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Getting Your House in Order: Elements of a Spiritual Container

August 3, 2020 - August 30, 2020

Getting Your House in Order: Elements of a Spiritual Container

A Four Week Online Course | Starts August 3, 2020

As the adage goes, remarkable tea requires a worthy vessel. Similarly our meditation practice needs the healthy container of our lives to flourish. As we clean up our lives, getting our ‘house’ in order, we are then more prepared to do the inner work.

The CourseRegistration

Getting Your House in Order: The Spiritual Container

In these times of speed and stress, we’d like to share with you what we’ve found works well for spiritual seekers. This four week online course is on the theme of Clear Sky’s Five Principles of a Spiritual Container You can learn how to clear up your outer world, improve your interactions and habits, so that your inner world can flourish.

Course Schedule

Starts August 3, 2020

PLEASE NOTE that there will be weekly Master Classes during this online course. Moreover, many students organize regional online sangha meetings to support one another during the online courses and Flash Retreats

MON, August 3

Class 1

Details to come.

MON, August 10

Class 2

Details to come

MON, August 17

Class 3

Details to come.

MON, August 24

Class 4

Details to come.

August 28-30

Flash Retreat

This Flash Retreat provides practitioners with a valuable opportunity to integrate and seal the learnings from the online course, in a format well suited for our contemporary lives.

We encourage you to attend this weekend retreat at Clear Sky Centre, or together with your local sangha, or if those not available to you, in your home.

Many students organize regional online sangha groups to support one another during the online courses and Flash Retreats. Also, check your inbox for support sessions organized by the Planet Dharma team.

Planet Dharma provides themes, meditations and guidelines to support Flash Retreat participants. You may also support your own unfoldment by attending the Master Class on Sunday, August 30.

Every Sunday

Master Classes

There are weekly Master Classes during this online course to support your deepening learning and practice, on the following dates at 3pm MST:

  • Sun. August 9
  • Sun. August 16
  • Sun. August 23
  • Sun. August 30

We encourage you to register and offer dana separately and uniquely for each of these online Q&A’s. You will receive details for how to attend each Master Class once you have registered for the Course.

Meet the Teachers

Catherine Pawasarat
Catherine Pawasarat
Doug Duncan
Doug Duncan

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 four weekly classes in this online course will be video streamed live at 7:30pm MST. The recording will be available for one week after each class.

What Does the Course Cost?

We offer this course on the basis of dāna, as well as an admin fee of $100. The admin is to cover the costs of running these online courses – for equipment and software to provide you the teachings online. 

For our teachings itself – You may have come across this is 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. We suggest a range between $120 and $500 for this four week course.

It has been sheer joy to be a participant in the Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy streamed classes. They made the practice come alive for me and accessible and pertinent to my every-day life. And of course, I always enjoy Doug and Catherine’s unfailing good humour which put a lighter touch on what can sometimes be a very dry subject.

Ronda Arnfield

Resources Specialist, CBC National TV News (retired)

Fabulous mindfulness teachers, presenting a variety of accessible tools for unfolding, in a mutual, community inspired way. It’s great that classes can be watched in person, virtually, or within a week depending on one’s schedule. Increase the awareness, compassion, wisdom, strength, and joy in your life!

Brendan Ries

Life Coach, Teacher and Artist, Conscious Money

[The online classes] are a fantastic tool for me to not get completely lost in Samsara throughout the year, especially because I don’t live in Canada and cannot be with the teachers so often. I still felt very connected and supported by the Lamas and Sangha. As a result I became much more aware of my state of mind than I would ordinarily. 

Andrea Netscher

Physiotherapist, Germany

This Course is the third of four Online Courses in 2020.

The Diamond Realization

January 6

Vipassana: Foundations of Clear Seeing

April 6

Getting Your House in Order: Elements of a Spiritual Container

August 3

Manifesting the Path of Victory

October 5


August 3, 2020
August 30, 2020
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