. Similarly our meditation practice needs the healthy container of our lives to flourish. In these times of speed and stress, we’d like to share with you what we’ve found works well. Talks will be held weekly on Monday evenings MST. The end of the course will include a weekend flash retreat to seal your learning experientially.
October 5 – November 1
Online Course: Integrating the Shadow
A four week online course on the theme of Planet Dharma’s Five Principles of Spiritual Awakening. It’s not just about meditating or feeling blissful! These principles help us overcome preference mind, turning every moment and every situation into an experience of spiritual awakening. Talks held weekly on Monday evenings MST. The last weekend of the course consists of a weekend flash retreat at home, to seal your learning through your own experience.
Winter Retreat at Clear Sky: 16 Buddha-Body Practice
This meditation retreat offers a rare opportunity to engage with the 16 Buddha Body Practice. This helps us contact previous lifetimes and formations. Held at the spectacular winter wonderland-like setting of our home retreat centre, Clear Sky. Stay tuned for prerequisites.
Mark your calendars now. Stay tuned for updates.
Meet the Teachers
Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat are Dharma and meditation teachers who founded Clear Sky Meditation Centre, BC, Canada.
Achariya Doug Duncan received lay ordination from Namgyal Rinpoche in 1978, and is a lineage holder in that teaching. Known for his direct, humourous and compassionate engagement with students, Doug embraces various traditions, contemporary psychology, and science, to mentor all beings to a more awakened state.
Catherine Pawasarat has trained daily with Acariya Doug Duncan since 1998 in an intensive spiritual apprenticeship that is rare in the modern West. She received lay ordination from Namgyal Rinpoche in 2003. In addition to Buddhist philosophy and its applications to daily life, Catherine also draws on generative living and the arts. With Doug she is co-founder of Clear Sky Retreat Center in the BC Rockies.
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.
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.
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.