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March 2020

Intro to AstroDharma (A Self-Study Course)

March 1, 2020 - March 21, 2021
Intro to AstroDharma Course

Intro to AstroDharma is an online self-study program that supports you as you begin the journey of self-discovery and transformation through the uniquely combined lens of Buddhist teachings (Dharma) and transpersonal Western astrology.

Enroll at any time and study at your own pace. Access the material for up to a year.

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January 2021

A Study of Consciousness: The Abhidhamma (Online Course)

January 11 - February 7
abhidhamma study of consciousness

Study the Abhidhamma, to better understand the detailed nature of mental and physical processes.

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February 2021

Buddhist Contemplative Care for End of Life Speakers Series

February 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm MST
end of life contemplative care

Join Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat for a conversation on Buddhist views of death and dying. Focusing on perspectives unique to their lineage they will share about death related caregiving and to illuminate specific practices (e.g., rituals, key texts, etc.). Additionally, they will reflect on how the relatively recent adaptation of Buddhism to Canada and the West has created frictions and creative adaptations to this ancient tradition.  This speakers series, cosponsored by Emmanuel College’s Centre for Religion and Its Contexts, the Toronto…

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Abhidhamma Deeper Dive Study Group

February 16 - April 6
abhidhamma study of consciousness

Studying the Abhidhamma The Abhidhamma Pitaka is the third division of the Buddhist Tripitaka, the Three Baskets. The seven books of the Abhidhamma Pitaka give an extraordinarily detailed analysis of the basic natural principles that govern mental and physical processes. As human beings, our consciousness is built to awaken.  Our awakening is supported by the universe - the Abhidhamma Pitaka gives us an understanding of the mind and body in a profoundly detailed manner. This study group with Doug Duncan…

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May 2021

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation (Online Course)

May 17 - June 13
gampopa jewel ornament of liberation

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation was written by Gampopa (1074-1153 C.E.).  He shares how all beings have the same essence of Buddha Nature.  How does one realize this? He shares a path. Gems of Dharma Gampopa named this contradiction: we both dwell in an amazing human existence with enlightened essence, while also wandering through the worlds of struggle and suffering. What is the path through this paradox, then? In this course, we will study realities of samsara and nirvana, based…

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June 2021

Bardos Meditation Retreat (Online)

June 19 - June 25

Bardos relate to both living and dying, creating and dissolving.  In 2020, we collectively had the rug pulled out from underneath us by the COVID-19 virus. During this retreat, we will investigate the bardos and what they can teach us about life and impermanence. *Due to the ever-changing travel restrictions, globally and in Canada, this course is now offered online.  Full details to come.Exploring the Bardo of Now During this retreat, we will investigate the bardos and what they can teach…

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October 2021

Zen Online Course

October 25, 2021 - November 21, 2022
zen online course

Zen is a rigorous practice of meditative training. By cultivating awareness and equanimity one gains insight into the nature of mind for the benefit of all beings. Zen - An Online Course Zen is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyana, which is often translated as 'absorption'.  Rigorous self-restraint, sitting meditation practice and insight into the nature of mind are central to Zen practice. For some historical context, Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China, where it was…

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