Six monastics from Blue Cliff Monastery, disciples of International Peace Activist and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, will lead this workshop in partnership with Wake Up Toronto. The monastics will teach, from their own experience, the art of cultivating mindfulness in everyday life.
You’ll have a chance to taste the core practices of breathing, sitting meditation, walking meditation, deep relaxation and enjoying your food. Together we will arrive in the present moment, and have a chance to let go of our worries and regrets, stop running, and touch the wonders of life. All of these practices can be applied in your daily lives and the lives of your friends and families.
Wake Up – Young Adults for a Healthy and Compassionate Society, is a world-wide network of young people practicing the living art of mindfulness. It has grown out of Plum Village meditation centre in SW France, under the guidance of Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Plum Village has been offering retreats to young people for over two decades, and the Wake Up movement was formally launched in Summer 2008.
We know that by getting together for an evening, we can create a strong collective energy of mindfulness that can nourish our joy, heal our pains, and develop our understanding and love. In this way we help each other to realize our ideal of transforming and healing ourselves and the world.
Date: May 7, 2013
Location: Koffler House (University of Toronto)
569 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor, Main Activity Hall
You are encouraged to enjoy the entire event with us for maximum benefit. However, if your schedule does not allow, please feel free to drop-in for any of the activities throughout the day.
Cost: The event is free but donations are appreciated.
Please Bring With You: A vegetarian meal or snack as we will be practicing eating meditation together at some point in the evening.
A potential schedule for the day (subject to change):
5:30pm Introduction and Songs
5:45 Guided Meditation
6:00 Monastic presentation on the practice of Mindfulness
7:00 Walking Meditation
7:30 Mindful Eating (bring a vegetarian meal)
8:00 Question and Answer
8:30pm Closing Circle
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