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Buddhist Women in the 2020’s (Online Course)
June 4, 2021 - June 6, 2021
Buddhist Women in the 2020'sStepping into greater awakening potential
While there may be frustration, grief and rage about historical gender inequity in Buddhism, we can use Buddhist methodologies to transform these conflicting emotions into greater compassion and wisdom.
Join Catherine Pawasarat Sensei for this course, hosted by Menla, on how we can adapt and shift our traditional perceptions of gender as Buddhist practitioners.
All are welcome.
Image: Thangka of Yeshe Tsogyal, fully awakened consort of Padmasambhava. © C. Pawasarat
A Menla Online Course
Buddhist Women in the 2020’s
Stepping into greater awakening potential
Gender Perceptions in the Buddhist World in the 2020’s
As classic Buddhist teachings emerge in the global mainstream, it adapts to cultures where women enjoy relative equality with men. In such contexts many practitioners may naturally feel that women and men have the same opportunities to awaken.
Historically, however, birth in a female body was considered the result of bad karma, and the lowest and youngest monks enjoyed greater formal status than the most realized nun. Western women and men are unlikely to embrace this part of Buddhist tradition.
This confluence of cultures presents a transition ripe with opportunity. While there may be frustration, grief and rage about historical gender inequity in Buddhism, we can use Buddhist methodologies to transform these conflicting emotions into greater compassion and wisdom.
Furthermore, we can re-examine how different Mahayana and Theravadin practices—from Tantra to celibacy—can foster healthier sexuality. We can use sex scandals and discrimination as part of our practice, to cultivate more integrated views and relations among all genders. Along the way, we co-create what global spiritual awakening looks like in the 20th century.
Catherine Pawasarat Sensei, a contemporary dharma teacher, attendant, consort, co-teacher via Planet Dharma and co-founder of Clear Sky Retreat Center shares her unique views, experience, and practices regarding this contemporary and planetary Triple Gem.
Photo © D. Steinbock
Meet the Teacher
Catherine Pawasarat Sensei
Catherine Pawasarat was a student of metaphysics, Western spiritual traditions, and the ayahuasca sacraments in the 1990s. She worked as an advocacy photojournalist and studied traditional Japanese arts in Kyoto, Japan for 20 years.
Since 1998 she has trained daily with Buddhist teacher Achariya Doug Duncan in an intensive spiritual apprenticeship that’s rare in the modern West. Transmitted from the remarkable Namgyal Rinpoche, they are both lineage holders of these teachings.
With Doug, she is co-founder and resident teacher at Clear Sky Retreat Center in the British Columbia Rockies. There Catherine has spearheaded an innovative and sustainability-oriented culture and organization. Together Doug and Catherine also teach through a virtual vehicle, Planet Dharma. In 2018 they wrote the best-selling book Wasteland to Pureland.
Catherine has recently written and published the first English guidebook to Kyoto’s famous Gion Festival, a gigantic collection of ancient and diverse spiritual rituals.
Fees and Dāna
This course is offered by Menla, NY. There are three price tiers: Sponsor – $150, Individual – $108 and Reduced – $78.
Dates & Times
Location: Online at these times:
- Friday, June 4th:
- 5-6pm MST (7-8pm EST)
- Saturday June 5th:
- 9-10:30am MST (11am-12:30 EST)
- 2-3:30pm MST (4-5:30pm EST)
- Sunday June 6th:
- 9-10:30 MST (11am-12:30 EST)
- 2-3:30 MST (4-5:30pm EST)
Green Tara Guided Meditation
Green Tara Guided Meditation (Free Audio)
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We are so blessed to have Sensei as one of the dedicated teachers at Clear Sky. I admire her continued commitment to helping us and others on the planet and I am awed by her abilities. Glad you are not hiding them under a basket. Thank you so much for the time you give so generously to talk, touch one on the shoulder, listen and speak truth.
Sensei has an unwavering compassion and commitment to support and accelerate the unfoldment of all beings around her.
It is a blessing and a privilege to be one of the lucky few who can bask in the glow of this radiance.
Sensei is an inspirational woman and I am blessed to walk this earth beside her.
Much love, gratitude and appreciation to Sensei for the incredible woman, teacher and human being that she is. Thank you for being a true light and inspiration in this world.
Gratitude to Sensei for lighting up our love lives with her fire.