Mindfulness Meditation Classes in Toronto
Weekly Mindfulness Meditation drop-in classes are offered in Toronto. Teachings are secular-based but drawn from Buddhist meditation sources.
Mindfulness Meditation classes are offered by donation. Attend as you can. No registration necessary. Everyone is welcome.
For more information and location: torontomindfulnesscommunity.org.
Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice... No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.
In Tibet, an extraordinary two-year-old boy was recognized as the fourteenth incarnation in the line of Dalai Lamas. Today he is known the world over as a great spiritual teacher, a tireless worker for peace, and a man with a gift of conveying great truths in a manner accessible to all. He was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Award and has received countless awards and honorary degrees. He is a scholar and author of many books. Since the Chinese takeover of Tibet in 1959, he has served as head of the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India.
NEVER GIVE UP
No matter what is going on
Never Give Up
Develop the heart
Too much energy in your country
is spent developing the mind
instead of the heart
Not just to your friends
but to everyone
Work for peace
in your heart and in the world
Work for peace
and I say again
Never Give up
No matter what is happening
No matter what is going on around you
Never Give up.
H.H. THE XIVth DALAI LAMA
Thich Nhat Hahn is a famous Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, monk, scholar, poet and peace activist. He is the founder of the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon and the author of many books. At his community in Plum Village, France, he teaches, writes and gardens. He leads retreats worldwide.
Quotes from Thich Nhat Hahn:
Every time I see a child, I think about the world we will leave behind for that child.
The shortest moment contains infinite time, the smallest grain of dust contains infinite space.
To care for the well-being of your body is an expression of gratitude towards the whole universe, the trees, the clouds, towards all.
All ancestors and future generations are present in us. Liberation is not an individual matter.
With deep respect, I bow to the Buddha
Jelaluddin Rumi was born in the year 1207 and until the age of thirty-seven was a brilliant scholar and popular teacher. But his life changed forever when he met the powerful wandering dervish, Shams of Tabriz, of whom Rumi said, "What I had thought of before as God, I met today in a human being." From this mysterious and esoteric friendship came a new height of spiritual enlightenment.
The morning wind spreads is fresh smell.
We must get up and take that in,
that wind that lets us live.
Breathe before it's gone.
Dance, when you're broken open.
Dance, if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you're perfectly free,
The Essential Rumi: Translation by Coleman Barks with John Moyne.
Castle Books, New Jersey 1997. Pp. 281
Ajahn chah (1918-1992) was a beloved thai buddhist master whose teachings were refreshingly uncompromising in their clarity and certainty – the certainty of a practitioner who has achieved a deep understanding of the buddha's teachings. He was an important influence and spiritual mentor for a generation of american buddhist teachers.
Ajahn chah had a very direct approach to meditation, and he advised people not to get caught up in doubts or to make too much out of meditative experiences, no matter how unusual or extraordinary they seemed.
In an early biography, he described a transformative series of meditative experiences that occurred one night. He felt his body expanding and breaking up, accompanied by loud noises, and when it was over, he asked himself, "what was that?"
The answer came to him immediately: "it was what it was." that settled the matter for him, and it became his approach to meditation and gave an unshakable quality to his practice.
Quotes from ajahn chah:
"everything arises, everything falls away"