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Buddhas in Action: Awakening in Daily Life

This active retreat gives you the building blocks to apply awareness, compassion, wisdom, and strength to each moment. The result is greater fulfillment amid daily life and meaningful connection with others and the world around you.

Green Tara Empowerment

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

We invite you to participate in this Green Tara empowerment - so that you can call on and embody the archetype of courageous compassion in your life.

Sengema Empowerment

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

In this initiation, Dharma Teachers Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat will share the fierce dakini archetype, in the form of Sengema (Skt. Siṃhamukhā) – the Lion Faced Dakini. This empowerment is by permission only.

Becoming a Work of Art: Dharma Foundations Retreat

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

What are qualities that we can grow to feel internally grounded and to act from a positive, wholesome place in our relationships with others? Discover the Six Perfections, or Paramis, at this Dharma Foundations Retreat.Becoming a Work of Art - Dharma Foundations Retreat During this retreat, we will study six aspects of consciousness that we may cultivate to become our own inner and outer works of art. These six aspects are called the paramis in Sanskrit, and have been taught in the buddhadharma for more than two thousand years.Why Take Becoming a Work of Art An Essential Dharma Foundations Retreat October 11-13, 2019  Why Become a Work of Art?Would you rather create one work of art or become a work of art? Our Teacher Namgyal Rinpoche said that it is "better to be a work of art than make a work of art".  In a culture that values external achievements, we often forget the hidden gem inside us. This gem creates bliss, wisdom, and radiance, and it is fiercely worth growing. Let your internal works of art flourish during our foundational three-day retreat.  Why Study the Paramis, the PerfectionsIs the Buddhist body of practice or philosophical canon somewhat new to you? If so, this course will provide you with fundamental resources around which to develop a practice for the rest of your life. Every meditative practice in our tradition, at some point, comes back to the Paramis, also known as the six perfections. These form a flawless path that carries us straight […]

Wasteland to Pureland Retreat in Germany 2019

with Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat What are qualities that we can grow to feel internally grounded and to act from a positive, wholesome place in our relationships with others? Discover the journey from Wasteland to Pureland in this meditation retreat in Seidenbuch, Germany.Wasteland to Pureland Retreat   This retreat will be held in the heart of Germany, in Seidenbuch, 60km from Frankfurt and Heidelburg. This is your opportunity to meet and study with Dharma Teachers and Spiritual Mentors, Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat. They will teaching from awakening principles in their cutting edge new book, Wasteland to Pureland.Why the Wasteland to Pureland Retreat? An Eight Day Retreat in Germany October 17-25, 2019 There is an awakening experience that is vast and beyond words. The path beckons. Are you ready? Why Wasteland to PurelandWasteland to Pureland is a retreat for those wanting to walk a path to increase clarity of heart and mind, and experience greater freedom and fulfillment in life. This is the journey that leads to a state of ultimate care for others as well as oneself. Grounded in the belief that awakening is available to everyone, Doug & Catherine teach us how to reunite with our gifts, to become agents of compassion and transformation, personally, interpersonally and globally. The spiritual path teaches us to access bliss and insight, and to decrease suffering and ignorance. That’s why a healthy spiritual path feels so rich, wonder-filled and generally happy. The Great Happiness arises when bliss and insight come together […]

Six Yogas of Naropa Retreat 2019

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

The final exploration in our three-part series, this two-week retreat focuses on Bardo Yoga and Transference of Consciousness Yoga.Six Yogas of Naropa Bardo Yoga There are six bardos, yet you only encounter four during your lifetime. Bardo Yoga is the yoga of the intermediate or liminal state. As it includes aspects of illusory body yoga and dream yoga, it’s recommended that participants have done both of those practices.  Transference of Consciousness Yoga Transference of Consciousness Yoga practice helps us prepare for when consciousness leaves this organism at the time of death. Practices include dissolving the sufferings of the six realms into a bindu which travels upwards in the central channel. Also called the yoga of changing places, this yoga speaks to other worlds and maintaining the light of sleep (as in lucid dreaming) or the light after death. As in other yogas, its successful practice relies on practicing the Paramis.  About the 2019 Six Yogas of Naropa Retreat Bardo Yoga and Transference of Consciousness Yoga December 6-22, 2019The Six Yogas of Naropa are one of the central practices of the Tibetan Kagyu lineage, to which we belong. These practices form a path to freedom through the development of deep understanding into the way things and formations arise and pass away. Meanwhile, the teachings are grounded in the deep understanding of the fundamental principles and practices of Tantra. PREREQUISITES: Who can attend this retreat? This retreat requires the following three pre-requisites: 1 million Chenrezig mantras completed. 100,000 long Vajrasattva mantras completed 100,000 […]

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.

Winter Meditation Retreat: The Kasinas

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

Registration ends November 20, 2020 Kasiṇa meditation is a concentration meditation (samatha, jhāna) intended to settle the mind and create a foundation for liberation. Important Announcement and Change This is a two week retreat and the Teachers have added a one week option. The Teachers recognize that circumstances may make it difficult for some people to attend both weeks. Attending the full two weeks is ideal. If you choose to take the one week option it is the first week, December 4 - 12, 2020. The teachers will be offering a Chenrezi Wongkur at the beginning of the first week. This empowerment will be streamed live, enabling both online and onsite participation. (Exact time and date to be announced.)Winter Meditation Retreat: The Kasinas Settling the Mind, Cultivating Concentration (Jhāna) The ten kasina are part of the forty kammatthana: objects of meditation. They are described in detail by Buddhaghosa in the meditation section of the Visuddhimagga. Kasina meditation is a concentration meditation (variously known in different traditions as samatha, dhyana, or jhana meditations), intended to settle the mind of the practitioner and create a foundation for further practices of meditation. In the early stages of kasina meditation, a physical object is used as the object of meditation, being focused upon by the practitioner until an eidetic (after-image) image of the object forms in the practitioners mind. In more advanced levels of kasina meditation, only a mental image of the kasina is used as an object of meditation. Experience Acariya Doug Duncan […]

Exploring the Bardo of Now – Meditation Retreat (Online)

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. We’ll draw on Vajrayana Buddhism, contemporary psychology and modern exploration practices to learn how to make peace with the bardos and live more fully in the present moment. Free Infographic: What Happens to Consciousness During the Death Process? Add your information below to receive the infographic. You will also get amazing dharma content from Planet Dharma, directly to your email inbox. We promise not to spam!Why Exploring the Bardo of Now? June 19-25, 2021Why a meditation retreat on the Bardos?Bardos relate to both living and dying, creating and dissolving.  Bardos can appear at any time, and may make us feel we have lost all of our stability and reference points. However, they also offer us an opportunity to explore what is dying and prepare for a new birth.  Bardo study is relevant to people of all ages, regardless how old they are or how close to dying they are. Who is this retreat ideal for?This retreat is ideal for relatively new students who are interested in exploring Buddhist principles that include both Eastern and […]

Summer Meditation Retreat: Breathing (Online)

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

A one week meditation retreat on powerful breathing meditation practice. Please note that registration closes July 4th 2021.The meditation on Mindfulness of Breathing is not only suitable for all beings, it is also the direct way to enlightenment.Summer Meditation Retreat: Breathing 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. This meditation retreat will be led by Achariya Doug Duncan Sensei and Catherine Pawasarat Sensei at Clear Sky Meditation Center in Eastern BC, and will now held online, with participation possible from anywhere in the world. 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. A guiding text for this retreat will be 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 extend your meditation experience to everything from subatomic particles to the vastness of space, and all that’s between.  Online Retreat Option Can't fly here? Do the retreat where you are. It most likely won't be possible to retreat at Clear Sky this year. Instead, join us from wherever you are in the world. Basic requirements to do the retreat online: […]