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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 directionsWe will not be meeting on Victoria Day (May 19) as the university is closed.

 

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 Good Friday (April 18) as the JCC is closed.

 

At the moment, we have posted on this website meditation sessions until the end of January. They will, of course, continue after that as well. :)

 

 


Latest News...

 
May 8-11: Canadian Retreat at Blue Cliff PDF Print

Blue Cliff Monastery will be hosting a retreat for Canadian sanghas May 8-11.  They will be posting more info here: http://bluecliffmonastery.org/retreats

 
Jun 1-22: 21-day Retreat at Plum Village PDF Print

21-Day Retreat: What Happens When We Die?

What happens when we die? This question can be answered only when we answer another question: What is happening now, while we are alive?

 

We are constantly generating thoughts, speech, and bodily actions which will continue in the world for a very long time. Every thought we produce, everything we say, every deed we do bears our signature. Even when the body disintegrates, we continue on through countless ripple effects of our actions.

 

Meditation on death can be very productive. It can help us to be more alive. When we know how to handle death, we naturally live life more deeply, joyfully, and compassionately.

 

In this 21-day retreat, as we practice mindful sitting, walking, eating, and working, we will look deeply into ourselves – into our bodies, our feelings, our perceptions – in such a way that we can touch the reality of our nature of no birth and no death.

 

This warm and lovely June in southwestern France, as the lotuses open their pink petals wide to offer the most exquisite fragrance, let us come together as one big family to open our hearts in freedom, understanding and love.

 

More info here:

http://plumvillage.org/retreats/info/21-day-retreat-what-happens-when-we-die/