Community Meditation Owen Sound

We meet every Tuesday for meditation and discussion downstairs at the Harmony Centre in Owen Sound. Free meditation instruction is available.

Harmony Centre Owen Sound (Directions)
890 4th Ave East,
Owen Sound ON
N4K 2N7

In Person: Nov 24th - Play A Greater Part

We are meeting in person once again at Harmony Centre Owen Sound! This week we'll explore a talk by Tara Brach titled Play a Greater Part. In it, she is speaking about the way people often respond generously in a disaster and refers to a Jewish word, "hineni". She goes on to say:

It means "here I am" in a spiritual sense. It's like, okay, something's woken me up. I'm here. And Leonard Cohen...Here's how he describes it..."it's that declaration of readiness, no matter what the outcome, that's a part of everyone's soul, we're all motivated by deep impulses to serve, even though we might not be able to locate that, which we're hoping to serve
- Tara Brach

See below for our COVID adjustments. Looking forward to our time together (IRL :-)

COVID Accommodations

The COVID capacity for our room is 50, so basically everyone who has ever attended is welcome 😉

  • Masks are always required
  • You will need to sign in and provide a phone number (should contact be required later)
  • No tea or snacks will be provided (you can bring a tea or coffee)
  • Chairs will be provided but no cushions (you can bring your own)

NOTE: Please enter through the back (south) door. We are downstairs in The Hall.

Other Online Sessions

Community Meditation will be offering four online meditation and discussion sessions (including this one) each week, using the Zoom video conferencing app. Free meditation instruction is available at the start of each session. Check the Weekly Online Sittings section for a list of the days and times.

Statement Regarding COVID-19

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 have transitioned to online sitting, discussion, and programs as of March 21st. These new online sessions will be 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 session provide a much-needed chance to connect with others in a heartfelt way. We 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.

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

Online using Zoom

  • Tuesdays, begin at 7 PM, formal meditation beginning at 7:15, followed by informal talk and discussion at 7:45 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

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
- Marcus Aurelius