What we're about

Awaken in Toronto is a community of individuals dedicated to awakening in this lifetime.  We practice Vajrayana Buddhism, which means that along with the study and practice of the Vajrayana path, we enjoy exploring a wide range of topics helping us to unfold spiritually.

We hold weekly online Zoom classes led by Lama Linda or one of our senior students to study, meditate and explore topics that can help lead to awakening.
We also offer weekend meditation retreats several times through the year at the Dharma Centre of Canada . This allows us to explore in greater depth some of life’s questions.
We also join together from time to time for discussion groups on topics such as Dying and Death, IFS and Integral Spirituality as well as explorations of art, music and recreational events.
Learn more on our website: awakenintoronto.org
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Upcoming events (4+)

Meditation Class - Commit to Sit for 30 days

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The new year is a great time to establish (or re-establish) a regular meditation practice. Energy is up, resolutions are high, and there are not as many other competing demands as other times of the year. Collectively we will describe the components of a daily meditation practice and strive to create the daily habit - whether for 5 minutes or 55 minutes. Students will be encouraged to commit to the habit for 30 days - January 12-Feb 11, 2023.

Classes are on line every week, but you can also attend in person on January 18 and February 1. In person classes are held at the Village Healing Centre, 240 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto. The building is locked, so meet at the door to the parking lot at 7:30pm to be let in.

Zoom link: Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked]

AIT's weekly meditation classes are an opportunity to join a group of students who value regular meditation sits in the middle of busy lives. These moments of study, discussion, mindful exploration and meditation help to ground the mind and remind us that there is more to life than the material and mundane world. Each class will present a theme related to Buddhism or mindfulness to focus on.

Classes include basic mindfulness techniques such as noticing thoughts, feeling and perceptions, but go "beyond mindfulness" in that they include challenges to some of our limiting observations and assumptions. Great for persons who have tried a bit of mindfulness meditation and are ready for a bit deeper dive and also for practitioners looking for more. Each class includes a 30 minute silent meditation. Everyone is welcome, ages 12+.

Slides

Classes are offered on the ancient basis of Dana, also known as "give from the heart" or "pay what you choose." This allows you to pay according to your heart, and to what you value. Dana can be sent by etransfer to [masked] or by PayPal to https://paypal.me/awakeningintoronto

Lama Linda (Linda Hochstetler) has studied both mindfulness meditation and Vajrayana Buddhism for more than a quarter century. She trained in mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 90s and studied under Namgyal Rinpoche (the first Canadian-born Rinpoche) from 1995 until his death in 2003. She has received permission to teach in the Namgyal lineage and currently studies Vajrayana Buddhism with Qapel and Catherine Sensei. Silent meditation retreats are a central part to her study and practice and she has annually completed retreats of between one week and two months in length since 1995. Lama Linda is a registered social worker with a specialty in illness, dying and death. Along with a thriving private practice she has written and been interviewed on the subject of dying and death. In 2021 she authored her first book - 21 Days to Die: The Canadian Guide to End of Life. www.lindahochstetler.com.

Meditation Class - The Real Buddha as Model for All

Needs a location

We begin at the beginning and tell the story of Siddhartha Gautama, the man, who attained awakening. Only this time we include all the supporting circumstances - his wife, son, tree, horse, and the whole kingdom. We investigate this larger telling and what it says for us today in Canada as we consider roles for women, appreciation of sentient beings and their impact on humans, and a reckoning with history.

Classes are on line every week, but you can also attend in person on February 15 and March 1. In person classes are held at the Village Healing Centre, 240 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto. The building is locked, so meet at the door to the parking lot at 7:30pm to be let in.

Zoom link: Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked]

AIT's weekly meditation classes are an opportunity to join a group of students who value regular meditation sits in the middle of busy lives. These moments of study, discussion, mindful exploration and meditation help to ground the mind and remind us that there is more to life than the material and mundane world. Each class will present a theme related to Buddhism or mindfulness to focus on.

Classes include basic mindfulness techniques such as noticing thoughts, feeling and perceptions, but go "beyond mindfulness" in that they include challenges to some of our limiting observations and assumptions. Great for persons who have tried a bit of mindfulness meditation and are ready for a bit deeper dive and also for practitioners looking for more. Each class includes a 30 minute silent meditation. Everyone is welcome, ages 12+.

Slides

Classes are offered on the ancient basis of Dana, also known as "give from the heart" or "pay what you choose." This allows you to pay according to your heart, and to what you value. Dana can be sent by etransfer to [masked] or by PayPal to https://paypal.me/awakeningintoronto

Lama Linda (Linda Hochstetler) has studied both mindfulness meditation and Vajrayana Buddhism for more than a quarter century. She trained in mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 90s and studied under Namgyal Rinpoche (the first Canadian-born Rinpoche) from 1995 until his death in 2003. She has received permission to teach in the Namgyal lineage and currently studies Vajrayana Buddhism with Qapel and Catherine Sensei. Silent meditation retreats are a central part to her study and practice and she has annually completed retreats of between one week and two months in length since 1995. Lama Linda is a registered social worker with a specialty in illness, dying and death. Along with a thriving private practice she has written and been interviewed on the subject of dying and death. In 2021 she authored her first book - 21 Days to Die: The Canadian Guide to End of Life. www.lindahochstetler.com.

Meditation Class - The Real Buddha as Model for All

Needs a location

We begin at the beginning and tell the story of Siddhartha Gautama, the man, who attained awakening. Only this time we include all the supporting circumstances - his wife, son, tree, horse, and the whole kingdom. We investigate this larger telling and what it says for us today in Canada as we consider roles for women, appreciation of sentient beings and their impact on humans, and a reckoning with history.

And tonight we have a special guest - Vanessa Sasson, exquisite story teller and author of the book - 'Yasodhara and the Buddha'. She will be joining us from Montreal to tell the forgotten story of Yasodhara, the wife of Sidhartha Gautama, the man who became Buddha. A story of grief and surrender, Yasodhara eventually awakened, along with many other female friends and family members. Vanessa will educate and delight us with the retelling of these ancient stories through the voice of a Western feminist and scholar.

Zoom link: Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked]

AIT's weekly meditation classes are an opportunity to join a group of students who value regular meditation sits in the middle of busy lives. These moments of study, discussion, mindful exploration and meditation help to ground the mind and remind us that there is more to life than the material and mundane world. Each class will present a theme related to Buddhism or mindfulness to focus on.

Classes include basic mindfulness techniques such as noticing thoughts, feeling and perceptions, but go "beyond mindfulness" in that they include challenges to some of our limiting observations and assumptions. Great for persons who have tried a bit of mindfulness meditation and are ready for a bit deeper dive and also for practitioners looking for more. Each class includes a 30 minute silent meditation. Everyone is welcome, ages 12+.

Slides

Classes are offered on the ancient basis of Dana, also known as "give from the heart" or "pay what you choose." This allows you to pay according to your heart, and to what you value. Dana can be sent by etransfer to [masked] or by PayPal to https://paypal.me/awakeningintoronto

Lama Linda (Linda Hochstetler) has studied both mindfulness meditation and Vajrayana Buddhism for more than a quarter century. She trained in mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 90s and studied under Namgyal Rinpoche (the first Canadian-born Rinpoche) from 1995 until his death in 2003. She has received permission to teach in the Namgyal lineage and currently studies Vajrayana Buddhism with Qapel and Catherine Sensei. Silent meditation retreats are a central part to her study and practice and she has annually completed retreats of between one week and two months in length since 1995. Lama Linda is a registered social worker with a specialty in illness, dying and death. Along with a thriving private practice she has written and been interviewed on the subject of dying and death. In 2021 she authored her first book - 21 Days to Die: The Canadian Guide to End of Life. www.lindahochstetler.com.

Meditation Class - The Real Buddha as Model for All

Needs a location

We begin at the beginning and tell the story of Siddhartha Gautama, the man, who attained awakening. Only this time we include all the supporting circumstances - his wife, son, tree, horse, and the whole kingdom. We investigate this larger telling and what it says for us today in Canada as we consider roles for women, appreciation of sentient beings and their impact on humans, and a reckoning with history.

Classes are on line every week, but you can also attend in person on February 15 and March 1. In person classes are held at the Village Healing Centre, 240 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto. The building is locked, so meet at the door to the parking lot at 7:30pm to be let in.

Zoom link: Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked]

AIT's weekly meditation classes are an opportunity to join a group of students who value regular meditation sits in the middle of busy lives. These moments of study, discussion, mindful exploration and meditation help to ground the mind and remind us that there is more to life than the material and mundane world. Each class will present a theme related to Buddhism or mindfulness to focus on.

Classes include basic mindfulness techniques such as noticing thoughts, feeling and perceptions, but go "beyond mindfulness" in that they include challenges to some of our limiting observations and assumptions. Great for persons who have tried a bit of mindfulness meditation and are ready for a bit deeper dive and also for practitioners looking for more. Each class includes a 30 minute silent meditation. Everyone is welcome, ages 12+.

Slides

Classes are offered on the ancient basis of Dana, also known as "give from the heart" or "pay what you choose." This allows you to pay according to your heart, and to what you value. Dana can be sent by etransfer to [masked] or by PayPal to https://paypal.me/awakeningintoronto

Lama Linda (Linda Hochstetler) has studied both mindfulness meditation and Vajrayana Buddhism for more than a quarter century. She trained in mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 90s and studied under Namgyal Rinpoche (the first Canadian-born Rinpoche) from 1995 until his death in 2003. She has received permission to teach in the Namgyal lineage and currently studies Vajrayana Buddhism with Qapel and Catherine Sensei. Silent meditation retreats are a central part to her study and practice and she has annually completed retreats of between one week and two months in length since 1995. Lama Linda is a registered social worker with a specialty in illness, dying and death. Along with a thriving private practice she has written and been interviewed on the subject of dying and death. In 2021 she authored her first book - 21 Days to Die: The Canadian Guide to End of Life. www.lindahochstetler.com.

Past events (531)

Meditation Class - Commit to Sit for 30 days

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