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.
For more than sixty years, Jiddu Krishnamurti traveled the world giving public talks and private interviews to millions of people of all ages and backgrounds, saying that only through a complete change in the hearts and minds of individuals can there come about a change in society and peace in the world. He was born in Mandanapalle, South India on May 12, 1895 and died on February 17, 1986 in Ojai, California, at the age of ninety.
Quotes from Krishnamurti:
One has to be a Light to oneself; this light is the law. There is no other law. To be light to oneself is not to follow the Light of another.
The Light of Krishnamurti. p. 165.
To meditate is to transcend time. Time is the distance that thought travels in its achievements. The traveling is always along the old path covered over with a new coating, new sights, but always the same road, leading nowhere – except to pain and sorrow.
It is only when mind transcends time that truth ceases to be an abstraction. Then bliss is not an idea derived from pleasure but an actuality that is not verbal.
The emptying of the mind of time is the silence of truth, and the seeing of this is the doing; so there is no division between the seeing and the doing. In the interval between seeing and doing is born conflict, misery and confusion. That which has no time is the everlasting.
Meditations. p. 59.
Chief Seattle was a hereditary leader of the Squamish Tribe. The speech he recited during treaty negotiations in 1854 is regarded as one of the greatest statements ever made concerning the relationship between a people and the earth. It was published in the Seattle Sunday Star, Seattle, Washington Territory, October 29, 1887. Quotes from that speech are below.
We are part of the earth and it is part of us.
The perfumed flowers are our sisters;
the deer, the horse, the great eagle,
these are our brothers.
The rocky crest, the juices of the meadows,
the body heat of pony, and man
-all belong to the same family.
So, when the Great Chief in Washington sends word
that he wishes to buy our land, he asks much of us.
...we will consider your offer to buy our land.
If we decide to accept, I will make one condition:
the white man must treat the beasts of this land
as his brothers.
I am a savage and I do not understand any other way.
I have seen a thousand rotting buffalos on the prairie,
Left by the white man who shot them from a passing train.
I am savage and I do not understand how the smoking
iron horse can be more important than the buffalo
that we kill only to stay alive.
What is man without the beasts?
If the beasts were gone, men would die from a great
loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts,
soon happens to man. All things are connected.
This we know. The earth does not belong to man;
man belongs to the earth.
This we know. All things are connected like the blood
which unites one family.
All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.
Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
The Extended Circle: A Dictionary of Humane Thought. ed, Jon Wynne-Tyson.
Centaur Press: Fontwell, Sussex 1985 pp. 317-318.
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