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As the founder and spiritual head of the Dharma Centre of Canada, the late Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche was the focus of much interest and affection.The Dharma Centre has been the Teaching ground for many students of Namgyal Rinpoche who have gone on to become teachers in their own right.
The Most Venerated Karma Tenzin Dorje Namgyal Rinpoche, the 26th Incarnation of the Namgyal Emanation, is the Root Guru of the Sakya Namgyal Non-Sectarian (or Rimay) Lineage, of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. Truly a Bodhisattva Pioneer, he transmitted the Teaching and Teachers of the Holy Buddha Dharma to the western world -- as well as clarifying the cultural constructs of its various vehicles -- to reveal the universal nature of the Buddha Sakyamuni's pristine insight into the truth about beings' subjugation to suffering and the way to liberation from it.
He was the first known Westerner in any Tibetan Tradition to be fully acknowledged as a Rinpoche -- by HH Karmapa 16, Head of the Karma Kargyu Lineage, in Rumtek, Sikkhim in 1969, who publicly recognized the Rinpoche as an incarnation of one of the most brilliant Lamas of the 19th century, the famous Rimay Lama, Mipham Jamyang Namgyal Gyamtso, (called Mipham Rinpoche); as did HH Dudjom Rinpoche, the Head of the Nyingma Lineage
Doug Duncan Sensei is a Dharma teacher born in Canada and known for his energetic, insightful, humorous, and practical approach to teaching paths of awakening. His principal teacher was Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche, the great Canadian-born lama who was recognized as a tulku by the heads of all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism (including His Holiness the Dalai Lama). Doug Sensei, as many of his students call him, holds retreats and gives teachings around the world. He founded the Clear Sky Meditation & Study Foundation in 2004.
Paul Jaffe has been practicing meditation and studying Buddhism and other Wisdom teachings for 40 years. He studied with a number of renowned masters in the Zen, Vipassana and Tibetan traditions, including Maezumi Tainzan Roshi, Bernie Glassman Roshi, Genpo Merzel Roshi, Uchyama Kosho Roshi, HH Gyalwang Drukchen, and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche,
In 1997 he met Namgyal Rinpoche and Achariya Doug Duncan and began studying in this creative and forward-looking lineage. He has been teaching various forms of meditation since 1980. He was involved in the founding of Dharma Japan and The Clear Sky Meditation and Study Center. He returned to the United States in 2012 after more than 20 yeas living in Japan. His teaching style reflects his broad interests in spiritual traditions, social and environmental issues, intercultural understanding, business, communication and healing.
Paul has also worked in the financial world, had a career in university education, and has worked training businesspeople, professionals, government employees for the past 24 years.
Steps to Freedom is a non-sectarian group of meditators dedicated to unfolding the higher human capacities and living out of the inspiration of compassion. The organization, based in Chestnut Ridge, NY, is associated with Clear Sky Meditation & Study Foundation, a non-profit teaching & retreat center in the mountains near Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada.
Established by Achariya Doug Duncan Sensei in 2004, Clear Sky is dedicated to providing an environment for practice and study in order to awaken beings to a radiant, clear and blissful mind state. Focusing on Buddhadharma and other universal, non-sectarian teachings, Clear Sky seeks to motivate and inspire students from around the world, now and for generations to come.