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Group Guru: Enlighten Up!
March 13, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm MDT
Topic: Group Guru – the promise and challenge of our times
Enlighten-Up! are uncompromising, unflinching and kick-ass dharma classes. Vajrayana Teachers Qapel and Sensei present a new topic each month. Join online from anywhere in the world.
This month’s topic:
The promise and challenge of our times
We are in difficult times. We are experiencing war (inner and outer), the negative results of capitalism, and the destruction of the planet. And, the modern world is more complex and yet we are more interconnected. ‘Group guru’ – working together in awakening teams and conscious community is the promise and great challenge for our times.
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 share in small groups and 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 Teacher
Qapel (Achariya Doug Duncan)
Qapel studied with the Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche from 1974 until the latter’s passing in 2003. Doug received lay ordination from Namgyal Rinpoche in 1978, and is a lineage holder in that teaching. He also received teachings from the 16th Karmapa and other Tibetan Rinpoches, as well as from the Ven. Sayadaw U Thila Wunta and from a Master of the Western Mystery School. In addition, Doug has undertaken numerous three-month solitary meditation retreats.
Doug has been leading retreats, teaching and training in universal practices of spiritual unfoldment since 1985, helping thousands of students in numerous countries liberate themselves from suffering. His teaching also draws on contemporary psychology and science. In 2004 he co-founded Clear Sky Retreat Center in the BC Rockies where he is resident teacher along with Catherine Pawasarat Sensei.
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. The live session includes time for a short sharing/ community discussion and Q&A.
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.
Recently, I attended the Tarot/ Tree of Life weekend retreat presented by the teachers of Planet Dharma, Qapel Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat Sensei who laid out the basics of the Tarot and Tree of Life, gave time to ponder the information in meditation and explained in simple terms that made an ancient tradition accessible and relevant to the twenty-first century. I highly recommend their courses for beginners as well as experienced students.
I greatly appreciate the depth of knowledge and level of expertise that is shared by the Qapel and Sensei. Their teachings are always well prepared and transformative in my thinking and spiritual growth.
Retreating in person with Qapel and Sensei is like coming home. It’s like visiting the authentic High Priestess, Magician and Fool all rolled into two. Well its like visiting the whole major Arcana archetypes all rolled into two people. They are loving, generous, knowledgeable, wise and compassionate.
The Western Mysteries & Tarot with Doug and Catherine Sensei has been highly transformative and relevant to my personal and universal experience of being human. I am still discovering new and varied ways of showing up in my life; how to leverage talents, strengthen weak links and lighten up!