What we're about

Awaken in Toronto is a dedicated community of individuals committed to awakening in this lifetime. We work together to overcome the isolation of contemporary urban life, and create a space where we can safely explore the workings of our minds.

We have a weekly meditation class, and host regular discussion groups on topics such as death & dying and integral spirituality. We offer weekend meditation retreats at the Dharma Centre of Canada that allow us to explore some of life’s deepest questions, and hold regular social events to build friendship and community.

Last but not least, we are honoured to host our root guru teachers, Sensei Doug Duncan and Sensei Catherine Pawasarat, for longer meditation retreats.

Learn more on our website: awakenintoronto.org (http://awakenintoronto.org/)

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Upcoming events (5)

Dharma Sharing Circle

Online event

Come and join our Dharma Sharing Circle and strengthen your meditation practice. This session does not include any teaching or advice, and provides a confidential space to discuss anything related to meditation practice. It's an opportunity to share from your own experience, learn from the practice of others, and develop your listening and communication skills. You can join us on Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82072366239 Please contact [masked] if you'd like more information.

Meditation Class - What would it "cost" to call yourself a Buddhist?

Weekly Meditation Classes will continue to be offered on Zoom video for the foreseeable future. https://zoom.us/j/3695356130 Room:[masked] Password:[masked] Class: 7:30-9:00pm These weekly meditation classes are an opportunity to join a committed group of students who value regular meditation sits in the middle of busy lives. These moments of silence and remembering to be mindful help ground the mind and remind oneself 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 during the class. 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. Everyone is welcome, ages 12+. Topic: What would it "cost" to call yourself a Buddhist? Many people are drawn to Buddhist principles, but a much small number identify as Buddhist. Buddhism encourages people to study the teachings and do the practices, without getting attached to the identity of Buddhism. But does this keep you from committing? Is there a part of you that wants to be a Buddhist, but is afraid of what others will think? Or maybe you don't want to be associated with any religion. Explore your relationship with Buddhism in our first series of the new season as we review some of the basic Buddhist principles. Slides for class: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rY62DMmDdm06HzdOt2RdejvfP44IzF3x/view?usp=sharing Classes are offered on the basis of Dana, which is also "pay what you choose", which allows you to pay what you value. Money can be sent by etransfer to [masked] or by PayPal to https://paypal.me/awakeningintoronto Lama Linda (aka Linda Hochstetler) has studied both mindfulness meditation and Vajrayana Buddhism for more than 20 years. She trained in mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 90’s, and studied under Namgyal Rinpoche (the first Canadian-born Rinpoche) from 1995 until his death in 2003. She received permission to teach in the Namgyal lineage in 2014, and currently studies Vajrayana Buddhism with Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat. Silent meditation retreats are a central part of her study and practice, and since 1995, she has completed retreats of between 1 week and 2 months in length every year.

Online Weekend Series of Classes: Crouching Ego, Hidden Buddhas

*** This online series of classes will be offered on Zoom. Crouching Ego, Hidden Buddhas: How to transform overwhelm into endless wisdom and greater capacities to love, act, connect and be. When our state is off, it’s no fun for anyone. Learn how to turn noxious states around and tap into boundless love, compassion, joy and equanimity. Drawing on the wisdom of the Brahma Viharas: sometimes known as the 4 sublime abidings or the 4 immeasurables, we'll learn how to: - transform anger into loving kindness for self and other - channel our energy to act and speak our truth for the benefit of self and others - experience empathetic joy for others - be unmoved in the face of ongoing and sometimes extreme change - be in a state of grace 24/7. Classes: 11:00am-12:30pm and 5:00-6:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday (Note: You are expected to attend all of the classes.) To register for this retreat, purchase a ticket on Eventbrite. Zoom details will be included with your ticket. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/crouching-ego-hidden-buddhas-online-tickets-118410708617. For more information on this online series of classes, please email [masked].

Online Weekend Series of Classes: Crouching Ego, Hidden Buddhas

*** This online series of classes will be offered on Zoom. When our state is off, it’s no fun for anyone. Learn how to turn noxious states around and tap into boundless love, compassion, joy and equanimity. Drawing on the wisdom of the Brahma Viharas: sometimes known as the 4 sublime abidings or the 4 immeasurables, we'll learn how to: - transform anger into loving kindness for self and other - channel our energy to act and speak our truth for the benefit of self and others - experience empathetic joy for others - be unmoved in the face of ongoing and sometimes extreme change - be in a state of grace 24/7. Classes: 11:00am-12:30pm and 5:00-6:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday (Note: You are expected to attend all of the classes.) To register for this retreat, purchase a ticket on Eventbrite. Zoom details will be included with your ticket. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/crouching-ego-hidden-buddhas-online-tickets-118410708617. For more information on this online series of classes, please email [masked].

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