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The Mystical Life: Right View (Webinar Series One)

February 13 - March 6

The Mystical Life webinars on right view

The Mystical Life webinars on right view

Are you ready to experience the mystical life?

Join us for the first four-part webinar series of 2017.

Each of the three webinar series held throughout the year  draws on an aspect of the three parts of the Eightfold Ennobling Path. The Eightfold Path–a methodology for complete spiritual awakening–is divided into three sections: panna, sila and samadhi. These may be translated as wisdom, calm coolness, and meditative absorption, and correspond to mind, speech and body.

The Mystical Life, the first webinar series in February, 2017, focuses on mind & view, leading to wisdom (panna). The second series, Career & Creativity: Right Livelihood, takes place in June and relates to livelihood, part of speech & sila. The third series of webinar teachings, Healing the Splits Within: Right Effort, is offered September and will focus on effort, part of body & samadhi.

Traditionally each of the Eightfold Paths has been translated with the word “right:” Right view, right livelihood, right effort. However, the Sanskrit word samma actually translates better as “complete” or “total,” rather than having the nuance of right or wrong.

Another orientation for the webinar topics would be like this: we undertake to immerse ourselves in the nature of the mystical life (complete view), to pursue career as a path to awakening (complete livelihood) and experience integrated healing through the body of liberation (complete effort).

Each of these sections will comprise of four consecutive Monday night teachings (12 in total), each ending with a weekend “at home” retreat to seal the teachings with actual practice and experience.

The Mystical Life: Right View –

Webinar Series Description:

Mystical Life: Right View
Photo: Daniela Hartman

The mystical life is the crown of human life and the heritage of all beings.

From the top of the mountain we can see all the potential ways to climb up it. We can’t do that as we are climbing nor before we start. The easiest pathway up is often the smartest, and therefore the most “beautiful.” By “beautiful” we mean in the sense of a finely trained athlete looking graceful and at ease as they perform extremely difficult maneuvers. Challenging things become easier, more enjoyable, and have a quality of artistry to them when our view is complete.

No one chooses the mystical life path for us, not what many traditions call “God” or some kind of supreme being. We are all called to it. The “choosing” pertains to the moment-to-moment decisions we make about how to use our life force. Do we have the complete view? If not, how can we develop it?

Once obstacles are removed, the mystical life is self-revealing: the vision, the clear view–or “right view” of the Eightfold Ennobling Path–is not about something concrete. Visions are about the known and dreams are about what is hidden. But the mystical life remains a beautiful mystery, swelling in the unknown. It beckons to us all as our birthright as human beings.

We live between two walls of darkness: birth and death. The mystical life is about unknowing: that is, entering into the divine mystery and living there. In that sense it is completion, a complete view.

Testimonials

Thank you again for all the teachings! They have impacted my life in such a positive way that it is unexplainable with words 🙂
Irene Arriaza
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!
Wendy Stauffer
Owner / Villa Sumaya
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.
Andy Rogers
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!
Michelle Heinz
Executive Director / Clear Sky Center
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.
Richard Sadowsky
Translator, Japanese to English
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.
Paul Jaffe
Retired Professor & Meditation Teacher
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!
Evangelos Diavolitsis
Coach & Founder / Money Evolution

 

Webinar Details:

Course Dates:

The webinars are streamed live on Mondays, Feb. 13, 20, 27 and Mar. 6, at 7:30pm Mountain Time. We encourage you to prioritize attending live, in order to get the maximum benefit from the energy of the teachings, and to be able to ask questions as they arise.

If this isn’t possible, the classes may  be watched as a recording for one week after the live class. The webinars are available online for one week after each session, and directions will be given upon registration.

Flash Retreat: On the weekend of March 11 & 12, 2017,  participants will meditate at home using the Holistic Clearing Meditation, a unique meditation designed specifically for modern beings living in today’s world. We encourage you to book and plan for this time in your schedules in advance.

Homework: Some homework will be given in each session that we can apply as we go through our day.

Office Hours: For Year of Victory program participants there are regular Saturday ‘Office Hours’ at 3pm MST to ask questions or ask for further clarification. For non year long participants there are our regularly scheduled ‘Office Hours’ that typically are every 2nd Sunday at 3pm MST.

Online Forum for Connected Learning: We encourage attendees to participate in Juice, our online forum designed to develop connections with other practitioners, support one another, and otherwise keep our practice juicy. On Juice we can share our experiences as we do the homework and reflect on the teachings, and learn from one another’s experiences and perspectives. When we share what works for us, our spiritual progress can really augment one another’s.

Course Texts or Reading: These webinars draw heavily on the years of training and practice of our teachers but interested parties may explore online for background information as a resource: https://www.google.com/search?q=right+view&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

Note that you must register before the start of the first webinar in order to watch all webinars in the series.

 

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Dana and Fees

Dana

In accordance with the tradition of spiritual teachings everywhere, the teachings are given by dāna so that finances will not be an impediment to receiving teachings. Dāna practice is a profound and very high teaching, and we encourage you to educate yourself about it here (http://www.planetdharma.com/dana-guidelines-and-practices/), keep your dāna practice vibrant, and do whatever you can to support the work we do.

Dāna is s non-transactional form of support, and thus it’s most beneficial for the giver to give regularly and as generously as possible. With reflection, we start to redefine what concepts like “support,” “generosity,” “giving,” etc. truly mean. Traditionally dāna is given at the beginning of teachings, in order to set our intention of participating with our utmost sincerity and diligence.

Fees

There is a basic course fee to defray the costs of providing these programs online that include the technology and infrastructure. If the course fee presents a challenge to you, connect with us to explore alternative forms of energy exchange.

 

About Teachers Doug Duncan & Catherine Pawasarat:

teachers of spiritual awakeningCombined, Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat have been practicing the teachings of spiritual awakening for more than 60 years. They’re well versed in Buddhist and Western philosophy and practices, as well as contemporary psychology, consciousness studies and art.

Doug and Catherine founded Clear Sky Meditation Centre in BC, where they are based, ten years ago. Having lived overseas for many years and traveled extensively, they also draw on intercultural and trans-cultural experience to broaden the range and depth of their understandings of spiritual awakening & liberation that they share with others.

Their engaged compassion, sense of humor and combined wisdom will enrich your life with exploration & discovery. Read their full bios: Dharma Teachers Doug Duncan & Catherine Pawasarat

 

Testimonials about the Teachers

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.
Matt O'Rourke
Hydro-Engineer
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.
Cara Conroy-Low
Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine / Seed Stalk Flower
Cata and Doug Sensei teach their own brand of profoundly sensible Dharma.
Richard Arnfield
President / Spectrum Glazes
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.
Ronda Clanfield
Resources Specialist, CBC National TV News (retired)
Thank you again for all the teachings! They have impacted my life in such a positive way that it is unexplainable with words 🙂
Irene Arriaza
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.
Kira MacDuffee
M.Ed / RCC
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.
Laura Montgomery
Counsellor and Mom of two
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.
Ryan Gies
Manager of Software Engineering
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!
Wendy Stauffer
Owner / Villa Sumaya
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.
Bob Abramms
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.
Evangelos Diavolitsis
Movement Facilitator and Money Coach / Meditation Moves
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.
Lynn Hauka
Management Consultant
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.
Maryline Fortier
Business Student
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.
Richard Sadowsky
Translator, Japanese to English
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.
Ruth Levin
Choreographer & Dance Teacher
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.
Maya Lewandowsky
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.
Linda Hochstetler
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.
Peter Ujlaki
Art Dealer, Japan
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.
Maureen Smith
Counsellor, MBSR Teacher / Alive Mindfully
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.
Martin Blackwell
Operations Manager, Clear Sky Center
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.
Michelle Heinz
Executive Director / Clear Sky Retreat Centre
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.
Paul Jaffe
Retired Professor & Meditation Teacher

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Start:
February 13
End:
March 6
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