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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
Retreat

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

Discovering Your Buddha Nature: Teachings of Gampopa (Online Course)

May 17 - June 13
gampopa jewel ornament of liberation

Your essence is Buddha Nature. Discover the path to recognizing this state in yourself and all beings, as elucidated by Tibetan Buddhist Master Gampopa in his treatise, 'The Jewel Ornament of Liberation'.   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,…

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Buddhist Women in the 2020’s (Introduction)

May 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT
Planet Dharma- Buddhist Women in the 2020’s, Yeshe Tsogyal

While there may be frustration, grief and rage about historical gender inequity in Buddhism, we can use Buddhist methodologies to transform these conflicting emotions into greater compassion and wisdom. Join Catherine Pawasarat Sensei for this talk, hosted by Menla, on how we can adapt and shift our traditional perceptions of gender as Buddhist practitioners. Image: Thangka of Yeshe Tsogyal, fully awakened consort of Padmasambhava.  © C. PawasaratA Menla Online Talk Buddhist Women in the 2020's Stepping into greater awakening potential…

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June 2021

Buddhist Women in the 2020’s (Online Course)

June 4 - June 6
Planet Dharma- Buddhist Women in the 2020’s, Yeshe Tsogyal

While there may be frustration, grief and rage about historical gender inequity in Buddhism, we can use Buddhist methodologies to transform these conflicting emotions into greater compassion and wisdom.  Join Catherine Pawasarat Sensei for this course, hosted by Menla, on how we can adapt and shift our traditional perceptions of gender as Buddhist practitioners. All are welcome. Image: Thangka of Yeshe Tsogyal, fully awakened consort of Padmasambhava.  © C. PawasaratA Menla Online Course Buddhist Women in the 2020's Stepping into…

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Exploring the Bardo of Now – Meditation Retreat (Online)

June 19 - June 25
Retreat

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.  Exploring the Bardo of Now During this retreat, we will investigate the bardos and what they can teach us about ordinary life.…

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August 2021

Clear Sky’s Sweet 16th Anniversary with Tantric Empowerments

August 13 - August 15

In Vajrayana Buddhism, initiations, empowerments or wongkur (Tib. དབང་, wang) are considered the spring from which all blessings flow. Join us for three empowerments, during a weekend of joy to celebrate our retreat centre's 16th anniversary. Important Note: Online registrations close by August 10th In person registrations close by August 3rd   Celebration & Tantric Empowerments Celebration time! Covid-19 travel restrictions threw a wrench in our plans for Clear Sky's 15th Anniversary and ten day Tantric Deep Dive in 2020, as…

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Dzogchen Meditation Retreat – Opening to the Clear Light of the Mind (Online & UK Residential)

August 21 - August 31
Maitreya House, Lower Maes-coed
Hereford, England HR2 0HP United Kingdom
Clear Light UK Retreat

August 21-31, 2021 Beneath the confusion and distraction of our minds, the Mind itself is empty, spontaneous and compassionate.  The practice of Dzogchen helps us cut right through the confusion to this original, pure and luminous nature of Mind.   This retreat, with meditation masters Acharya Doug Duncan And Catherine Pawasarat Sensei, is for any meditator looking to go deeper to the essence of practice.   Dzogchen The Natural State  The Three Words that Strike the Vital Point is one of the…

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September 2021

Seven Rays of Healing with Medicine Buddha (Online + CS & Germany Residential)

September 25 - October 2
Haus Sonnentau, Am Hochmoor 16
Lautertal (Odenwald), Schannenbach 64686 Germany
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This retreat is an opportunity, for any meditator, of any level, to go deeper to the essence of healing.  Through the Seven Rays of Healing (from the Western Mysteries traditions) and sense based meditations, discover how to experience deeper foundations of vitality and health. Seven Rays of Healing Retreat How can we heal? How can we feel healthy and whole? Every wisdom tradition around the world holds that true healing comes through an understanding of the nature of reality. Part of this…

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