Sunday Morning Meditation Service
The Sunday Morning Meditation Service is from 9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. If its your first time attending, please come at 8:30 a.m. so that you have time to receive some brief instructions from Hae Kwang Sunim and for stretching or tea. Meditation Service consists of a short chanting, bowing practice and 25-minute sitting. Sitting begins at 9:15 a.m. You can sit on one of our mats, backjack chairs, cushions or a chair, whichever is more comfortable. After the meditation we have a bit of social time with tea before Pon Klie Zen Qigong class which starts at 10 a.m.
A Note About Attire
When attending Sunday Morning Meditation Service, we recommend wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that don’t bind in the thighs or knees. Please bring or wear socks.
The reason Zazen is practiced by so many people is because it is very effective at helping one become free from limiting perspectives, and become more intimate with their own boundless, awakened awareness. Zazen helps you to transcend the limiting, judgmental “Small Mind” and to experience the magnitude and beauty of who you already are -Your True “Unconditioned” Self.It is a deeply contemplative, spiritual, "inner" path.
“Zen in its essence is the art of seeing into the nature of ones own being, and it points the way from bondage to freedom. By making us drink right from the fountain of life, it liberates us from all the yokes under which we finite beings are usually suffering in this world."
- D.T. Suzuki (Zen Mind - Beginners Mind)
Zen is not just a "religion", a "philosophy", or a "belief". It is a practice and way of life. It is something that you do. Doing Zen practice under the guidance of a Zen Teacher and within a Zen Community means you are entering a Zen gate that has been transmitted directly from Teacher to student for two thousand six hundred years.
Zen is a contemplative, spiritual path. It’s a way of finding truth and harmony within oneself. Our 1600 year lineage of Zen emphasizes Zazen and the teachings of Bodhi (Awakening to True-Self), ‘direct inner experience’ and the active participation in the alleviation of suffering of others. Zen, which originated in China and spread to Korea, Japan, Vietnam and is now practiced around the world, also emphasizes Global Stewardship and Supporting Community.
The practice of Zen helps bring about inner peace, liberation, a deeper seeing of our interconnectedness and loving-kindness toward oneself and others. If you share our deep conviction that more than ever the world can benefit from non-tribal teachings of how people can live together in peace, and in a sustainable way for the planet, we invite you to join our Bo Kwang Zen Temple / Lotus Zen Community.
The aim of Zen is simple and profound: To alleviate suffering and to help beings awaken to the original, pristine, pure nature which is unbound. Zen is a living tradition, passed warm heart to warm heart, from teacher to student, over three continents and thousands of years. At Bo Kwang Zen Temple, we continue to share the roots of Zen (as well as ‘core’ Eastern Complimentary Healing Modalities).
Note: In the future, our goal is to open a larger Bo Kwang Zen Temple for our growing community (between Mississsauga and Brampton), that all our members can go to for Daily Open or Private Meditation, Silence, Zen Training and Study, Teisho (formal group Dharma lectures / discussions, Public Services and Events, Zen Minister Training and for our formal retreats including 1) Yong Maeng Jong Jins Retreats (two, three or seven days long retreats) which includes walking meditation, vegetarian food, talks, teachings and interviews with a Zen teacher 2) Kido Mindfulness Chanting practice day retreats and 3) Kyol Che intensive retreats: Kyol Che is a traditional Korean Zen retreat. The name means “tight dharma” or “coming together.” In Korea, it is a more intensive sitting practice. In Korea, there are two Kyol Che retreats held every year, in the winter and the summer. Please consider becoming a supporting member of Bo Kwang Zen Temple and the Lotus Zen Community.
Sifu Members, Dharma Teachers and Ajahns at Bo Kwang Zen Temple help teach and exemplify the Dharma. They assist in classes, lead practice groups, lead meditation programs, assist Hae Kwang Sunim and support the community. Some of them lead or help to facilitate practice groups in other locations as well. They are committed to the Bodhisattvas ideal and they are a valued part of this Zen community. Join our growing Zen Community and train in the ancient ‘inner path’ of Zen and Eastern Complimentary Healing.
Become a member of Zen Society of Ontario / Lotus Zen Community and join our many activities, Training, Sharing, Social Outings, Relationships, and Creating Community. For more information on classes and programs, contact Hae Kwang Sunim at: