Community Meditation is non-profit network of meditation groups. We bring mindfulness and wellness into people’s lives through courses, meditation sittings and group discussions, both in-person and online. By sharing the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, we support the evolution of a wise, caring, and healthy world.
Our network has existed for over a decade and we have groups in several cities including Mississauga, Oshawa, and Owen Sound.
Our roots are Buddhist, but we draw on many wisdom traditions as well as contemporary wellness, psychology, and neuroscience. Community Meditation is completely volunteer-based and guided by a council of experienced teachers.
Some of our locations have a dedicated page on the site, so please visit those for local news & updates:
We're very pleased to begin a new offering here at Community Meditation: the featured teacher! Drawing from a wide range of insightful teachers who educate and inspire us, we'll select and share readings, videos, exercises or other explorations with you.
Sharon Salzberg was born in New York City in 1952. She first encountered Buddhism in 1969, in an Asian philosophy course at the State University of New York, Buffalo. Sharon traveled to India for independent study motivated by “an intuition that the methods of meditation would bring me some clarity and peace.” She returned to America in 1974 and began teaching vipassana (insight) meditation. In 1976, she established, together with Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, which now ranks as one of the most prominent and active meditation centers in the Western world. Today she teaches a variety of offerings around the globe. She served as a panelist with the Dalai Lama and leading scientists at the 2005 Mind and Life Investigating the Mind Conference in Washington, DC.
She also coordinated the meditation faculty for the 2005 Mind and Life Summer Institute, an intensive five-day meeting to advance research on the intersection of meditation and the cognitive and behavioral sciences. At the 2005 Sacred Circles Conference at the Washington National Cathedral, Sharon served as a keynote speaker. She was selected to attend the Gethsemani encounter, a dialogue on spiritual life between Buddhist and Christian leaders that included His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She is the author of ten books including Lovingkindness, the NY Times best seller Real Happiness, and her 2017 work, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. She is a monthly columnist for On Being, a regular contributor the Huffington Post, and was a contributing editor of Oprah’s O Magazine for several years. She has appeared in Time Magazine, Yoga Journal, msnbc.com, Tricycle, Real Simple, Body & Soul, Mirabella, Good Housekeeping, Self, Buddhadharma, More and Shambhala Sun, as well as on a variety of radio programs.
Visit Sharon's Web site to learn more.
We started this meditation network to help you bring more clarity, balance, caring and joy to your life and your community.
Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you're doing.
― Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness