Our last meditation class will be on Thursday June 29th, 2017. We will break for the summer (July and August) and resume again on Thursday September 7th 2017 at 7:00 pm.
JOIN US FOR A DAY OF MINDFUL MEDITATION WITH RAY NAKANO
SATURDAY JULY 22, 2017, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
All are welcome to join us for the day, here is an outline of what the day will look like:
Silent Sitting Meditation
Walking Meditation (if weather permits we may go outside to the park behind the temple)
Guided Sitting Meditation
Pot Luck Vegetarian Lunch
Pot Luck Lunch – we ask that everyone bring one vegetarian dish to share with the group (drinks provided). Lunch will be served around 12:30 pm.
The retreat will take place at the Temple (Sheppard and Allen Rd).
There is no set cost for the day, some people like to give the Temple a donation of their choice, it’s completely up to you.
We have meditation cushions and chairs available, but are asking people to bring a mat (yoga mat) and blanket and or pillow for Yin Yoga and Deep Relaxation Meditation as this is done lying on the floor for a period of time. We do have a limited number of yoga mats if you don’t have one. The bell master will guide you through this meditation.
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes (if we walk outside) and bring a pair of socks as we ask everyone to remove their shoes at the door.
We ask that people come 10 minutes early to get settled and introduce yourself.
We look forward to seeing you!
When: Every Thursday evening from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Toronto Buddhist Church – Hondo
Ray Nakano has been an active member of the Hamilton Buddhist Temple for several years. Since retiring from the Ontario Government, he has volunteered for various organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Toronto Green Community and 350.org, an organization building a global climate change movement. Ray is a meditation facilitator with the Mindfulness Practice Community of Toronto. He is also currently working with the Earth Holder Sangha. Ray enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, playing bridge, snowboarding and is an avid wall climber.
Stillness. Sitting meditation is like returning home to give full attention to and care for ourselves. Like the Buddha, we too can radiate peace and stability. We sit upright with serenity, and return to our breathing. We are able to maintain a relaxed and upright position when our posture is stable. Using the right cushion or bench will enable us to be steady by allowing our weight to be balanced and supported on three points: our buttocks and our two knees. We bring our full attention to what is within and around us. We let our mind become spacious and our heart soft and kind.
Sitting meditation is healing. We realize we can just be with whatever is within us – our pain, anger, and irritation, or our joy, love, and peace. We are with whatever is there without being carried away by it. Let it come, let it stay, then let it go. No need to react, to run away from or to push, to oppress, or to ignore. We observe the thoughts and images of our mind with an accepting and loving mind. We are free to be still and calm despite the storms that might arise in us.
We will sit for periods of 20 or 30 minutes. If our legs or feet fall asleep or begin to hurt during the sitting, we are free to adjust our position quietly. We can maintain our concentration and support others in their practice by following our breathing, as we slowly and attentively change our posture.
For more information on the Mindfulness Practice Community of Toronto please visit their website at