For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, all groups will only be 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.
This one-day online workshop expands practices of sitting and moving meditation to include reading, writing, and periods of silence. The result is a fresh approach to calming and clarifying the mind.
Inspired by Natalie Goldberg's book, The True Secret of Writing, this workshop includes the reading, writing, and silence as practices. Goldberg says this about her retreat:
The quietest, deepest sits I've experienced have included writing. The writing helps to empty and settle the mind. We then can sink into a quiet pool, into silence, out of which all of those tumultuous thoughts were created in the first place...We get to hear the burning, roving thoughts of the people we are sitting with. Reading and listening brings us out of ourselves are we feel relief. We are not crazy. Others have all these wild thoughts, too. Sharing opens compassion and alleviates isolation. I am not alone.
Some of our locations have a dedicated page on the site, so please visit those for local news & updates:
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.
The leaders and teachers of Community Meditation Buffalo, Mississauga, Oshawa, and Owen Sound
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.
Meeting Online with Zoom
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all sittings, discussions, and programmes will be online using Zoom as of March 21. To participate, use the button below.
We started this meditation network to help you bring more clarity, balance, caring and joy to your life and your community.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
― Desmond Tutu