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Online Course: Emotional Intelligence

May 9, 2015 - May 30, 2015

Dharma Podcast Audio Interview with Doug and CatherineGather online with teachers of awakening Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat for these 90 minute webinars, one day a week for four weeks. Strengthen and energize your vehicle of emotional intelligence, and view it through the lens of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness to further and contemporize your realization of awakening. Through improved relationships, we may be of greater benefit to more beings. Less emotional conflict makes for greater joy and deeper insights into the mystery of being.

Course Dates & Time:

90 minutes once a week, May 9 – May 30, 2015.

Sat., May 9, 4:00-5:30pm Mountain Time
Sat., May 16, 4:00-5:30pm Mountain Time
Sat., May 23, 4:00-5:30pm Mountain Time
Sat., May 30, 4:00-5:30pm Mountain Time
* NOTE: webinars must be attended live; no recordings will be available. Registration numbers are limited to 25 people; please confirm that you’re able to attend live before you register for this course.*  Determine your local time here.

Cost: This course is being offered on the basis of the progressive and precious practice of dāna (generosity).

The course is currently full, but please join the Wait List:


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Course Description:

How well do you swim the sometimes-turbulent waters of interpersonal relationships? Are you frolicking like a sea otter, or busy avoiding sharks? Are you aware of and comfortable with what you’re feeling, and do you express it in a way others understand and relate to? And would those close to you agree? Are you smiling or clenching your teeth right now? Perhaps most intriguing, what does this have to do with traditional Buddhist philosophy, and vice versa?

If you’d like to improve your interpersonal relationships (and in particular if you don’t – !), this course is designed to help us enjoy richer and more joyful engagement with others, and with ourselves.

How well do we understand what’s actually going on when we have interpersonal difficulties? One major challenge is that we tend to see our feelings and ideas as objects. We have this tendency too in the way we see and relate to other people – as if they were fixed objects. And with all our different styles of relating to objects, it’s no surprise then that we often find ourselves speaking different languages. The results can include confusion, misunderstandings and conflict.

The wonderful news is that we can improve our emotional intelligence, and this course is here to support that.

Using the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, we’ll examine emotions and their expression (including communication) in relationship to:
1) the body;
2) feelings;
3) states or textures of mind; and
4) contents of mind.

Through engaging with this course, you’ll relate better with lovers, family, sangha members, colleagues and friends. And with the most important person in your life: yourself (or non-self, in the context of Buddhist philosophy).

The course is currently full, but please join the Wait List: 

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Course Outcomes:

As a result of completing this course, students will:
Receive six hours of live online teachings related to emotional intelligence and its relationship with the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
Have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinars.
Gain practical tools for use in everyday life related to:
·     improving awareness of our own feelings;
·     better meeting others with a kind and generous heart;
·    increasing empathy;
·     learning to trust the communication process;
·     expressing ourselves in skillful ways; and
·    improving the quality of our relationships;

Student Expectations:

Attend each weekly webinar.
Arrive ten minutes early and use the time to do a breathing or grounding practice, to prepare for new learning.
Complete one assignment given during class each week.
Report on your homework each week and participate in group discussion on Juice.

The weekly assignment, reporting and group discussion are designed to be completed within one hour.

* Registering for this course and failing to attend may affect future registrations.


Like all their teachings, this course is an offering of generosity from the teachers to you and all beings. In order to generate merit and strengthen their capacity to alleviate ever more suffering, we are always encouraged to cultivate our own robust practice of dāna (generosity), throughout this course and throughout our lifetimes. Traditionally we offer dāna at the beginning of a course, to commit to our intention to practice earnestly so that we may awaken speedily, for the benefit of all beings. One of the wonderful mysteries of dana is that the giving never ceases, and we become more skilled and discerning and joyful with our giving.    To give an offering of dāna: Click on the Alms Bowl below.  There will also be an opportunity to give dāna when you register.

Why Study with Emotional Intelligence with Doug & Catherine?

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Have your bliss hat ready. You’re about to embark on a journey that will take you to joy, this May 9, 16, 23 and 30, at 4pm Mountain Time.

 The course is currently full, but please join the Wait List:

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May 9, 2015
May 30, 2015