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Western Enlightenment: The Path of Kabbalah (Four Week Online Course)

May 7 - June 4

Western Enlightenment: The Path of Kabbalah

Four Weeks | Online Course

May 7 – June 4, 2023

Discover how the Kabbalah and tarot are designed to                                                                      cultivate dormant aspects in ourselves so we may reach our highest potential.                          This course builds on the Tree of Life and is a pre-requisite                                                              for the Movement of the Mandala interactive tarot retreat in 2024.

OverviewRegistration

What is the Kabbalah?

tree of life kabbalah

 We’re all familiar with Eastern spiritual traditions, but did you know the West also has a legitimate path for spiritual awakening?  It provided the philosophical and mystical underpinnings upon which the Judeo Christian religions formed. You could say it is the inner, spiritual partner to the outer ‘religious’ face that we see in Western culture today. 

Kabbalah also guides one through the terrain of the psychological and emotional transformations that are possible in the psyche.  You could say, the Kabbalah is like an early map of western psychology, from which science and philosophy in the West developed. Not only this, as with Satori, Nirvana and sunyata in the East, the Kabbalah points us to the realisation of ‘God’, described as the limitless, infinite Ain Soph Aur

What about the Tarot?

The Kabbalah is the framework upon which the Tarot, particularly the profound symbology of the major arcana, sits.  This course will teach aspects of the tarot and will also describe the Tree of Life as a chakra system.

A Western Mystical Journey through 2022, 2023 and 2024

Qapel’s first retreat with his Teacher Namgyal Rinpoche was on the ‘Movement of the Mandala’, an embodied initiation into the Tarot’s archetypes. Together with Catherine Sensei, he would like to pass on an in-depth transmission of the Western spiritual teachings over the next three years.

  1. The Tree of Life weekend course, this August 2022 was an introduction to the essence of the Kabbalah, Tarot and Western mystical teachings.
  2. The Hero’s Journey retreat is an interactive Western style work on shadow integration, offered in Germany in September  2022.
  3. This primary four week online Kabbalah study course starts May 2023. It will be an online deeper dive and study group into the archetypes of the universal spiritual journey.
  4. The Movement of the Mandala retreat will be an experiential transmission of the Western Mysteries. It is the third and culminating teaching of this series and will be held in 2024 (September or October). It will be an in-person only retreat. Participating in this May 2023 Kabbalah course is pre-requisite to attend. Participation will be limited to maximum 26-30 people.

 

In this video, Qapel and Sensei share about the next three years of teachings on the Western Mysteries.

Namgyal Rinpoche as Ananda Bodhi Bikkhu 1969 Dharma Centre of Canada

Namgyal Rinpoche, then Ananda Bodhi Bhikkhu in 1969 at the Dharma Centre of Canada

In fact, the Western Mysteries was the path by which our lineage’s founder, Namgyal Rinpoche, awakened. Rinpoche was a Master of the western spiritual tradition before becoming a Buddhist monk.

Course Schedule

May 7th  – June 4th, 2023

All Kabbalah Teachings will be on Sundays

With a new format: Morning (9am Class) and Afternoon (3-4pm Workshops)

  1. Sunday May 7th – 9am Class, 3pm Workshop
  2. Sunday May 14th – 9am Class, 3pm Workshop
  3. Sunday May 21st – 9am Class, 3pm Workshop
  4. Sunday May 28th – 9am Class, 3pm Workshop

The formal and participatory teachings for this course will occur on four Sundays. There will be a formal class in the morning (9-10:30am MT), followed by personal time for reflection and study and then a participatory workshop in the afternoon (3-4pm).

Flash Retreat Weekend: June 3-4th

To deepen and integrate your experience, the final weekend during the course will also be a Flash Retreat (June 3rd – 4th). This can be done at home, or together with us at Clear Sky Meditation Centre, in Eastern British Columbia.  Class times to be announced.

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 9:00am MST. The recording will be available for one week after each class.

In addition to the classes there will be Q&A / participatory style workshop sessions at 3pm MST each Sunday.  Finally the course ends with a Flash Retreat on June 3-4th, 2023. 

What Does the Course Cost?

This course is offered based on the unique combination of 1) dāna  and 2) a $80-120 USD administrative fee. Register four + weeks prior: $80 | Register two to four weeks prior: $100 | Register less than two weeks prior: $120.

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You may have come across this elsewhere in 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.

The dharma has been built on generosity. No-one is excluded for lack of funds but it is also extremely beneficial to give as much as you are able

Typically people give in a range of $120-$500 USD for a course. 

As we’re committed to ensuring everyone has access to the Dharma, please feel comfortable to give less if you are not financially secure.  Another form of giving dāna is to offer service, and if you are interested in providing support in a non-financial way, we invite you to contact us. 

Conversely, if you are financially secure, we invite you to generate merit by providing more financial support to the Triple Gem. Contributions like these make the difference in supporting our teachers, teachings, and center.

Learn more about the practice of dāna here.

In a traditional model of in-person teachings, a retreat center or urban meditation center invites teachers to visit. In these cases the centers have infrastructure and organization costs to cover, which might be covered by an admin fee. For the teaching itself, dāna to the teachers is offered in a bowl. This honors both the sustainability of the teachers, and of the supporting center.

We’ve tried to recreate this approach online. The teachers’ time and the teaching themselves are offered on the basis of dāna, separate to the admin fee. With our dāna offering we are making a direct gift of generosity to the teachers to support their teachings and livelihood.

The admin fee* goes to support the infrastructure and organization necessary to support them to teach. As anyone with an online business will know, it can be surprising the costs of setting up a good infrastructure to support effective teaching and connection online. The admin fee changes based on date of registration. Register four + weeks prior: $80 | Register two to four weeks prior: $100 | Register less than two weeks prior: $120.

*We also do not wish to exclude anyone from the Teachings, so if you are not currently in a financial position to afford the admin fee, please contact the course Registrar via [email protected] so we can support you to attend.

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Below are a few of the work and benefits that your admin fee payment is supporting:

  • high speed internet (to allow interviews and classes on-line)
  • online class systems (Zoom)
  • registration / admin systems (Eventbrite, Basecamp)
  • communication systems to keep everyone informed, share connection details, teachings and other resources (Mailchimp)
  • online storage (for example, Dropbox, to allow us to let students watch recordings, and to store and share selected teachings in other forms such as podcasts and video later, and Amazon cloud)
  • quality sound, video and editing equipment (both for live teachings and to provide good enough quality for later sharing as podcasts and video). We are regularly updating our equipment to improve your user experience.
  • online calendar booking system to allow students to book interviews
  • website hosting and maintenance for sharing upcoming courses, teachings, blogs and other resources.

We welcome any questions. May all our efforts be sustainable, abundant and for the benefit of all beings!

 

Daniel O’Brien

Recently, I attended the Tarot/ Tree of Life weekend retreat presented by the teachers of Planet Dharma, Qapel Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat Sensei who laid out the basics of the Tarot and Tree of Life, gave time to ponder the information in meditation and explained in simple terms that made an ancient tradition accessible and relevant to the twenty-first century. I highly recommend their courses for beginners as well as experienced students.

Daniel O'Brien
High School Teacher, author, and experienced meditator
Michele Cherot

I greatly appreciate the depth of knowledge and level of expertise that is shared by the Qapel and Sensei. Their teachings are always well prepared and transformative in my thinking and spiritual growth.

Michele Cherot,
Astrologer
Maureen Smith

Retreating in person with Qapel and Sensei is like coming home. It’s like visiting the authentic High Priestess, Magician and Fool all rolled into two. Well its like visiting the whole major Arcana archetypes all rolled into two people. They are loving, generous, knowledgeable, wise and compassionate.

Maureen Smith
Therapist
Michelle Heinz

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
People Weaver at Retreat Guru
Bat Fung

This kind of Dharma is much needed, practical and insightful. It is something we need in our modern society where everyone is trying to get ahead of others. Learning with Qapel and Sensei helps me see clearly, lead genuinely and be more willing to step into the unknown, to serve others and to learn.

Bat Fung