In this series, on Thursdays from July 30th to August 13th Christopher Lawley will be leading classes inspired by the book Dharma If You Dare: Living Life with Abandon by awakened meditation master Achariya Doug Duncan. Dharma If You Dare is an entertaining, accessible and empowering look at how we can free ourselves from limited views of our capacity and unlock the full expression of our lives. It lays out the basic tools and attitudes necessary to awaken in this lifetime. Read More
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Meditation has been a powerful tool for millennia to gain perspective over powerful unconscious drives. Modern brain research is adding to these tools, giving us insights into the mechanisms behind our habitual patterning. Together, these two areas of knowledge can help us unlock our most deeply-rooted and stuck patterning and allow us to access for freedom and sense of agency over our lives.
Christopher Lawley will be leading 3 classes inspired by both his meditative and mindfulness training and the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, which explores the most up-to-date science around how habits work. We’ll be looking at what this research tells us about how habits are formed and how we can apply this to our lives. We’ll also be integrating meditative practices into the classes aimed at deepening our understanding of our own habits. Read More
Linda Hochstetler will again be leading us in mindfulness meditation practice on Thursdays at 7:30pm this fall beginning on September 18th. We are excited to announce that we will be holding our classes at a new public location: Inhabit Pilates Movement studio at Bathurst and Dupont.
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of bringing a non-judgmental, friendly, open-hearted, and accepting way of looking at anything that arises in awareness. By intentionally practicing mindfulness, we can learn to spend less time on “auto pilot” and live more fully and be more present. Each class will include an overview of a principle of mindfulness, as well as 30 minutes of silent mindfulness meditation practice. New and experienced meditators alike are welcome. Read More
Contemplative Explorations with Tarchin Hearn
August 2nd and 3rd at 2:30 PM
In Buddhism, wisdom is not a knowledge of ultimate facts or truth but an ever deepening process of understanding, life enhancing connectivity, and communion.
We radically intermingle; cells and organs, minds and bodies, creatures and communities, beings and environments, the so called animate and the so called inanimate. This is a broad and all-encompassing view.
Learning the art of compassionately embracing this multi-leveled dynamic of interpenetrating realms and times, is to master the craft of meditation.
Maturing this craft, until the hint of wholeness permeates all our actions, and we discover a sense of utter at-homeness in the mist of everything we do, is the fruition of this work.
In the temple of this living world, we are deeply intermeshed with the lives of our families, friends, neighbours, strangers and adversaries, and the myriad other species and beings that we travel with from birth to death. Our bodies and minds are rivers of evolving life – landscapes of unfolding communities. What could it mean to be fully human?
As part of Lama Lodro’s teachings of Healing and Mental Cultivation for Spiritual Transformation and Health, a public talk “Mysticism in the City: Skills for Urban Meditators” will be held at our venue. Lama Lodro is a mystic yogi and a multi-faceted, classically trained meditation teacher. His teaching style is a refreshing, fluid, natural, and spontaneous weaving together of many different teachings.
This is a precious opportunity to meet with a meditation master. Both newcomers and experienced meditators are welcome.
Please join us. Admission is by Donation (Dāna) at the door.
For more info of Lama Lodro – http://lamalodro.ca/
For more info about Lama Lodro’s 2014 Toronto events –http://www.lamalodro.ca/lodro-events.html#2014toronto
At the end of March and beginning of April this year, Awaken in Toronto had the great privilege of hosting master teachers Doug Duncan Sensei & Catherine Pawasarat Sensei. Their annual visit is always a highly-anticipated time of insight, exploration and a deep re-connection with the core of what we are on about: awakening in this lifetime.
December 21st – 29th, 2013 at the Dharma Centre of Canada, Kinmount, ON
Taking advantage of the holiday season to venture out of the city and into our hearts and minds, we spent eight snowy days together in meditation and silence at the Dharma Centre of Canada working with Tibetan Ngondro (Foundation) Practices, integrating the past year and aligning ourselves for what’s to come.
It was a period of rest, healing and reconnection with what we believe matters most: awareness, compassion, wisdom and strength.