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Year of Victory Program for Spiritual Awakening in 2017

January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Year of Victory 2017: Year Long Program for Spiritual Awakening

Namgyal Rinpoche

We look forward to sharing more teachings of spiritual awakening to support your practice in 2017. We’re calling 2017 the “Year of Victory,” in honor of our illustrious teacher, the late Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche. “Namgyal” means “victory,” the victory of spiritual awakening, claiming victory over our petty ego attachments in order to dedicate all our life energy to benefiting all beings.

In that sense Namgyal and the Year of Victory refer to the victory of the awakening mind and the victory of everyone and everything on the planet, of the Earth itself.   We invite your applications join the program by December 20th, 2016.


Program Overview – The 2017 Challenge: Be Victorious

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Once more we invite beings with a heart for spiritual awakening to make a firm commitment to your own spiritual unfoldment and to benefiting all beings, by taking part in the Year of Victory teachings.

Two levels of support for your spiritual awakening

In 2017 we’ll be offering two different levels of support to your spiritual practice. We appreciate that modern practitioners have legitimate constrictions on their lives and schedules: work only provides a certain amount of vacation, and you may have family and other obligations.

We also feel it’s worth acknowledging that our modern lives and their demands can become excuses to go on autopilot and accept external limitations, rather than prioritizing doing the spiritual work we are called to do for our own spiritual unfoldment.

Both meeting you where you are, and challenging you to grow

In offering these two levels for the Year of Victory, we are both meeting you and challenging you. We are meeting you because we don’t want you to have to choose between, for example, your job and your spiritual path. And we’re challenging you to look at your limitations and ask yourself whether they are really limiting you, or whether you are choosing your priorities. We challenge you to prioritize your own spiritual awakening to the greatest extent possible.

Who our 2017 retreats & webinars are available to:

Beings who are not enrolled in the Year of Victory may also attend the two-week retreats in January, August and December, as well as the webinar series.  Year of Victory participants will have increased access to the teachers and teachings. Details are below and the core offerings are as follows:

Year of Victory, a Program for Spiritual Awakening – Core Offerings:

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Starting 2017 with a meditation retreat

We launch the 2017 Year of Victory with a two-week retreat entitled Body, Speech and Mind. We explore a diverse range of physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritually-based exercises and meditations, all referencing back to the profound Foundations of Mindfulness practice.

This profound practice can heal you from head to toe, inside and out, particularly since it’s such an accessible practice: you can easily continue to do it at home on your own. The retreat takes advantage of meditation and reflection throughout, indoors and also outside, in Clear Sky’s peaceful, spacious and beautiful mountain environment. The practices seal the retreat experience so that it is available to us when we return to our busy lives.

Virtual study via webinars throughout 2017

Next, there will be three series of four webinars each over the course of the year, each one drawing on an aspect of the three parts of the Eightfold Ennobling Path. This methodology of spiritual awakening is divided into three sections: panna, sila and samadhi, corresponding to the mind, speech and body addressed in the year’s inaugural retreat.

When the webinars occur and what they cover

The first webinar series starts in February, focusing on view (panna). The second takes place in June and relates to livelihood, part of sila. The third series of webinar teachings is offered September and will focus on effort, part of samadhi.

Put another way, the nature of the mystical life corresponds to the view; career as a path to spiritual awakening relates to our speech (feelings); and healing the body corresponds to samadhi (calm and concentration).

At-home “Flash Retreats” to seal your spiritual learning

Each of these sections consists of four consecutive Monday night teachings (12 in total), each ending with a weekend “Flash Retreat” undertaken at your home to seal and integrate the teachings with actual practice and experience.

Two more meditation retreats throughout 2017

At the start of the year we offer Body, Speech & Mind Retreat. Next, as part of this program we offer another two-week retreat on site at Clear Sky Retreat Center in August. “Awakening Through Action” focuses on spiritual awakening through career and creativity, assisting in cleaning up big areas of your life in order to free up your energy for spiritual unfoldment.

As you’ll see below, the final retreat offered as part of this year-long program will be at year-end (approximately Dec. 16-30, TBD), based on the classical practices of the illustrious Six Yogas of Naropa.

Watch the Video for January’s Body Speech & Mind Retreat:


Year of Victory Program Benefits & Commitment Levels

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Level One Benefits and Commitments Include:

  • A commitment to a regular, engaged practice sustained over 2017. Structure and routine are your friends. When applied to your spiritual practice, your current practices will stabilize and shift into a higher gear.
  • Ongoing engagement with a community of other committed practitioners, with whom you connect virtually and in person. It’s easier with others. This will bring new insights into the power of sangha, and allow you to enjoy its benefits in new ways.
  • Participation in three series of webinars (four webinars in each series) throughout the year. Stay connected with the awakening mind and grow your spiritual awakening and learning all year long. This offers you new opportunities to integrate spiritual awakening with your daily life and routine.
  • Participation in the three Flash Retreats that seal each webinar series. There is one weekend-long Flash Retreat per webinar series. These help us apply and integrate the webinar teachings, so that we connect with the experience in our beings, and can embody them in the world. These are done in the convenience of your own home: besides being easily accessible for you, it also supports your prctice of honoring your space and your cultivation of a stronger discipline.
  • A minimum of one two-week retreat during the year. We encourage you to come to Clear Sky, to take advantage of the blessed Buddha field that many beings’ practices have been cultivating in this extraordinary place, embodying very modern manifestations of spiritual awakening. If this isn’t possible, you may do a retreat elsewhere in the world, led by Doug and Catherine Senseis (see the 2017 teaching schedule).
  • A retreat interview with the teachers. One of the reasons this lineage emphasizes working with the teachers is that they can provide instructions that are completely customized to your particular needs and path of spiritual unfoldment. They’ll share the practices you can do to awaken most speedily and effectively. Take greatest advantage of this with interviews, at least one during your retreat.
  • Join our regular Office Hours throughout the year, generally twice monthly. Again, this supports you in keeping your spiritual practice front and center throughout the year: no matter how distracting modern life and samsara may be, this regular connection with awakening touchstones helps ensure that your spiritual awakening prevails.

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Level Two Benefits and Commitments Include:

The following elements are the same as Level 1:

  • A commitment to a regular, engaged practice sustained over 2017. Structure and routine are your friends. When applied to your spiritual practice, your current practices will stabilize and shift into a higher gear.
  • Ongoing engagement with a community of other committed practitioners, with whom you connect virtually and in person. It’s easier with others. This will bring new insights into the power of sangha, and allow you to enjoy its benefits in new ways.
  • Participation in three series of webinars (four webinars in each series) throughout the year. Stay connected with the awakening mind and grow your spiritual awakening and learning all year long. This offers you new opportunities to integrate spiritual awakening with your daily life and routine.
  • Participation in the three Flash Retreats that seal each webinar series. There is one weekend-long Flash Retreat per webinar series. These help us apply and integrate the webinar teachings, so that we connect with the experience in our beings, and can embody them in the world. These are done in the convenience of your own home: besides being easily accessible for you, it also supports your prctice of honoring your space and your cultivation of a stronger discipline.

Level 2 is for people who know it’s time to put a stake in the ground and orient the mandala of your life around your spiritual awakening as the center of it. 

Level 2 also includes:

  • A minimum of one short (5-10 days) retreat during the year. We encourage you to undertake this retreat at Clear Sky, in order to spend more time with the teachers and career karma yogis. However, if this is not possible, you may choose from the other retreats Doug and Catherine lead in various international locations (see the 2017 teaching schedule).
  • A minimum of one 2-week retreat at Clear Sky during the year. You may choose from the three retreats described below, or do a personal retreat at Clear Sky in consultation with Doug and Catherine while they’re in residence to support your practice.
  • A minimum of one retreat interview with the teachers during each retreat. Take full advantage of suggestions designed to speed up your spiritual awakening and make it more beneficial to all beings.
  • Specialised Year of Victory Office Hours: These are Office Hours sessions for Level 2 Year of Victory students only. There will be live, 60-minute webinars once a week during each webinar series to provide a small-group opportunity to explore how these teachings are relevant in your life right now.
  • When YoV Office Hours are not offered, regular Office Hours support you twice monthly, so that you can keep your spiritual practice front and center throughout the year: no matter how distracting modern life and samsara may be, this regular connection with awakening touchstones helps ensure that your spiritual awakening prevails.


Year of Victory Program Residential Retreats & Virtual Study

Meditation retreats 2017Spiritual Awakening via Residential Retreats at Clear Sky Center:

Empower yourself to be victorious over conditioned patterns, ego-based preference mind and samsara! The nirvana of the spiritual awakening mind is your birthright. The benefits of participation in the Year of Victory are the fruits of your year-long commitment to an actively engaged practice with the teachers and the other YoV practitioners in retreats.

The value of meditation retreats for spiritual awakening

We are delighted to have the modern ability to support your and many other beings’ practices, year-round, through virtual teachings, Skypes, e-books, websites and so on. However, there is no question that the fastest, most reliable way to awaken more fully is to spend as much time as possible in the presence of spiritual teachers and beings committed to ongoing spiritual awakening. To this end we encourage you to take advantage of as much retreat time at Clear Sky as you can.

Retreat dates: Sat., Dec 31, 2016 – Mon Jan 16, 2017.  International retreatants are recommended to arrive on Fri Dec 30 to help overcome jet lag before retreat starts. The retreat will start with a bonfire on the night of Dec 31, 2016.

Retreat dates: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017 – Sun. Aug. 20, 2017. International retreatants are recommended to arrive one day prior to the scheduled retreat start date in order to help overcome jetlag before the retreat starts.

Retreat dates: approx Dec 16, 2017 – Jan 1, 2018. International retreatants are recommended to arrive one day prior to the scheduled retreat start date in order to help overcome jetlag before the retreat starts.

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Spiritual Awakening via Virtual Study – Three Series of Webinars:

Flash Retreat: Holistic Clearing Meditation, Sat. & Sun., March 11–12

Series 1 Dates: Mon., Feb. 13, 20, 27 and Mar. 6

From the top of the mountain we can see all the potential ways to climb up it. We can’t do that as we are climbing. The easiest way up is often the smartest, and therefore the most “beautiful.” “Beautiful” we mean in the sense of a finely trained athlete looking graceful and at ease as they perform difficult maneuvers.

The mystical life of spiritual awakening is the crown of human life and the heritage of all beings.

What many traditions call “God” or some kind of supreme being does not choose us for the mystical life path, since we are all called to it. The “choosing” part is about the decisions we make about how to use our life force. Once obstacles are removed, the mystical life is self-revealing: the vision, the clear view – or “right view” of the Eightfold Ennobling Path – is not about something concrete. Visions are about the known, dreams are about what is hidden, but the mystical life remains a beautiful mystery, swelling in the unknown.

We live between two walls of darkness: birth and death. The mystical life is about unknowing: that is, entering into the divine mystery and living there. In that sense it is completion, a complete view. The word “right” (samma in Sanskrit) actually translates better as “complete” or “total.”

Flash Retreat: Body of Truth, Sat. & Sun., July 1–2

Series 2 Dates: Mon., June 5, 12, 19, 26

Right Livelihood is about finding the way to live in truth, according to the laws of nature. By seeking the best state and the best supporting conditions for that, we are able to transcend and live beyond much of the second-rate goods that consumerist society offers us.

How do we get the most beautiful for the least effort, the least amount of energy expenditure? The most beautiful phenomenon in life is the spiritually awakened being. The transcendental state is the most wonderful one available to us, to anyone. It is not a fad – it is timeless, and it doesn’t become outdated. Fashions do go out of date, so if we’re trying to be fashionable we’re probably not getting the best for the least effort.

As mentioned, the Sanskrit word samma is often translated as “right,” though a better translation would be “total” or “complete.” Meanwhile, livelihood comes from ajiva, which means “life.” Thus a total or complete life refers to something much bigger and more beautiful than just the job or career you have.  This webinar series invites you to find and live and work in that beauty.

Flash Retreat: TBD, Sat. & Sun., Sept. 30 & Oct. 1

Series 3 Dates: Mon., Sept 4, 11, 18, 25

There are easier and harder ways to get things done. Typically war and violence don’t resolve anything; similarly anger, greed or confusion don’t yield happiness.

How can we heal the madness of society and people around us? First we must heal ourselves. The key to healing is applying effort efficiently and steadily to our attention. Attention and action that are wholesome – whole, integrated, holy – is in everyone’s best interest. What is “wholesome?” Whatever leads to our spiritual awakening, our unfolding and development as an integrated, whole, holy human being.

How do we know whether we’re making a “complete effort?” Non-clinging is essential. In spite of what we might wish, everything is impermanent. A large part of our struggle is trying to make the impermanent permanent. Through the effort of recognizing and behaving with the realization of non-clinging, we eliminate the constipation of trying to cling to people or things or mindstates. Health is the natural result.

What do we apply our effort to? It seems our efforts are mostly driven by our desires or personal preferences. If our desires are based on exploitation (what’s in it for me), we’re subject to the three conceits: I am better than, worse than or equal to someone or something else. This comprises a search for safety and security in the material world, where it can’t be found … and instead leads to anxiety and exploitation. Right effort is living by what you already have, then extending the awareness and learning from that.

Right effort means having the best vision. The “best vision” is that which brings greater degrees of freedom. We invite you to join us for this series of webinars, to explore how you may find greater degrees of freedom in your life.


What Last Year’s Spiritual Awakening Program Participants Have to Say

About the 2016 Year of Awakening:

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There is something about making a year’s commitment and ‘Dharma is a big rock, and I’m putting it up front into my year’. So it makes the aspiration/commitment for dharma during the year more conscious and explicit, and that in turn helped me be more consistent and go deeper over the year. I’m not sure I would have done all the long weekend retreats except that was part of YoA commitment, and I found it very valuable to carve out this flash-retreat time.
– Duncan C., Fortune 500 Executive

The biggest thing for me is connection, through the online classes and shared meetings. That has made my practice feel stronger and more continuous, whether it be practice on a cushion, dharma focus during the day, dharma-minded living or specific karma yoga tasks. Previously, the dharma Zoe and the ‘other’ Zoe had been more split, but now they feel like they are drawing into one person. I’m far happier to speak up when I have a question and take time when I need to over a task. I think I see more how what I do fits into a wider set of events and the repercussions that can have. I’m more willing to take responsibility and give direction. Retreat spaciousness has lasted far longer. My meditative focus feels stronger. I feel like I am seeing patterns and habits with more clarity and understanding. I have more patience towards myself and a desire to get things in order. Relationship-wise, I’m understanding others more, with more honesty from me. This YoA has been a really precious opportunity.
– Zoe M., Professional Translator

Being a participant in the Year of Awakening course has supported me in two very important ways:  It helped me stay connected with what is important to me and it also helped me see that I am not alone.  I interacted with many other people around the world who are also struggling in their lives.  I was trying to find a place where I could rest.  I realized during this past year that its not about resting, its about doing what will bring me more clarity more often.  In that clarity there is space.  And this space is more easeful than resting.  Being involved in this course has given me more clarity and the opportunity to keep putting awakening first in my day-to-day life, and to be able to do that with others is priceless.
– Maureen S., MSW, RCSW, Counsellor

The YofA has helped my commitment to the practice. I really see the difference in my attention to applying the teachings when the classes are taking place. I have found that the home retreats, most times they have led me to deep revelations about myself.
The classes make me thirsty for more knowledge. I find that gradually I understand things at a deeper and deeper level. The weekly homework is also a good reminder to pay attention to what is going on.
I think that the most striking difference that I have noticed this year is a sense of trust in the universe. More and more often I remember that each happening is an opportunity for learning. I also see myself being less judgemental and more curious towards my attitudes. Overall, I see the teachings more and more present in my life and feel more motivation to do the work.
– Irene A., Accounts Controller


About Teachers Doug Duncan & Catherine Pawasarat:

teachers of spiritual awakeningCombined, Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat have been practicing the teachings of spiritual awakening for more than 60 years. They’re well versed in Buddhist and Western philosophy and practices, as well as contemporary psychology, consciousness studies and art.

Doug and Catherine founded Clear Sky Meditation Centre in BC, where they are based, ten years ago. Having lived overseas for many years and traveled extensively, they also draw on intercultural and trans-cultural experience to broaden the range and depth of their understandings of spiritual awakening & liberation that they share with others.

Their engaged compassion, sense of humor and combined wisdom will enrich your life with exploration & discovery. Click for their full bios: Year of Victory Teachers.

What others say about them:

Working with Doug and Catherine at the 5 day hero’s journey workshop was deeply impactful and has clarified for me not only my deepest heart’s desire but what I need to face and overcome to manifest it. Doug and Catherine are extraordinary facilitators with a great depth and breadth of knowledge, wisdom and presence to share.
Kira MacDuffee
M.Ed / RCC
Doug Sensei and Catherine Sensei demonstrate and challenge us to recognize that nowhere is the Awakened mind not present or available to us. They model and challenge us to be ruthlessly self-honest, practical and to work together to build and shape healthy communities and relationships in all that we do.
Michelle Heinz
Executive Director / Clear Sky Retreat Centre
If you get a chance to study with Doug-sensei and Catherine, don't miss it. Through the power of long dedication, deep meditation, and wise guidance, life can definitely be transformed.
Paul Jaffe
Retired Professor & Meditation Teacher
The first time I met Catherine and Sensei at Clear Sky Centre for a one week silent meditation retreat, at the end I burst into tears. I found home. Dharma Trips around the world with those two cutting edge masters have also allowed me to see the world from a whole new prespective.
Maya Lewandowsky
Doug and Catherine Sensei are masters in every sense of the word. They live and walk their talk. Whoever said you can't have your cake and eat it too, never met these two brilliant teachers. All is possible when you are with the awakening mind!
Evangelos Diavolitsis
Coach & Founder / Money Evolution
This experience has been incredibly beautiful, challenging and transformative. The teachers are an inspiration in all ways.
Ava MacLean
Marketing and Communications Professional
This retreat was right on the mark, a perfect blend of focused inner work along with space for reflection in a trusting and comfortable setting. The teachers were wonderful, insightful, humorous, and extremely attentive to our individual needs for understanding. The journey has opened access to undiscovered strengths in myself and I could not be more thankful.
Ryan Gies
Manager of Software Engineering
Cata and Doug Sensei teach their own brand of profoundly sensible Dharma.
Richard Arnfield
President / Spectrum Glazes
I came to Clear Sky after years of wandering on the path of self-transcendence; I was trying to do it by myself and it just wasn’t working. Dharma Teachers Doug & Catherine immediately saw my self-imposed limits and provided me with clear, direct instructions on how to really accelerate growth. After putting my personal preferences aside and deciding to work with awakened teachers I have become far more focused and clearer than I could ever have been on my own.
Matt O'Rourke
Doug and Catherine Sensei are living examples of the dharma teachings. For me, their teachings give me a place to begin to apply the dharma in my own life. I trust in their one-pointed focus on whatever it takes to speed their students unrealized potential.
Laura Montgomery
Counsellor and Mom of two
Doug and Catherine's ability to translate the heart of the Buddhist teachings into wisdom that is relevant and applicable in today's world mean that their teachings go far beyond theory to have real impact on lives. The crucial balance of care, support, insight and challenge they have offered me has been instrumental for a greater experience of love, connection and aliveness in my life. My deepest heart thanks go out to them for all that they have done for me and all beings.
Ruth Levin
Choreographer & Dance Teacher
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
Art Dealer, Japan
Doug and Catherine have a wonderful relaxed interplay. Even though they have different personalities, they demonstrate how to work together without conflict. Working in the kitchen brought many personal issues to light which I could then examine more closely during the meditations. Many times during the morning teachings I felt Sensei's teachings resonate so deeply I was transported to a different awareness and feeling state.
Dean Nicholson
Teachers suggest, guide and train - the student's responsibility is to get involved and be willing to dance.  I accepted that opportunity to dance, the opportunity of a lifetime, and with such excellent dance partners (Doug and Catherine) I have thrived in my unfolding.
Maureen Smith
Counsellor, MBSR Teacher / Alive Mindfully
The first time I met Doug & Catherine Sensei was at the Clear Sky Center, BC as a Karma Yogi (volunteer). Despite being new to the teachings, despite my past, despite my attitude they welcomed me and created space for me to connect with everyone. I know they see Buddha Nature in everything and welcome it with a warm heart.
Maryline Fortier
Business Student
Thank you again for all the teachings! They have impacted my life in such a positive way that it is unexplainable with words 🙂
Irene Arriaza
Doug, Catherine & the community around them are phenomenal teachers, supports and guides. I've never seen any therapy and meditation teaching that goes to such depth, one on one and in community, anywhere else.
Cara Conroy-Low
Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine / Seed Stalk Flower
To my incredible teachers, Thank you for your unwavering compassion, patience and wisdom. And thank you for the opportunity to learn from you and to join you on this Dharma trip. I love you both from the platform, to the edge of the universe. And will show that love by doing the work! For the benefit of all beings.
Ava MacLean
Marketing and Communications Professional
Doug Sensei and Catherine Pawasarat have woven together a finely-textured tapestry of Buddhist Philosophy that has made the basics of the practice come alive for me and accessible and pertinent to my every-day life.
Ronda Clanfield
Resources Specialist, CBC National TV News (retired)
Watching how everyone engaged and getting new insights and a-ha moments brought home to me that karma yoga and dharma training is a path that brings the modern spiritual explorer alive and moves them forward.
Dr. Duncan Cryle
Ph.D IBM executive, Clear Sky Accountability Officer
I have been fortunate to meet Doug and Catherine, who through compassion and skillful means helped me to courageously face all my demons, fears and blindspots. I have come through into a lighter manifestation to be of real service to all beings.
Karen McAllister
Transformational Change Coach
It is one thing to hear or read the Dharma and understand it intellectually. This workshop went so much further than that, as I found myself receiving realizations of the teachings on a visceral basis, going far beyond simply understanding.
Bob Abramms
Doug & Catherine are continuously pushing the envelope of experience, often with irreverent humour in challenging others to do the same & doing so with heart for Dharma that isn't afraid to think outside the box.
Martin Blackwell
Operations Manager, Clear Sky Center
The teachers offer me training to improve my life in such a way that top consultants cannot do. They have journeyed with me through surgeries and vertigo, from fashion choices to home décor, and ultimately, through leadership training and meditation techniques. There is no area they will not go if it is for my unfolding!
Maureen Smith
Counsellor, MBSR Teacher / Alive Mindfully
As a result of studying with Doug and Catherine, I’m more awake: I have more clarity, compassion, and calm. These characteristics have made me a better dharma student, dharma teacher, parent, friend, colleague, manager and leader.
Lynn Hauka
Management Consultant
Sensei and Catherine's teachings have helped me create a spaciousness in my being to find generosity, abundance, and energy with my self and my potential. I am immensely grateful to them for their patience and love and personal connection to my growth and unfoldment.
Linda Hochstetler
Doug and Catherine Sensei have a complimentary teaching style that empowers me to take on life's numerous challenges. Thanks to their guidance, I understand the role of fiery masculine energy and how to integrate it with softer more receptive earth feminine energy. They are Yin and Yang in human form. I could not ask for a more complete or effective spiritual teaching.
Evangelos Diavolitsis
Movement Facilitator and Money Coach / Meditation Moves
Precious and few are the teachers that have the charisma and skillful means to genuinely awaken us to the depth of our own TRUE NATURE!
Wendy Stauffer
Owner / Villa Sumaya
I attended the Buddhas in Action two week retreat at Clear Sky Retreat Centre with Doug Sensei and Cata Sensei. The teachers are taking the dharma teachings forward in a way that speaks to our modern lives today without losing their integrity.
Karen McAllister
Money & Transformation Coach
Doug and Catherine Sensei demonstrate how every encounter in our lives is not only a litmus test that shows if we are acting with compassion or not, they hand us the polish for the silver that we can use to rub away the tarnish of our egocentric mode of perception to reveal the inherent sparkle of a compassionate heart and mind.
Richard Sadowsky
Translator, Japanese to English

What else do you need to know?

  • Dāna (Generosity Based Teaching)

Doug & Catherine are teaching this year long program via the ancient tradition of Dāna (generosity), an offering from them to the attendees. It is considered of supreme value to your life and thus “beyond price” so it is expected that the student will be equally generous and support the teaching and the teachers by making an offering.

While no offering is too small, also no offering is too great. The giver benefits by offering as much as they can, given the individual’s circumstances. Along with compassion, generosity is considered the root of spiritual progress and, according to the ancients, therefore the root of our success in daily life as well.

It’s an important part of your commitment to the Year of Victory to recognize you are also making a year long commitment to a healthy and conscious practice of dāna.   Before applying, we encourage you to review if you are in a financially sustainable situation to support your exploration and dāna during the year.

We also invite you to explore more about how you can practice Dāna.  You will have an opportunity to offer Dāna when you register or by clicking the Dāna bowl image to the left. You can also practice generosity via the Dāna bowl available at Clear Sky at the opening January retreat, and this is a powerful way to set your intention for the year.  As well, there will be ongoing opportunities throughout the year to offer Dāna.  We encourage you to reflect how to use Dāna as a core practice for your Year of Victory to cultivate a heart of generosity and openness.

  • Program Registration Fees (For Course Costs)

There is a one time program fee to cover operating costs during the year.  Level 1: US$250 / Level 2: US$350.

At Planet Dharma we aim not to exclude anyone from access to the Dharma because of financial issues. If the course fee and other financial commitments in the year are out of your reach, but you are determined to join, please contact us to discuss alternative forms of exchange.

  • Retreat Registration & Fees

Please also note that this program’s residential retreats are held at Clear Sky Meditation Centre in BC, Canada.  Registration and payment for lodging & meals for these retreats are made directly to Clear Sky via each retreat’s booking forms.

  • Applications

We invite your applications to participate in the Year of Victory, 2017. Please apply early as  the program has limited places available.  Applications will be accepted until December 20, 2016.

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