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Throughout the year, there are opportunities to explore mindfulness meditation, study the Dhamma, connect with a warm and welcoming Buddhist community, and engage with Buddhist teachings and practice.

Dhamma Study Program

Meditation Retreats

Dedicated Dhamma Practitioner Program

Weekly Mindfulness Meditation

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Weekly Meditation Sittings

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Weekly Meditation on Tuesday and Saturday

SIMT’s Tuesday and Saturday meditation program is for those interested embodying the liberating practices as taught by the Buddha. These practices have benefited countless people for more than two millennia.

SIMT offers weekly meditation online sittings on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. On alternating Tuesdays, group meditation is held both online and in person at Friends House (60 Lowther Ave., Toronto).

The Tuesday night schedule includes a period of meditation, and a Dhamma talk based on the early teachings of the Buddha.  Podcasts of previous Dhamma talks can be found online.

Please check our Calendar for dates and times.

If you choose to join us on Zoom on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m., or Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m., please sign in five minutes before the meditation. (If you are prompted to download the Zoom app, please do.) If asked, please use the passcode: Dhamma

Also, please sign up for email announcements regarding changes to our in-person schedule and for other important announcements.

Tuesday Night Schedule

7:00 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. Sitting meditation with guidance
7:50 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Short break (standing or walking meditation)
8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dhamma talk

Saturday Morning Schedule

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Sitting meditation with guidance

If you have questions regarding the talks or questions about your personal practice, please email us at info@satipanna.com. We will address questions by email or during the next Dhamma talk.

Participating in SIMT events and becoming a SIMT supporter give you access to the teachers for private instruction.

In-Person Meditation at Friends House

Join us on alternating Tuesday evenings for meditation and a Dhamma talk at the Society of Friends (Quakers) House, 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto.

Our program is geared to those who are committed to meditation practice, or who sincerely wish to explore it. This being the case, we ask that you follow these important guidelines:

  • Cell phones and texting devices are not allowed in the meditation hall. Please be sure to turn off your device before entering the hall, and leave it off for the duration of the evening.
  • Please arrive on time. If you arrive late, please meditate quietly on the bench in the back hallway (outside the meditation hall). You can join the meditation when the bell rings to end a period of sitting.
  • Please do not come and go during meditation or talks. If you know you will need to leave early, please sit at the back. Otherwise, please remain until after the talk and final announcements.
  • It is fine to quietly and mindfully change your sitting posture if you need to.
  • Please don’t use your water bottle during the sitting periods (it is fine to do so during the standing meditation).

To open the heart and help awaken compassion, Metta (goodwill) meditation is also taught as an essential practice to help us integrate the clarity of Insight and the profound peace of Samadhi into our everyday lives.

Online Meditation on Zoom

If you choose to join us on Zoom on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m., or Saturday mornings at 9 a.m., please sign in 5 minutes before the meeting. (If you are prompted to download the Zoom app, please do.) If asked, please use passcode: dhamma

Upcoming Meditation Sessions


SIMT’s Tuesday and Saturday meditation program is for those interested in the liberating practices as taught by the Buddha. These practices have benefited countless people for more than two millennia.

The Tuesday and Saturday programs are offered at no charge.  However, Dana (donations for the teachings) is greatly appreciated.

Meditation Retreats

We invite you to take time to enter wholeheartedly into practice in a dedicated setting conducive to peace. Multi-day retreats are opportunities to physically and psychologically set aside our everyday routines, and suffuse the body/mind with Dhamma.

Meditation Retreats

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Multi-day Residential Retreats

Our multi-day residential retreats are conducted either at Chapin Mill Retreat Center, Batavia, New York, or at other retreat centres in Ontario. See the listings for the details of each retreat.

For more information on Satipañña Insight Meditation Toronto retreats, please contact us at info@satipanna.com (not the individual venues).

Before you attend a retreat, please familiarize yourself with the Retreat Guidelines.

Podcasts of some Dhamma talks from previous retreats can be found online.

Scholarships are available for most of our retreats. For more information, please contact us at info@satipanna.com

Everyone is welcome.

Non-Residential Retreats

Join our one-day or multi-day meditation retreats in downtown Toronto. Retreats are precious opportunities to physically and psychologically set aside our everyday routines, and suffuse the body/mind with Dhamma.

SIMT has resumed in-person non-residential retreats at Friends House (60 Lowther Ave., Toronto).  2 blocks north of St. George station; street parking only | Google Map.  Please check our calendar for details.

Please familiarize yourself with the Retreat Guidelines before you attend a retreat.

Podcasts of some Dhamma talks from previous retreats can be found online.

Scholarships are available for most of our retreats. For more information, please contact us at info@satipanna.com

Everyone is welcome.

Upcoming Retreats


Dhamma Study Program

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Course Structure, Fall 2023-Winter 2024

For those who are serious about liberation—“the unshakable deliverance of the heart” (as the Buddha called it)—the importance of having a solid grounding in Dhamma teachings cannot be overemphasized.

This year’s Dhamma Study Program meetings will be held via Zoom once a month on Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For this year’s Dhamma Study Program, we will be studying and reflecting on Ajahn Sucitto’s book, Breathing Like a Buddha.

Here is a link to the digital book:
https://cdn.amaravati.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/27/Breathing-Like-a-Buddha-Web.pdf

Registration and more details below.

Here is some feedback on previous years’ Dharma Study Programs:

  • “How wonderful to investigate the Dharma… I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate.”
  • “Being able to study…with a group of like-minded friends was extremely helpful. The light, joyful, open atmosphere was very pleasant.”
  • “I really feel I got a taste of the Dharma… The balance of meditation, group discussions, questions and answers, and socializing was ideal.”

Preparation

If you wish to participate in the Dharma Study Program, we ask you to:

  • Meditate regularly.
  • Uphold the Five Precepts and try to integrate them into your daily life.
  • Complete the readings and attend the study group meetings.

    From Ajahn Sucitto’s book:

    …This is a pragmatic approach: the vitality and ease that a settled body can bring can lift the mind out of oppressive emotional and psychological obstructions. It also brings around a greater degree of grounded stability. This has far-reaching significance: with an increase in hyperactive mentality, attention disorders, psychological breakdowns, and social dysfunction, as well as a disregard for the natural world, society in general has become disembodied and groundless. This condition speaks of an urgent need to get aligned with the subtle and life-enhancing aspects of our material reality. In the microcosm of our own bodies.

    The discourses describe the ongoing cultivation that leads through samadhi to liberation… samadhi is a firm abiding in ease that serves as the platform for clear seeing and liberation.

    Dates and Readings, 2023-2024

    • October 7, 2023: Chapters 1, 2, and 3
    • November 4: Chapters 4, 5, and 6
    • December 2: Chapters 7, 8, and 9
    • January 6, 2024: Chapters 10, 11, and 12
    • February 3: Chapters 13, 14, and 15
    • March 2: Chapter 16 to end. 

    Schedule

    At each session, a volunteer offers a presentation of the assigned reading, then we meet into groups for discussion.

    9:00 – 9:50    Saturday Morning Meditation (regular Saturday Morning Link)
    10:00–10:30  Presentation of the readings (Dharma Study participants sign in to new Zoom link.)
    10:30–11:30  Group discussions
    11:30–12:30  Opportunity for groups to ask questions or make comments. Close with sitting.

    Participants are divided into groups to discuss the readings. Some suggested topics for discussion are:
    What did you find most helpful in the readings?
    How did these readings impact your practice and life?

    Registration

    You will be sent the Zoom link when your registration is received.

    • Regular: $110
    • SIMT supporter: $90

    Upcoming Dhamma Study Sessions


    Gain a grounding in the teachings through reading, guidance from experienced teachers, and discussion with others.

    Dhamma-Wheel

    For those intent on realizing what the Buddha called “the unshakeable deliverance of the heart,” SIMT offers a Dedicated Dhamma Practitioner (DDP) program.

    Dedicated Dharma Practitioner Program

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    Dedicated Dhamma Practitioner

    For over 2500 years, Dhamma practitioners have relied upon a mutually respectful and beneficial relationship with Dhamma teachers. Working closely with a teacher, while committing to regular practice, offers an unparalleled opportunity to dispel doubt, strengthen samadhi, and cultivate compassion and understanding. It’s an invitation to live the joy and happiness of a developed Dhamma practice.

    If you have been practicing with SIMT for at least six months (and are an SIMT supporter) we ask that you consider the matter carefully before making the request to embark upon this training program. (Note: we will make exceptions for newer people who demonstrate a sincere willingness to participate in this program.)

    Commitments and Requirements:

    – Attend the SIMT Dhamma Study Program each year.
    – Commit to at least two years to the DDP program.
    – Commit to a regular meditation practice.
    – Pledge to uphold the Five Lay Precepts.
    – Commit to attend at least one residential in-person retreat, and two non-residential multi-day in-person (or Zoom) SIMT retreats, per year.
    – Participate in regular Dassanam (meetings with the teachers). These meetings are based on absolute truthfulness and openness.”

    Our teachers are not looking for perfection. This program offers a path to ever-deepening intimacy with the Dhamma. The rewards of such a commitment cannot be overstated. Enrollment is on-going, you can apply at any time.To apply please contact us at: info@satipanna.com

    Sabbe satta bhavantu sukhitatta!
    May all beings be happy!

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