"Villa Sumaya is one of those few places that you can go and finally let go of trying to get more of what you don't need. It is in this oasis of calm that I find I can use all the surrendered energy to make a difference with what I do have and with what I am. I find that there is a moment when I can just get a glimpse of Lake Atitlan as you head toward Panajchel that I start to get really excited, joy-full, like a little kid!!! The whole time there is an experience that you'll never forget or regret."

--Karen Keresturi


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Achariya Doug Duncan Sensei

Doug Duncan’s main focus as a spiritual teacher is facilitating awakening in this lifetime. Known for his accessibility and humor, Doug also demonstrates indefatigable compassion in encouraging his students to manifest their full potential as awakening beings.

Doug brings a practical and contemporary approach to spiritual work , based on his forty years of Buddhist and Western mystical training in the ground-breaking Namgyal lineage. His methodology emphasizes courage and integrity conjoined with balancing inner and outer exploration through meditation, travel, mastering personal challenges, and positive engagement in life. His students use words like inspired, unconventional, stimulating, idiosyncratic, disruptive and illuminating, and loving to describe a teaching style that must be experienced to be believed.

Doug Sensei has founded the Clear Sky Meditation & Study Center in British Columbia, Canada, and Dharma Japan in Kyoto, and travels worldwide to share the universal teachings of liberation. www.Clearskycenter.org and www.dharma-japan.org

Sensei’s lineage is pictured here.

Top photo: Sayadaw U Thila Wunta

Middle photo:Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche

Bottom Photo: Acariya Doug Duncan Sensei  

To learn more about Sensei – check out these videos “The Universe is Love,” and “Trust the Universe

On Dāna

“Dāna” is a Sanskrit and Pali word meaning “generosity” or “giving.” In Buddhism, it also refers to the fundamental practice of cultivating generosity.

Dāna is the first of what are called the Six Paramis or Perfections: generosity, ethics, patience, joyful effort, concentration and wisdom. Every being “perfects” each of these virtues on our path to full awakening.

Buddhist teachings hold that dāna is the cornerstone of all the paramis, and through an ongoing strengthening of our own ability to be generous, all the other paramis unfold naturally. First and foremost, practicing generosity benefits the giver, as we gift ourselves another step on the path of liberation from suffering.

Through giving we have the opportunity to share loving kindness and compassion while we also observe and let go of our own attachments. Generosity allows us to support the spread of awakening to limitless beings, and “pay it forward” to future recipients, who may benefit in ways we can’t even imagine.

Dāna is always discretionary, and may consist of time, energy, money, food, clothing, gifts, prayers (particularly for the good health of dharma teachers and practitioners and the flourishing of the teachings), or a wholesome, supportive attitude. That said, the most precious dāna we can give is sincere and diligent application of the teachings.

May we all awaken speedily for the benefit of all beings.

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