Getting Your House in Order: Elements of a Spiritual Container (Online)
August 3 - August 30
Getting Your House in Order: Tools for a Strong Practice at HomeA 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 our outer lives, we are then more prepared to do the inner work.
Getting Your House in Order: The Spiritual Container
Do you struggle to keep momentum with your spiritual practice? It is easy to feel one’s energy get drained away and get lost in the struggles and distractions around us. It’s like trying to cross a desert, and holding precious water in a leaky cup with no lid.
This course will teach you about the art of the spiritual container. By repairing the holes in your metaphorical leaky cup, you can redesign your everyday life to be more like you’re in the protective space of retreat.
From years of being a refuge for spiritual explorers, our meditation centre, Clear Sky, developed five key principles of a spiritual container. We share how you can apply these simple yet profound principles directly into your own home, work and life, to enliven your meditation and support your year-round growth.
MON, August 3
In this class we introduce the idea of a “spiritual container” and why this is an important element so often forgotten by modern spiritual explorers. We also look at the principle of honoring the space around us – whether our homes, offices, environments, or our own bodies. Paying attention to our space is the first step in creating a supportive spiritual container.
MON, August 10
So many of us feel struggle with time management or get swept up in distractions. We’ll explore the art of consciously choosing supportive structures, routines and rituals to help us be present. We also look at the art of skillful communication. How can we have more conversations that energize and move us forward? Supportive consciously chosen structures and healthy communication are the two next key principles of a spiritual container.
MON, August 17
For most of us, there are one or two big areas in our life that drain energy. This could be how we relate to money, food, sex or career. It could be our intimate or family relationships. Or it could be a pervasive feeling that we are not aligned to our vision and purpose. In this class we dive into how bringing insight into these areas can powerfully free up energy.
MON, August 24
In Week 4 we explore the final principle of a spiritual container – it’s easier with others. We look at the importance of healthy and conscious community, and ways we can find or develop that in our lives. Finally we explore how bringing together all five principles of the spiritual container can radically transform our meditation and spiritual lives, by providing a solid and supportive platform for year round growth.
Study and Meditation Electives
There are weekly Master Classes (akin to online Q&A Office Hours) during this online course to support your deepening learning and practice, on the following dates at 3pm MST:
- Sun. Aug 9
- Sun. Aug 16
- Sun. Aug 23
You can elect to attend all three or individual dates.
Registration & Dana links for Master Classes will be accessible to you when you register for the course.
August 28-30, 2020
Elect to deepen your practice via a Flash Retreat during the last weekend of this course. The retreat provides practitioners a valuable opportunity to integrate and seal the learnings from the online course, in a format well suited for our contemporary lives.
The retreat will include instructions, online check ins, and a Master Class on Sunday, August 30.
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.
Registration and Dana links for the Flash Retreat will be accessible to you when you register for the course.
Sangha power – consider organizing or joining regional in-person or online sangha groups to support one another during the online courses and Flash Retreats.
Meet the Teachers
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.
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 (USD). 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.
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!
[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.