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September 2020

Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality

September 27, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm MDT

Catherine Pawasarat Sensei is hosting a conversation that focuses on the past 400 years of American structural inequality towards Blacks, Indigenous, women and other minority groups. This seminar invites us to see our own implicit biases and cultivate new ways of being more compassionate and loving beings through the scope of Dharma, race and liberation.

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October 2020

Crouching Ego, Hidden Buddhas

October 3, 2020 - October 4, 2020
Planet Dharma- Enlightened Archetypes MeetUp, deities

Learn how to transform overwhelm into endless wisdom and greater capacities to love, act, connect and be.

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Eye of the Storm: Navigating the Modern World (Online)

October 12, 2020 - November 8, 2020
eye of the storm dharma course

For all meditators and spiritual practitioners, this course explores how we can more fully support the mind of awakening to manifest in our lives - for our own benefit, and for positive transformation in the world.  Learn how to create space and strength to navigate the storms of the modern world.Eye of the Storm Do you struggle to keep momentum with your spiritual practice? It is easy to feel one’s energy get drained away and get lost in the struggles…

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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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