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Astrology & Dharma Course: Awakening Through AstroDharma (Hollyhock)

Hollyhock Manson's Landing, Cortes Island, BC

Astrology and dharma are two powerful tools for awakening. This course helps you identify opportunities and gifts in your chart for deeper self-realization. Held at Hollyhock, BC, Catherine Pawasarat Sensei will take you on a journey into deeper awareness & joy.

Retreat: Buddhas in Action

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

Receive hands-on training in mind, body and feeling as Doug & Catherine guide you through Karma Yoga and Dharma Training via classes, assigned exercises and practice in community. You will also discover the powerful holistic clearing technique and other forms of meditation at this life-changing summer retreat. (Early Bird Special until June 26th, 2018.)

Meditation Retreat at Maitreya House, UK Body of Truth & Star Group

Maitreya House Lower Maes-coed, Hereford, England

Strengthening your abilities to creatively visualize at this Retreat in the UK. Visualization gives you greater power to interrupt negative arisings. What's more, you acquire skills to imagine new and more diverse positive (joyful) arisings.

Golden & Dark Shadows: A Shadow Work Retreat

Dharma Centre of Canada 1886 Galway Road, Kinmount, , ON

Integrating our shadow may be the fastest way to unfold spiritually, and reduce our suffering. Join Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat at the Dharma Centre of Canada in Ontario for this powerful five day retreat.

Retreat: Six Yogas of Naropa – Dream Yoga & Light Yoga

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

The Six Yogas of Naropa form a path to freedom. During this second retreat on the yogas, we will be explore Dream Yoga and Light Yoga. These yogas develop a deep understanding into the way things and formations arise and pass away. (Early Bird Special until November 6, 2018)

Year of Pureland Program for Spiritual Awakening

“Why awaken?” may be the most important question a spiritual practitioner ever asks themself.  Join a group of dedicated practitioners in this year-long program that empowers and supports awakening in the modern age. Year of Pureland: Program for Spiritual Awakening   How do you deepen your spiritual practice amidst day-to-day demands? Enrich your journey to the Pureland in a program that will support and empower your practice, wherever you are on the path. Join our global community for a year of online courses, meditation retreats (at home or in person), and mentorship opportunities. The benefits for participants in our past year-long programs (the Year of Awakening, Year of Victory and Year of Joy have been very clear. For those who engaged in a committed way, this program has been a game-changer for their practice and dedication to the path. The growth we’ve seen in participants has been remarkable.   Meet the Teachers Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat are Dharma and meditation teachers who founded Clear Sky Meditation Centre, BC, Canada. Achariya Doug Duncan received lay ordination from Namgyal Rinpoche in 1978, and is a lineage holder in that teaching. Known for his direct, humourous and compassionate engagement with students, Doug embraces various traditions, contemporary psychology, and science, to mentor all beings to a more awakened state. Catherine Pawasarat has trained daily with Acariya Doug Duncan since 1998 in an intensive spiritual apprenticeship that is rare in the modern West. She received lay ordination from Namgyal Rinpoche in 2003. In addition to […]

Insight Meditation Retreat

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

Why do we lose bliss? How do we regain it? By popular demand, Planet Dharma is offering this ten-day insight retreat at the beautiful and innovative Clear Sky Retreat Center. Insight Meditation Retreat Most think of meditation as a sense of calm and concentration that leads to bliss. But, bliss is impermanent and subject to loss. How do we lose bliss? How to we regain it? Through studying insight we realize that the self that searches for bliss and that this search is itself the root, source and continuance of the struggle. The path of insight leads us to the realization that there’s no inherent, independent, self identity to be found. This is called liberation, awakening, freedom. And it's just a good idea.    Why Study Insight? The Benefits of an Insight Retreat March 15-24, 2019 Insight is the practice of watching the arisings and falling away of phenomena in the mind. “Insight” comes from the Pali “Vipassana” which means “to see again and again;” we use the 16 Stages of Insight to become sleuths of patterns of the mind. Most people live in the first three stages of insight; when you experience the fourth, it’s considered that you’ve entered “the path to the path” of awakening. Experiencing stages from four to thirteen can be a bit like a yo-yo: we go up and down repeatedly in our meditation. Then we have a breakthrough experience of sotāpanna at the 14th stage, when we experience that there is no inherent self. […]

Golden & Dark Shadows: A Shadow Work Retreat

Mountain Waters Retreat 2109 Svaboda Road, Nelson, BC

Integrating our shadow may be the fastest way to unfold spiritually, and reduce our suffering. By its very nature, shadow work is not fun or pretty. It takes courage and fortitude. Join us for this incredible retreat. Golden and Dark Shadows A Shadow Work Retreat Join Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat at the Mountain Waters Retreat in Nelson BC for this powerful May long weekend shadow retreat. Most people are drawn to meditation and mindfulness for the bliss experiences. These bliss experiences spur on beginning meditators to stay with the practice. But as the practice of meditation deepens, darker arisings can start to manifest. Rather than being discouraged by these experiences, it is helpful to see this as an opportunity to integrate these dark shadows into conscious awareness so that we may be free of their control. Why Integrate the Shadow? The Benefits of this retreat in Nelson, BC May 17-20, 2019 Why work with the shadow? If you’ve had these challenging arisings during your practice, you may have been tempted to quit meditating, or try a different method or a different teacher. This is understandable, as facing these dark shadows can be scary and unpleasant. However, if you can lean into these dark manifestations and hold the space openly around them, there can be great release and transformation. Recognizing the contribution of the golden shadow – our ‘better angels’ – also helps ensure the practice stays joyful and doesn’t descend into nihilism. Please note that this retreat  welcomes people […]

Black Tara Empowerment

Mountain Waters Retreat 2109 Svaboda Road, Nelson, BC

Black Tara Empowerment on May 20, 2019. Tara supports us as we transcend unwholesome states and integrate psychological shadow material. Join the Lamas for this special initiation ceremony in Nelson BC.

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.