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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 Multifaith Centre at the University of Toronto. Click here for information about our meditation sessions. Click here for directions.


We also meet Fridays from 6:45 - 8:45 pm at the Jewish Community Centre at Bloor and Spadina. Click here for information about our meditation sessions. Click here for directions. We will not be meeting on Friday, April 3 as the JCC is closed.



Latest News...

5 day Retreat with Joanne Friday - April 10-14, 2015 PDF Print

Being Peace

Full - Waiting List Only

We are delighted and very fortunate that dharma teacher Joanne Friday ( has agreed to offer a 5 day retreat for True Peace Sangha again this year! Joanne is an experienced and inspiring lay dharma teacher in the Order of Interbeing, the lineage of our teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. Our sangha has enjoyed retreats with her for the past two years, and her deep practice and joyful presence has benefitted so many who attended. Joanne has been teaching in this tradition since 2003, when she received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, her teacher for twenty years.

This retreat will be from dinnertime on Friday, April 10 until after lunch on Tuesday, April 14.   Five days to settle into ourselves, deepen our practice, water positive seeds and heal our difficulties. It will be held at the beautiful Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre ( on 150 acres near Midland, ON about 1.5 hours north of Toronto. Space will be limited to 35 participants.

The retreat will include sitting meditation, outdoor walking meditation, eating meditation, deep relaxation, working meditation, dharma sharing and daily dharma talks by Joanne.

Date: Friday, April 10 - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Location: Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre, Midland, Ontario

Cost: $470 until March 6, $500 after March 6

The cost includes accommodation and food. Limited scholarships will be available for students and low income. Ride sharing will be arranged.

Please note that this cost does not include dana for Joanne Friday. Joanne shares her knowledge and experience of the teachings with us freely and generously in the spirit of compassion, and receives no compensation for her offering. She is a full-time dharma teacher and relies on donations (dana) for her income. A donation box will be available at the retreat to make an offering to Joanne. When we offer dana we give generously yet within our means, in the spirit of interbeing and reflecting on the value of the precious gift we have been offered in the transmission of these teachings.

The retreat is now full. In order to be placed on the waiting list, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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