Path of Ecstasy – Following your Bliss: Online Course
June 4, 2018 - June 25, 2018
The Path of Ecstasy: Following your Bliss
Online Course: June 4 – 25, 2018
Would you like to experience more bliss, more joy in your life? It’s easy to say “Follow your bliss,” but how do we actually do that? Especially when it doesn’t feel so blissy?
This online course is designed to help you learn how. Or if you already know how, to get more skilled at it. Imagine your life with robust, resilient bliss.
Join Doug and Catherine Sensei for the second online course they are offering in 2018, the Year of Joy. The third course on Sex and Relationships takes place in October 2018.
Studying Bliss and Joy with Wisdom Traditions and Science
How do you follow your bliss? Fortunately there are many resources available to us in these exciting times. Western science is beginning to understand and articulate what meditators have known and experienced for millennia. Since this is the Year of Joy, we’d like more (all!) of us to cultivate more joy. To this end, this online course looks at the interface of consciousness and bliss in various frameworks.
Every wisdom tradition documents different experiences of transcendental, unitive bliss. In order to experience bliss, first we must establish abiding calm. As meditators we know this from our own experience, and from the teachings themselves.
In these classes we’ll look at what we know about these experiences from wisdom traditions. We’ll also discuss what contemporary science is adding to our understanding. The better we understand bliss and joy, the more likely we are to be able to experience them.
According to wisdom traditions as well as science, personal change involves consciousness. This online course is designed to help our first-hand embodied experience and intellectual understanding come together and support one another.
The desired outcome? More joy, and higher bliss. Though it’s not possible to awaken from a state of bliss, bliss can springboard us into deeper insights. From this space we can experience the moment of enlightenment. And from greater states of awakening, we can be brighter, further-reaching beacons of light for all beings in these challenging times.
This course is open to all experience levels.
“The mind’s integration made visible is loving kindness & compassion.”
~ Author/neurobiologist Dan Siegel, ALIA 2014.
Online classes will take place live on Monday evenings (June 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th) from 7:30 to 9pm (MDT). Recordings will also be available for one week if you can’t attend live.
(Year of Joy participants also have access to a Master Class with the teachers on Saturdays June 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 3-4pm MT, and a weekend Flash Retreat at home.)
Week 1, Mon. June 4: The Body – Our Six Senses.
Meditations on the senses, our first link to the world both inside and outside, constitute some of the oldest meditations known to humankind. How can we use the senses as a path to liberative bliss?
Week 2, Mon. June 11: Feelings – The Jhanas (Meditative Absorptions)
If we can’t awaken from a state of bliss–only from insight–then how can we use it for spiritual breakthroughs? The roadmap of the states of highest blisses, known as the jhanas, can help us get serious about bliss.
Week 3, Mon. June 18: The Mind – A Look at Modern Neuroscience
What’s happening to your brain when different states arise, in meditation and in daily life? What do mirror neurons have to do with a sense of self and other? How is all this affected by the chemistry in the brain?
Week 4, Mon. June 25: Life in the world: Making it Blissful
What do the jhanas (blissful, absorptive meditative states), brainwaves and hormones have in common? How do they affect us and our states differently? How do insights about bliss lead to wisdom, the highest bliss?
About the Teachers:
We encourage everyone to find the “teacher within” that we can be. But, for almost everyone, we need to apprentice before we can master. Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat apprenticed in the teachings of awakening for decades with their teachers. Between them they have been teaching for more than 30 years.
Their explorations and teachings are guided by four principles: spiritual growth, social connectivity, economic sustainability and environmental integrity.
Doug & Catherine teach from various wisdom traditions – including buddhadharma, Western Mysteries, modern science, art and nature – based on broad interests and a non-judgemental approach. We’ve lived and worked overseas for many years, and a planetary outlook is important to us. So is humour! Read more: Full Bios.
Doug and Catherine Sensei have a complimentary teaching style that empowers me to take on life's numerous challenges. Thanks to their guidance, I understand the role of fiery masculine energy and how to integrate it with softer more receptive earth feminine energy. They are Yin and Yang in human form. I could not ask for a more complete or effective spiritual teaching.
Sensei and Catherine's teachings have helped me create a spaciousness in my being to find generosity, abundance, and energy with my self and my potential. I am immensely grateful to them for their patience and love and personal connection to my growth and unfoldment.
Doug Sensei and Catherine Sensei demonstrate and challenge us to recognize that nowhere is the Awakened mind not present or available to us. They model and challenge us to be ruthlessly self-honest, practical and to work together to build and shape healthy communities and relationships in all that we do.
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.
Operations Manager, Clear Sky Center
To my incredible teachers, Thank you for your unwavering compassion, patience and wisdom. And thank you for the opportunity to learn from you and to join you on this Dharma trip. I love you both from the platform, to the edge of the universe. And will show that love by doing the work! For the benefit of all beings.
Marketing and Communications Professional
The first time I met Doug & Catherine Sensei was at the Clear Sky Center, BC as a Karma Yogi (volunteer). Despite being new to the teachings, despite my past, despite my attitude they welcomed me and created space for me to connect with everyone. I know they see Buddha Nature in everything and welcome it with a warm heart.
The teachers offer me training to improve my life in such a way that top consultants cannot do. They have journeyed with me through surgeries and vertigo, from fashion choices to home décor, and ultimately, through leadership training and meditation techniques. There is no area they will not go if it is for my unfolding!
It is one thing to hear or read the Dharma and understand it intellectually. This workshop went so much further than that, as I found myself receiving realizations of the teachings on a visceral basis, going far beyond simply understanding.
Watching how everyone engaged and getting new insights and a-ha moments brought home to me that karma yoga and dharma training is a path that brings the modern spiritual explorer alive and moves them forward.
Dr. Duncan Cryle
Ph.D IBM executive, Clear Sky Accountability Officer
As a result of studying with Doug and Catherine, I’m more awake: I have more clarity, compassion, and calm. These characteristics have made me a better dharma student, dharma teacher, parent, friend, colleague, manager and leader.
This experience has been incredibly beautiful, challenging and transformative. The teachers are an inspiration in all ways.
Marketing and Communications Professional
I attended the Buddhas in Action two week retreat at Clear Sky Retreat Centre with Doug Sensei and Cata Sensei. The teachers are taking the dharma teachings forward in a way that speaks to our modern lives today without losing their integrity.
Money & Transformation Coach
Teachers suggest, guide and train - the student's responsibility is to get involved and be willing to dance. I accepted that opportunity to dance, the opportunity of a lifetime, and with such excellent dance partners (Doug and Catherine) I have thrived in my unfolding.
Working with Doug and Catherine at the 5 day hero’s journey workshop was deeply impactful and has clarified for me not only my deepest heart’s desire but what I need to face and overcome to manifest it. Doug and Catherine are extraordinary facilitators with a great depth and breadth of knowledge, wisdom and presence to share.
M.Ed / RCC
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.
Art Dealer, Japan
Doug and Catherine Sensei are living examples of the dharma teachings. For me, their teachings give me a place to begin to apply the dharma in my own life. I trust in their one-pointed focus on whatever it takes to speed their students unrealized potential.
Counsellor and Mom of two
Thank you again for all the teachings! They have impacted my life in such a positive way that it is unexplainable with words 🙂
This retreat was right on the mark, a perfect blend of focused inner work along with space for reflection in a trusting and comfortable setting. The teachers were wonderful, insightful, humorous, and extremely attentive to our individual needs for understanding. The journey has opened access to undiscovered strengths in myself and I could not be more thankful.
Manager of Software Engineering
I came to Clear Sky after years of wandering on the path of self-transcendence; I was trying to do it by myself and it just wasn’t working. Dharma Teachers Doug & Catherine immediately saw my self-imposed limits and provided me with clear, direct instructions on how to really accelerate growth. After putting my personal preferences aside and deciding to work with awakened teachers I have become far more focused and clearer than I could ever have been on my own.
If you get a chance to study with Doug-sensei and Catherine, don't miss it. Through the power of long dedication, deep meditation, and wise guidance, life can definitely be transformed.
Retired Professor & Meditation Teacher
Doug Sensei and Catherine Pawasarat have woven together a finely-textured tapestry of Buddhist Philosophy that has made the basics of the practice come alive for me and accessible and pertinent to my every-day life.
Resources Specialist, CBC National TV News (retired)
Doug, Catherine & the community around them are phenomenal teachers, supports and guides. I've never seen any therapy and meditation teaching that goes to such depth, one on one and in community, anywhere else.
Doug and Catherine have a wonderful relaxed interplay. Even though they have different personalities, they demonstrate how to work together without conflict. Working in the kitchen brought many personal issues to light which I could then examine more closely during the meditations. Many times during the morning teachings I felt Sensei's teachings resonate so deeply I was transported to a different awareness and feeling state.
Doug and Catherine Sensei demonstrate how every encounter in our lives is not only a litmus test that shows if we are acting with compassion or not, they hand us the polish for the silver that we can use to rub away the tarnish of our egocentric mode of perception to reveal the inherent sparkle of a compassionate heart and mind.
Translator, Japanese to English
Precious and few are the teachers that have the charisma and skillful means to genuinely awaken us to the depth of our own TRUE NATURE!
Doug and Catherine Sensei are masters in every sense of the word. They live and walk their talk. Whoever said you can't have your cake and eat it too, never met these two brilliant teachers. All is possible when you are with the awakening mind!
I have been fortunate to meet Doug and Catherine, who through compassion and skillful means helped me to courageously face all my demons, fears and blindspots. I have come through into a lighter manifestation to be of real service to all beings.
Transformational Change Coach
The first time I met Catherine and Sensei at Clear Sky Centre for a one week silent meditation retreat, at the end I burst into tears. I found home. Dharma Trips around the world with those two cutting edge masters have also allowed me to see the world from a whole new prespective.
Doug and Catherine's ability to translate the heart of the Buddhist teachings into wisdom that is relevant and applicable in today's world mean that their teachings go far beyond theory to have real impact on lives. The crucial balance of care, support, insight and challenge they have offered me has been instrumental for a greater experience of love, connection and aliveness in my life. My deepest heart thanks go out to them for all that they have done for me and all beings.
Choreographer & Dance Teacher
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Dāna (Generosity Based Teaching)
Doug & Catherine are teaching this online course via the ancient tradition of Dāna (generosity), an offering from them to the attendees. It is considered of supreme value to your life and thus “beyond price” so it is expected that the student will be equally generous and support the teaching and the teachers by making an offering.
While no offering is too small, also no offering is too great. The giver benefits by offering as much as they can, given the individual’s circumstances. Along with compassion, generosity is considered the root of spiritual progress and, according to the ancients, therefore the root of our success in daily life as well.
Find out more about how you can practice Dāna. We invite you to offer Dāna when you register.
Please register using the form below. Please note that our registration platform (Eventbrite) uses the term “donation” rather than dāna. Dāna is different from donation. If this is new to you, please read the above section on dāna to learn more about the difference.
For previous participants of Planet Dharma online courses: please note we’ve simplified the registration process. Now simply register ONCE for all four classes. The courses are now purely dāna based without a course fee. Note that your dāna offering now is to cover ALL four classes.
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