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Our group meets Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings at two different locations.
Location: St Peter's Anglican Church 755 Elm Street, (Grant at Elm), Winnipeg, .
Time: Doors open at 7 pm. Formal group practice begins at 7:30 m. A 20-minute dharma talk begins at 7:50 pm. Mindful group dharma discussion practice follows. The session ends at 8:30 pm.
Wednesday sittings are year-round.
Location: Yoga North, 894 Westminster Avenue, Winnipeg.
Time: Doors open at 9:30 am. Formal group practice begins at 10 am. A 20-minute dharma talk begins at 10:20 am. Mindful group discussion practice follows. The session ends at 11 am.
Sunday sittings run from September to the end of May. There are no Sunday sessions from June through August. In addition, some Sunday sessions may be cancelled due to the needs of the yoga studio.
What to Expect
If you are new, someone will welcome you as you enter and will answer any questions you may have.
All meditators are asked to turn off their cellphones and remove their shoes before entering the meditation hall in silence.
A dana bowl (for donations) is at the entrance to the hall. See more on this below.
Chairs, cushions, and blankets are available for your use. You are welcome to bring your own sitting props.
First 30 minutes: Noble silence. Participants may enter the hall in silence at anytime within this first 30-minute time slot and sit quietly in meditation. For safety, doors will be locked following this half-hour session.
Next 20 minutes: Group sitting. This period will commence with one soft strike of the meditation bowl. This can be a guided or silent meditation period. It ends with three strikes of the bowl.
Next 20 minutes: Dharma offering. This talk or reading is offered by the group practice leader.
Next 15 minutes: Dharma discussion. This is an opportunity for participants to engage in mindful speaking and listening as we share our insights, experiences, and questions relating to dharma practice. When we practice deep listening, we help to create a calm and receptive environment. When we practise mindful speaking, we learn to identify our motivations for being heard. The acronym THINK is a handy guideline: T: Is it True? H: Is it Helpful? I: Is it Insightful? N: Is it Necessary? K: Is it Kind? Please remember that whatever is shared during dharma discussion time is confidential.
Closing: Announcements and Dedication of Merit. All sessions end with a brief dedication. This is the wish that the blessings that arise from our practice — such as compassion, peace, wisdom, clarity of mind — will benefit those around us. The session ends with three strikes of the bowl.
Bowing (optional) occurs after the third strike of the bowl. You may see some participants bowing to each other during the discussion period. Bowing is a show of respect and gratitude for each other and for the teachings. It is not a sign of worship; it is a call to mindfulness and a way of saying thank you. Bowing is completely optional and left to the individual.
Sittings are offered freely under an ancient Buddhist tradition known as dana. Dana (a Pali word meaning generosity) is a 2,600-year-old tradition that ensures that no one is barred from receiving teachings for economic reasons. There will be a donation box at each sitting and you may confidentially offer an amount of your choosing. Your contributions help to ensure that others will be able to receive teachings in the future.
Location of Wednesday night sitting at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 755 Elm.
Location of Sunday morning sitting at Yoga North, 894 Westminster.