March 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – March 29, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Who is this experience for?
People who want to:
- shift stubborn habits and patterns – get ‘unstuck’
- stop self-sabotaging and embody their innate hero qualities
- learn a powerful ancient practice that has been healing people for thousands of years
What is it?
In three parts over two days, this is a very special opportunity to gain a strong, experiential contact with the tantric practices of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. Two evening talks and one Tibetan-style empowerment ceremony on Sunday morning.
Note: Due to the intimate nature of these teachings there are limited spaces available. We are also asking all participants to commit to all three parts in order to gain the full benefit from the experience.
1/ 7pm Saturday Evening Talk: Why do we need archetypes? An introduction to Tibetan deities
2/ 10am Sunday Morning: Empowerment Ceremony (Wong Kur) – Vajrapani, The Body of the Buddha
3/ 7pm Sunday Evening: Embodying awakened energies through the practice
Early bird price (all 3 events) $50 until March 14th, plus dana for teacher at each event. Suggested dana $20-$50 per event.
As humans, we’re creatures of habit and patterns
The biggest habit of course, is just being “me.” I do this, I used to do that. I’m in a relationship with him or with her. I’m the smart one, cool one, artistic or spiritual one. Pick your schtick.
So, does this mean suffering? Yes, as wonderful as we all are, our unavoidable attachment to a sense of a fixed, permanent “me” lies at the heart of our suffering. The Buddha said it, in his first teachings after awakening to the truth of the Dharma – and he wasn’t f***ing around, he went straight to the heart of the truth.
Think about it. We’re subject to suffering when things don’t go our way. (Which is often). How often do you not get what you want, or get what you don’t want? It’s happening all the time, from subtle things like not getting quite enough cream, to getting a speeding ticket or having a boss we don’t like.
We suffer because our “me” wants control, our “me” requires a certain amount or kind of attention. Our “me” wants things, all the time, and won’t let us dwell in peace. We’re all a little different in how it manifests, of course. What causes us the most discomfort? Perhaps our self-image is suddenly challenged, our integrity doubted, or we don’t feel respected, recognized, or loved, and our world spirals out.
If you’re still reading this far, you’ve understood this to some extent. And what do we do when we ‘hear’ the calling to bring oursleves out of suffering? We listen to teachers, we read books, we contemplate “non-self” or “non-duality.” Yet, this is still all within the framework of a “me.”
We need to find a practice as powerful as our sense of “me”, a practice that gives us energy to make changes and breakthrough heavy, sticky emotions.
Archetypes – helping us along on the hero’s journey
Our minds are built on patterns and views. These come from our cultures, our families, and from our own preferences and experiences. They’re necessary, because they’re how we make sense of the world, how we’re able to have conversations about things and not use up all our time making simple decisions.
Unfortunately, they are also mostly unconscious, or our understanding of them is incomplete. What’s more, our views and sense of our fixed patterns, our “me”, comprise the shadow – the parts of us we don’t see or don’t want to see, the blind spots in our views that limit our exploration and growth, and cause us and our loved ones unnecessary suffering. Until we bring light to these areas, the unconscious drives our decisions, reactions, views, and how we show up in the world.
Just get out of the way!
The beautiful thing is that we really don’t have to do anything, so long as we can learn to get out of our own way. Our nature is to unfold, if only we can quiet the habitual mind enough to see these unconscious patterns in action.
And, there are ways to speed up the process. Tibetan practices (Vajrayana tradition) provide us with over 100 archetypal deities as tools to refocus the mind more consciously and also build a complete understanding of each energy.
Each deity represents a specific enlightened-energy focus. With Chenrezi (Om Mani Padme Hum), for example, the focus is building a sense of what compassion looks like:
With Manjusri, it is wisdom:
A Weekend Experience:
In the evening talks, Doug Sensei will focus on the energies and teachings associated with Vajrayana Buddhist archetypes, and how they can be used wisely and compassionately for our unfoldment.
On Sunday morning Doug Sensei will also offer a tradtional empowerment ceremony, where you can connect with the energy of a powerful enlightened archetype, Vajrapani, specifically designed to help get us unstuck, with instructions on how to practice it in meditation.
This series is offered as a package, an introduction to a specific practice and the theory around it. The address and details of the Sunday ceremony will be given in person at the Saturday evening event.
1/ Saturday Evening, 7-8:30pm: Why do we need archetypes? An introduction to Tibetan deities
2/ Sunday Morning, 10-11:30am: Initiation Ceremony (Wong Kur) – Vajrapani, The Body of the Buddha
3/ Sunday Evening, 7-8:30pm: Embodying awakened energies through the practice
The Great Healing
Renowned psychologist Carl Jung studied archetypes, including Vajrayana Buddhism. He believed that we all have access to such strong, healthy archetypes through the collective unconscious, yet individually they are largely misunderstood or incomplete.
Jung believed that one healing modality is to call them forth into consciousness and make them whole again. Indeed, enlightenment or the process of awakening, is referred to as the Great Healing.
From this weekend experience you will:
- Learn ways to shift blocked or flat energy
- Gain a better understanding of archetypal energies how they can be used to heal hurt and aid your meditation practice
- Learn techniques to use visualisation in meditation
- See how mantras can transform your energy at any moment
- Have the opportunity to join a live Tibetan empowerment (A Vajrapani Wong Kur will be held on Sunday morning – attendance by agreement at a private residence in NW Calgary)
About the Teacher – Doug Duncan Sensei
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.
Doug Sensei’s teaching partner Catherine will be doing a one-month retreat at this time. Read more about Doug and Catherine at PlanetDharma.com.
What’s Expected / FAQ’s
- Bring an open mind. No prior experience of meditation or Tibetan/ Vajrayana practices is necessary.
- By coming to these talks you won’t be expected to believe in deities, or to accept any particular doctrine.
- Questions are welcomed.
- Talks will start promptly at 7pm and end at around 8:30pm. Please arrive about 10 minutes early.
- What to bring?- Water, pen & paper, dana (cash) for the teacher. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes.
- Street parking available
Dana (the practice of generosity)
There will be a bowl at the venue for dana (generosity) for the teacher. The teacher lives by the tradition of generosity, and the registration fees for these classes are to help local organizer costs of bringing the teacher to Calgary, including food, accommodation, and travel.
Contact us with any questions. We’d be happy to call you back.