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Opening to the Clear Light of the Mind (Online)

August 21 - August 31

Opening to the Clear Light of the Mind

Insight Meditation Retreat in the UK |August 21-31, 2021


**Covid-19 Update: This retreat will now be held online. New details coming soon.

(Updated April 2, 2021)

Beneath the confusion and distraction of our minds, the Mind itself is empty, spontaneous and compassionate.  The practice of Dzogchen helps us cut right through the confusion to this original, pure and luminous nature of Mind.  

This retreat, with meditation masters Acharya Doug Duncan And Catherine Pawasarat Sensei, is for any meditator looking to go deeper to the essence of practice.  


Opening to the Clear Light of the Mind

The Three Words that Strike the Vital Point is one of the original teachings of the practice of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection.  Patrul Rinpoche’s commentary, Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King, is treasured as one of the most crucial instructions in the practice of Dzogchen. It’s pith teachings give simple yet deeply profound instructions on directly recognizing the mind’s innate purity and clarity.  

In the confusion of our times, and the myriad of techniques and teachings we are surrounded with, the direct teachings of Dzogchen offer a refreshing clarity.  


         Opening to the Clear Light of the Mind

    Insight Meditation Retreat UK 2021

**Covid-19 Update: This retreat will now be held online. New details coming soon.

(Updated April 2, 2021)


“How wonderful!  Nothing whatsoever, a glaring openness.  An openness that is penetrating; penetrating openness that is indescribable … Direct recognition within yourself; that is the first vital point.” – Garab Dorje, first master of the Dzogchen/Great Perfection lineage.


Why Do a Retreat on Opening to the Clear Light of the Mind? 

Relaxing the mind, dropping words, the practice leads us towards an experience of profound openness.  From this place of clarity and origin, new perspectives can arise.  We gain confidence founded on our own direct experience that wisdom and compassion are possible, and in fact an inherent part of our nature.  Learning to rest more and more in this inherent nature of mind lets us bring this experience of openness into every moment, transforming how we live and act.  

From daily life to Dzogchen can be a sudden step, so as well as the Three Words teachings, they will draw on other keys texts, such as the ‘Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness’ a treatise by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamsto Rinpoche, to help approach towards a deeper understanding.

Drawing on decades of personal practice and teaching experience,Acharya Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat Sensei will lead you with practical experiential exercises and humour, explore the nature of Mind beyond the surface confusions.  


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Womb, Karma Retreat England
Womb, Karma Retreat England

What’s Expected of Me if I Come to This Retreat?

The Course

  • An open mind and heart, and a spirit of adventure are excellent things to bring!
  • It’s human to have some apprehensions about doing something new, meeting new people, or going to a new place. Particularly when all three happen together. We try to make this as supportive as possible.
  • When exploring our growth edges, it’s natural to feel uncertain and awkward. And it’s very fruitful to transform that emotional tension into creative energy by drawing on your own inner resources – such as inquiry, going with the flow, and self-reflection, just a few of the many kinds of constructive engagement.
  • To maximize your retreat experience, we ask that you refrain from reading, using the internet, phone or listening to music during the course.

The Location

  • Maitreya House is a beautiful retreat centre located in a remote part of Herefordshire, near the Welsh border in the United Kingdom.  
  • Learn more about Maitreya House here
  • The retreat is hosted by Dharma Europe
  • Our teachings, Dharma Europe and Maitreya House operate based on the ancient tradition of dāna or generosity. Please learn more about this profound practice before you register. 


For inquiries contact Jonathan Clifford, [email protected] 07891 621865.

Meet the Teachers

Catherine Pawasarat
Catherine Pawasarat
Doug Duncan
Doug Duncan

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.

What Do Previous Retreatants Say?

World class teachings from world class people! Doug and Catherine Sensei are the real deal and they ultimately want one thing for you – to guide you toward awakening with totality and intelligence. Planet Dharma’s steadfast, professional commitment to meet the needs of seekers today is impressive. What a precious gift to have access to these wisdom teachings and practices from anywhere in the world; Live online and in connection with others as well as on-demand courses and podcasts. Clear Sky in-person immersions set in a pristine landscape offer the opportunity to come back to center while having the support of an established compassionate sangha to help deepen the experience. So grateful for having met this community!
Florence, Italy

Nishta Matarese, Italy

Transformational Coach & Open Floor Teacher

Ancient teaching that I feel is important to understand if someone was serious about meditation practice. I appreciate the teachers, Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat, unrelenting perseverance to teach about the roots and traditions of these rich practices. These practices are life changing, so it is great that we can have teachers that will explore the rich history with us, and deliver the material in a very understandable and relevant way.

Jenai Lieu, Canada

Psychology student

I recommend these down to earth teachers bringing dharma to the planet. It’s great that classes can be watched in person, virtually, or within a week depending on one`s schedule. Increase the awareness, compassion, wisdom, strength, and joy in your life!

Brendan Ries, Australia

Life coach, teacher & artist

Course Details

Fees and Dāna

This course is run based on the ancient principle of generosity, or Dāna.

**Covid-19 Update: This retreat will now be held online. New details coming soon.

(Updated April 2, 2021)

Please register here via this online form, and we will send you further pricing and registration details for the retreat:

Clear Light Retreat UK Event Page


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Hereford, Wales HR2 0HP United Kingdom
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