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Zen, Now – Contemporary Zen Practice (Enlighten-Up!)
November 28, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm MST
Topic: Zen, Now: Contemporary Zen Practice
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.
This month’s topic:
Zen, Now: Contemporary Zen Practice
Most likely, you’re not currently living in Japan in a Zen monastery, or in China practicing under the tutelage of a Chan master. So, what does it mean to practice Zen today? How do you know if you’re really practicing Zen?
Dharma Teachers Qapel and Sensei spent many years practicing Dharma in Japan. Hear from them about the fundamental characteristics of a Zen practice today. This course is a preview to the two week winter Zen meditation retreat.
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.
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 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.
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.