Happy Spring. I hope people are enjoying the warmer weather. For those of us who live in Toronto, April may appear to be the cruellest month with the cold dampness but Spring is here.
On to some news. We will be running a session by Master Tam, the lineage master of our centre. It will likely take place every Saturday in September/October for four to six weeks.
In the past, we have offered guidance to blue sky meditation / seven point posture. The idea is not that it is the single best thing to do. But rather, through the technique, possibilities open up, especially in times of difficulty, physical, psychological or other matters in our day-to-day reality.
Can your mind walk the dog / Can a flying bird leave footprints?
Open to the local English-speaking community since 2005, we (Vajrayana Buddhism Association) offer meditation classes following the Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist teachings. We begin by introducing a seated meditation in which the participants are asked to keep their eyes open (same goes with all their senses). Because in real life, it is like walking the dog or riding a bike, you do not ignore your surroundings or suppress your instincts. Slowly, step-by-step, one can become at ease, even when actively engaging in challenging situations. This natural ability to be at ease is like the sun and its warmth that are never departed from the Earth.
Nov. 5, 19, Dec. 17 (Wed, 7-8:30pm) at Community Centre 55 (www.centre55.com), 97 Main Street, Gerrard and Main, a 10-minute walk from Main Subway Station.
Dec. 8 (Mon, 6-7pm) at St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre, 230 The Esplanade, Parliament and Front, a 10-minute walk from St. Lawrence Market, and a 5-minute walk to the Distillery District.
Bring a towel or a yoga mat if you want to sit on the floor.
To register, contact Vivian: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info about us and upcoming classes in the GTA, visit http://www.vbatoronto.org/en/default.aspx
Tuesday Intermediate Class: 7:30-9pm
Saturday General Meditation: 10:30am-noon
Ocean of Wisdom Group Meditation: 8:30-9:30pm on June 22, July 21, August 20
Note that we are planning for a 4-6 week introductory class in the summer either in July or August. It will take place in the Saturday morning slot (10:30-noon). Stay tuned!
General Meditation: Saturdays, 10:30am-noon (April 13 special lecture, 10:30am-1pm)
Intermediate Meditation: Tuesdays, 7:30pm
Ocean of Wisdom Group Meditation: Friday, April 5, 8:30pm
Monthly Group Meditation: Saturday, April 28, 8pm
General Meditation, Saturdays 10:30am-12:30pm
Intermediate Dharma Class, Tuesdays 7:30pm-9:30pm (Feb. 19 Class cancelled)
Ocean of Wisdom Group Meditation, Tuesday Feb. 5, 8:30pm-10pm
Introduction to Meditation: Saturdays 10:30-noon
A continuation of the sessions on non-duality of mind and breathing, we will be more sessions every Saturday 10:30-noon. The emphasis is on breathing as a tool in meditation for bringing awareness to the functioning (vitality) of the/your mind. All are welcome. No prior experience in meditation is needed.
Intermediate Class: Tuesdays 7:30pm
Ocean of Wisdom Group Meditation: Sunday, Jan. 6, 8:30pm
Monthly Group Meditation: Saturday, Jan. 26, 8pm