Insight Meditation Retreat
March 15 @ 3:00 pm - March 24 @ 1:00 pm
A Ten-Day Meditation Retreat | March 15-24, 2019
Why do we lose bliss? How do we regain it?
By popular demand, our founding teachers are offering this ten-day insight meditation retreat.
Most think of meditation as a sense of calm and concentration that leads to bliss. Yet, bliss is impermanent and subject to loss.
By learning to observe what is happening in the moment, we realize that the self is that which searches for bliss. And that searching for bliss is often the source 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 a blissfully great idea.
Why Study Insight?
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. This sets us free to continue swimming in the stream of our spiritual journey with much more ease and relaxation.
Rather than writing a spoiler here, we’d like to use this retreat to support you to experience the 15th and 16th stages for yourself. We look forward to you telling us what they are like.
Meet the Teachers of this profound retreat
Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat are Dharma and meditation teachers who founded Clear Sky Meditation Center.
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 Buddhist philosophy and its applications to daily life, Catherine also draws on generative living and the arts. With Doug she is co-founder of Clear Sky Retreat Center in the BC Rockies.
What is insight meditation?
We’ve received several questions about this retreat and style of meditation. We sat down with Duncan Cryle, one of our teachers at Clear Sky, to discuss the benefits of this practice.
Guided Insight Meditation
Want to try at home? Join us for a five minute guided meditation.
Who are we?
To help you get acquainted with us, some community members made this short video during our 2017 Buddhas in Action retreat. To learn more about us and our incredible community, click here!
This is a meditation focused retreat. Your practice will be in silence with a focus on a combination of walking, sitting and standing meditation throughout the day. There will be a daily morning classes and evening meditation with Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat, as well as group meditation and personal meditation time.
In order to focus on your meditative work, we ask that participants put away your cellphone, books and digital technologies for the duration of the retreat.
Creating a strong discipline for your practice will make the retreat highly immersive, focused and profound.
This course is offered by Doug & Catherine Sensei based on the ancient principle of generosity, or Dāna. You may have come across this is the form of “pay from the heart”. Dāna is a Sanskrit term meaning “generosity”. With dāna, we give as a mutual exchange of generosity. It’s their joy to offer this course, and we trust you’ll match their time, energy, and passion by giving an amount of money that feels good and healthy.
Clear Sky is a 300-acre meditation cushion nestled in the Canadian Rocky mountains. We are 30 minutes from Cranbrook International airport in Cranbrook, B.C.
As a charitable organization, we strive to provide locally sourced organic meals and comfortable accommodations at an affordable price. Fees vary depending on your accommodation choice and early bird pricing. You can find more information on the course registration page.