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Mastering the Sixteen Stages of Insight

April 10, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - April 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

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Meditation Retreat| April 10-24, 2020

This retreat is for mastering the sixteen stages of insight through the practice of the foundations of mindfulness (Satipatthana sutta).

Mastering the Sixteen Stages of Insight

Through the Practice of the Foundations of Mindfulness

Find out for yourself why meditation is one of the four foundational practices of our teaching. Take advantage of Acariya Doug Duncan Sensei’s mastery of insight in this powerful and rare two-week insight meditation retreat. Your experience of your mind will never be the same. Held at our home retreat centre, the model of innovative awakening in the 2000s, Clear Sky, in the Rocky Mountains of BC.

Why Practice the Sixteen Stages of Insight?

In life there is repetition – we do many things over and over again, but we tend to do them the same habitual way because we stop paying attention after the first few times. The path of insight is about looking again and again, and this is the literal meaning of the word ‘vipassana‘.

Scientists look again and again to analyse the data of an external experiment to see the principles at work in that situation. In insight meditation, we look again and again at the arisings within the mind in order to uncover the patterns within.

These patterns are called karma. By liberating the unconscious nature of the patterns, we liberate karma from neurotic habitual repetition. We make way for Buddha karma – becoming a manifestation of compassion, loving kindness, empathetic joy, and equanimity in the world.

Why Use the Foundations of Mindfulness

In this retreat, we are mastering the sixteen stages of insight through the practice of the foundations of mindfulness (satipatthana sutta). This is a fundamental text in Buddhism that establishes the strong foundation of mindfulness upon which the stages of insight can rest.

What’s Expected of Me if I Come to This Retreat?

  • This will be an intensive meditation retreat, with many hours of practice per day. Therefore some experience, especially with insight meditation, is recommended but not mandatory.
  • An open mind and heart, and a spirit of adventure are excellent things to bring!
  • It’s human to have some apprehensions about doing something new, meeting new people, or going to a new place. Particularly when all three happen together. We try to make this as supportive as possible.
  • This is a silent retreat. To deepen your meditation, we ask that participants refrain from reading, using the internet or phone, or listening to music during the course.
  • Lastly, our teaching and Clear Sky operate based on the ancient tradition of dāna or generosity. Please learn more about this profound practice before you register. 

Meet the Teachers

Catherine Pawasarat
Catherine Pawasarat
Doug Duncan
Doug Duncan
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.

What Do Previous Retreatants Say?

Through the power of long dedication, deep meditation, and wise guidance, life can definitely be transformed. If you get a chance to study with Doug-sensei and Catherine, don’t miss it. This kind of spiritual guidance and down to earth work have deeply shifted many people’s lives and led to deep awakenings.

Paul Jaffe

Retired Professor & Meditation Teacher

Doug and Catherine Sensei are living examples of the dharma teachings.  In their presence, they have the ability to put me at ease and their teachings (somewhat mysteriously) become alive and intimate. I trust in their one-pointed focus on whatever it takes to speed their students unrealized potential.

Laura Montgomery

Counsellor & Mum of Two

It is one thing to hear or read the Dharma and understand it intellectually. This retreat went so much further than that, as I found myself receiving realizations of the teachings on a visceral basis, going far beyond simply understanding.

Bob Abraamms

FounderODT Maps

Course Details

Fees and Dāna

This course is run based on the ancient principle of generosity, or Dāna.  There are also fees for meals and accommodation (details coming soon) at Clear Sky Retreat Center, where the retreat is held.

Arrival/Departure: Arrival is Friday April 10, by 4pm.

In order to give enough time to rest from travel before the retreat starts, we recommend that domestic travellers arrive one day early, and long distance international travellers arrive two days early.

After the retreat we also suggest staying for at least another day for integration.


April 10, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
April 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
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