Meditation on Compassion and Emptiness – Practice of Chenrezi

Thursdays, October 13th & 27th, November 3rd and 10th, 2016

True compassion can only be realized by the understanding of emptiness, recognizing the non-dual nature of reality and the oneness of life.  The cultivation of compassion is also the path to realization of oneness of all beings, the true beauty of ‘our’ mind and heart.

Chenrezi, also known as Avalokiteśvara, is regarded as the embodiment of boundless loving kindness and compassion.  Chenrezi meditation is an arising yoga practice, using creative imagination, to lead us to go beyond conceptual thinking and seeing, to the direct experience of the true nature of reality.

In a series of 4 classes, we will dive into the practice of Chenrezi to experience first hand the true nature of our mind and emptiness.  In each class we will go through the meditation instructions in detail, and let the practice take us to the inner space of the mind.  Both beginners and experienced meditators are welcome to join.


Awaken in Toronto classes are offered on the basis of dāna to the teacher and $10 for administrative costs. The teachers offer their classes without any expectation of compensation, as an act of trust of generosity. We encourage you to reciprocate and give generously to the teacher in return, whatever that looks like in your situation. The new $10 administrative fee goes toward AIT’s costs, like space rental and website fees.


Bat Fung

This class will be led by Bat Fung.  Bat Fung met his guru teachers, Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat in 2003 in Japan, and has been studying and training with them ever since. He brings his wry sense of humour and pragmatic sensibilities to teaching meditation, and enjoys expounding on traditional Buddhists practices as well as interpreting meditation practices for everyday urban life. He works as an IT specialist by day, and has been living in Toronto for 3 years now, after living internationally for most of his life. He brings to life meditation practices for new and old students alike.


Thursday classes are held from 7:30pm to 9pm at Inhabit Pilates at 1211 Bathurst (just north of Dupont.) If you are driving, there is a parking lot for the studio one block east on Albany, just north of Bridgman.