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Waking Up & Growing Up: Integral Buddhism

January 12, 2025 - February 2, 2025

Waking Up & Growing Up: Integral Buddhism

Online Course | Four Weeks

January 12-February 2, 2025
Along with the work of waking up– cultivating an enlightened state – we also need to do the work of growing up.  This is Integral Buddhism – the next turning of the wheel of Dharma for it to be a vehicle fit for the 21st century.


Waking Up and Growing Up

As we go deeper into the 21st-century we are seeing a new turning of the Wheel of Dharma – a radical evolution of Buddhism and spiritual teachings. The last major evolution in Buddhist Dharma was more than 1000 years ago with Vajrayana. Now with psychology, integral spirituality and science, something new is emerging.

Along with the work of waking up– cultivating an enlightened state – we also need to do the work of growing up. This means learning to integrate a clear state in the world through doing our shadow work, developing our communication skills and working through the critical human development stages – individually and collectively.

Join us for this exciting four week course, together we will explore the emerging elements of a fit and dynamic vehicle for 21st-century awakening, and beyond.

Buddhist perspective on materialism
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eightfold noble path sangha

Integral Buddhism

Integral Buddhism was coined by Ken Wilber, an internationally acknowledged leader and the preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development.  In his book Integral Buddhism and the Future of Spirituality, he writes that traditional Buddhist teachings themselves suggest an ongoing evolution leading toward a more unified, holistic, and interconnected spirituality. He describes the ways in which the tradition has been open to the continuing unfolding and expansion of its own teachings, and he suggests possible paths toward an ever more Integral approach. 

We agree! In this course, we are excited to be taking this work forward and translating it practically, based on our lineage’s working experience of modern spiritual community.

Course Schedule

January 12 – Feb 2, 2025

Class Times (Mountain Time)

  1. Sunday January 12 – 9:30-11am
  2. Sunday January 19 – 9:30-11am
  3. Sunday January 26 – 9:30-11am
  4. Saturday & Sunday February 1-2 – 9:30am and 2:30pm (approx 60-90 min)

The formal and participatory teachings for this course will occur on Sundays with a Saturday-Sunday flash retreat on the fourth weekend.  Class times are estimates and may change slightly.

We encourage you to connect with sangha outside of class times to discuss and deepen your learning of the material.

      Flash Retreat Weekend: February 1-2

To deepen and integrate your experience, the final (fourth) weekend during the course will also be a Flash Retreat (Feb 1-2). This can be done at home, or with us at Clear Sky Meditation Centre, in Eastern British Columbia. We highly recommend clearing your schedule over the weekend to focus on the retreat. Formal group sessions will be held at these approximate times.

  • Flash Retreat morning session: 9:30am MT
  • Flash Retreat afternoon session: 2:30pm MT
  • Sessions will be 60-90 mins in length.

Meet the Teachers

Catherine Pawasarat
Catherine Pawasarat
Qapel Doug Duncan
Qapel Doug Duncan

Qapel 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

Time and Location

Each of the weekly classes in this online course will be streamed live at 9:30-11am MST.  We ask participants to attend live whenever possible. The recording of each class will be available for one week after each class. We encourage you to connect with sangha outside of class times to discuss and deepen your learning of the material.

The course culminates with a Flash Retreat on February 1-2, 2025, with formal group session times held at approx 9:30am and 2:30pm Mountain Time on Saturday and Sunday, with a 60-90 min duration.

What Does the Course Cost?

This course is offered based on the unique combination of:

1) dāna, and
2) a $80-120 USD administrative fee:

  • Register by Dec 15 2024: $80
  • Register by Dec 29 2024: $100
  • Register less than two weeks prior: $120

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You may have come across this elsewhere in the form of “pay from the heart.” Dāna is a Sanskrit term meaning “generosity.” With dāna, we give as a mutual exchange of generosity. It’s our joy to offer this course, and we trust you’ll match our time, energy, and passion by giving an amount of money that feels good and healthy to both you and us.

The dharma has been built on generosity. No one is excluded for lack of funds. However, it is also extremely beneficial to give as much as you are able.

Typically people give in a range of $120-$500 USD for a course.

As we’re committed to ensuring everyone has access to the Dharma, please feel comfortable to give less if you are not financially secure. Another form of giving dāna is to offer service, and if you are interested in providing support in a non-financial way, we invite you to contact us.

If you are financially secure, we invite you to generate merit by providing more financial support to the Triple Gem. Contributions like these make the difference in supporting our teachers, teachings, and center.

Learn more about the practice of dāna here.

In a traditional model of in-person teachings, a retreat center or urban meditation center invites teachers to visit. In these cases the centers have infrastructure and organization costs to cover, which might be covered by an admin fee. For the teaching itself, dāna to the teachers is offered in a bowl. This honors both the sustainability of the teachers, and of the supporting center.

We’ve tried to recreate this approach online. The teachers’ time and the teaching themselves are offered on the basis of dāna, separate to the admin fee. With our dāna offering we are making a direct gift of generosity to the teachers to support their teachings and livelihood.

The admin fee* goes to support the infrastructure and organization necessary to support them to teach. As anyone with an online business will know, the costs of setting up good infrastructure to support effective teaching and connection online can be surprising.

Our admin fee changes based on the date of registration.

Register four + weeks prior: $80
Register two to four weeks prior: $100
Register less than two weeks prior: $120

*We also do not wish to exclude anyone from the Teachings, so if you are not currently in a financial position to afford the admin fee, please contact the course Registrar via [email protected] so we can support you to attend.


Below are a few of the work and benefits that your admin fee payment is supporting:

  • High speed internet (to allow interviews and classes on-line)
  • Online class systems (Zoom)
  • Registration / admin systems (Eventbrite, Basecamp)
  • Communication systems to keep everyone informed, share connection details, teachings and other resources (Mailchimp)
  • Online storage (for example, Dropbox, to allow us to let students watch recordings, and to store and share selected teachings in other forms such as podcasts and video later, and Amazon cloud)
  • Quality sound, video and editing equipment (both for live teachings and to provide good enough quality for later sharing as podcasts and video). We are regularly updating our equipment to improve your user experience.
  • Online calendar booking system to allow students to book interviews
  • Website hosting and maintenance for sharing upcoming courses, teachings, blogs and other resources.

We welcome any questions. May all our efforts be sustainable, abundant and for the benefit of all beings!


Bardo 2024
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Zoom sangha online course

Flash Retreat in community: students at Clear Sky Centre and online, learning together.

Bat Fung

This kind of Dharma is much needed, practical and insightful. It is something we need in our modern society where everyone is trying to get ahead of others. Learning with Qapel and Sensei helps me see clearly, lead genuinely and be more willing to step into the unknown, to serve others and to learn.

Bat Fung
Jonathan Clifford

Qapel and Sensei teach in a light but profound way – taking us on a brilliant journey of understanding with guile and humour.
Male and female perspectives help balance with differing approaches. Explaining a complex but genius system that holds all life understanding from religion, science, psychotherapy and wisdom traditions is not easy. I think Ken Wilber would have enjoyed it. 

Jonathan Clifford
Shiatsu, Qigong & Meditation Teacher


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