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.

Our network has existed for over a decade and although our roots are Buddhist, 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 ONLINE COURSES
We're delighted to offer a new series of short courses you can enjoy at home over Zoom.

Exploring Aspects of Our Inner Selves
Begins Sunday, June 9th, 2 PM ET

Meditation: Improving Our Experience and Understanding
Begins Sunday, June 30th, 2 PM ET

 

What We're Up To

All online sessions include a 20-minute silent meditation. New to meditation? Instruction is available.
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Monday, May 27 – What Meditation Is

Click here to join on Zoom @ 7 PM ET

Please join Brenda, Gordon, Jim, and Sharon for 20 minutes of silent meditation, after which we'll continue reading Bhante Gunaratana's Mindfulness in Plain English. This week we begin Chapter 3, "What Meditation Is", and explore some of the core features of vipassana meditation. All are welcome, no need to have the book.

When you relax your driving desire for comfort, real fulfillment arises. When you drop your hectic pursuit of gratification, the real beauty of life comes out. When you seek to know reality without illusion, complete with all its pain and danger, real freedom and security will be yours.
— Bhante Gunaratana

Tuesday, May 28 – The Wise Heart

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Join Gloria and Debbie after meditation to continue reading and discussing Jack Kornfield's book, The Wise Heart. Everyone is welcome and there's no need to be familiar with the book.

Our uniqueness remains, but without self-centered grasping and fear. We discover that our identity is more tentative, fluid like a river, each moment born anew.
― Jack Kornfield

Wednesday, May 29 – Reaching Less and Being More

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Please join Sandi, Jessica, Lauren, and Adam as we continue to read from "The Call of the Soul",  a chapter in Mark Nepo's book, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen. To stay close to our aliveness, we must keep inquiring into what is real and sacred. There's no need to be familiar with the book, and everyone is welcome

While the soul's calling helps us discover our life's work, the call of the soul is a continual call to aliven.
― Mark Nepo

Thursday, May 30 – Making Life More Meaningful

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IN-PERSON – OWEN SOUND

Do you ever get the sense that your life is passing in a blur? You're not alone. Join Ken Dow to explore how being present helps us slow down and savour our lives instead of being lost in endless storytelling about the past and future.

Attending to the present moment enables us to take advantage of the full range of possibilities that exist in each moment.
—  Eric Langshur and Nate Klemp

Friday, May 31 – Meditation and Discussion

Click here to join on Zoom @ 7 PM ET

Tune in on Friday for meditation followed by a group discussion (topic to be determined).

Sunday, June 2 – Meditation and Discussion

Click here to join on Zoom @ 10:15 AM ET

Tune in on Sunday for meditation followed by a group discussion (topic to be determined).

Mudita 

Is it easier to feel compassion for someone going through a marriage breakup or joy for someone who just won $100,000 in a lottery? For most of us, it's the former, thanks in part to neuroscience. As Jeremy Adam Smith writes in What Is Sympathetic Joy and How Can You Feel More of It?, the brain circuits needed to experience empathy are much simpler than those for feeling joy on behalf of another. Also, strong emotions like resentment or jealousy can come into play and undermine our tendency to feel joy for someone else.

If a friend loses their job and you see their distress, it is very likely that you’ll feel genuine concern, which would automatically light up this brain circuitry. But if you kinda hate your own job and the same friend then gets a better one than yours…well, it’s entirely possible that those same prefrontal subregions won’t glow with happiness for them.
– Jeremy Adam Smith

In Buddhism, the quality of sympathetic joy ("mudita") is seen as innate and something we can cultivate. What follows are a few suggestions for how to nurture our capacity to feel sympathetic joy.

1. In meditation, recite the following to yourself for a few minutes:
    May this bring my friend greater happiness.
    May this bring my friend a deeper joy.
    May this bring my friend more peace of mind.
    I am happy that my friend is happy.

2. When a good friend gets recognized or celebrated, take the time to feel happy for them and express your joy. E.g., "I am so happy for you", "Your hard work paid off and I am very happy for you". For added impact, send it to them in writing.

3. If you find yourself envious of someone's accomplishments instead of joyful, don't be hard on yourself. Most people struggle to some degree with social comparisons. This 5-step approach to working with envy might help.

4. Watch a sporting event without choosing a favourite and feel sympathetic joy for whichever side wins. Unless it's Edmonton Oilers vs. Dallas Stars, in which case, Oilers all the way πŸ˜‰

Strengthening our capacity for sympathetic joy makes for a better and brighter world. You don't have to take my word for it, here's the Dalai Lama:

If I am only happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness. If I am happy when good things happen to other people, billions more chances to be happy!

That's...a lot of chances 😻

Photo by Charlotte May.

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Ken & the Community Meditation Team


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

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer.
― Thomas Merton