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Zen Online Course (Online)

October 25 @ 7:30 pm - November 15 @ 9:00 pm UTC-6

Zen Online Course

Mondays: 7:30pm-9:00pm MDT

October 25-November 15, 2021
Recordings available 
Includes Optional Master Classes and a Home Flash Retreat 

Zen is a rigorous practice of meditative training. By cultivating awareness and equanimity one gains insight into the nature of mind for the benefit of all beings. Zen – An Online Course Zen is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyana, which is often translated as ‘absorption’.

Zen – An Online Course

Zen is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyana, which is often translated as ‘absorption’.  Rigorous self-restraint, sitting meditation practice and insight into the nature of mind are central to Zen practice.

For some historical context, Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China, where it was known as the Chán School. It later spread east to Japan and became known as Japanese Zen.

Zen emphasises direct understanding through disciplined spiritual practice and interaction with accomplished masters. In the early traditions of Chán, there was no fixed method or formula for teaching meditation.  Instead, instructions were used to point to the true nature of mind (Buddha-nature). 

Have you ever been told to count your breath when meditating?  Zen students are often instructed to count breaths in order to calm the mind.  Over time, concentrated attention is developed and the counting is dropped. 

Meet the Teachers

Doug and Catherine teaching
Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat

Achariya Doug Duncan Sensei & Catherine Pawasarat Sensei 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 Schedule

PLEASE NOTE to deepen and integrate your experience, we are offering three optional weekly Master Classes during the course and an at-home Flash Retreat at the end. See below for more details.

*We also highly recommend you consider participating in the full Zen Meditation Retreat in December 2021 at Clear Sky Center.

Class One: October 25th

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Class Two: November 1st

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Class Three: November 8th

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Class Four: November 15th

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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. October 31
  • Sun. November 7
  • Sun. November 14

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

November 19-21, 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, November 21st.

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. 

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 November 19-21, 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.



October 25 @ 7:30 pm UTC-6
November 15 @ 9:00 pm UTC-6
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