To know transcendence, to gain freedom from our karmic patterns, one needs to know the programming of the womb. This retreat offers you the precious opportunity to reacquaint yourself with your womb experience, gain freedom from conditioning received in the womb, and clear lifetimes of karma.
Our particular tradition travels two main paths of liberation: meditation, and Karma Yoga, a.k.a. Awakening Through Action. In terms of this action, our birth and its resultant karma are very active in our daily lives, though we’re likely to be unaware of their influences.
In the process of re-contacting our womb experiences, we gain insight into how they shape all the actions, feelings and thoughts we live out every day. Clearing our womb events is tantamount to clearing our lives of the unconscious and self-limiting strictures we place upon ourselves and others.
This course is more active (vs. meditative), which places it more in the Karma Yoga line. In a sense we can say that all Dharma Training is about becoming more aware of these patterns, and thereby clearing the womb experience.
Womb, Karma and Transcendence is one of the most important retreats I have ever taken. It evokes the formative impulses we all take on during the 4 phases of our womb experience, links them to core karmic currents, and initiates a process that will help to use them to transcend ego clinging and suffering. I would advocate that the experience that emerges from this retreat is an essential awareness on the path to liberation. I highly recommend this retreat from Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat Sensei.
Life Skills Coach
What does the womb experience have to do with Buddhism or Awakening?
Our mother’s womb is the source point for our body and individuality. As the ego emerges around two years of age and we step into our sense of self, these all-powerful womb impressions get submerged by our experience of life in the world.
Nevertheless, the karmic patterns that emerge throughout the rest of our life are rooted in the experiences of the womb.
Upon awakening, the Buddha said, “I have found you, oh builder: cast down is the ridgepole, you shall build no more. No longer is this subject to becoming”.
“The builder” is the combination of the five senses and the ego that is born from their data input, interpreted in conjunction with the mind. How we meet the world, via the interpretations of our mind, gets imprinted through our womb and birth experiences.
What did the Buddha mean about building? And no longer being “subject to becoming?” He was declaring in essence, that he had “cleared” the previously unconscious patterning of the womb.
We call this transcendence.
The Buddha may have done it, but how can we do this?
According to the teachings of Namgyal Rinpoche, the womb journey consists of four stages. Based on his ground-breaking work, we’ve continued to develop meditations and exercises to explore each of these stages.
The various meditations and exercises – which range from artwork to dynamic embodiment – are undertaken individually, in small groups, and larger groups. Through these processes, we observe and re-experience our womb events, learning to understand how the building of the ego and our conditioning was shaped at that time.
As we become more conscious of this building, we gain release from unconscious becoming. More importantly, we are freed from the effects of the karmic patterns.
This is the transcendence that is our birthright.
OK, but how does my womb experience affect me now?
Clearing our womb experience through meditation and exercises allows it to become what it was meant to be: the basis for well-being, natural growth and exploration. With a focus on liberation, teachings in this course address patterns formed in the womb and how these underlie our approach and response to all aspects of our lives.
All aspects? Effects from womb patterns include our overall physical and mental health, our sexuality, and our views and beliefs, on everything from philosophy to what kind of place the world is, to what my life is like, to the foods we eat.
We are built, shaped and formed by many factors. These factors play out in our current lives, and the karmic wheel continues to turn. Is it torture or a joy ride? Karma decides, and karma is built on views, and views were shaped by our womb experience.
We have the power to shape these to lead more joyful, creative and fulfilling lives, and to be of greater benefit to others.
About Teachers Doug Duncan & Catherine Pawasarat:
Combined, Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat have been practicing the teachings of 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 liberation that they share with others.
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.
Translator, Japanese to English
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.
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.
Resources Specialist, CBC National TV News (retired)
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.
Retired Professor & Meditation Teacher
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.
M.Ed / RCC
Watching how everyone engaged and getting new insights and a-ha moments brought home to me that karma yoga and dharma training is a path that brings the modern spiritual explorer alive and moves them forward.
Dr. Duncan Cryle
Ph.D IBM executive, Clear Sky Accountability Officer
Doug and Catherine have a wonderful relaxed interplay. Even though they have different personalities, they demonstrate how to work together without conflict. Working in the kitchen brought many personal issues to light which I could then examine more closely during the meditations.
Many times during the morning teachings I felt Sensei's teachings resonate so deeply I was transported to a different awareness and feeling state.
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.
Choreographer & Dance Teacher
I attended the Buddhas in Action two week retreat at Clear Sky Retreat Centre with Doug Sensei and Cata Sensei. The teachers are taking the dharma teachings forward in a way that speaks to our modern lives today without losing their integrity.
Money & Transformation Coach
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.
Thank you again for all the teachings! They have impacted my life in such a positive way that it is unexplainable with words 🙂
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.
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.
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.
I have been fortunate to meet Doug and Catherine, who through compassion and skillful means helped me to courageously face all my demons, fears and blindspots. I have come through into a lighter manifestation to be of real service to all beings.
Transformational Change Coach
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.
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.
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.
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.
The teachers offer me training to improve my life in such a way that top consultants cannot do.
They have journeyed with me through surgeries and vertigo, from fashion choices to home décor, and ultimately, through leadership training and meditation techniques. There is no area they will not go if it is for my unfolding!
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.
Counsellor and Mom of two
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.
Art Dealer, Japan
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!
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!
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.
This experience has been incredibly beautiful, challenging and transformative. The teachers are an inspiration in all ways.
Marketing and Communications Professional
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.
Manager of Software Engineering
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.
Operations Manager, Clear Sky Center
The Benefits of Retreating at Clear Sky
Surrounded by pristine, tranquil nature, you will know what it means to truly unwind.
Enjoy fresh air and wholesome food, with an emphasis on organic and locally sourced.
Experience the support of a community that exists to help you reconnect.
Be part of a working and awakening community that practices what it teaches.
Experience in-depth Retreat Work, Karma Yoga and Dharma Training in a community that has practiced both together for years, at a center built on these practices.
You’ll both reinvigorate and integrate what you learn into your daily life.
Share the learning and growth with other participants, making new friends who are also on a path of spiritual unfoldment.
Connect to the teachings that have enlivened humanity over centuries (regardless of faith orientation).
The Clear Sky community:
nurtures awakening through compassionate action and commitment to a lineage of authentic exploration;
cultivates fiscal, social, environmental and spiritual sustainability;
fosters a supportive and challenging team built on trust, integrity and accountability;
provides timeless solutions promoting joyful discovery and growth for those with a heart for change.
What else do you need to know?
Dāna (Generosity Based Teaching)
Doug & Catherine are teaching this retreat via the ancient tradition of Dāna (generosity), an offering from them to the attendees. It is considered of supreme value to your life and thus “beyond price” so it is expected that the student will be equally generous and support the teaching and the teachers by making an offering.
While no offering is too small, also no offering is too great. The giver benefits by offering as much as they can, given the individual’s circumstances. Along with compassion, generosity is considered the root of spiritual progress and, according to the ancients, therefore the root of our success in daily life as well.
Find out more about how you can practice Dāna. We invite you to offer Dāna when you register and via the Dāna bowl available at Clear Sky.
Retreat Centre Fees (Lodging & Meals)
This retreat will be held at beautiful Clear Sky Meditation Centre. Fees which include lodging and meals are as follows: CAD $1,499.00: Super Early Bird Program Price until Oct 16 / CAD $1625: Before Nov 16. CAD $1745: After Nov 17.
Retreat Dates, Arrival & Departure
This retreat runs from December 16 to 31st, 2016.
Early arrival is strongly recommended for grounding. For international travelers, we recommend arriving two days early (Dec 14), to recover from jet lag. Retreatants not staying on for the Jan retreat should depart the retreat on the morning of January 1st. We will welcome in the New Year together on the evening of Dec 31.
Book early for this popular retreat. All registrations can be made via the Clear Sky Registration page, by clicking the Register Now button below:
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Image credit: The course banner image used features a painting by Sonam Senge, featured on the cover of the book “The Womb Karma and Transcendence” by Namgyal Rinpoche.