• Meditation Class - Buddhism as a Wisdom Tradition

    Needs a location

    Many 'wisdom traditions' exist in the world. Buddhism, Sufism, Indigenous beliefs and Daoism to name a few. Within them, at their core, is the means for spiritual transformation and expansion of consciousness. In this series we will discuss the esoteric practices of Buddhism that overlap with other wisdom traditions. In this time of crisis (climate, famine, flooding, war in Ukraine, Covid pandemic, and even high inflation) we are invited to hold a longer perspective and imagine the needs of the planet in 500+ years. The Wisdom of the Body, of Mother Earth, and of Consciousness can help us grow even in these times of crisis.

    Classes are on line every week, but you can also attend in person on November 16 and December7. 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 - Buddhism as a Wisdom Tradition

    Needs a location

    Many 'wisdom traditions' exist in the world. Buddhism, Sufism, Indigenous beliefs and Daoism to name a few. Within them, at their core, is the means for spiritual transformation and expansion of consciousness. In this series we will discuss the esoteric practices of Buddhism that overlap with other wisdom traditions. In this time of crisis (climate, famine, flooding, war in Ukraine, Covid pandemic, and even high inflation) we are invited to hold a longer perspective and imagine the needs of the planet in 500+ years. The Wisdom of the Body, of Mother Earth, and of Consciousness can help us grow even in these times of crisis.

    Classes are on line every week, but you can also attend in person on November 16 and December7. 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 - Buddhism as a Wisdom Tradition

    Needs a location

    Many 'wisdom traditions' exist in the world. Buddhism, Sufism, Indigenous beliefs and Daoism to name a few. Within them, at their core, is the means for spiritual transformation and expansion of consciousness. In this series we will discuss the esoteric practices of Buddhism that overlap with other wisdom traditions. In this time of crisis (climate, famine, flooding, war in Ukraine, Covid pandemic, and even high inflation) we are invited to hold a longer perspective and imagine the needs of the planet in 500+ years. The Wisdom of the Body, of Mother Earth, and of Consciousness can help us grow even in these times of crisis.

    Classes are on line every week, but you can also attend in person on November 16 and December7. 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 - Joy and Mudita with the Holiday Season

    Needs a location

    Topic: Tonight's session we will revel in Joy and Mudita. Collectively we will share our gratitude and appreciation for our karma and ability to practice Dharma. We will find connection in the midst of this chaotic and materialistic holiday season, and slow down to appreciate what really counts.

    Classes are on line every week, but you can also attend in person tonight on December 21. 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 - Commit to Sit for 30 days

    Needs a location

    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.

  • Death Cafe - Toronto West

    Bluebird Bar

    We are back to meeting IN PERSON! While we are sad to miss many of you who we have gotten to know virtually, we are ecstatic to be back in person.

    Be ready to begin at 7pm, with a brief history of Death Cafes around the world. We will talk in small groups of 4-5 and share stories, ask questions, and ponder questions of life and death.

    You can find out more details about this Death Cafe, as well as the global Death Cafe movement, at https://deathcafe.com/deathcafe/15870/.

    We were pleased to be mentioned in the recent Globe and Mail article on Oct 28, 2022 on Death Cafes. The article - Want to Live More Fully? Then we need to start talking about dying - is behind a paywall, so you can read a pdf of it on my website.
    https://www.lindahochstetler.com/death-cafes

    If you're new to this idea of Death Cafe, consider checking out this podcast from Thursday, May 12, 2016 with CBC Radio 1 - The Current, on Death Cafes www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-may[masked]. The podcast includes an interview with Linda Hochstetler, Death Cafe facilitator, as well as Jon Underwood, the creator of the Death Cafe Movement who has since died, at the unseemly early age of 44.

    A gentle reminder that a Death Cafe is not a bereavement or support group. If you are experiencing grief currently and need support there are organizations such as Bereaved Families of Ontario that can help you. For more information go to www.bereavedfamilies.net.

    Please invite anyone else who may be interested, or bring a friend. RSVP is necessary to ensure a chair for you.

  • Meditation Class - 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 as Antidote to Anxiety - A weekend meditation retreat

    The Dharma Centre of Canada

    PAID REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. LINK AT BOTTOM.

    Buddhism describes 'feelings' as one of the five aggregates that make up the ego. For many people these 'feelings' cause more suffering than any of the other aggregates as they bump up against the others aggregates. Simply trying to drop the attachment to 'feelings' can lead to anxiety and even more feelings.The Internal Family Systems (IFS) form of therapy combines well with Buddhist meditation practices to help individuals make friends with their feelings of anxiety and understand the protective role that anxiety plays in their life. Meditation practices that help create openness and spaciousness in the present moment make dropping unwholesome patterns possible. This weekend, we will introduce meditation students to IFS and include practice sessions of reflective imagery as well as classic meditation practices. This will be helpful for beginners to advanced practitioners open to combining Eastern meditation and West psychotherapy to reduce suffering and open up their awakening.

    Lama Linda has a way of making complex spiritual ideas understandable. She provides explanations, examples, and numerous metaphors for translating ancient ideas into modern life. This is a silent retreat, however there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and questions during the sessions and so you may want to bring a journal to write in.

    Class Schedule:
    Friday - 7:30pm,
    Saturday - 7am, 10am, 4pm, 7:30pm,
    Sunday - 7am, 10am,
    Depart at 2pm Sunday after lunch.

    Teacher: 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.

    An administration fee covers the entire week of classes and accommodation as well as delicious food. Participants are encouraged to offer Dana to the teacher who offers these teachings without any other payment. Dana is usually offered in cash at the beginning of the retreat.

    Registration: Dharma Centre of Canada

  • Building a Strong Spine and a Soft Belly through Vajrayana Foundation Practices

    The Dharma Centre of Canada

    PAID REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. LINK AT BOTTOM.

    Practitioners of Vajrayana Buddhism step on the dharma path through commitment to complete 5 different foundation practices. These explorations are the daily meditation practices of students for the first number of years. Collectively, they cultivate compassion, purify emotional and physical blocks, and inspire creativity and inter-being. Strength of body and awareness of feelings and thoughts help us balance perfectly. Who wouldn't want more of all of these?!? Learning these practices and doing them together with a group of spiritual friends is a great way to jump start your powers and increase the likelihood of continuing a daily meditation practice after the retreat.

    There will be a Chenrezi wongkur on Sunday morning to generate Bodhicitta for awakening and increase compassion for all.

    Lama Linda has a way of making complex spiritual ideas understandable. She provides explanations, examples, and numerous metaphors for translating ancient ideas into modern life. This is a silent retreat, however there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and questions during the sessions and so you may want to bring a journal to write in.

    Class Schedule:
    Friday - 7:30pm,
    Saturday - 7am, 10am, 4pm, 7:30pm,
    Sunday - 7am, 10am,
    Depart at 2pm Sunday after lunch.

    Teacher: 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.

    An administration fee covers the entire week of classes and accommodation as well as delicious food. Participants are encouraged to offer Dana to the teacher who offers these teachings without any other payment. Dana is usually offered in cash at the beginning of the retreat.

    Registration: Dharma Centre of Canada

  • Embracing Green Tara Earth Energy to stimulate the Ecosattva Within

    The Dharma Centre of Canada

    PAID REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. LINK AT BOTTOM.

    The world is in global crisis as climate change advances and evidence of climate destruction is all around us in worsening weather patterns of floods, hurricanes, and droughts. Seeing the climate crisis as a spiritual crisis turns us to Green Tara and her strong and hopeful energy of interconnectedness with nature and all sentient beings. Together we will explore how the Vajrayana Bodhisattva vow, 'to save all sentient beings', applies not just to humans but to all sentience, including trees, plants, and animals, thus creating the role of Ecosattva.

    There will be a Green Tara wongkur on Sunday morning to inspire fearlessness and connectivity to this powerful feminine energy.

    Lama Linda has a way of making complex spiritual ideas understandable. She provides explanations, examples, and numerous metaphors for translating ancient ideas into modern life. This is a silent retreat, however there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and questions during the sessions and so you may want to bring a journal to write in.

    Class Schedule:
    Friday - 7:30pm,
    Saturday - 7am, 10am, 4pm, 7:30pm,
    Sunday - 7am, 10am,
    Depart at 2pm Sunday after lunch.

    Teacher: 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.

    An administration fee covers the entire week of classes and accommodation as well as delicious food. Participants are encouraged to offer Dana to the teacher who offers these teachings without any other payment. Dana is usually offered in cash at the beginning of the retreat.

    Registration: Dharma Centre of Canada