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Dharma If You Dare

20
Mar 2020

The Wave is Also Water: Understanding Spiritual Awakening

In this talk Doug and Catherine discuss the question ‘What is Awakening?’ Known by many terms in various traditions, spiritual awakening or enlightenment is about waking up to our true nature. Doug and Catherine explore several metaphors to help explain what spiritual awakening is and why the ego tends to ignore it in favour of getting caught up in the world of objects.
 
Helping people experience spiritual awakening is the reason Planet Dharma exists. If you are also passionate about unfolding and awakening deeper and more quickly, we encourage you to enrol in one of our online courses. This year Planet Dharma’s online courses include a variety of topics, such as classical buddhadharma and how to establish and strengthen your daily practice, all geared towards life in our modern world. Learn more about upcoming opportunities to join these online offerings at planetdharma.com/online.
13
Mar 2020

BONUS The Purpose of Spiritual Organizations

We hope you enjoy this soundbite from Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat on spiritual organizations and how they support our growth and unfoldment. During the talk, you will hear the term ‘quantum creativity’. If you’d like to learn more about that topic look for Season 3 Episode 3 in the podcast feed.
 
 
If you find the teachings of Planet Dharma resonate and are wondering how to explore them further, we recommend our free online course called Wake Up: 4 Paths to Spiritual Awakening. This self-study course gives an introduction to the main approaches that Doug and Catherine employ with students to help them find their speediest path to spiritual awakening. You can learn more and register for free by visiting planetdharma.com/wakeup.
 
6
Mar 2020

Choose Radiance: Opening the Box of the Ego

In this talk from their online course The Pearl Without Price, Doug and Catherine discuss the nature of the ego and how we can step outside the box of our comfort zone to experience greater degrees of freedom, bliss and peace. 
 
These ideas are explained in detail in their bestselling book, Wasteland to Pureland: Reflections on the Path to Awakening. The first section of the book is entitled The Pearl Without Price and covers a variety of topics, including spiritual awakening in the modern age, the four deep ego fears and freedom from trauma. If you’d like to explore these ideas further, you can visit planetdharma.com/purelandchapter to receive a free copy of the related chapter, entitled ‘Protecting Against Hurt Is What Hurts’.
28
Feb 2020

BONUS Ripening Wisdom: The Prajna Parami

Welcome to this Dharma If You Dare Bonus Episode. We hope you enjoy this soundbite from Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat on the sixth of the 6 Paramis: Prajna, usually translated as ‘wisdom'. If the paramis are new to you, you can hear an introduction and overview to the topic by finding Season 3 Episode 4 in the podcast feed.
 
To download a free paramis reference sheet and to access more resources on this topic, visit planetdharma.com/paramis
 
If you find the teachings of Planet Dharma resonate and are wondering how to explore them further, we recommend our free online course called Wake Up: 4 Paths to Spiritual Awakening. This self-study course gives an introduction to the main approaches that Doug and Catherine employ with students to help them find their speediest path to spiritual awakening. You can learn more and register for free by visiting planetdharma.com/wakeup.
21
Feb 2020

Turn Your Mind to Practice: Leveraging the Common Foundations

In this talk Doug and Catherine discuss the Buddhist Common Foundations, also known as 'the four thoughts that turn the mind towards practice”. These are reflections that help us stay in contact with the urgency of continuing with our spiritual practice. In the course of this talk Doug and Catherine also explain what samsara is and explore the nature of the ego and how to put it in its proper place.
 
This spring, Doug and Catherine will be offering more modern and practical takes on classical Buddhadharma in their online course, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta. This will be one of the 4 online courses that Planet Dharma will host over the course of the year, along with various in-person retreats and public teachings. To learn more about these events, visit planetdharma.com/2020.
 
14
Feb 2020

BONUS Meditative Absorption: The Dhyana Parami

Welcome to this Dharma If You Dare Bonus Episode. We hope you enjoy this soundbite from Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat on the fifth of the 6 Paramis: Dhyana, usually translated as ‘concentration’ or ‘absorption'. If the paramis are new to you, you can hear an introduction and overview to the topic by finding Season 3 Episode 4 in the podcast feed.
 
 
To download a free paramis reference sheet and to access more resources on this topic, visit planetdharma.com/paramis
 
If you find the teachings of Planet Dharma resonate and are wondering how to explore them further, we recommend our free online course called Wake Up: 4 Paths to Spiritual Awakening. This self-study course gives an introduction to the main approaches that Doug and Catherine employ with students to help them find their speediest path to spiritual awakening. You can learn more and register for free by visiting planetdharma.com/wakeup.
7
Feb 2020

Make Money, Sex & Power Conscious: Integrating the Lower Chakras

In this talk from their online course, Crazy Wisdom, Doug and Catherine discuss the three lowest chakras and the energies they manifest. They look at the problems that are created in our lives when these energies are activated unconsciously and they explain the benefits that flow when we integrate and balance them. 
 
Today’s episode covers ideas that Doug and Catherine explore in detail in their bestselling book, Wasteland to Pureland. The third section of the book is entitled Crazy Wisdom and covers a wide variety of topics, including The Shadow, Tantra, and Money, Sex & Power. Podcast listeners can download a free chapter from this section of the book by visiting planetdharma.com/crazywisdom.
31
Jan 2020

BONUS Unlocking Energy: The Virya Parami

We hope you enjoy this soundbite from Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat on the fourth of the 6 Paramis: Virya, usually translated as ‘energy'. If the paramis are new to you, you can hear an introduction and overview to the topic by finding Season 3 Episode 4 in the podcast feed.
 
 
To download a free paramis reference sheet and to access more resources on this topic, visit planetdharma.com/paramis
 
If you find the teachings of Planet Dharma resonate and are wondering how to explore them further, we recommend our free online course called Wake Up: 4 Paths to Spiritual Awakening. This self-study course gives an introduction to the main approaches that Doug and Catherine employ with students to help them find their speediest path to spiritual awakening. You can learn more and register for free by visiting planetdharma.com/wakeup.
24
Jan 2020

Become Fearless: Taming the Monsters in Your Closet

In this talk Doug and Catherine discuss the topic of ‘monsters in the closet', a.k.a. the shadow. They look at how the ego is formed through early trauma, and how it calcifies through additional conditioning via the family and society-at-large, creating areas in our lives that we are unable to meet. They explain how we can address these unconscious blocks and the benefits of undertaking this work. 

This coming spring Doug and Catherine will be in Europe. They will be spending the month of May in the UK, and will be teaching at Watkins Bookstore in London and will be running a workshop at the Body, Mind, Spirit Festival. They will also be leading a 10-day somatic retreat on the topic of Karma, Womb and Transcendence in Wales. For more details, visit planetdharma.com/2020.
 
17
Jan 2020

BONUS Cultivating Patience: The Ksanti Parami

Welcome to this Dharma If You Dare Bonus Episode. We hope you enjoy this soundbite from Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat on the third of the 6 Paramis: Ksanti, usually translated as ‘patience'. If the paramis are new to you, you can hear an introduction and overview to the topic by finding Season 3 Episode 4 in the podcast feed.
 
 
To download a free paramis reference sheet and to access more resources on this topic, visit planetdharma.com/paramis. And to find out when you can join Doug and Catherine at an upcoming live teaching, either in person or online, visit planetdharma.com/events.
 

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