Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality
September 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm MDT
An Interactive Seminar with Catherine Pawasarat Sensei
Online Classes: 3pm-4:45pm, Sept 27th, 2020
Why this Course?
There has been unprecedented acceleration of change since the Industrial revolution. Along with it, we see a greater number of fracturing in people’s psyches and a greater number of inequality in wealth distribution. According to a study from Harvard university, most of the wealth in the US is in the top 20% of the population, particularly affecting black, indigenous, and people of colour.
Our international sangha is about growing people to be compassionate and loving beings and welcoming all beings to the banquet as guests. As we teach compassionate communication, it is important we do our own work around Social Justice as awakening beings.
What You’ll Learn
Doug and Catherine Sensei began teaching from The Fifth Discipline in 2013, which focused on managing and leading change, building adaptive organizations that can cope with an increasingly connected and volatile world. Little did we know that they were preparing us for the world we live in today, whether we are in Canada, Japan, England or Germany.
To help you respond to these times, Catherine Sensei is offering a contemplative session cultivating presence and supporting the global sangha with understanding structural inequality through a mindfulness-based and contemplative approach. To better be of service to more people, it also gives us an opportunity to study our implicit bias in a system that favours a certain group or groups over others.
Meet the Teacher
Catherine Pawasarat is a Dharma and meditation teacher who founded Clear Sky Meditation Centre, with her partner, Achariya Doug Duncan. Catherine Sensei has trained daily with Doug Sensei 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.
Catherine Sensei met Dr. Angel Acosta last year at a conference called Timeless Wisdom, Timely Action. Dr. Acosta works to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice & mindfulness. Catherine really enjoyed the person he is and his work, and studied with him on how to use the 400 Years Timeline effectively.
The [Online] course went beyond my expectations, I feel I learned a lot of new things or new ways of seeing things. The teachers have an incredible way of presenting the themes in a way that makes it easy to understand. They also make the teachings fun and suggest exercises so that you can apply them in your life.
I was expecting to get pearls of wisdom and I always get far far more. The teachings always speak directly to me. It is uncanny. It is like hearing a language that I spoke in some other life-form and suddenly it rings a bell. And bell after bell. Like a universal language that we all used to speak but have forgotten, and now as if a new pathway in the brain has opened up and the signals coming in are making sense! Directly from the cosmos via Doug and Catherine Sensei.
The teachers of Planet Dharma [Online course] aim to provide opportunities to learn from age old teachings while including modern information as they are examples of continuing to learn about the fascinating, yet troubled world we live in. They help one to develop ideas how to help out society, live in society and contribute to themselves and others.
Fees and Dāna
This seminar is offered based on the ancient principle of generosity, or Dāna.
- Location: Online (Zoom)
- Dates: Sunday, Sept 27, 2020
- Time: 3-4:45pm MST.
The 400 Years of Inequality Timeline
It has been sheer joy to be a participant in the Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy streamed classes. They made the practice come alive for me and accessible and pertinent to my every-day life. And of course, I always enjoy Doug and Catherine’s unfailing good humour which put a lighter touch on what can sometimes be a very dry subject.
Fabulous mindfulness teachers, presenting a variety of accessible tools for unfolding, in a mutual, community inspired way. 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!
[The online classes] are a fantastic tool for me to not get completely lost in Samsara throughout the year, especially because I don’t live in Canada and cannot be with the teachers so often. I still felt very connected and supported by the Lamas and Sangha. As a result I became much more aware of my state of mind than I would ordinarily.