Community Meditation Owen Sound

We meet every Tuesday for meditation and conversation at the Active Lifestyles Centre Grey-Bruce. Doors open at 7 PM. Tea and snacks are served. Free meditation instruction is available.

See the Contact page for directions or to get in touch.

Tuesday, February 18th

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for sitting and walking meditation. After tea, we'll watch a video on emotional agility and the ways in which we benefit by accepting our emotions as natural. In it, psychologist Susan David observes:

Like that delicious chocolate cake in the refrigerator - the more you try to ignore it, the greater its hold on you. You might think you're in control of unwanted emotions when you ignore them, when in fact they control you.

See you there.

Featured Teacher

Several times a year, we draw from a wide range of insightful teachers who educate and inspire us, choosing one to feature and then sharing readings, videos, exercises or other explorations with our local groups.

Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams is a writer, activist, ordained Zen priest and the author of Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, published by Viking Press in 2000, and the co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, published by North Atlantic Books. Called "the most vocal and most intriguing African-American Buddhist in America" by Library Journal. Williams is the Spiritual Director of the meditation-based newDharma Community and founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley, California and is also credited with developing fearlessMeditation, fearlessYoga and Warrior Spirit Training. As of October 2013, she is the world's 2nd female Zen teacher of African descent. Her given Buddhist name, Kyodo, means "Way of Teaching."

Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Angel is a social visionary that sees Transformative Social Change: applying inner awareness practice to broad-based social change, as America’s next great movement. She is an early shaper and leading voice in that work and coined the name for the field. For over 15 years, she has deeply invested her time and energy to putting into practice her unwavering belief that the key to transforming society is transforming our inner lives. She has developed comprehensive systems for illuminating both practical personal change and the profoundly liberating potential of mindfulness, yoga, and somatic practices coupled with wisdom teachings. Calling for a paradigm shift that “changes the way change is done,” angel envisions the building of a presence-centered social justice movement as the foundation for personal freedom, a just society and the healing of divisions of race, class, faith and politic.

Both fierce and grounded, angel is known for her unflinching willingness to sit with and speak uncomfortable truths with love. Her work has been widely covered by such publications as New York Times, Boston Globe, Ms., Essence, Buddhadharma, Village Voice, and on the Oxygen Channel. She notes, “Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” Whether in writing, teaching or speaking, her voice is unique.

Visit angel's Web site to learn more.

Weekly Sittings

Active Lifestyles Centre Grey Bruce (McQuay Tannery)

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

Online

  • Mondays, short reading and meditation sitting: 7-7:25 AM
  • Thursdays, meditation at 7:30 PM, followed by information talk or discussion at 8 PM

Our Aspiration

We started this 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
  • Online and in-person courses on Joyfulness, Mindful Leadership, Buddhism, Mindfuless & Anxiety, Compassion, and more

Quotable

Never compare your inside with somebody else's outside.
- Hugh Macleod