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Meditation Retreat

Sensei Doug Duncan’s Annual Meditation Retreat at Villa Sumaya – May 9-18 2014

Sensei and Katerine“Kasinas,” “mandalas” and “psychedelia” are all different words referring to tools for the development of the mind. Kasinas comprise part of the ten recollections taught by the Buddha; they are known to develop calm and concentration while also leading to bliss. Using meditative objects — such as the four elements, colors and breathing — together we unlock the power of the here and now, opening the mind to its natural state: clear, radiant, spacious wonder. “A traditional Tibetan empowerment (or “Wong Kur”) for White Tara will be offered during this silent retreat. White Tara represents our connection with the transcendental, and is also known for her compassion, serenity, and ability to confer healing and longevity.”  



This  silent meditation retreat is beneficial for all levels of practitioner, from the beginning meditation student to advanced practitioners. It includes two daily teachings with Sensei plus an opportunity for personal interviews as well as three daily group sits and time for personal practice.  There will be a one hour yoga class each day with our beloved and skillful teacher, Rae Ishe.

Course Description:

Buddhism proposes that our five senses — plus what it calls the sixth, cognition — each take an object of attention that has been received and translated by the brain. Whether it’s a lily’s enticing fragrance, creamy dark chocolate with chilis, or mind-blowing sex, our world consists of electrochemical stimuli that the brain interprets as those objects. Since “Mind” does not reside in the brain, what exactly is Mind ? If we examine closely, the senses hold the key to revealing profound understanding of the Mind. As we meditate mindfully on the senses, we learn how our likes and dislikes — and thus our entire identities — have been shaped. Clinging to a fixed sense of self causes sufferings to arise in our lives, as we get upset that someone else got the room with the view, or that the salad isn’t so fresh. We possess the power and self-awareness to loosen the views of the fixed self, thereby liberating the source of our struggles. Our sensual meditations introduce techniques to loosen the grasping grip on the electrochemical stimuli that come to be perceived as a fixed, permanent, independent self. This is freedom.

We have specially priced this retreat so it is accessible to all practicioners.   Please contact us for a registration kit.  Lizzy@villasumaya.com or complete the Contact Us link below.

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


Sensei´s teaching is food for my longing for the truth. I feel naked and safe in his presence. He leads me right to the edge. Sensei – a precious jewel. His words go straight to the core of my being. There is no road he would not go down with you if it will bring you to the transcendental – and this is a true teacher… Andrea Netscher


To have the opportunity to receive teaching from a master such as Doug Duncan sensei, in such depth, volume, passion and clarity is a jewel of immeasurable value.   On top of that it is hard to imagine a better location and venue than Villa Sumaya to retreat from the outside world and immerse in the teaching and practice of the Dharma.  I give it my highest recommendations.      Robert Blaisdell

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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