Oakville Zen Meditation

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Zen Master & Dharma teacher G.Arnaud Painvin MD and Late Catherine Painvin MD are pleased to welcome you. We are providing mindfulness meditation classes 3 times per week which includes silent sitting meditation followed by teaching called Dharma talk and finally Q&A and discussion.

You have access to all Dharma Talks since November 2014. We are open to everyone and our classes are free. For more detailed information about our meditation classes you can find out more About Us.  If you are interested in joining our mailing list please Subscribe to our newsletter below.

Short quote from late little dog called Shih Tzu who was one of my best Zen Master:

“ I am not special, not dogmatic, do not walk on water, don’t take myself too seriously, make mistakes all the times and enjoy wonderful questions and challenges from students so I can learn from them. My job and joy is to try to help others with their struggles the best I can through the practice of meditation and the teaching of Zen Buddhism philosophy”.

As you may know Zen Buddhism is not based on faith per-se, doctrines, dogmas or scriptures but rather on strong spiritual practice based on daily mindfulness meditation, understanding down to earth existential philosophy and practice, both of them designed specifically to alleviate our suffering and its 3 main sources ( desire/I want, hatred / I don't want and delusion/illusion), and, finally, based on pure common sense. We do not preach a so-called divine truth but just factual realities of life and their subsequent wisdoms. Finally, we are against any proselytism, that is to say, to convert people's beliefs such as religious, political or others.

Everyone is welcome ...

Dharma Lecture

1A Excellent article about Zen from the Buddhist review Lyon's Roar: history, philosophy, meaning, practice, and benefits. 22-5-23
What Is Zen Buddhism and How Do You Practice It?...
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#448 Zen: the Zen definition trap by Gaurav 21/5/23
The Zen Definition Trap Trying to find out the meaning of Zen is like trying to describe the smell of a rose. It will be an exercise in frustration. We can describe the sensory organ but not the sensorial experience – the nose is an instrument for smelling but it will be tough to describe [&hellip...
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#447 NOW: the magic of the present moment May 14th 23
 NOW: The magic of the present moment Try to answer this question. How often your mind is in the present moment where your body is and what it is doing? For example, while you are driving, brushing your teeth, cutting the grass, eating, etc…. The answer:  Almost never. Apart from excepti...
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#446: Managing our moody mind Sun. 07 May 23
Managing our restless moody mind  It is mainly our moods as much as anything else that determine our quality of life. As we wander through many daily moods, it is important to remember that each mood positive and negative involves a choice. We have the choice to assume responsibility for the ge...
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