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**COVID 19 UPDATE: The Tantric Deep Dive retreat will be modified for online empowerments, due to travel restrictions. And, the 16th Anniversary celebrations will be held online.

In Vajrayana Buddhism, initiations, empowerments or wongkur (Tib. དབང་, wang) are considered the spring from which all blessings flow. Join us for a week of twelve initiations, followed by a weekend of joy to celebrate our 16th anniversary.


A week of Vajrayana Initiations and Clear Sky’s 16th Anniversary

Not only is 2021 Doug Duncan Sensei’s 71st year, it is also our 16th anniversary!  To celebrate, we invite you to join us for a week of rarely given vajrayana initiations / empowerments, followed by a weekend of sangha celebrations.


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What are Vajrayana Empowerments, Initiations and Wongkur?

Namgyal Rinpoche, our lineage root guru, put it best:

In the depth of the psyche lie all possibilities in a state of unrealized potential. In every being there exists the possibility of experiencing transcendental consciousness, which when the student is ready, the Teacher(s) can make accessible to him or her via empowerment, initiation, or wongkur.

One should regard Wongkur as an event in which the Lama sows the seed of transcendental consciousness in the depth of the student. The seed will lie in the unconscious until the student brings it to realization in the practice of meditation.

Why a Week of Empowerments?

Details about the new online schedule will be coming soon.

Doug and Catherine Sensei will be offering a total of twelve empowerments during this celebration week.  They have chosen to do so, to honour lineage, and to sow the seeds for future realization.  Many of the initiations given will be rare empowerments that they have not given recently.

There will be two empowerments a day, with practice time in between. It will be a busy, bustling, engaging, immersive and quite frankly incredible week.


Meet the Teachers

Catherine Pawasarat 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.


Course Details

Fees and Dāna

Dana: This course is offered by Doug and Catherine Sensei through the ancient principle of generosity, or Dāna. Learn more about Dāna here.

Cost: 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. More information about cost is coming soon.

Daily Schedule

More specific details about the new online schedule are coming soon.

About Clear Sky

Located in the BC rocky mountains, we offer over 300-acres to deepen your practice and reconnect with nature. Founded by Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat, we are home to students from around the globe who are dedicated to co-creating a supportive and innovative space for awakening in our modern world.

Here are some FAQs on how to get here, what to bring and what to expect. 

To help you get acquainted with us, some community members made this short video during our 2019 Buddhas in Action retreat. To learn more about us and our incredible community, click here!

Register for Tantric Deep Dive


Register for Tantric Deep Dive + 16th Anniversary Celebration