Classes & Events

Meditation at Ekayana Vihara Centres

Ekayana Vihara with Master Gunika ~ 186 The Westway Toronto, Ontario: Sundays at 4:00 pm. Members are welcome to come early (3:00) and may book an interview to speak (duration 5 minutes) with Master Gunika prior to meditation. Meditation session begins at 4:00 sharp.RSVP’s prior to attending are required as space is limited.

Ekayana Vihara with Yogini (teacher) Cindy ~ 83506 Livingston Line, RR1, Monkton Ontario; Sundays at 3:00 pm. Members are welcome to come early (2:00) and may bring guests. RSVP’s prior to attending are preferred. Interviews or appointments to speak with Cindy may be made in advance or impromptu.

Please bring a healthy food item to share and donations to Ekayana Vihara Centres are always welcome. Funds collected are donated on behalf of the group to endeavours that are done in peace and raise the vibration of humankind.

Fees

The teaching and sharing of spiritual knowledge and wisdom is regarded as a privilege and duty to those who seek the path to enlightenment. The purpose of the Sangha is to come together in “community’ to learn and experience higher planes of existence, therefore the setting of or charging a fee robs the student of a very important lesson – creating and sustaining balance.

The teacher at Ekayana Vihara solicits no payment from students as he/she understands that all students must learn to seek balance in all things. To allow students the opportunity to find balance, donations to the Sangha are accepted. Donations can be made in any form the student chooses.

Meditation is a solitary practice.  Some individuals may have experienced what is called a ‘guided meditation’ where another individual guides or talks participants through a meditative experience. While some may find this initially helpful, it is not intended to be sustained. In a group meditation or Sangha, there is no verbal tutorial as each individual is to experience and learn in their own unique way.  There are no crutches on the path to englightenment; the very act of taking one step at a time is, in and of itself, part of the process of learning. Therefore attending a Sangha requires a sincere commitment to learn, practice, and further one’s development in meditation with the guidance of Master Gunika or an Ekayana Vihara Teacher.

A group meditation is to be practiced in conjunction with regular individual practice. Each meditation session is approximately 40 minutes in duration and involves sitting in silence. Each meditative session is faciliated by an experienced and highly attuned teacher who anchors and protects the space and energy. The result is the creation of sacred space that is held for the benefit and safety of those who seek to explore within. This is a significant and important role of the Sangha and those qualified to hold sacred space. Individuals who may have tried to meditate on their own or under individuals less qualified may have experienced negative or poor results. All of Ekayana Vihara’s teachers and of course Master Gunika himself are trained, vetted and fully qualified to hold sacred space and teach others how to meditate in a secure environment.

Preparation: Avoid heavy meals or drinking before meditation – be prepared to sit for an extended period of time. Bring a cushion(s) that can be placed on the floor and is large enough to accomodate you in a sitting position. If your feet or hands tend to feel cold during long periods of inactivity, bring a sweater, cover or shawl. Where loose fitting clothes that are comfortable and allow you to breathe fully (through belly) with ease. Wear shoes or boots that can be removed at the door. Bare or stocking feet are preferred during meditation. Please turn off cell phones and pagers when entering the Sangha. No cameras or recording devices are permitted.

Method: Sitting meditation is performed in an upright seated position, either in a chair or cross-legged on a cushion on the floor. The spine is straight and relaxed and the head is tall and proud. Arms are loose and unfolded in lap or placed on top of thighs. Palms are open, fingers relaxed, eyes are soft; jaw and face muscles are relaxed. The tip of the tongue rests gently at the top of the mouth. The mind begins by focusing on the gentle rhythm of the breath. Slow and deep through the nostrils, down to fill the belly (expands, belts are not comfortable for this purpose) and released in a slow and rhythmic form. Quiet, stillness, peace and tranquility prevails. Slowly the mind, heart and body are opened (like a lotus flower) to look within and explore!

Following Sangha meditation, there is Dharma Talk with Master Gunika or one of the Ekayana Vihara teachers as well as opportunity to ask questions or share our experiences. Open discussion on challenges with meditation is encouraged so that we may all offer assistance in furthering our development and spiritual growth using meditation.

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