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The Mind’s Cutting Edge: 12 Manjushri (Retreat)

Do you wish to embrace wisdom and its different manifestations? Manjushri is the Vajrayana Buddhist archetype of wisdom. In this retreat we will focus on developing cognitive intelligence, discrimination, clarity and rigor in terms of thinking. Our methodology will be the Twelve Manjushri deity yoga practice from the Vajrayana tradition.

Deeper, Deeper: Stages of Emptiness

Join Qapel Doug Duncan & Catherine Pawasarat Sensei for a week long insight meditation retreat on the deepening of the stages of emptiness. We will study, reflect and meditate on the progressive  stages of meditation on emptiness, shunyata. Stages of emptiness is empty of stages. But to understand emptiness you need to study the five stages... We really should say that reality is an infinite universe of empty, but we need that to wrap our cognitive brains around it. We are here in order to be compassionate. But who says anyone is here? Deeper, Deeper: Stages of Emptiness. How deeply do you understand emptiness?  This retreat focuses on the progressive stages of meditation on emptiness. Led by Qapel (Achariya Doug Duncan) and Catherine Pawasarat Sensei at Clear Sky Meditation Center in Eastern BC, earnest study, meditation and reflection is expected of participants. An online option is also available for those not in Western Canada, to make participation possible from anywhere in the world. The Teachers will give teachings and meditation guidance on this schedule: to be announced.  Please arrive and get settled into the retreat space by  ___ at 3pm.  Departures can begin on _____ from 11am. We also highly recommend adding extra nights to your stay at Clear Sky if you flying or traveling a long distance.  This provides extra transition time between retreat time and daily life / work. While we believe any undertaking can be a vehicle for awakening, there’s no substitute for the power of one’s […]

Breathing Retreat 2024

Join Catherine Pawasarat Sensei for a life changing ten day breathing meditation retreat. Breathing practice is suitable whether you are a newbie or seasoned meditator, or have always wanted to do a vipassana or longer retreat.  Benefit from the in-person guidance of an accomplished meditation teacher and a balanced meditative approach of the four classical meditation postures. The meditation on Mindfulness of Breathing is not only suitable for all beings, it is also the direct way to enlightenment.  A Life Changing Experience Ten Day Breathing Meditation Retreat The breathing retreat in 2022 and 2023 was so powerful for participants we just had to push the 'repeat' button. Repitition for mastery is what meditation is all about -whether you are a newbie or a seasoned practitioner. Over and over again, we hone our attentiveness to the breath until calm, clarity and wisdom emerges. At this retreat, the practice itself is life changing, profound and healing. And most importantly, you will benefit from the rare in-person guidance of an accomplished  meditation teacher and wisdom holder - Catherine Pawasarat Sensei. Breathing meditation is suitable for all types of people.  It develops concentration, calm, bliss and insight - altogether leading to awakening and healing. If you have a background in Vipassana retreats and are interested in doing something that is similar but a next step, with a live teacher, then this retreat may be for you. This retreat gives an opportunity for more detailed instructions based on the Buddhist suttas, and opportunities for asking questions […]

Movement of the Mandala Tarot Retreat

The Movement of the Mandala is a powerful embodied retreat on the Tarot's archetypes, inspired by the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche's teachings. The retreat was first offered by the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche 50 years ago at the Dharma Centre of Canada in 1974, of which Qapel attended as a new student. A master of both Eastern and Western mystical tradition, Rinpoche's innovative course will be offered by Qapel and Catherine Sensei for the first and last time in Qapel's lifetime.