Meditation Classes

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Zen Meditation and Mindfulness

With Ray Nakano

Special Note:  Meditation class is cancelled on Thursday November 9th, 2017 due to a special activity at the Temple. 

MINDFUL MEDITATION

Are you suffering from stress? Are you considering if meditation and living your life more mindfully could make a difference? Then you may want to attend our meditation sessions.

Ray Nakano has been leading two hour meditation sessions at the Toronto Buddhist Church since October, 2015. Come out and join us!

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.

 

The two hour session will include:

  • Guided Sitting Meditation
  • Silent Walking Meditation
  • Silent Sitting Meditation
  • Dharma Talk
  • Sangha SharingDharma talks may include the 4 Noble Truths, the 8 fold Noble Path, the 5 Skandhas, etc.
    Practices may include recitation of the 5 Mindfulness Trainings, Beginning Anew, Touching the Earth, etc.Please arrive at least 15 minutes early in order to allow time for “settling in” so the session can begin promptly at 7:00 pm.
    If you have any questions please contact Rev. Christina Yanko at 416-534-4302 or you can email Ray at ray_nakano@hotmail.com.

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What is sitting meditation?

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

http://mindfulnesspracticecommunity.org

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