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Discovering Your Buddha Nature: Teachings of Gampopa (Online)

May 17 @ 7:30 pm - June 7 @ 9:00 pm UTC-6

An Online Course
May 17 – June 7th, 2021
Mondays: 7:30pm-9:00pm MDT *Click here to see your timezone

Recordings available for those who cannot attend live
Bonus: Optional Master Class Q&A on Sundays and a Flash Retreat May 28 – 30

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation was written by Gampopa (1074-1153 C.E.).  He shares how all beings have the same essence of Buddha Nature.  How does one realize this? He shares a path.

Gems of Dharma

Gampopa named this contradiction: we both dwell in an amazing human existence with enlightened essence, while also wandering through the worlds of struggle and suffering.

What is the path through this paradox, then? In this course, we will study realities of samsara and nirvana, based on Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation.

We also learn that to be more than who we currently are, we need to understand more than we currently do. How do we understand cause and effect? What is the role of loving kindness and compassion?

Course Overview

Class 1 – Monday, May 17, 2021

Through life, and by meeting scintillating friends of liberation, we come to understand the rules of cause and effect, and the necessity for loving kindness and compassion.

Class 2 – Monday, May 24, 2021

The awakened mind is the refuge that frees us from being subject to the struggles and miseries of life. With this aspiration, we practice to remove conflicting emotions and negative thinking.

Class 3 – Monday, May 31, 2021

As we develop the understanding of conflicting emotions we also begin to realise the inherent nature of emptiness. Through this, the universe becomes one of compassion.

Class 4 – Monday, June 7, 2021

Then, as bodhisattvas we go forth and share that good word (gospel). This modifies our conduct, strengthens our determination, teaches us to rest in quiet and peaceful states of mind. We understand wisdom and the enlightened activity of those who experience it.

Study and Meditation Electives

Master Classes – Three Sundays

There are weekly Master Classes (akin to online Q&A Office Hours) during this online course to support your deepening learning and practice, on the following dates at 3pm MST:

  • Sun. May 23
  • Sun. May 30
  • Sun. June 6

You can elect to attend all three or individual dates.

Registration & Dana links for Master Classes will be accessible to you when you register for the course.

Flash Retreat

June 11-13, 2021

Elect to deepen your practice via a Flash Retreat during the last weekend of this course.  The retreat provides practitioners a valuable opportunity to integrate and seal the learnings from the online course, in a format well suited for our contemporary lives.

The retreat will include instructions, online check ins, and a Master Class on Sunday, May 30.

We encourage you to attend this weekend retreat at Clear Sky Centre, or together with your local sangha, or if those not available to you, in your home.

Registration and Dana links for the Flash Retreat will be accessible to you when you register for the course.


Sangha power – consider organizing or joining regional in-person or online sangha groups to support one another during the online courses and Flash Retreats. 

Meet Your 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 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.

Catherine Pawasarat Sensei

Doug Duncan Sensei

Course Details

Time and Location

Each of the four weekly classes in this online course will be video streamed live at 7:30pm MST. The recording will be available for one week after each class.

Study and Meditation Opportunities in addition to the classes include Master Classes on three Sundays at 3pm MST, and a Flash Retreat on June 11-13, 2021.

What Does the Course Cost?

We offer this course on the basis of dāna, as well as an admin fee of $100 (USD). The admin is to cover the costs of running these online courses – for equipment and software to provide you the teachings online.

For our teachings itself – 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 our joy to offer this course, and we trust you’ll match our time, energy, and passion by giving an amount of money that feels good and healthy to both you and us. We suggest a range between $120 and $500 for this four week course.


May 17 @ 7:30 pm UTC-6
June 7 @ 9:00 pm UTC-6
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