Welcome to Community Meditation

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.

We have groups in several cities including Hamilton, Mississauga, Oshawa, and Owen Sound. Our network has existed for over a decade and was previously affiliated with the Shambhala organization.

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.

Online Training with Ethan Nichtern: Compassion and Good Personal Boundaries

We are very pleased to present this timely and important course, beginning September 5th, with acclaimed author and teacher Ethan Nichtern. How do we extend compassion and support to others while maintaining personal boundaries and avoiding burnout?

Click here to learn more and register.

Location Pages

Some of our locations have a dedicated page on the site, so please visit those for local news & updates:

Featured Teacher for July

We're very pleased to begin a new offering here at Community Meditation: the featured teacher! Each month, we'll select someone whose teachings educate and inspire us. We'll draw from a wide range of insightful teachers and share their work with you, in the form of readings, videos, exercises or other explorations.

To begin, our feature for July is (drumroll please)...

Ethan Nichtern

Ethan Nichtern is a Buddhist teacher , and is the author of the acclaimed book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (Farrar Straus and Giroux, North Point Press), which was selected as one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2015, and one of Tech Insider’s “9 Books That Define 2015.” His new book, The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships was released by FSG – North Point on September 12, 2017.

Ethan Nichtern

His The Road Home podcast launched in 2018. He is also the author of One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Pubs, 2007), and the Novella/poetry collection, Your Emoticons Won’t Save You (Nieto Books, 2012). He founded the Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to secular Buddhist practice and transformational activism and arts, and served as executive Director from 2007-2011.

Ethan has been featured on CNN, NPR, ABC/Yahoo News, The New York Times, Vogue.com, Business Insider, Nautilus, and Vice to discuss Buddhism and meditation in the 21st Century. His articles have been featured on The Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Shambhala Sun, Tricycle Magazine, BuddhaDharma Magazine, Reality Sandwich, as well as other online publications.

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

Visit Ethan's Web site to learn more.

Weekly Sittings

Mississauga

  • Tuesdays, meditation at 7:15 PM, followed by tea, informal talk and discussion at 8 PM
  • Sundays, 10:15 meditation, followed by tea, informal talk and discussion at 11 AM

Owen Sound

  • Tuesdays, meditation at 7:15 followed by informal talk and discussion at 8 PM

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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 weekly group sittings at each location
  • Regular online sittings
  • Online and in-person wellness courses on Joyfulness, Mindful Leadership, Buddhism, Mindfuless & Anxiety, Compassion, and more

Quotable

The next Buddha may take the form of a community, a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living.
- Thich Nhat Hanh