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Digital Dojo: Spiritual Questions, Powerful Answers
September 19, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm MDT
Digital DojoSpiritual Questions, Powerful Answers
Training in Dharma is a process of question, learning and feedback – from your spiritual mentors as well as your community. Together, we awaken, through call and answer and the dialogue of our inquisitive minds.
Why the Digital Dojo?
Spiritual Questions, Powerful Answers
The ‘call and answer’ motif brings beauty to music and bird song. The same goes with the Teacher-Student relationship. Asking questions to your teachers is a powerful and traditional method of learning in most spiritual traditions.
In Zen traditions, the teacher will also pose questions to the student, and this is often the case in our tradition. There is usually no fixed answer to what you seek, only a better question.
What is the question behind the question? We encourage you to investigate, ponder, share what’s on your mind or what is challenging for you. You might be surprised what you will discover.
And, through this ‘digital dojo’, we are also coming together in community. Our shared questions and reflections are a precious opportunity for deepened compassion and wisdom. You may discover that others share the same question as you, or better yet, learn the answers to questions you even never thought to ask. This ‘triple gem’ of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha is a tangible refuge to strengthen your awakening journey.
Not sure what to expect? You are welcome to attend as an observer and are not required to ask a question. Although participants are encouraged to bring questions, it is not mandatory.
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.
Fees and Dāna
These sessions are offered based on the ancient principle of generosity, or Dāna.
To attend, you must register by the FRIDAY evening prior (9pm MST) to each Digital Dojo on Sunday. These Q&A sessions are typically held once a month, with the exception of when the Teachers are travelling or teaching another course.
We recommend you attend live, but if you cannot, please submit your questions by email after registering. The video recording will be available for one week after the live session.
These are ancient teachings that I feel are important to understand if someone is serious about meditation. I appreciate Qapel and Sensei’s unrelenting perseverance to teach about the roots and traditions of these life changing practices. They explore the rich history with us and also deliver the material in a very understandable and relevant way.
Working with Qapel and Sensei at the five day hero’s journey workshop was deeply impactful and has clarified not only my deepest heart’s desire, but what I need to overcome to manifest it. They are extraordinary facilitators with a great depth of knowledge, wisdom and presence to share.
Doing karma yoga, I watch how everyone gains new insights. These many “a-ha moments” makes it clear to me that this type of active dharma training is a path that brings the modern spiritual explorer alive and moves them forward.
Qapel and Sensei have consistently been honest, accurate and candid with me. It has sometimes taken me years to admit my self-sabotaging blind spots. Clear and radical self-honesty liberates my sticky parts. Thank you to my master teachers for helping me free up all the energy knots – especially the ones created from unconscious patterning around money, sex and power.
Qapel and Sensei are always burning calories to get you back on a path that can lead toward greater self-awareness. 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.
Doug and Catherine teach the Vajrayana with great skill and means. Their ability to shift, weave and embrace each moment with diverse types of students is amazing. One of the jewels they teach and transmit is deity practice, or arising yoga. I have experienced many of their wongkur initiations and find them to be powerful and liberative experiences that also provide tools of great value in my day-to-day practice.