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The question is always with us, what happens when we get back to our busy, complex and challenging daily lives? Doug and Catherine Sensei share the importance of ongoing practice in the form of ‘awakening in action’ or karma yoga.
In this vision setting blog post, Doug & Catherine Sensei, invite their students and spiritual community to join them on a path of Awakening in Action. They explain why and how our approaches to practicing Dharma must adapt to the times to continue to be effective for liberation. They articulate a path that encompasses sangha, karma yoga, dharma training and dana as vital components for speedy unfoldment, in the context of our busy modern lives.
What does it mean to be a student? What does it mean to be a teacher? Doug Duncan Sensei shares his personal experience with his teacher Namgyal Rinpoche, and the dynamics of the teacher-student relationship today.
How do we bring the path of awakening to our everyday lives? Well the truth is, we need training. We need training on how to bring spacious, blissful, non-clinging awareness into our hectic and busy lives.
Do you want more freedom? And what do you mean by “freedom?” Some think we can uncover our blind spots through “sitting practice,” also called meditation. While it is true one can discover much this way, what we cannot see is how our patterns play out in our daily lives.
Just 10 years ago this teaching was more focused around meditation and individual therapy, and more yogic, that is, dependent on the student-teacher relationships wherever in the world that might be happening. We’ve seen our focus shift to embracing sangha-centered karma yoga and dharma training as key elements of our path.
Though the spiritual path can be a long and winding road, some good news is that the only work we really have to do is purification – everything else naturally follows from there. In that sense, our spiritual unfoldment is simple and easily within reach. Here’s how.
You can’t get wisdom from knowing more; you can only get wisdom from learning more and then surrendering to the unknown to integrate it. Letting go into the unknown is what’s hard for people, because it seems like defeat.
Mahamudra masters have compared the events of our body/mind to a rainbow, a mirage, a dream, a dewdrop in the sun and the like. These events – thoughts, feelings and sensations – seem so real because they are habitual and repetitive. Mahamudra lets us see them for what they are: “the play of the mind.”