Our Principles

We heard again and again that people would have amazing, transformative experiences at Clear Sky, and then inevitably struggle to recreate this strong container for themselves in their daily lives.

It’s understandable. After all, we can only spend so much time in retreat; most of our time is spent in everyday activities, with the inevitable busyness and distractions. And this is where our energy leaks and where, despite best intentions, we lose focus on our spiritual aspirations.

Yet, we know it doesn’t have to be that way.

In 2015, we started what became an 18-month project to answer a question; How do we help people maintain nourishing spiritual practice in their day-to-day life?

Through this project, we came up with five principles to help people feel support like that of a retreat centre, a concept we call a “spiritual container.” What we share here, we’ve taken from what works at Clear Sky, and in our lives away from Clear Sky, to contain the magical exploration we call our spiritual life:

Our Five Principles for Creating a Strong Spiritual Container in our Modern World

Now that you have a strong container, what's next?

Our Founding Teachers, Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat Sensei, have developed Five Principles for Spiritual Awakening.

Once you’ve implemented Clear Sky’s Principles, which helps you create a strong container to navigate our modern world, Planet Dharma’s Principles let you manifest your true purpose: spiritual awakening in this lifetime. 

To learn more about these Principles, visit Doug and Cata Sensei’s virtual monastery, Planet Dharma. We highly recommend their transformative Buddhas In Action retreat (coming summer 2021), to help you integrate these principles in your life.  

Apply the Principles at Home

Would you like to bring these supportive practices into your home, work and relationships?

We’ve developed a six-week online course that provides practical applications to enrich and deepen your day-to day life. 

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By paying attention to both our outer world and our inner world, we create a balanced and supportive container for our energy and growth. Sign up to our mailing list, and get a free three-page guide of tips on when you’re feeling stuck or off balance. 

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