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

Maitreya House Lower Maes-coed, Hereford, England

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 principal teachings of the practice of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection.  Patrul Rinpoche’s Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King, with commentary, is treasured as one of the most crucial instructions in the practice of Dzogchen. It’s pith teachings give simple yet deeply profound guidance on directly recognizing the mind’s innate purity and clarity. In the confusion of our times, a myriad of teachings and techniques surround us. The direct teachings of Dzogchen offer a refreshing clarity.Opening to the Clear Light of the Mind Dzogchen Meditation Retreat   (Online/ UK Residential / At Clear Sky) 21 – 31 August 2021        **See ‘Covid-19 Retreat Modifications’ below photos: Online and UK Residential Retreat (Updated June 20, 2021)“How wonderful!  Nothing whatsoever, a glaring openness.  An openness that is penetrating; a penetrating openness that is indescribable … Direct recognition within yourself; that is the first vital point.” -- Patrul Rinpoche from The three words that strike the vital point, a root text expounding Garab Dorje’s teachings on Dzogchen – the Great Perfection. […]

Baltic Sea Region Dharma Trip 2021

Bring your dharma to the road, or in this case, the water!  Join Doug and Catherine Sensei for a cruise of the Baltic Sea Region, from Stockholm to Amsterdam in September 2021.Baltic Sea Region Dharma Trip A Dharma Voyage, from Stockholm to Amsterdam   Bring your dharma to the road, or in this case, the water!  Join Doug and Catherine Sensei for a twelve day cruise of the Baltic Sea Region, in September 2021.  Dharma trips provide an opportunity to spend precious time with your teachers and sangha outside of more familiar contexts. On Dharma trips, you are constantly moving, seeing and experiencing new things. This takes us outside of our comfort zone, and provides a rich environment for growth. You might even discover things about yourself you never knew, and find new ways of being and communicating.  Where will we visit on this trip?Including our departure and destination ports, there are stops in 10 cities on this trip. They include: Stockholm (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland), St Petersberg (Russia) (2 nights), Tallin (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Copenhagen (Denmark), Berlin (Germany), Malmo (Sweden), Oslo (Norway), Amsterdam (Netherlands).  Enjoy some photos of these destinations below:Baltic Sea Region Dharma Trip 2021 FAQsThis is a cruise around the perimeter of the Baltic Sea, beginning in Stockholm and ending in Amsterdam. It’s called “Castles to Cobblestones.” See the webpage for this cruise: Oceania Cruises.Including our departure and destination ports, there are stops in 10 cities: Stockholm, Sweden Helsinki, Finland, St Petersberg, Russia (2 nights) Tallin, Estonia Riga, Latvia Copenhagen, Denmark […]

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

Haus Sonnentau Am Hochmoor 16, Lautertal (Odenwald), Schannenbach

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 entails learning to discern between—and dance together with—both absolute reality and relative reality. The true challenge of a human life is to be able to live, work, love, and dance in both relative and absolute reality at the same time. One or the other takes the foreground or background as appropriate. The system of the Seven Rays of Healing helps us understand the true nature of relative reality, while bridging to absolute reality. Then we are ready to experience absolute reality, primarily through the methodology of meditation. What are the Seven Rays of Healing? The Seven Rays of Healing use the chakra system of ancient India combined with aspects of Theosophical philosophy. This system helps us understand the different ways we manifest in the world. Moreover, it helps us learn how to reorient our approach and engagement with the parts of our lives represented by the seven rays, to embody greater love, compassion and understanding. In other words, it helps us learn to realize our spiritual essence. Using meditation, creative, […]

Zen Meditation Retreat

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. Go deeper into wisdom & understanding through a powerful retreat practice opportunity - two weeks in meditation, supported by skilled Teachers and experienced community.

Pārami: Practices for Freedom

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

How do you act in the world with compassion, clarity and kindness? Discover the ‘Pārami’ or ‘Pāramitas’, ancient qualities or ‘perfections’ that open the gateway of freedom in one’s being. This weekend course can be attended online or in-person at Clear Sky Meditation Centre.

Sādhana: Practices for Power

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

This weekend course focuses on how to properly practice vajrayana methodologies of deity yoga (mantra and visualisation). Learn how to participate in Empowerments and how to undertake sadhana practice. It is offered in-person at Clear Sky Meditation Centre, as well as online from your home.

Hua Yan Meditation Retreat 2022

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

According to Hua Yan philosophy, any phenomenon exists only as part of the total nexus of reality.  Like Indra’s web all things are equally connected to each other and also contained within in each other. Join a two week in-person retreat on the profound Hua Yan teachings from Chinese Mahayana Buddhism. This retreat is led by Qapel (Achariya Doug Duncan)

An online option is available for those who cannot travel to BC, Canada for this retreat.

Breathing Meditation Retreat 2022

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

Breathing. You can't beat it, for life, and as a meditation practice. Breathing meditation is suitable for all types of people.  It develops concentration, calm, bliss and insight - altogether leading to awakening and healing. Give yourself the gift of a ten day meditation retreat this May.

This meditation retreat will be led by Catherine Pawasarat Sensei at Clear Sky Meditation Center in Eastern BC. An online option is also available, with participation possible from anywhere in the world.

Tree of Life: The Essence of Kabbalah and Tarot

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

Join us for an introduction to the ‘Tree of Life’, a map of reality from Western Mysticism and the Kabbalah tradition. Discover how the Kabbalah and tarot are designed to cultivate dormant aspects in ourselves so we may reach our highest potential.

The Hero’s Journey – Interactive Retreat, Germany

Transforming Demons into Allies. The Hero / the heroine who goes on an adventure, is victorious in a decisive crisis, and comes home changed and transformed.
For each of us it’s our inner voyage of discovery and surrender. We meet challenges, leave our comfort zone, and learn to let go of outdated opinions and emotions (our inner ‘demons’). Meanwhile we explore life's mysteries.

This 10 day Retreat offers a powerful mythical journey experience. Integrating Eastern & Western Traditions. Accepting the challenge of the Hero’s journey will leave you with a healthier, strengthened ego - one more fully integrated with the ‘shadow’ and thus accessing more energy and less susceptible to stress.