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Digital Dojo: Spiritual Questions, Powerful Answers
March 7, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm MST
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
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.
This retreat was right on the mark – a perfect blend of focused inner work along with space for reflection in a trusting and comfortable setting. The teachers were wonderful, insightful, humorous, and extremely attentive to our individual needs for understanding. This unique experience cultivated a bond within the group and fostered an energy that amplified each lesson.
It has been sheer joy to be a participant in the “Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy” online classes. Qapel and Sensei made the practice come alive for me in a way that was accessible and pertinent to my everyday life. And of course, I always enjoy their unfailing good humour which puts a lighter touch on what can sometimes be a very dry subject.
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. It is as if new pathways in the brain open up – directly from the cosmos via Qapel and Sensei.
World class teachings from world class people! Qapel and 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.
Studying the hero’s journey with master Dharma teachers Qapel and Sensei, I discovered my own journey of transformation and the unknown. While walking on this path with the quest to awaken in this lifetime, I learned to bring the gift of wisdom and service to others. This retreat has impacted my artistic statements and performances since. It has allowed me to bring other artists and collaborators on this journey. It is a brilliant course both for artists and those who want to experience life as art.
The retreat provided me with the intensive experience of finding and maintaining energy in the central channel of my being. We worked on loosening and letting go of the pervasive thoughts that one may describe as our deep attachments and aversions. This work deepened my practice toward awakening. I have more tools and deeper experience toward that end. These are invaluable benefits.