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Year of Joy – 2018 Program for Spiritual Awakening

January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

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Year of Joy: 2018 Program for Spiritual Awakening

How would you like to spend the year cultivating joy? Alas, one can’t awaken from a state of bliss. But it provides the juice to continue deepening our practice of insight. And it feels fantastic.

Most of all, joy is a natural and essential component of the awakening mind.

Besides cultivating joy, the aim of this year-long program is to support beings to awaken joyfully in this very lifetime. On y va! Vamos! 行きましょう! Embora gente!

To us, the teachers, the benefits for participants in the past two year-long programs (the Year of Awakening and Year of Victory) have been very clear. They have been a game-changer in the practice and dedication to the path for people who’ve engaged in a committed way. The growth we’ve seen in participants has been remarkable.

About the Program Teachers:

Doug Duncan Catherine Pawasarat Dharma Teachers cultivating joy, year of joy, 2018Combined, Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat have been teaching, practicing and living spiritual 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.

Since Doug and Catherine have lived and traveled extensively overseas, they also draw on inter- and transcultural experiences. This helps broaden the range and depth of their understandings of spiritual awakening and liberation to an experience that knows no country.

To implement these teachings and experiences in the world, they founded the beautiful and innovative Clear Sky Meditation Centre in BC in 2005.

Their engaged compassion, sense of humor, adventurousness and combined wisdom will enrich your life with exploration and discovery. More to the point, this year it will support you cultivating more joy in your life. Click for their full bios: Year of Joy Teachers.

What others say about the Teachers:

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.
Michelle Heinz
Executive Director / Clear Sky Retreat Centre
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.
Richard Sadowsky
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.
Maya Lewandowsky
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.
Ruth Levin
Choreographer & Dance Teacher
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.
Linda Hochstetler
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.
Kira MacDuffee
M.Ed / RCC
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.
Maryline Fortier
Business Student
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.
Ronda Clanfield
Resources Specialist, CBC National TV News (retired)
Thank you again for all the teachings! They have impacted my life in such a positive way that it is unexplainable with words 🙂
Irene Arriaza
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.
Martin Blackwell
Operations Manager, Clear Sky Center
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!
Wendy Stauffer
Owner / Villa Sumaya
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.
Maureen Smith
Counsellor, MBSR Teacher / Alive Mindfully
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.
Lynn Hauka
Management Consultant
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
Art Dealer, Japan
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.
Cara Conroy-Low
Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine / Seed Stalk Flower
Cata and Doug Sensei teach their own brand of profoundly sensible Dharma.
Richard Arnfield
President / Spectrum Glazes
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.
Matt O'Rourke
Hydro-Engineer
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.
Ryan Gies
Manager of Software Engineering
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.
Laura Montgomery
Counsellor and Mom of two
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.
Bob Abramms
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.
Evangelos Diavolitsis
Movement Facilitator and Money Coach / Meditation Moves
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.
Paul Jaffe
Retired Professor & Meditation Teacher

 

Webinars & Retreats Offered

Commitment to the Year of Joy entails participating in all three webinars below, plus retreat time, varying according to the level of your commitment. You’ll benefit from one of these retreats taking place at Clear Sky Meditation Centre. Please see the program description below for details.

Cultivating Joy through Year of Joy Webinars:

  1. Dharma in Film (January 29-February 19, 2018)
  2. The Path of Ecstasy: Following Your Bliss (June 4-25, 2018)
  3. The Joy of Sex and Relationship (October 1-22, 2018)

Cultivating Joy through Year of Joy Retreats at Clear Sky Centre:

  1. Becoming a Work of Art Retreat (March 31-April 2, 2018 and extend your stay to a week)
  2. Body of Truth and Star Group Retreat (May 4-18, 2018)
  3. Buddhas in Action Retreat (July 28-August 11, 2018)
  4. Six Yogas of Naropa, Dream Yoga & Light Yoga (Dec 7-22, 2018)

Testimonials from Students in Last Year’s Program (Year of Victory)

I’m so thankful I gave myself this gift of this transformational year long program. The program was captivating and very supportive. It was like a sling shot to the greater clarity, freedom and understanding I’ve been seeking in life. I’d recommend this program to anyone who is wondering which direction to take in order to live a life with more passion and meaning.

–Karen Scott, BC, Canada

It was a fantastic tool 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 felt very connected and supported by the Teachers and Sangha. As a result I became much more aware of my state of mind. I recommend this program to people that are truly interested in studying interconnectedness and the miracle of life.

–Andrea Netscher, Germany

Participating fully in the Year of Victory gave me an opportunity to stay close to the Teachers and practice throughout the year. As a result I benefited by being “tuned” to the Teachers and to my personal victory. I feel like the confidence I gained in victory over my own preference mind was a direct result of this commitment to the full year program. The harder it seems to find time and make a year long commitment, the greater the results seem to be when one does. The program is flexible enough if you plan well, yet structured enough to make sure you don’t get lost during the year. I started in the lower level commitment for the last two years, but now this year I’m diving into the higher level commitment and can’t wait for it to start.

–Linda Hochstetler, ON, Canada

Program Benefits & Commitment Levels

The Year of Joy program has two commitment levels for how you will approach cultivating joy – Vajra and Diamond levels.

1. Cultivating Joy at the Vajra Level

The vajra level offers a thunderbolt to strike through the illusions of samsara, clearing the air so that joy can emerge.

We appreciate that the basics of daily life can be very demanding for modern people. Add relationship, career development, education and so on, and maintaining a regular spiritual practice can begin to feel very challenging. This is samsara talking! Apply the thunderbolt: we’ve designed the Vajra level to support you to cut through the illusion.

The Vajra level of Year of Joy will help include cultivating joy in your spiritual practice. Moreover, the program will support you to stay connected to spiritual awakening as the foundation of the rest of your life. It will also leave time for the other exigencies of your life right now. This is designed as a bridge to a time–hopefully in the very near future–when you can make a deeper commitment to your spiritual practice.

Vajra Level Benefits and Commitments Include:

Vajra Level Year of Joy, cultivating joy

  • A commitment to a regular, engaged practice sustained over 2018. Structure and routine are your friends. When applied to your spiritual practice, your current practices will stabilize and shift into a higher gear. Your power for cultivating joy will increase.
  • Ongoing engagement with a community of other committed practitioners, with whom you connect virtually and in person. It’s easier with others. This will bring new insights into the power of sangha, and allow you to enjoy its benefits in new ways. Enjoy and learn from cultivating joy together.

Meditation Retreats

  • A minimum of two one-week retreats during the year. We encourage you to come to Clear Sky. This allows you to take advantage of the blessed Buddha field that many beings’ practices have been cultivating in this extraordinary place. The centre embodyies very modern manifestations of spiritual awakening. If this isn’t possible, you may do a retreat elsewhere in the world, led by Doug and Catherine Senseis (see the 2018 teaching schedule).
  • A retreat interview with the teachers. This lineage emphasizes working with directly with teachers. This is so they can provide instructions that are completely customized to your particular needs and path of spiritual unfoldment. They’ll share the practices you can do to awaken most speedily and effectively. Take greatest advantage of this with interviews, at least one during your retreat.

Webinars, Virtual Support and Home Flash Retreats

  • Participation in the three series of webinars (four webinars in each series) throughout the year. Stay connected with the awakening mind and grow your spiritual awakening and learning all year long. This offers you new opportunities to integrate spiritual awakening with your daily life and routine.
  • While not required, we encourage you to participate in the three Flash Retreats that seal each webinar series. Each occurs over the final weekend of every webinar series. These help us apply and integrate the webinar teachings, so that we connect with the cultivation of joy in our beings, and embody them in the world. These are done in the convenience of your own home: besides being easily accessible for you, it also supports your practice of honoring your space and your cultivation of a stronger discipline. In short, we’d like to support your learning about cultivating joy in the comfort of your own home.
  • Join our regular Office Hours throughout the year, generally twice monthly. Again, this supports you in keeping cultivating joy and your spiritual practice front and center throughout the year. No matter how distracting modern life and samsara may be, this regular connection with awakening minds helps ensure that your spiritual awakening prevails.

2. Cultivating Joy at the Diamond Level

The adamantine awakening mind possesses the indestructibility, clarity and luminosity of this gem. The Diamond Level is for people who are prepared to put a stake in the ground and orient the mandala of life around spiritual awakening at the centre of it. Cultivating joy comprises an essential part of this mandala and one’s daily life.

Diamond Level Benefits and Commitments Include:

The following elements, which are the same as Vajra Level:

Diamond Level Year of Joy, cultivating joy, 2018

  • A commitment to a regular, engaged practice sustained over 2018. Structure and routine are your friends. When applied to your spiritual practice, your current practices will stabilize and shift into a higher gear.
  • Ongoing engagement with a community of other committed practitioners, with whom you connect virtually and in person. It’s easier with others. This will bring new insights into the power of sangha, and allow you to enjoy its benefits in new ways. Enjoy and learn from cultivating joy together.

Additionally, Diamond Level includes lengthened retreats and more specialized virtual guidance:

Meditation Retreats

  • A minimum of a two-week retreat at Clear Sky during the year. You may choose from the three retreats described above. Alternatively you may consult with Doug and Catherine to see whether doing a personal retreat at Clear Sky while they’re in residence would be highly supportive your cultivating joy practice.
  • A minimum of one retreat interview with the teachers during each retreat. Take full advantage of suggestions designed to help you in cultivating joy, speed up your spiritual awakening, and make both these more beneficial to all beings.

Webinars, Virtual Support and Home Flash Retreats

  • Participation in three series of webinars (four webinars in each series) throughout the year. Stay connected with the awakening mind and grow your spiritual awakening and learning all year long. This offers you new opportunities to integrate spiritual awakening with your daily life and routine.
  • Participation in the three Flash Retreats that seal each webinar series. There is one weekend-long Flash Retreat per webinar series, generally on the final weekend. The Flash retreats, like their name, are short and sweet and intense. They help us apply and integrate the webinar teachings, so that we connect with the cultivating joy experience in our beings, and can embody them in the world. These are intentionally done in the convenience of your own home: besides being easily accessible for you, it also supports your practice of honoring your space and your cultivation of a stronger personal discipline.
  • Specialised Year of Joy Office Hours: These are Office Hours sessions for Diamond Level Year of Joy students only. These are live, 60-minute internet conference calls weekly during each webinar series. They provide a small-group opportunity for learning and sharing how cultivating joy can be increased or be more integrated with your life right now.
  • When YoV Office Hours are not offered, regular Office Hours support you twice monthly. Keep your spiritual practice front and center throughout the year. No matter how distracting modern life and samsara may be, this regular connection with awakening minds helps ensure that your spiritual awakening prevails.

 

What else do you need to know?

Dāna (Generosity Based Teaching)

Doug & Catherine are teaching this year long program via the ancient tradition of Dāna (generosity). This is an offering from them to participants. 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. This year’s program offers a unique opportunity to learn about how generosity supports cultivating joy.

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.

Dāna and the Year of Joy

Recognize that in your commitment to the program, you are also making a commitment to a healthy and conscious practice of dāna. Before applying, we encourage you to review if you are in a financially sustainable situation. Are you able to support your exploration and dāna throughout the year? We believe that financial health is unique for each person and each situation. It is also very important for a healthy spiritual practice and life.



We also invite you to explore more about how you can practice Dāna. This is one of the pillars of Buddhist spiritual philosophy and the process of enlightenment.

You will have an opportunity to offer Dāna when you register. You can also give by clicking the Dāna bowl image to the left. Another avenue to practice generosity is via the Dāna bowl available at Clear Sky at the opening of each retreat. This is a powerful way to set your intention for the retreat. As well, there are ongoing opportunities throughout the year to offer Dāna. We encourage you to reflect how to use Dāna as a core practice throughout the year. How can one cultivate a heart of generosity, openness and joy?

Program Registration Fees (For Course Costs)

There is a one-time program fee to cover operating costs during the year. Vajra Level: US$250 / Diamond Level: US$350.
At Planet Dharma we believe that finances are one of many creative manifestations of energy exchange. Is your aspiration and other supports for the year-long program and practice of cultivating joy strong? By contrast does the course fee and other financial commitments feel like a challenge? Then please note this in your application and make an offer of alternative forms of exchange.

Retreat Registration & Fees

Please also note that this program’s residential retreats are held at Clear Sky Meditation Centre in BC, Canada. Registration and payment for lodging & meals for these retreats are made directly to Clear Sky via each retreat’s booking forms.

Invitation for Year of Joy Applications

From Sunday, 12 November we invite your applications to participate in the Year of Joy, 2018. We suggest you apply early, as this highly personalized program has limited places available. Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2017.

 Apply for Year Long Dharma Program

Details

Start:
January 1, 2018
End:
December 31, 2018
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