Practice Circles

Thursdays from 7:30pm to 8:30pm (Except the first Thursday of the month, which is a Dharma class.)

It is so much easier to practice in a group!

Our practice circles are a great opportunity to establish or strengthen your meditation practice with experienced instructors and a supportive group environment.

Each circle starts with a review of basic techniques and an explanation of the evening’s practice. Then we do 30 minutes of that meditation together as a group. Finally there is an opportunity for participants to report back to the group and/or asking questions of the instructor. (Sharing is always optional.)

New and experienced meditators are all welcome. Please arrive early if you are new to meditation and would like some more involved individual instruction.

We will be covering various meditation practices. Please follow the MeetUp links on the right to find out what specific practice is happening on a given day. Read More

Dharmic Astrology, An Introduction

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 at Inhabit Pilates

Astrology is a powerful and fun way to explore our patterning, including our strengths, predilections and working with challenges. It is so much more than a horoscope! Dharmic Astrology takes the wisdom, tools and insights of this system and leverages it to maximize our growth and unfoldment.

In this introductory-level class we will look at the very basics of how to use our natal charts to plan our spiritual engagements. We’ll do a quick survey of the different parts of our charts – sun, moon and ascendent, signs, planets and houses – and set the stage for future exploration.

If you have always wondered what astrology can offer your spiritual growth, or if you are just looking for a new way to inject energy and insight into your path, this is the right class for you. Read More

Outer Clarity : 5 Principles for Transformative Growth

Thursday, October 20, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Whether you are exploring spirituality alone or following an ancient tradition, there is a point where the journey can seem like you are not getting where you want, or at least is not following the pace you would like.  The reason you may be feeling stuck is that you are focusing all your attention on guides, teaching and meditation techniques. These things are essential, but often do not give the right importance to what we call the “container” or foundation – a positive structure and space.

Perhaps during retreats you have experienced this kind of support structure that helps you to deepen more easily, but you haven’t thought of creating this kind of supportive environment in your daily life yet.  Knowing how to create a supportive environment can give you the strength and the space required to continue developing yourself even though you are surrounded by the pressures of daily life.

During the class we will look at the following 5 principles (originally formulated by Clear Sky Retreat Centre) to creating a stable environment that allows growth and transformation to take place:

  • Honour your space
  • Routine and freedom
  • It is easier with company
  • The cleaning that releases energy
  • Conversations that connect

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Meditation on Compassion and Emptiness – Practice of Chenrezi

Thursdays, October 13th & 27th, November 3rd and 10th, 2016

True compassion can only be realized by the understanding of emptiness, recognizing the non-dual nature of reality and the oneness of life.  The cultivation of compassion is also the path to realization of oneness of all beings, the true beauty of ‘our’ mind and heart.

Chenrezi, also known as Avalokiteśvara, is regarded as the embodiment of boundless loving kindness and compassion.  Chenrezi meditation is an arising yoga practice, using creative imagination, to lead us to go beyond conceptual thinking and seeing, to the direct experience of the true nature of reality.

In a series of 4 classes, we will dive into the practice of Chenrezi to experience first hand the true nature of our mind and emptiness.  In each class we will go through the meditation instructions in detail, and let the practice take us to the inner space of the mind.  Both beginners and experienced meditators are welcome to join.

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A 21st Century Spiritual Awakening

Thursdays on September 22, September 29th, and October 6th, 2016

The great wisdom traditions of the world have for millennia described the rich internal landscape of the human mind. Systems like Buddhist psychology (the Abhidhamma) offer maps and techniques to find greater inner peace.

The modern era and its new contributions – such as psychology – have opened up a fuller understanding of the human spiritual experience. In doing so, we now have access to a fuller awakening than ever before.

Ken Wilber and his colleagues have taken the 21st century tool of Integral Theory and have applied it to the domain of spirituality. Integral Theory is a tool that allows us to examine all aspects of experience. 

This work is a game changer. It transforms our ability to leverage our learning and life experiences to expand our consciousness, unfold our being and increase our capacity to be clear, compassionate and fully engaged in the complex context of our 21st century lives. Read More

The Key to Freedom

Thursdays, September 8 & 15, 2016, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Meditation offers a great key to unlock the mysteries of the mind. If you’re looking for a place to explore your own spirituality, this is the place. The first 2 classes of the Fall series will help you get out of “the basement” of your life and move into “the penthouse” of your vision for who can become.

In the first class on Sept. 8 you will be encouraged to summon 5 faculties to help you make the transition beyond your small and separate ego.  The second class on Sept. 15 will show you how to ride out the hindrances to keep yourself on track to living the life you want, and to recognize your patterns that hold you back.

These 2 classes will be taught by Linda Hochstetler, and are based on Chapter 7 in Dharma If You Dare: Living Life with Abandon, by Doug Duncan. The full book can be purchased as an e-book at Amazon.  Read More

Meditation Boot Camp

Thursday July 28th, 2016

Want to establish a regular meditation practice? Want to reap the benefits of a clear mind? Ready to let go of anxiety and unhelpful personal narratives?

In many ways, meditation is to our minds what exercise is to our bodies. Setting up a sustainable practice requires determination, consistency and accountability. It is also easier (and more fun) when we train with others and when we have the support of trainers.

During this class we’ll be looking at how to establish a routine that fits your life:

  • Setting up a space
  • Establishing a schedule and routine
  • Keeping on track: rewards and accountability

We’ll also review the basics of meditation and help you find a practice that suits you best. As time allows, we’ll also look at other practices that can support a mindful life. Read More

Exploring the Quadruple Bottom Line

Thursdays, June 23, June 30, July 14 & July 27, 2016, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

June 23: Financial
Is your personal life financially sustainable? Do you earn and spend your money in a way that matches your priorities? Are you a warrior generating an abundance for yourself and your world? Using “money coaching” archetypes we will explore where you are financially and how to get and keep yourself more in line with your other values.

June 30: Social
How connected are you to others? There are 3 levels of connections – close up, middle, and far away, and most of us struggle with one of these levels. Learn how be more at peace with yourself, and explore how you use your social connections to more sustainably live with others.

July 14: Environmental
After you’ve taken care of yourself and your own social needs, how do you spread this out to the environment and the whole world? Is it necessary to be an environmentalist to be awakened? Consider how connected you are to choices that impact the environment and how aligned they are to your spiritual aspirations.

July 21: Spiritual
We will begin with a brief overview of Buddhism as a spiritual practice. From there, we will further look at the basic tenants of Buddhism and how sustainable they are. Read More

Bringing Mindfulness and Awareness into Daily Activities

Thursday, June 2nd, June 16th and July 7th, 2016 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Bat Fung will be leading us in mindfulness meditation practice for 3 weekly sessions starting from the 2nd June.  Mindfulness meditation is the practice of bringing a non-judgmental, friendly, open-hearted, and accepting way of looking at anything that arises in awareness. By intentionally practicing mindfulness, we can learn to spend less time on “auto pilot” and live more fully and be more present.  Each class will include an overview of some principles of mindfulness, as well as at least 30 minutes of silent mindfulness meditation practice.  New and experienced meditators alike are welcome.

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Embracing Radical Change

Thursday, June 16th, 2016 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Do you find you have big visions and goals about ways you would change your life, but find that somehow you keep falling back into old habits?  The spiritual life is one of profound transformation.  Yet even something that sounds simple like setting up a strong regular daily meditation practice can actually be a big change and is challenging for many of us.

“Immunity to change” is a tool introduced by Dr. Robert Kegan that helps us surface and explore hidden agendas and mental models that keep us stuck.  In this class we’ll use simple meditation techniques, teachings and interactive exercises to explore our big visions and how to transform old habits and views that are limiting us.


Duncan CryleDuncan Cryle has been practicing meditation for more than 20 years and has studied intensively with Doug Duncan Sensei since 2001. After completing a Ph.D. in philosophy he turned to a career as an IT consultant in the financial industry. He spent 5 years working short-term IT contracts and spending the remainder of the year with Doug Sensei – travelling, on retreat, and helping with the set-up and running of Clear Sky. His primary teaching focus is to develop ways to apply and integrate the rich tradition of meditation teachings into our busy and complex city lives.

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