Who are we?
True Peace Toronto is a group of mindfulness practitioners who meet to practice and learn mindfulness meditation together. Our practice is based on the Zen Buddhist teachings of the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. We come from a variety of backgrounds and religious traditions.
Interested in learning about mindfulness? Come to a weekly meditation session.
When and where do we meet?
Regular in-person meditation sessions at the Multi-Faith Centre and at the Miles Nadal JCC are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.
In lieu, we are holding free Zoom meditations on Mondays 5:30-7:00PM (online or by phone). Sessions open at 5:15PM. Join our email list here to receive details about participating.
When: Mondays 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19
Where: Multi-faith Centre at the University of Toronto, in the Main Activity Hall on the 2nd floor. Click here for directions.
We meet all year, except for days when the university is closed (holidays and university breaks).
When: Friday Evenings. Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Times change from week to week. (Either 5:30-7:30PM or 6:45-8:15PM) See chart below for exact times, or join our email list for updates.
Where: Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNJCC) at Bloor St. and Spadina Ave. Please check with reception desk for the room number, as it changes. Click here for directions. We meet all year, except for days when the MNJCC is closed.
All are welcome. No experience necessary.
Meditation sessions are fully guided.
Attendance is free of charge. (Donations welcome)
Click here for information about our meditation sessions.
Please arrive a few minutes early to give yourself time to settle in.
Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.
In practicing together as a Sangha, as a community, our practice of mindfulness becomes more joyful, relaxed and steady. We are bells of mindfulness for each other, supporting and reminding each other along the path of practice. With the support of the community, we can practice to cultivate peace and joy within and around us, as a gift for all of those we love and care for. We can cultivate our solidity and freedom - solid in our deepest aspiration and free from our fears, misunderstandings and our suffering.
Monthly sangha dinner/tea [Suspended due to COVID-19]
On the second Monday of every month, we go for dinner/tea after our meditation practice. Meet outside the room at the Multi-Faith Centre after practice (7:30PM) and we'll walk together to a vegan/vegetarian restaurant in Kensington Market.
March 8th - May 2nd, 2020 Earth Holder Community Online Retreat
THIS IS IT: Embodying Racial and Ecological Justice in the Face of the Climate Emergency.
The Earth Holder Community is delighted to announce the upcoming EHC online retreat:
This 8-week retreat, led by monastic and lay Plum Village teachers from diverse cultures and histories, runs March 8th through May 2nd. It includes weekly recorded Dharma Talks, Earth-based mindfulness practice assignments, 90-minute, live Dharma Sharing sessions, and more. Scholarships are available.
Please click here to learn more and to register!
Upcoming courses with Phap Vu and Hai An
Phap Vu and Hai An, both of whom have visited us at True Peace over the last few years, are monastics ordained in the Plum Village tradition. Each offering an online course this Spring:
Wednesdays at 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific - self-paced study is also possible.
May 13 - June 24 - 7 Sessions
In a time of Isolation it is essential to know how to generate love from the inside, no matter our outer conditions. The Brahma Viharas, or The Four Immeasurable Minds, are the Buddha’s teachings on love. The four qualities of friendliness, compassion, resonant joy, and equanimity offer a time-tested path that anyone can follow to nurture the deepest love for all beings, including ourselves.
Monday nights starting May 18th/ 7:00 - 8:30 PM EST
The first text we will be diving into is "The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra With Commentaries” by Ven. Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Phap Vu and Hai An are part of Dharma Pathways, "a collaboration of monastics ordained in the Plum Village tradition who have branched out from the traditional monastery setting, seeking to reach and serve individuals and communities interested in mindfulness and meditation practices."
They are offering several other services;
Join in at 6:45 or 8:45am, Eastern, for a 15-minutes session of chanting on Zoom with Sister HaiAn.
One of the gifts of this crisis and this extraordinary time is the recognition of our need for connection. Empathy Circles offer a safe place to feel what we're feeling, and to embrace each other with care and support.
We acknowledge that many of us are experiencing pain, anxiety, stress, and other strong emotions. Through the practice of active listening and reflecting, we cultivate deeper understanding and compassion. Connecting to the elements of joy and gratitude, we grow our capacity to hold more and more of our experience.
All are welcome to join this exploration in healing and mutual aid. This circle will meet regularly on Zoom, Monday-Friday from 4-530pm. The last 15 to 30 minutes of the scheduled time will be used for closing the circle and feedback. Brother Fulfillment will be guiding/facilitating.
Thursdays from 4pm-5:15 Eastern, 1pm-2:15 Pacific
Join Sister Hai An for a meditation practice from the comfort of your own home. We will start with a brief check-in, 30 minutes of meditation with some guidance, 30 minutes to reflect and ask questions, and close with a brief loving kindness meditation. The practice will be based in the Buddhist tradition but is open to people of all and no particular religious beliefs, oriented towards people new-ish to meditation and open to all.