Conscious Living: An Exploration of “work”



A weekend retreat with Linda Hochstetler

Friday, November 2 to Sunday, November 4th 2018 at the Dharma Centre of Canada (Kinmount, ON)
If you’d like to explore conscious living and find more meaning in your life, this is the retreat for you. Throughout the weekend we will investigate 8 different modes of “work” and how we spend our time. This is work in the broadest sense, and includes how we spend time in our precious lives. At the same time, we’ll look at 8 modes of consciousness connected to these modes of work. We’ll discuss these pairs of aspects and see how they apply to our time and money priorities in own lives.

These discussions are designed to go “beyond mindfulness” and are great for persons who have tried a bit of mindfulness meditation but are seeking greater transformation. Group sessions include both teachings as well as meditation practice time on the topics. These meditations will support the exploration of conscious living, and will include a variety of meditation techniques. Suitable for beginners to advanced practitioners, and for anyone looking to find new answers to some of their old questions that will take them in directions previously not explored.

Registration is necessary in advance to ensure a space in one of the private meditation rooms. Cost is $220 for food and accommodation + dana for the teacher. Carpooling can be arranged for 2.5 hour journey from Toronto.

For more information about the retreat or to register, visit the Dharma Centre’s website.

Teacher

Linda Hochstetler will be your teacher and guide for the weekend. She 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. Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat are her primary gurus, and she follows their tradition of encouraging exploration of everyday life beyond the spiritual realms, particularly while living in the city. She has completed many silent meditation retreats, including a 2- month retreat in 2009. She has a passion for tantra, has had a personal tantra meditation practice for 20 years, and enjoys inspiring beginners to dive into these strange, ancient practices.

 

Abundance Practices – Money

This class consist of a theme for the evening with lots of time for group discussion and input. Maybe some writing exercises, or reflection time. Or watching a YouTube video or podcast together, followed by a discussion about how to bring that aspect of abundance into your life. Our topic this month will be abundance of MONEY. Possible future classes might be financial, love, clarity of purpose, sexual appreciation, or other suggestions by attendees for areas of abundance to grow into. Instructor: Linda Hochstetler, MSW RSW

Dates: Every 2nd Thursday of the month
October 11
November 8

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Place: Village Healing Centre, 240 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto M6R 1M3

Room: 3rd Floor, Room #5 in corner; meet in the 3rd floor waiting room till 7:00

Cost: Pay-what-you-can

Meditation Classes – Building the 7 Attitudinal Foundations of Meditation

The first and third Thursday of each month – 6.30 to 7.30 pm

October 4
October 18
November 1
November 15
November 29
December 6

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.

DEATH, DYING, & COMMUNITY

A personal exploration into end of life tasks

The last Thursday of each month.

Fourth Thursday of each month, 7pm to 8.30pm

Place: Village Healing Centre, 240 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto M6R 1M3

Room: 3rd Floor, Room #5 in corner; meet in the 3rd floor waiting room till 7:00
October 25
November 22

 

Have you spent much time thinking about your own mortality? Have you thought about how to prepare for the kind of death you’d like to have? Have you taken the practical steps to make sure your loved ones aren’t stuck wrapping up your affairs? As a Buddhist Lay Chaplain and Registered Social Worker, I would like to bring my personal interests and professional skills as a guide to these profound discussions. If you’d like to join of group of spiritually-minded persons to explore your options and help motivate yourself to prepare better, consider making a monthly commitment to joining us.

Possible topics to cover in 2017: Advanced Care planning, financial wills, prayers at time of death, physical signs of death approaching, sharing caregiving, fears at death, funeral options, and what ever else comes up in the group.

Dāna:

Awaken in Toronto classes are offered on the basis of dāna. The teacher offers 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.

Teacher:

LindaThis class will be taught by Linda Hochstetler, a psychotherapist, mother, and Death Cafe host. She has also been a meditation student of Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat for more than 20 years, and is a Buddhist Lay Chaplain. She was a manager of a social enterprise for 13 years, and helped the Clear Sky Meditation and Study Centre generate a balanced budget for the first time for their Farm Social Enterprise.

Location: 

Classes are held at the Village Healing Centre (240 Roncesvalles Avenue) in the Middle Room on the Main Floor, opposite Yoga Village. Enter through the door to the church via the parking lot.

MEDITATION PRACTICE TIME – a group weekend meditation retreat

Friday, March 16, 2018 8 PM to Sunday, March 18, 2018, 3PM. 

Much of what we see and hear on the news and social media is all about doom and gloom. Does this feed your own experience of anxiety and fear on a daily basis, and do you desire a transformation away from these negative emotional states? Are you looking to rise above the mundane world to find meaning in today’s world? Are you struggling under your own inner fears and the limiting ideas that hold you back?

Register here:
https://www.dharmacentre.org/hope–fearlessness.html

Facing your fears head on is necessary to push through to see the spaciousness behind the anxiety and fear. One method to face fears and invite you into new territory is to develop the 4 enlightened activities in every day life. A second method is through systematically challenging the ego to take it outside of its normal comfort zone. Following the steps laid out by Sensei Doug Duncan in his book, Dharma If You Dare, these challenges help you transcend your ego’s need for security and comfort and open up new possibilities for you.

Persons attending this retreat will attend classes inviting them to explore these 2 methods, both on and off the cushion throughout the weekend. Through meditation practice and personalized activities, participants will explore where they get stuck in everyday life and how to apply an attitude of fearlessness to these struggles.


The first class will begin on Friday evening at 8:00pm, and the retreat will end at 3:00pm on Sunday. Silence will be maintained throughout the retreat, with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussions at the group sessions.

Registration:
https://www.dharmacentre.org/hope–fearlessness.html

5 BUDDHIST PRECEPTS – 5 classes in learning about this training

The First and Third Thursday of each month, starting February 1st.

6.30pm to 7.30pm

The 5 Buddhist Precepts are considered to be classic training exercises in moral conduct. But Buddhist precepts are inherently different from rules in other religions, in that they are meant to be explored. The practice is to think about what behaviours and thoughts cause harm to self or to others, rather than imagining that disobeying the rules will lead to an external condemnation in this life or in the afterlife. Understanding the precept will show how difficult it is to truly honour the precept, not only in behaviour but also in thought.

Participants will be encouraged to make a vow to explore these 5 precepts over the next 5 classes at the beginning of the first class.

The 5 precepts are: I undertake to train myself:

1. to abstain from taking life. Thursday, February 1st. 6.30pm.

2. to abstain from taking what is not given. Thursday, February 15th. 6.30pm.

3. to abstain from sensuous misconduct. Thursday, March 1st. 6.30pm.

4. to abstain from false speech. Thursday, March 15th. 6.30pm.

5. to abstain from intoxicants as tending to cloud the mind. Thursday, April 5th. 6.30pm.

These classes include basic mindfulness techniques, including noticing thoughts, feelings, and perception, but are “beyond mindfulness” in that they include challenges to some of the limiting observations. They are great for people who have tried a bit of mindfulness meditation but now would like a bit deeper dive. Each class includes a 30-minute silent meditation practice time. These meditations will support the exploration of one of the precepts, and will include a variety of meditation techniques.

Cost: Dana – Practice generosity by paying what you value

BYOC: Bring Your Own Cushion (anything to sit on the floor with) or sit on one of our chairs

 

Dana:

Awaken in Toronto classes are offered on the basis of dāna. The teacher offers 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.

Teacher:

Linda Hochstetler 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 in the lineage of Namgyal Rinpoche (one of the first North American lineage holders), and considers Senseis Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat her primary gurus. She follows their tradition of encouraging exploration of everyday life beyond the spiritual realms, particularly while living in the city. She has completed many silent meditation retreats, including a 2-month silent retreat in 2009. She weaves together her personal meditation experiences, her professional background as a palliative care social worker, her years as a mother and step-mother, and her passion for awakening in this life time into each of her classes, and invites you to join her in your own explorations.

Location:

 Classes are held at the Village Healing Centre (240 Roncesvalles Avenue) in the Middle Room on the Main Floor, opposite Yoga Village. Enter through the door to the church via the parking lot.

VAJRASATTVA MANTRAS FOR BEGINNERS

A weekend Meditation Retreat

DATES UPDATED: Friday, November 10, 2017 8PM to Sunday, November 12, 2017, 3PM. Registration Link will be posted soon.

REGISTRATION:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

The Vajrasattva practice is one of the Vajrayana Foundation Work practices, and as such is said to be one the most important starting points for persons seeking personal transformation. The Vajrasattva practice is said to be particularly powerful for purifying all negative energy of the mind. This then reduces the negative actions of body and speech, and opens up the individual to greater degrees of freedom.

Learning the long 100-syllable mantra can be daunting on one’s own, so this weekend will offer the opportunity to practice as a group and to jump-start the effort toward completing 100,000 mantras. Classes on sounding, visualizations, and movement will round out the study of this archetype making this a multi-intelligence experience. Beginners to mantra practice are welcome to attend and detailed instructions will be provided.

The first class will begin on Friday evening at 8:00pm, and the retreat will end at 3:00pm on Sunday. Silence will be maintained throughout the retreat, with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussions at the group sessions.

Teacher: Linda Hochstetler 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 in the lineage of Namgyal Rinpoche, and considers Senseis Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat her primary gurus. She follows their tradition of encouraging exploration of everyday life beyond the spiritual realms, particularly while living in the city. She has completed many silent meditation retreats, including a 2-month silent retreat in 2009. She weaves together her personal meditation experiences, her professional background as a palliative care social worker, her years as a mother and step-mother, and her passion for awakening in this life time into each of her classes, and invites you to join her in your own explorations.

For more information on fees or to register, go to www.dharmacentre.org/vajrasattvapracticeforbeginners. Note:  registration will be opened soon!

Teacher:

LindaThis class will be taught by Linda Hochstetler, a psychotherapist, mother, and Death Cafe host. She has also been a meditation student of Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat for more than 20 years, and is a Buddhist Lay Chaplain. She was a manager of a social enterprise for 13 years, and helped the Clear Sky Meditation and Study Centre generate a balanced budget for the first time for their Farm Social Enterprise.

Location: The Dharma Centre of Canada.

1886 Galway Road, Kinmount, ON

REGISTRATION:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER