2020 Vision: Talks on Insight Meditation
February 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Public Talks in Calgary, Alberta | February 1 & 2, 2020 | Journey Yoga & Wellness 1 Ave NE
Does it feel like the world is screwed up right now?
The only antidote is to maintain some perspective, which is only truly possible if we have moment-to-moment clarity. The thing is, life is repetitious––we do things over and over again, often in the same habitual way––and so we’re mostly acting unconsciously. This makes us subject to these outside influences, and to the negative states which arise from our own unconscious responses to what’s going on around and within us.
By liberating these unconscious patterns, we liberate ourselves from this neurotic repetition. We make way for more wholesome actions and thoughts so we become a manifestation of compassion, loving-kindness, empathetic joy, and equanimity in the world.
Getting 20/20 Vision
In Insight meditation:
- We look again and again at the arisings within the mind in order to uncover the patterns within. Our minds and bodies are our most precise tools as well as our laboratories.
- We cultivate mindfulness and awareness, with the ultimate aim of final liberation of the mind from greed, hatred and delusion. When we purify our minds and bodies of these defilements, our original pure nature––spiritual awakening itself––is what remains.
- Through this bare insight or direct observation, we perceive our own physical and mental processes as impermanent, subject to suffering, and without an inherent independent self. This results in profound amounts of freedom in our lives.
These classes are for you if you find modern life can be overwhelming and you wish to increase the sense of clarity in your life. You’ll also be poised to deepen your understanding of the topic with practical experience in our upcoming retreat, Mastering the Sixteen Stages of Insight, taking place in April 2020.
About the Teachers
Although a hermit at heart, Doug Sensei walks his talk as a proponent of a fuller awakening through community and working together. He lives with his teaching partner Catherine Pawasarat and their students in conscious community, at Clear Sky Center in BC.
With five decades of meditation practice and four decades of teaching, Achariya Doug Duncan is a master in the Vajrayana lineage. He 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 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.