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Who are we?

True Peace Toronto is a group of mindfulness practitioners who meet to practice and learn mindfulness together. Our practice is based on the Zen Buddhist teachings of the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. We come from a variety of backgrounds and religious traditions.

 

Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.

 

In practicing together as a Sangha, as a community, our practice of mindfulness becomes more joyful, relaxed and steady. We are bells of mindfulness for each other, supporting and reminding each other along the path of practice. With the support of the community, we can practice to cultivate peace and joy within and around us, as a gift for all of those we love and care for. We can cultivate our solidity and freedom - solid in our deepest aspiration and free from our fears, misunderstandings and our suffering.

 

Interested in learning about mindfulness? Come to a weekly practice session.


Where and When do we meet?

 

We meet Mondays from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the Multi-faith Centre at the University of Toronto. Click here for information about our meditation sessions. Click here for directions. We meet all year, except for days when U of T is closed (holidays and university breaks).

 

We also meet Fridays from 6:45 - 8:45 PM at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre at Bloor and Spadina. Click here for information about our meditation sessions. Click here for directions. We meet all year, except for days when the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre is closed.

 

 


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Mindfulness Challenge 2017


True Peace is delighted to be a Community Partner in Mindfulness Challenge 2017, a "meditate-athon" to raise funds to bring mindfulness to marginalized people.

 

When: Sunday, Oct 15

Where: Daniels Spectrum, Toronto
MacLachlan College, Oakville
Virtual - anywhere you wish to gather!

 

It's a 4-hour meditation extravaganza, from sitting, to yoga, to mindful lunch, to total relaxation, to mindful movement and music meditation. The theme this year is Kindness.

 

Last year's participants said:
  • "A deeply rewarding act of compassion.” – Felix Almeida
  • “An incredible and uplifting experience” – Paul Sobocinski
  • “It was a lovely reward -- I find it hard to do fundraising, and don't enjoy it, but the cause really mattered to me. On the day, instead of feeling like I'd lost most of the day, I felt like I'd given myself, and received from others, a real gift.” - Jacqui Pegg
  • “Powerful, beautiful, extremely well thought out” - Jolene
  • “What this program is doing for the world is so needed. It is truly moving mental wellness in an amazing direction." - Angela Kontgen

More info:
MindfulnessChallenge.ca



Namo Avalokiteshvara Chant


On Monday September 25th, True Peace Sangha Toronto did a sing-along/chant-along of Namo Avalokiteshvara (have compassion on me, listen to my sufferings, have compassion on those loved ones around me, listen to their sufferings, have compassion in the world, listen to all suffering) together, sending Mettā (benevolence, loving-kindness) to all beings including those impacted by the events in Myanmar.

Here is the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jYZ2Qt2Ml9k

Meditation practice Friday 6 October, 2017

Our teacher, Thay, will be celebrating his 91st continuation day soon and so we will be having a special practice session this Friday Oct. 6th at our usual location and time (JCC from 6:45-8:45pm).
This will be an opportunity for us to water seeds of gratitude within our hearts and put into effect an aspiration that is speaking to us at this time.  We invite you at some point over the next few days to reflect on two things:
  • Gratitude: how has Thay and the teachings helped you?
  • Aspiration: what is one concrete practice that you can and would like to commit to as a gift to Thay?  He has expressed his preference for the gift of practice over material gifts :)
If you feel inspired to do so, please write them down and bring them with you on Friday. We wish to collect and mail them to Thay along with a group photo that we will take at the end of the evening.
In addition to our weekly practices, our evening together may also include practices such as Touching the Earth, reciting the 5 Mindfulness Trainings, and learning/singing a practice song that may be new to many: 'Watering Seeds of Joy.'