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Iqaluit Soto Zen Group / Groupe de Zen Sôtô d'Iqaluit

Address: SAimavik Yoga Studio, Bldg No. 754, Ben Ell Drive, Iqaluit, Nunavut   Iqaluit Nunavut X0A0H0
Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen (Matsuoka and Uchiyama)
Affiliation: Silent Thunder Order
Phone: (867)975-2320
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Teacher: Shogon François Ouellette  
Main Contact: Shogon François Ouellette  Email  (Phone: (867)975-2320)
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The Iqaluit Soto Zen Group offers meditation instruction and practice in the Buddhist tradition of Soto Zen, open to all individuals regardless of faith, background and level of experience. Its principal method, zazen meditation, is a philosophical yet practical approach: through it, we confront the problem of suffering by opening ourselves to the present, by learning from the truth of compassion, and by developping inner discipline. Zen does not require beliefs. It encourages the development of understanding, of right action, and of human emotion.

We offer an informal "drop-in" program every Wednesday evening, 7PM to 8PM; and a regular Sunday practice program (1st Sunday = Beginner Session, 2nd Sunday = Zazen and Dharma Service Session, 3rd Sunday = Full Zazen Session, 4th Sunday = Zazen and Dharma Discussion Session). All offered sessions are open to all faiths and levels of expérience.

Joyful Land Buddhist Centre

Address: 879 Somerset Street West,  Ottawa Ontario K1R 6R6
Tradition: Vajrayana, Je Tsongkapa, New Kadampa Tradition
Phone: (613) 234-4347
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Teacher: Gen Kelsang Suma  
Spiritual Director: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
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Joyful Land Buddhist Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving others.

We offer classes suited to all levels of experience and interest as well as pujas (chanted prayers), day courses, retreats and empowerments.

Our General Program classes are available on a drop-in basis and are suited to everyone including beginners.  Each class in self-contained and includes a talk, guided meditation and time for discussion and questions.  Weekly topics for each class follow the Lamrim teachings as presented by our Spiritual Director, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Our current General Program class schedule is as follows:

Sunday 10:00 - 11:30 am, "Peaceful Mind, Peaceful World"

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30 pm, "Sagesse Ancienne pour les Temps Modernes"

Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 pm, "Ancient Wisdom for Modern Lives"

Tuesday and Thursday 12:15 - 1:00 pm, Noon hour meditations

Bookshop hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12 - 2 pm, feel free to drop by for tea and browse.

Kadampa Meditation Centre Winnipeg

Address: 839 Ellice Ave   Winnipeg Manitoba R3G 0C3
Tradition: Mahayana, New Kadampa Tradition
Affiliation: Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada
Phone: 204-691-3323
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Teacher: Kelsang Rigden  
Main Contact: Kelsang Gyalchog  Email  (Phone: 204-691-3323)
Spiritual Director: Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche  Email  (Phone: +441229584029)
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We offer meditation & modern Buddhism classes and retreats.

such as:

half hour Lunchtime meditations

weekly evening classes 

weekend courses and retreats

in depth study programs

and we have open hours a few times a week to drop in and visit our modern Buddhist Centre.





Karma Kagyu Buddhist Meditation Centre of Niagara

Address: email for location.   St. Catheranes Ontario
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Karma Kagyu
Affiliation: Karma Sonam Dargye Ling
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Founder: Lama Namse Rinpoche  
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Mondays (except holidays)
7:30 p.m.A typical evening will include silent meditation, Tibetan Buddhist teaching, and the Vajrayana practice of Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion. This practice includes mantra chanting, visualization, prayer, and more silent meditation. Please email for location.

Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre

Address: 3rd Floor - 444 Baker Street, PO Box 136  Nelson BC V1L 5P7
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan (Kagyü and Nyingma) and Shambhala
Affiliation: Shambhala
Phone: 250-352-5560
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Present leader: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche  
Founder: Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche  
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The Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre is part of an international community of meditation centres founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by his son and lineage holder Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Our Centre offers free meditation instruction, a core path of Shambhala Buddhist practice and study, a range of community activities and more—all meant to help people of all kinds awaken their innate wisdom, compassion and sense of delight.

We invite you to join us in celebrating this journey of discovery.

For the latest and most complete informtation about our Centre, please visit:

London Dharma Retreats

Address: 206 - 215 Piccadilly Street, London, ON, N6A 1S2   Ontario
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Vipassana meditation
Phone: (519) 433-3082
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Contact: Dr. Kate Partridge  
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For information about weekly meditation sittings in London.

Contact Yeshe Wangpo of Nyingje Companions.

Manitoba Buddhist Vihara

Address: 112 Cadboro Road   Winnipeg Manitoba R3Y 1R7
Tradition: Theravada, Sri Lankan Tradition
Affiliation: Manitoba Buddhist Vihara and Cultural Association
Phone: (204) 269-6026
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Teacher: Bhante Suseela  
President: Upul Herath  Email  
Spiritual Director: Bhante Kotawaye Suseela  Email  (Phone: (204) 269-6026)
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Please kindly make this changes.

Mindfulness Meditation Centre

Address: 43 De Breslay   Pointe-Claire Quebec H8S 4M8
Tradition: Mahayana, Lin-Chi
Affiliation: Thich Nhat Hanh
Phone: 514 694-3797
Fax: 514 694-5955
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Mindfulness Meditation Centre celebrates its 10th year in 2007. We follow the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and in the spirit of his practice, aim to express traditional Buddhist teachings in a way that makes the most sense in our contemporary western world. We work extensively with poetry and song, and creativity is important to many of our Sangha members. MMC has two branches, one in suburban Pointe-Claire, and the other in Downtown Montreal. We like to think of our center as a Buddhist Meditation Cooperative in the sense that Dharma talks are given in turn by 6 leaders under the guidance of Joseph Emet, Dharmacharya

We offer ongoing weekly sessions at two locations, monthly Mindfulness Days, public talks, and evenings of poetry and song.

Mindfulness Sangha

Address: Ottawa  K2G 3X9
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Generally following the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh
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Main Contact: Glenn Johnson  Email  
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An online Sangha devoted to the teachings of The Buddha, and generally following the words and teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. A resource with extensive links to various schools of Buddhism and easy to understand links to teachings.

Montreal Diamond Way Buddhist Group

Address: 372 Ste-Catherine Street West, suite 127  Montreal Quebec H3B 1A2
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Karma Kagyu, Diamond Way
Affiliation: H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinlay Thaye Dorje
Phone: (514) 527 0091, (514) 527-5170
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Spiritual Director: Lama Ole Nydahl  
Main Contact: Yoel Nessim, Carla Soto  
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Our Buddhist meditation group would like to invite anyone interested in learning about Tibetan Buddhist meditation to join our weekly Guru Yoga meditation every Thursday at 7:30pm. Guru Yoga meditation is one of the most powerful methods of Tibetan Buddhism. The meditation is guided in English or French and runs about 30 minutes, no preparation or previous experience is required. We encourage the practice of Diamond Way Buddhism in a relaxed, joyful environment.

Nalandabodhi Montreal

Tradition: Vajrayana, Nyingma - Kagyu
Affiliation: Nalandabodhi
Phone: 514-484-0868
Spiritual Director: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche  Email  
Co-Director (French): Helene Leboeuf  Email  
Co-Director (English): Jason Piercy  Email  (Phone: 514-484-0868)
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Meditation Practice is held on Thursdays at 7:15 & Sundays at 10:30 at the 660 Villeraycommunity center (ring doorbell for admittance)

Study Groups are available in French and English. Times and coarse content vary from year to year but the general pattern is to follow the Study Curriculum designed by  Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

Newmarket Zen Group

Address: 244 Main Street South  Newmarket Ontario
Tradition: Mahayana, Korean Ganhwsoen (Koan Zen)
Affiliation: Awakened Meditation Centre
Phone: 416-838-4305
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Teacher: Greg Samuelson  
Spiritual Director: Hwasun Yangil Sunim  
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We sit together on Saturdays in Newmarket Ontario.

We practice from 1:00 p.m. at Brad Jones Karate Do on Main Street South. If you would like some orientation, you could come at 12:45 p.m.
You can read more about the practice at

The form the practice takes is tea...sitting meditation...walking
meditation...short reading or talk...sitting meditation.

You are welcome to join us if you like. Please call first at 416-838-4305 in case of schedule changes.

Please feel free to email or call with any questions.

Nichiren Buddha Hokkeko Society

Address: #105 365 Day Road   Duncan BC V9L 3K4
Tradition: Mahayana, Independent Nichiren Tradition
Phone: 778. 422. 0155
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Teacher: Henry Landry  
Spiritual Director: Henry Landry  Email  (Phone: 778. 422. 0155)
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Welcome to the beautiful Cowichan Valley, our Vancouver Island Mahayana Nichiren Buddha Hokkeko Society has been meeting since the mid 1980s.  We practice the Shoju Method or gentle practice of the Nichiren Teachings of the Lotus Sutra.

We welcome your participation in the building of a Vancouver Island Retreat Garden and Peace Park and Nichiren Temple.  Come visit us anytime, follow us on FaceBook,  Nichiren Buddha Society and/or with our Teacher/Messenger HenryLandry, follow our Twitter daily MED\\\'s at Buddha_Now, or online at

North American Fulong Dharma Centre

Address: 2105-77 Harbour Square   Toronto Ontario M5J 2S2
Tradition: Vajrayana, Buddha Shakyamuni, Tsongkapa - the greatest commentator of Buddhism in history, KonSa Rinpoche, the great Master NengHai, Master Qin Hai and to Master HaiKong.
Affiliation: TWDD Hai Kong
Phone: 416-272-0913
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Kitchener TWDD: Vibeke  Email  
Main Contact: Jemma Fong  Email  
Guelph TWDD: Ryan  Email  
Teacher: Wen Tang  
Spiritual Director: Master Shi Hai Kong (from China)  Email  
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The North American Fulong Dharma Centre is committed in providing ongoing support and guidance to all individuals in hopes to reducing life’s pain and suffering through meditation and Dharma practice.

TWDD meditation originated in Tibetan Buddhist Meditation / Yoga practice. After a process of reforms, a series of public teachings has been developed by Master Hai Kong and has made available to the general public for the first time in history. TWDD represents a powerful tool to unfold our inner peace and to develop true happiness.

During each meditation session, we will give about half hour on-going teaching on " the three principle aspects of the path of true happiness" - a fundamental study set forth for successful meditation practices. Also we will do half hour standing meditation, 45 minutes of sitting meditation, as well as a short QA session.

The essence of TWDD meditation is to preoccupy one’s body, mind and speech with (holding) Mudra, (visualizing) Guru and (speaking) Mantra. In just a matter of 2 hours/per day in up to 7 days, all practitioners will be able to establish the connection to their own Dharma Nature, thereby generating the confidence to continue on the journey of spiritual development.

Learn TWDD meditation a powerful tool to unfold your inner peace and to develop true happiness. TWDD meditation originated in Tibetan Buddhist Meditation / Yoga practice. Practice sessions in Toronto, Kitchener, Guelph, Ontario Canada

Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre

Address: 984 Wellington Street West  Ottawa Ontario K1Y 2X8
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan (Kagyü and Nyingma) and Shambhala lineage
Affiliation: Shambhala International (
Phone: (613) 725-9321
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Founder: Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche  
Spiritual Director: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche  
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The Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre offers meditation instruction, practice, and study in the path of Shambhala Buddhism.

Our approach combines the traditional teachings of the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala view of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.

We offer free meditation instruction on Tuesdays at 7pm.

Group meditation practice takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Introductory Meditation classes take place on Tuesdays, and we also offer regular weekend programs on Buddhism, meditation, Shambhala Training and Contemplative arts.

Ottawa Theravada Buddhist Vihara And Cultural Centre

Address: 2878,Navan Road,   Ottawa Ontario K1C7G4
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: +1-613-424-4482
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Spiritual Director: Ven. Kekanadure Hemalankara Thero  Email  (Phone: +1-613-424-4482)
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Promote the teachings of the Lord Gauthama Buddha for the spiritual development of all members, their families and children and others in accordance with Buddhist Religious principals and the Buddhist way of life.

Promote the establishment of a humanitarian society by instilling into the members the noble ideals of peace and tolerance, gentleness, kindliness and hospitality, respect for the elders and the individual, love of nature, belief in the fundamental spiritual quality of all human beings, the care for the sick and the weary, the pursuit of the good and the practice of compassion toward all that live and breathe through the study of the teachings of the Buddha.

Establish Religious Schools, Montessori Schools, Adult Education Centers and Libraries thus creating an environment that would be conducive to the development of the moral character; of the mem bers of the corporation and others in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha.

To provide basic skills that would be necessary to train the youth, members and their families to obtain employment; or engage in self employment.

Help the destitute.Promote concord amongst all communities.

To promote the protection and preservation of the natural environment and the wild life.

To promote a drug free society

To make aware of the merits and demerits of vegetarian dietary practices through Buddhist religious perspectives.

Peaceful Garden Meditation Group

Address: Westport Library, 3 Spring Street   Westport Ontario K0G 1X0
Tradition: Vajrayana, Student of Geshe Khenrab Gajam Tibetan
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Spiritual Director: Larry Reside  Email  
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Teachings in Stages of the Path (LAM RIM), Calm-Awareness Meditation, Death, Dying and the 5 Buddha Wisdoms in a relaxed and inter-active atmosphere.

Pine Gate Mindfulness Community

Address: 1252 Rideout Crescent   Ottawa Ontario K2C 2X7
Tradition: Mahayana, Lin Ji Zen
Affiliation: Thich Nhat Hanh
Phone: 613 726 0881
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Spiritual Director: Ian Prattis  Email  (Phone: 613 726 0881)
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At Pine Gate the resident teacher is Ian Prattis - True Body of Wisdom.  Ian is a poet, scholar, peace and environmental activist.  He encourages people to find their true nature so that humanity and the world may be renewed.  He has trained with masters in Buddhist, Vedic and Shamanic traditions and maintains that:

“Our engagement with society and the environment rests on our quality of being. When that quality is rooted in stillness there is a different ground for subsequent actions and so events take a different course. We simply go home to our true nature. We are very active in this way and bring harmony to those we interact with. The most significant interaction is with our true nature. To connect to its boundless quality in daily life, and then to connect to others and the world in the same way is surely the ticket to ride!” 

There are regular meetings for meditation and study every Thursday evening from 7.00pm – 9.00pm.  The first Saturday of every month has a Mindfulness Gathering from 5.00pm – 8.00pm for dharma and a mindful meal. Duong Sinh - Bamboo Stick Qi-gong classes, known as the Life Sustaining Way of the Heart, are offered in addition to regular qi-gong classes throughout the year. Potluck vegetarian suppers, Hikes, Sweat Lodges, Pilgrimages, Days of Mindfulness, and Meditation Retreats are organized on a regular basis.  There are three seasons at Pine Gate – Fall Study Session from September to December: Winter Study Session from January to May; Lazy Days of Summer Session from July to August.


In Ottawa, take Queensway to Woodroffe South exit; go to Baseline Rd; RT on Baseline; RT on Highgate (2nd lights) RT on Westbury; LT on Rideout and follow the Crescent round to 1252, which is always lit up with Christmas lights in the winter and full of flowers in the summer.  Tel: 613 726 0881 Contacts ;

Quantum Buddhism Association

Address: 610 Des Melezes (not open for public)  St-Raymond Quebec G3L 2E9
Tradition: Mahayana, Created by Hongaku Jodo Priests
Affiliation: Quantum Buddhism Association
Phone: 418-340-1688
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Spiritual Director: Francois Lepine  Email  (Phone: 418-340-1688)
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The new discoveries of science regarding the Unified Quantum Field, beyond particle measurement, is what was described with other words, as the Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha. Our goal is to promote Pure Land Buddhism using a scientific dialect, as well as the traditional approach.

Quebec Zen Center

Address: 515 rue de l éperon   Québec Quebec g1K6S7
Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen, lineage - Kodo Sawaki,Taisen Deshimaru, Kosen
Affiliation: ABZD kosen Sangha
Phone: (418) 692-1555
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Contact: Jean Belanger  
Spiritual Director: Unzô Bélanger sensei  
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Zazen: Tuesday to Friday 7 am, Sunday 9am.

Red Maple Sangha

Address: 9 Byers Road  Renfrew Ontario K7V 3Z6
Tradition: Mahayana, Home sangha for Tendai Canada
Affiliation: Tendai International
Phone: 1-613-433-9405
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Teacher: Rev. Innen Parchelo  
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Regular dharma practice (meditation, walking, chanting) every Saturday. Community gathering on 3rd Saturdays. Occasional retreats and workshops.

Our style is Mahayanist, with special focus on Tendai, as taught by Paul Monshin Naamon of the Tendai Buddhist Institute.

Regina Zen Sangha

Tradition: Mahayana, Vietnamese Rinzai
Affiliation: None
Spiritual Director: Lotus Vu  Email  
Main Contact: Jeff Knievel  Email  (Phone: 306-526-5301)
Teacher: Lotus Vu  
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Regina Zen Sangha is a Buddhist Community dedicated to the learning and practicing of the Buddha’s teachings.   The Sangha is supported by members who, out of inspiration of the meditative practice of Zen, bring the twenty five hundred year old awakening teachings of the Buddha to life through themselves and the community.  We are a young community focused on the learning and practice of Zen.   We form our linage from Vietnamese Nguyen Thieu Rinzai Zen.  We have Introduction course, weekly classes, annual zen camp and retreats.

Riwoche Tibetan Buddhist Temple

Address: 28 Heintzman Street.   Toronto Ontario M6P 2J6
Tradition: Vajrayana, Taklung Kagyu, Nyingma
Phone: (416) 766-7964
Website: http;//
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Teacher: Khenpo Sonam Tobgyal Rinpoche  
Spiritual Director: Khenpo Sonam Tobgyal Rinpoche  
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Medicine Buddha Meditation

Tuesday Evenings 7:30 p.m.

Stimulates the benefit of natural healing influences for
the health and well-being of oneself and others, especially
those suffering from physical and mental afflictions.

Tranquility Meditation

Thursday Evenings 8:00 p.m.

Cultivates mindfulness and awareness in a simple practice
which allows the busyness and speed of habitual mind to subside
so that intrinsic peace and clarity may manifest naturally.

Green Tara Meditation

Saturday and Sunday Mornings 9 a.m.
Invokes the feminine aspects of enlightened wisdom in the form
of Green Tara and nurtures the development of compassion.

Saint John Shambhala Meditation Group

Tradition: Vajrayana, Kagyu, Nyingma, Shambhala lineages
Affiliation: Shambhala International
Phone: 506-638-9354
Coordinator: Vallie Stearns  Email  (Phone: 506-638-9354)
Spiritual Director: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche  
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The Saint John Shambhala Meditation Group is a local group of meditation practioners inspired by the Shambhala Buddhist teachings of basic goodness and enlightened society.  We are affliated with Shambhala International whose spiritual head is the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Our community of meditation practioners meets Wednesday evenings at 7:00-9:00 to strengthen our individual practice and learn more about meditation.  We meet in "The Sitting Room" at 42 Wentworth St. near King St. E.  We meditate together for an hour, followed by tea and discussion or contemplation based on selected readings.

Instruction is provided for newcomers in "shamatha" meditation, or the practice of "peaceful abiding".  Meditation is a natural state of the human mind - at rest, open, alert. The basic meditation technique predates all religious traditions, though it is used in one way or another by each of them. Undertaken as a steady practice, meditation allows the mind to relax and settle. It encourages our inherent qualities of stability, clarity and mental strength to emerge.

Occasionally we host weekend meditation programs directed by senior teachers.  These activities are usually coordinated with other Shambhala centers in the Maritime region with whom we share resources and maintain contact.  Please check our website to see if there are any upcoming programs in the near future.

Saskatoon Community of Mindful Living

Address: 213 Second Street East c/o Unitarian Congregation of Saskatoon   Saskatoon Saskatchewan S7H 1N5
Tradition: Mahayana, Thich Nhat Hanh
Affiliation: Following the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
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Main Contact: Ken Sailor, secretary  Email  
Notes and Events:

The Saskatoon Community of Mindful Living is a group practicing in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh.

We are a supportive group that aims to nurture each other\\\'s practice to further awaken our awareness of the miracle of this life.

When Do You Meet?
We meet every Monday evening from 7-9 pm for meditation and discussion at the Unitarian Centre, 213 2nd Street East in Saskatoon, between MacPherson and Melrose avenues.

For more information, email

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