A five-week online course, streamed live and recorded. Five classes, every Tuesday night in June at 7:30pm Mountain Time Zone: Tues., 2 June, 7:30 pm MT Tues., 9 June, 7:30 pm MT Tues., 16 June, 7:30 pm MT Tues., 23 June, 7:30 pm MT Tues., 30 June, 7:30 pm MT Use the Time Zone Converter to find out the date and time in your location.
Much of the mindfulness, self-awareness and self-improvement courses that are available today are modern derivatives of ancient traditions and methods that could be called fundamentally Buddhist. These five streamed courses will give an overview of the foundations of the Buddhist teachings of liberation, helping us better understand and make optimal use of contemporary interpretations.
In essence, the Buddha taught two things: the nature of suffering, and the cessation of suffering. Join us in examining the roots of his insights and the fruits (bliss), which has motivated and captivated seekers of liberation and greater self-knowledge for 2500 years.
A limited number of registrants are invited to actively engage with these teachings online, based on the progressive and precious practice of dāna.
Engage mindfully with a dāna practice that is both generative and sustainable for you.
Attend each weekly webinar live, or watch the recording within one week (after which recordings will not be available).
Arrive ten minutes early and use the time to do a breathing or grounding practice, to prepare for new learning.
Leave one comment about an insight that arose for you during each weekly class on the YouTube interface page.
Complete one assignment given during class each week, and report on your homework and contribute to group discussions weekly on Planet Dharma’s online community (Juice).
The weekly assignment, reporting and group discussion are designed to be completed within one hour. We recommend that you create an hour of space in your schedule each week to engage in this way, on top of the webinar itself.
Note: Registrations spaces are limited. Registering for this course and failing to attend or participate may affect future registrations.
Dāna is the Sanskrit word for “generosity,” and is at the heart of all spiritual practice and attainment. As the sun generously provides us with light and warmth, and plants generously provide us with oxygen, so the teachings of spiritual unfoldment sustain us throughout this and all lifetimes. There is no way to repay the sun, the foliage or spiritual teachers for the life support provided; yet we do what we can so that others and future generations may benefit as we have. By providing whatever support we can for the teachers and the teachings, we also generate merit and strengthen our capacity to support the flourishing of the teachings, thereby generating more merit. Traditionally dāna is offered at the beginning of a course, to demonstrate our commitment to earnest practice so that we may awaken speedily, for the benefit of all beings. One of the wonderful mysteries of dāna is that the giving never ceases, and we become more skilled and discerning and joyful with our giving. May all our efforts benefit all beings.
To give an offering of dāna: There will be an opportunity to give your dāna for the course as part of the registration process.
What others say: Testimonials
I love how AstroDharma uses the Dharma to explore astrology at a deeper level than you would with other astrology resources. For example, while other approaches may explain how Taurus values security, AstroDharma goes further and explains how awakening is the ultimate security.
English as a Foreign Language Instructor
Catherine's AstroDharma course is amazing! It's so well structured and has such great flow that I really feel like I'm beginning to understand this vast subject. I've enjoyed getting to know the gifts and challenges of each sign and planet and reflecting on the key words Catherine has given for each one in the guided meditations. I've gained a lot of insights into my own chart, what it means to be me and how I can develop and integrate all of these incredible potentials within myself through this work.
Doug and Catherine Sensei are at their best fielding live questions and giving practical, applicable answers. I've had the pleasure of being present offering technical support in past online courses. To hear such authentic teachers offer modern day perspectives on ancient wisdom is priceless.
Doug & Catherine are continuously pushing the envelope of experience, often with irreverent humour in challenging others to do the same & doing so with heart for Dharma that isn't afraid to think outside the box.