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Enlightened Archetypes: Energies We Need to Awaken (ONLINE)

Renowned psychologist Carl Jung studied archetypes, including Vajrayana Buddhism. He believed that we all have access to such strong, healthy archetypes through the collective unconscious, yet individually they are largely misunderstood or incomplete. Jung believed that one healing modality is to call them forth into consciousness and make them whole again. Indeed, enlightenment or the process of awakening, is referred to as the Great Healing. .  A Weekend Experience In these two morning talks, Doug Sensei will focus on the energies and teachings associated with Vajrayana Buddhist archetypes, and how they can be used wisely and compassionately for our unfoldment. NOTE: Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, we have restructured this weekend intensive originally set to take place in Calgary into online teachings. The original plan involved a Vajrapani wongkur. We will be looking at a future date when we can reschedule this for the Calgary participants. Stay tuned. In the meantime, if you would like an immersive experience of tantric deity practice, we encourage you to join the Tantric Deep Dive retreat that is still set to take place at Clear Sky Retreat Center in June. Click here for more details. Part 1 - 10am Saturday Talk: Why do we need archetypes? An introduction to Tibetan deities Part 2 - (Postponed) Empowerment Ceremony (Wong Kur) – Vajrapani, The Body of the Buddha Part 3 - 10am Sunday: Embodying awakened energies through the practice  Meet the Teacher Achariya Doug Duncan has been teaching the Buddhist path to awakening for over three decades.  Known for his […]

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta (Online)

What are the four foundations of mindfulness that provide a platform for insight, and 'clear seeing'? Discover indispensable tools for crafting a powerful meditation practice.Four Foundations of Mindfulness: The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta While we believe any undertaking can be a vehicle for awakening, there's no substitute for the power of one's own profound experience of truth, gained through meditation. This is why meditation is one of the four foundational practices of our teaching. In this four-week online course, we take a deep dive to explore the Theravadin tradition of vipassana or insight meditation. We’ll focus on the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta, or discourse on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, which has been described as the most profound discourse the Buddha ever gave on mental development. This simple yet powerful framework will help you extend your meditation experience to everything from subatomic particles to the vastness of space, and all that’s between.Recommended Reading To prepare, please read the full Satipatthana Sutta before class.  You can find a link here: Satipatthana Sutta We also recommend Namgyal Rinpoche’s short and pithy Breath of Awakening, a commentary on the Anapanasati Sutta, which is nice background for the Satipatthana Sutta. The book is available at the Clear Sky Center shop, or through our friends at Bodhi Publishing (recommend ordering well in advance, as delivery times vary).The course went beyond my expectations, I feel I learned a lot of new things or new ways of seeing things. The teachers have an incredible way of presenting the themes in a way that makes it easy […]

Beyond the Cushion: Awakening our Highest Potential (Online)

One might equate the spiritual life with a cloistered contemplative life. But few of us live that way today. So what spiritual methodologies actually work for busy, modern people living in a complex world? We share four pillars and five principles with you in this online course, to take your practice beyond the meditation cushion.

2 Steps to Freedom: Change How You Act in the World by Changing How You See It

People sometimes find themselves lost, confused, uncertain, or doubtful about their path. Indeed, the nature of samsara is that we get caught in chasing the same things, over and over. Yet right now, you may be one of many people who see the disruption of 2020 as an opportunity to press reset on important aspects of your life. The problem is, without the right focus, without putting the right view first, we’ll almost certainly end up in the same place.  What does this mean? And how can we break free? Even in good states, we work mostly on autopilot. We’re making decisions that come from our mind, emotions, memory, or from a sense of “worldly” practicality. Or perhaps we close our eyes and hope that things will work out. Mostly, we act from the idea that our worldly lives are fundamentally “real,” something we need to control or to fix. By putting this view first, however, we’re basing our decisions and actions on the influences of our society, family, and changing states or emotions. So what’s the alternative? A Weekend Experience In these two talks, Dharma teachers Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat will propose that to get wonderful results from life we must start with questioning and adjusting this view. Without the right view, our conduct cannot possibly flow in a wholesome, generative way.  What is the view? The teachings show us that the ego is not real, that nothing is permanent. Hence, our first goal is to learn to dwell in […]

Mastering the Sixteen Stages of Insight (Meditation Retreat)

Clear Sky Meditation & Study Centre 3567 Cockell Rd, Bull River, British Columbia

This powerful meditation retreat is to understand and liberate the unconscious mind. By practicing the foundations of mindfulness, we can begin to master the sixteen stages of insight.

Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality

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.

Crouching Ego, Hidden Buddhas

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

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

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 and distractions around us.  More than ever we need a strong supportive environment to help us navigate the storms of the modern world, and to shine forth with clarity and compassionate minds to help the planet.   As human beings, our consciousness is built to awaken.  Our awakening is supported by the universe - we just need to learn to recognize and tap into this deep support structure.   Based on 15 years of hosting deep retreat work, our home meditation center Clear Sky uses five tried and tested principles of creating a supportive container.  These principles nurture and uncover this universal support for awakening.  The same principles can be used throughout our lives - at home, at work, and on the road - to create space for our awakening to flourish. For all meditators and spiritual practitioners, this course gives fundamental and creative ways to more fully support the mind of awakening to manifest in our lives - for our own benefit, and for positive transformation in the world.   Note: for […]

Buddhist Contemplative Care for End of Life Speakers Series

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 Centre for Applied Buddhism and the Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada, is a pioneering effort to provide a platform for Canadian teachers from the three main traditions of Buddhism to address contemplative end-of-life care. Over the past fifty years, Canadians from many walks of life have become interested in Buddhism, including growing numbers of committed practitioners and students, as well as those whose curiosity has been piqued about how Buddhist wisdom can be applied to life challenges.  This rich spiritual and philosophical system provides unique insight into the perennial questions: What is a “good death?” How can I support myself and my loved ones during this time of profound transition? What approaches to inner work and relationships can we learn that will help bring ease and confidence to end-of-life?  Free Infographic: What Happens to Consciousness During the Death Process? What happens to consciousness during the death and dying process? Add your information below to receive the infographic. You will also get amazing dharma content from Planet Dharma, directly to your email inbox. […]