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Toronto Zen Centre

A Buddhist Community


Annual Fund Drive

In the last year we have been focused on developing our expansion plans. However the Zen Centre relies on your help not just for expansion projects but to help us keep our practice and programs going all of the year around.

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Getting Started

Whether you are completely new to Buddhism or you already have a spiritual practice and are curious about formal practice at our Centre, the way to get started is to first attend an Introductory Workshop.

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Mettabhavana Course

Mettabhavana is an ancient Buddhist meditation leading to the development of unconditional loving-kindness and friendliness. It is something you feel in your heart, a positive emotional state towards others & ourselves.

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Important Notices & Special Events

Entering the Way Talk — Sunday, February 1
Instead of a teisho, Sunday's sitting will have an Entering the Way talk, given by a senior member. The member will talk about what led him or her to the practice of Zen: a spiritual autobiography.

Famine Relief Ceremony — Thursday, February 5
During the evening's sitting we will hold a special Ceremony for the Relief of Famine. Read more...

Jataka Sesshin — February 6 (deadline), February 27 to March 6 (sesshin dates)
A 7-day Working Person sesshin will take place at the Centre again this year. This is a special sesshin for us, as Sensei Rafe Martin, noted Zen Buddhist storyteller and teacher, will be joining us and will give a daily teisho on the Jataka Tales. Read more...

Finding Your Seat — Monday, February 9
This informal get-together is an opportunity for new and trial members to ask any questions they may have about Zen practice and the activities of the Centre.

Buddha's Parinirvana — Sunday, February 16
During the morning sitting we will honor the founder of our faith Shakyamuni Buddha and his passing away and extinction from the realm of birth and death. Read more...

Centre Closures in February & March — Family Day, Jataka Sesshin
The Centre will be closed for Family Day, Monday, February 16.

The Centre will also be closed to all but sesshin participants from the afternoon of Friday, February 27 through Sunday, March 8. Sittings resume on Monday morning.