The Diamond Realization (Online)
January 13, 2020 - February 9, 2020
The Diamond Sutra
Study is one of the four pillars of a strong spiritual practice. Start out your year with an opportunity to study the incredible Diamond Sutra text, on the perfection of wisdom.
The Diamond Sutra is recognised as the oldest dated and printed book in existence. The full translation of the book’s title is ‘The Diamond Which Cuts Through Illusion’.
“Whosoever can receive and retain this teaching, study it, recite it and spread it abroad will be clearly perceived and recognized by the Tathagata and will achieve a perfection of merit beyond measurement or calculation – a perfection of merit unlimited and inconceivable.”
– The Buddha (The Diamond Sutra, Section XV, The Incomparable Value of This Teaching)
Starts January 13th, 2020
MON, JANUARY 13
The Diamond Sutra is written in the form of a dialogue about the bodhisattva path and enlightenment between the Buddha to Subhuti, one of his senior students.
MON, January 20
The diamond or thunderbolt cuts through delusional states of mind to reveal wisdom and ultimate truth. The sutra sheds light on major themes such as non-attachment, non-self and emptiness.
MON, January 27
Learn how the Diamond Sutra heavily influenced Chinese Chan and Japanese Zen schools of Buddhism.
MON, February 3
We continue our study of the illusory nature of self, the pursuit of non-attachment and emptiness as ultimate reality with the Diamond Sutra.
This Flash Retreat provides practitioners with a valuable opportunity to integrate and seal the learnings from the online course, in a format well suited for our contemporary lives. We encourage you to attend this weekend retreat at Clear Sky, or together with you local sangha, or if those not available to you, in your home. Planet Dharma provides themes, meditations and guidelines to support Flash Retreat participants.
Meet the Teachers
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.
Time and Location
Each of the four weekly classes in this online course will be video streamed live at 7:30pm MST. The recording will be available for one week after each class.
For reading the Diamond Sutra, we highly recommend Namgyal Rinpoche’s book Suchness – The Diamond State Of Realization available from Bodhi Publishing. The same translation of the Sutra is also available in the book The Diamond Sutra and The Sutra of Hui-Neng, translated by A.F. Price and Wong Mou-lam, published by Shambhala Classics. Both books contain the version of the Diamond Sutra that Doug Sensei studied with Namgyal Rinpoche, and is available as a Kindle e-book, paperback or hardcover.
What Does the Course Cost?
We offer this course on the basis of dāna, as well as an admin fee of $100. The admin is to cover the costs of running htese online courses – it does cost money in equipment and software to provide you the teachings we do, online.
For our teachings itself – You may have come across this is the form of “pay from the heart”. Dāna is a Sanskrit term meaning “generosity”. With dāna, we give as a mutual exchange of generosity. It’s our joy to offer this course, and we trust you’ll match our time, energy, and passion by giving an amount of money that feels good and healthy to both you and us. We suggest a range between $120 and $500 for this four week course.
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.