Welcome to Community Meditation

For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, all groups are meeting online using Zoom (details below).

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.

Community Meditation is a Canada Revenue Agency Registered Charity No. 73107 5719 RR0001.


UPCOMING COURSE: Demystifying Buddhism

There are plenty of unusual concepts, words, and lists in Buddhism–what are they really all about? What are the key Buddhist concepts, in plain English? What are the different types of Buddhism?

Join Debbie McCubbin and Ken Dow for three evenings of discussion and talks that get to the heart of what makes Buddhism so helpful.

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Online: Week of September 6th

Tuesday, September 21 – Ways to Listen

Zoom session begins at 7:00 PM EST. Meditation starts at 7:15, with informal talk and discussion from 7:35 to 8:30.

Join Bob Hollett this Tuesday after meditation to read and discuss selections from Mark Nepo's book Seven Thousand Ways to Listen This week, the focus will be on ways that our practice can connect us to the world.

What will you do today, knowing that you are one of the rarest forms of life to ever walk the Earth?
- Mark Nepo

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Wednesday, September 22 – Learning to Stay

Zoom session begins at 7:00 PM EST. Meditation starts at 7:15 PM, with informal talk and discussion from 7:35 to 8:30.

“Staying with our feelings, and feeling them fully” — that is the essence of this week’s teaching from Pema Chödron’s Comfortable with Uncertainty. Join James Collura and Jessica Fenbow this week for a short meditation, followed by some friendly discussion about feeling our feelings more fully, and why that might be a good idea to put into practice..

We are all primarily addicted to ME. This big solid ME begins to be aerated when we go against the grain and abide with our feelings instead of blaming the other.
- Pema Chodron

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Friday, September 24 – Coming Home to You

Zoom session begins at 7:00 PM EST. Meditation starts at 7:15 PM, with informal talk and discussion from 7:35 to 8:30.

Join Debbie McCubbin and Tyler Munhall as they continue with the Third Noble Truth this week. What causes suffering to arise and end? What makes us ready to change? What has impermanence got to do with it? How does letting go help us end suffering? Is freedom from clinging available to anyone?

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

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Sunday, September 26 – Encountering Toni Packer

Zoom session begins at 10:15 AM EST. Meditation starts at 10:30, with informal talk and discussion from 10:50 to 11:45.

This Sunday, Debbie McCubbin shares some of Toni Packer's wisdom. Packer was a teacher of "meditative inquiry" and the founder of Springwater Center. Join the conversation after sitting meditation to learn more about her teachings.

The emergence and blossoming of understanding, love, and intelligence has nothing to do with any tradition, no matter how ancient or impressive.
- Tony Packer

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On the Road

I'm on the road this week so...here's a recent talk between Tara Brach and Mark Nepo 🙂 Enjoy!

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Ken & the Community Meditation Team

COVID-19 Statement

Our hearts go out to everyone — all of us are experiencing disruption of our normal lives and various levels of increased anxiety and sadness. It is an important time to pause, be present, and open our hearts.

We at Community Meditation will have completely transitioned to online sitting, discussion, and programs. These new online sessions are available to everyone, not just the local group, creating more opportunities for you to participate. Discussions are led by local teachers, including Debbie McCubbin, Ken Dow, Bob Hollett, Tammy Russell, Stephanie Stewart, Erin Vanderstelt and Adam Wilkinson.

For those of us working from home or self-isolating, these sessions provide a much-needed chance to connect with others in a heartfelt way. We have four sittings a week at this point and will keep you informed as new sessions and programs are launched. All are welcome!

Our future discussion topics will include ways to work with with anxiety and the current situation, along with our usual offerings about meditation, Buddhism, awareness and emotions.

We invite everyone to come together as a community to support each other in working towards a wise, caring, and healthy world.

Sincerely,
The leaders and teachers of Community Meditation Buffalo, Mississauga, Oshawa, and Owen Sound

Using Zoom

if you’re new to Zoom, check out The Art of Zoom page we put together.

Good to go with Zoom already? You can join a Community Meditation session using the button below.

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Our Aspiration

We started this meditation network to help you bring more clarity, balance, caring and joy to your life and your community.

What We Offer

  • Free meditation instruction and one-on-one follow-up sessions
  • Regular online sittings
  • Online wellness courses on Joyfulness, Mindful Leadership, Buddhism, Mindfuless & Anxiety, Compassion, and more

Quotable

It turns out my really big problem was thinking I might one day get rid of all my problems.
- Oliver Burkeman