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The Pearl without Price: Why Awaken?

January 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am - February 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm MST

The Pearl Without Price: Why Awaken?

A Four Week Online Course | Starts January 21, 2019


“Why awaken?” This may be the most important question a spiritual practitioner ever asks. This course provides context and direction on the journey to spiritual awakening.

The CourseSchedule

The Pearl Without Price: Online Course

This course is for visionaries. For anyone who wants to live a good and happy life, who cares about their community and dreams of a healthier and more harmonious planet. Drawing on over fifty years of experience, discover how spiritual awakening in this lifetime is an accessible, compelling and very sane aspiration – particularly in these times of uncertain change. Would you like to suffer less and benefit all beings? Join us and learn how.

Course Schedule

Starts January 21, 2019

Mon, Jan 21

The Vision

7:30pm MST

We must hold a complete or integrated view in order to manifest our best potential, awaken more fully and benefit all beings. But what does that look like? Discover the fundamentals of cultivating emptiness, spaciousness and no-self in our lives. And more to the point, the many compelling reasons why we do this. This understanding and way of being is the most beautiful, and requires the least effort.

Mon, Jan 28

Spiritual Awakening in the Modern World

7:30pm MST

This spiritual path originated in monastic or hermetic life. Monks and nuns renounced busy day-to-day life in order to focus on awakening. Today, the majority of us live alone, while wired into media and internet rather than nature. Coming together to practice in community has become the modern spiritual challenge. But why does this shift matter and how is it relevant to your spiritual practice? Discover how integrating the traditional spiritual path with the modern world is imperative for healing rifts between nations, races, genders and in nature. This practice invariably helps us grow a resilient planetary vehicle for collective awakening.

Mon, Feb 4

If you want the Present You have to Open the Box

7:30pm MST

The ego spends most of its time and energy seeking self-interest, self-protection and self-promotion. Yet no matter how grand we appear in our careers, in the world and online, we’re still locked in a self-imposed box. Media and consumerism exploit this fundamental ego insecurity by convincing us we need to fix, improve, and decorate our boxes. This exploitation makes our modern lives busy with inconsequential and energy-draining thoughts and activities. So, what do we do with the box? How can get the present? Explore the priceless gifts of awakening – bliss, wisdom, and a sense of meaning and “coming home.” 

Mon, Feb 11

Protecting Against Hurt is What Hurts

7:30pm MST

Life can be traumatic. It’s natural to protect against experiencing pain, such as wearing a seatbelt in a car or guarding your heart with a new lover. Over time, this defence accumulates into a kind of psychic fat suit that gets between us and a joyful, meaningful life. What started as well-intentioned protection from heartbreak can often end in loneliness. When we learn to let go of the protection, we start experiencing rewarding relationships––with our self and others––and a beautiful life worth living. Next we learn to let go of hurt itself, releasing ourselves into a wonderful, generative state of peace. In this class we share the nuts and bolts of how to do it. Say goodbye to loneliness and hello to a life that is more vibrant, fascinating and blissful.    

Feb 15-17

Flash Retreat


This Flash Retreat provides practitioners with a valuable opportunity to integrate and seal the learnings from the Pearl without Price online course, in a format well suited for our contemporary lives. We encourage you to attend this weekend retreat at Clear Sky, or together with you local sangha, or if those not available to you, in your home. Planet Dharma provides themes, meditations and guidelines to support Flash Retreat participants in the diamond and ruby levels.

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. 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.

This Course is the first of three Online Courses in 2019.

The Pearl Without Price

Starts January 21

Riding the Dragon

Starts June 3

Crazy Wisdom

Starts Sept 9

Doug & Catherine’s teachings are a rallying cry for all those who want no-holds-barred, honest guidance on the path of awakening.  I’m thoroughly inspired by the spiritual potential we all have, and sobered by the challenges we face as a species and global consciousness.  The path they lay out makes it clear that the journey is worth taking.

Cara Conroy-Low

Acupuncturist, Canada

Doug and Catherine are always burning calories to get you back on a path that can lead toward greater self-awareness. 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

Fine Art Dealer, Japan

If you get a chance to study with Doug 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, New York


January 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am MST
February 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm MST
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