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Women & Buddhism: Enlighten-Up

May 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm MDT

Women & Buddhism

Stories of the 17th Arhat, female gurus and what it means for us today.

Enlighten Up is a monthly series of uncompromising, unflinching and kick-ass dharma classes.  Vajrayana Teachers Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat present a new topic each month.  Join online from anywhere in the world.  

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About this talk on Women & Buddhism

What is the unique experience of female spiritual practitioners – today, and through history? Discover stories of female gurus like the relatively unknown ’17th Arhat’. This talk will help us understand the often skewed portrayal of the male-female dynamic through time, and what this has meant for modern Buddhist women. Most importantly, find out how women can step into greater awakening potential.

This month’s talk will be presented by Dharma Teacher Catherine Pawasarat Sensei, live from Clear Sky Meditation Centre in the Canadian BC Rockies.

Why Enlighten-Up!?

Dharma Talks for 21st Century Life

The word ‘Dharma’ has many meanings, one being the ultimate truths of reality, and the universal laws of awakening.  That’s lovely, but how do you bring these ancient perspectives into 21st century life?  

These monthly(ish) classes are a way to bring kick-ass, applicable dharma into your life.  Tune in to higher truths, with real-life Dharma teachers from wherever you might be in the world.

The topic of the classes will change each month.  They will be thought provoking, inspiring and designed to ‘enlighten-up’ your world.  In a world that has a tendency to ‘dumb down’ the complexities of wisdom, we promise not to. 

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the class.

Video recordings are available for those who cannot attend live.

These Enlighten-Up classes are open to all experience levels.

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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.

Course Details

Fees and Dāna

These sessions are offered based on the ancient principle of generosity, or Dāna.


To attend, you must register via the button below. These dharma classes 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, the video recording will be available for one week after the live session.

There is also a monthly Digital Dojo session (previously Office Hours) to bring your questions to Doug and Catherine Sensei.  

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Dan O’Brian

We are so blessed to have Catherine Sensei as one of the dedicated teachers at Clear Sky. I admire her continued commitment to helping us and others on the planet and I am awed by her abilities. Glad you are not hiding them under a basket. Thank you so much for the time you give so generously to talk, touch one on the shoulder, listen and speak truth.

Dan O'Brian
Dave Basu Roy

Catherine Sensei has an unwavering compassion and commitment to support and accelerate the unfoldment of all beings around her.
It is a blessing and a privilege to be one of the lucky few who can bask in the glow of this radiance.

Dave Basu Roy


May 16
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm MDT
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