October 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Whatever we focus on in this moment determines where our attention goes in the next.
Anxiety, stress, loneliness – when these or other negative states are present, why do we continue to focus on the things that created them?
Together, let’s train ourselves to direct our minds to simply focus on the now, a timeless practice that actively reduces the suffering of craving. Why? Simple meditative concentration leads to bliss, and bliss leads to joy.
What the classes will look like
In each class of this four-week series, we will start with movement or laughter exercises to bring us to a state of playfulness. This kind of activity shows us how we can be the architect of our states rather than letting our habitual or karmic patterns rule our day.
As part of the teaching section, Andy will draw some key points from the book, The Craving Mind, in which the author, psychologist and long-time meditator Judson Brewer, aims to inspire us to use the root cause of addictive behavior (a certain action leads to a perceived reward) to consciously create meditative mind states instead of suffering.
Each class will include a guided meditation and interactive exercises.
The series will take place over 4 consecutive Mondays.
Joy-n us: Register in this moment.
About the Instructor
Andy Rogers discovered the wisdom teachings of Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat, and the Vajrayana lineage, while living in Japan. He moved to Canada 10 years ago to be near the teachers at their meditation center in Bull River, BC.
In January 2019, Andy moved to Calgary. He lives with fellow students in a conscious household that is focused on continual growth and bringing the teachings of awakening, also called The Great Healing, to others. He attended a laughter yoga retreat in the UK with the Laughing Yogi, Joe Hoare, and has learned with his teachers that joy is a choice that can quickly take him out of his story and into freedom.
Attendance and Registration
The early bird administrative fee for the series is $48. There will be a dana bowl at each event for offerings to the instructor. (Learn more about dana here: https://www.dharmahub.ca/dana-generosity-exchange/)
July 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
An Evening Dharma Talk
Have you ever felt that the inner work you do is unappreciated? More often, our culture values and recognizes the beauties of the external world. In fact, the inner work is the art of making ourselves into works of art – unique masterpieces of bliss, wisdom, and radiant compassion.
Gain the inspiration and tools you need to let your raw talent shine, in this talk by master artists of the inner world.
What is the talk about?
Join Doug and Catherine Senseis to explore six aspects of consciousness that have been refined by the Buddhist practitioners for more than two thousand years. These six aspects are called the Paramis (perfections) in Sanskrit, and they are the blueprint to becoming your own inner and outer work of art.
Are the Paramis Relevant Today?
Every meditative practice in our tradition, at some point, leads back to these Paramis, also known as “The Six Perfections”. They offer a flawless path that carries us straight to spiritual enlightenment.
It’s a simple, beautiful, and powerful path that offers a refuge in these busy, information-heavy times.
Is this for you?
This class is for you if you’re looking for simple tools to transform challenging states and to train your mind to be brighter, lighter, and more joyful.
The Dharma Hub will be offering follow up sessions in the coming weeks and months, where you’ll also have the opportunity continue your understanding of the Paramis.
*Please arrive 10-15 minutes early as class will start promptly at 7pm.
About the Teachers
Achariya Doug Duncan has been teaching the Buddhist path to awakening for over three decades. Known for his direct and compassionate engagement with students, Doug embraces the full spectrum of the various traditions he employs in order to mentor beings to a more awakened state. His great sense of humour, caring attitude and sometimes very direct involvement makes him an effective catalyst for opening the shadow, for very practical application of the teachings, for humorous and gentle relief when tensions mount and through a diverse range of explorations expands the teachings to include all aspects of life.
Catherine Pawasarat began her spiritual practices in earnest in her early 20s, when she struggled to make sense of personal suffering and international environmental and social justice challenges. She has trained daily with Achariya Doug Duncan since 1998 in an intensive spiritual apprenticeship that is rare in the modern West. Since the early 2000s Catherine has provided dharma training and taught the path of awakening to hundreds of students, together with Doug and on her own. In addition to Buddhist philosophy and its applications to daily life, Catherine also draws on generative living (a.k.a. sustainability) and the arts. With Doug she is co-founder of Clear Sky Retreat Center in the BC Rockies and Planet Dharma, and a lineage holder for these teachings.
Attendance and registration
Attendance and registration involves 1) Dana for the teachers and 2) admin fees
1) Dāna for Doug & Catherine
These teachings are offered by the teachers as a form of Dāna (traditional generosity giving) and likewise, attendees are asked to reciprocate generously to the teachers.
Two dana options: There will be a Dāna bowl as you enter the venue for you to give your offering by cash or check. You can also give dana online when paying for your ticket.
More information on dana here: Dāna Guidelines and Practice.
2) Admin Fees
There is also an Administration Fee for the talk. This fee goes to help cover organiser costs of bringing the teachers to Calgary, including their transportation here and food and accommodation during their stay.
Full Venue and Event Details Below
‘Beyond Mindfulness’ Urban Retreat
One of the most overlooked aspects of spiritual development is making time to fully reap the wisdom or insights from our practice, study, or explorations.
With this in mind, to give participants in the July 5th “Beyond Mindfulness” teachings a chance to put into practice the material from the class, we’ve designed a ½-day urban retreat. The time will be divided into various guided meditation sessions to help us get the most out of the experience. This will be suitable for you whether you’re new to meditation or a practitioner with many hours under your belt.
Our Calgary team has a wealth of experience in running extended retreats at centres here and abroad, as well as shorter retreats here in the city. We are excited to be able to offer this container for your spiritual work here in Calgary.
The urban retreat will take place in Capitol Hill in NW Calgary from 9am to 3pm on July 20th, 2019. (Location details will be sent to registrants closer to the day.)
The admin fee to join will be $50. Book before June 28 through the July 5 event to take advantage of early bird pricing.
Questions? You can ask us at any of our classes, through Facebook, or by email.
June 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Meditation in NW Calgary
Building strong spiritual foundations with meditation and community.
When we learn to calm our mind, our senses, and our emotions we can remain in peace even when things don’t go our way. From this place of peace, we also keep open the door to insights and ongoing awakening.
Meeting with this shared aspiration brings us a deeper level of connection, an antidote to loneliness and anxiety. These spiritual friends then help us stay on the path, and the joys and challenges of community can balance us and speed up our progress.
Join us for classes where we will offer guided meditations, contemplations, and share our explorations of the ancient and modern teachings of awakening.