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Meditation Classes - Building the 7 Attitudinal Foundations of Meditation
The first 7 classes of this new program year will look at Jon Kabat-Zinn's 7 Attitudinal Foundations of mindfulness. Essentially, it's a look at how you meditate and what you're actually supposed to be doing with your mind as you practice various meditation practices. Each class we will look at a different aspect. This is a fantastic place to begin if you're new to meditation. And if you've been meditating by yourself for a while, it will be a good check to see where you might be more ineffective or less efficient than you might want to be. As always, these meditation classes include basic mindfulness techniques including noticing thoughts, feeling, and perception, but are "beyond mindfulness" in that they include challenges to some of the limiting observations. They are great for persons who have tried a bit of mindfulness meditation but would like a bit deeper dive now. Each class includes a 30 minute silent meditation practice time. Suitable for beginners to advanced, ages 12+. Attendance at single sessions is permitted, but you'll get the most out of it by attending the whole series from September 20 to December 6, 2018. Classes are offered on the basis of Dana, which is also "pay what you choose", which allows you to pay what you value. Linda Hochstetler will be teaching these classes. She has been studying and practicing a variety of meditation practices (mindfulness, Zen, and Vajrayana Buddhism) for more than 30 years. She is a meditation teacher who has studied with Senseis Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat, meditation teachers and authors of 2 books - Wasteland to Pureland, and Dharma If You Dare.

The Village Healing Centre

240 Roncesvalles Avenue · Toronto, ON

What we're about

Awaken in Toronto (AIT) is a community of dharma practitioners (awakening beings) drawn together by a common vision of transforming life in the city from a draining, stressful put-through to one of exploration and light. We have regular weekly sits and welcome visiting teachers on a regular basis. We also engage in monthly ‘Dharma Outings’ (explorations in the city) and Days of Practice (1-day urban retreats).

All classes are offered by dāna to give people the opportunity to practice generosity and to cover the costs of organizing the group. In the case of dharma classes by visiting teachers, any offerings collected are passed on to the teachers.

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