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 Talks

#440 Mindfulness revisited March 26th 23
   What Is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is paying attention purposefully without analysis, judgment, feeling, and decision, of what is happening in your mind, body, and environment in the present moment. Mindfulness is both a mind-body state and the practice of active awareness where and ...
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#439 Role of choice; a Zen perspective by Gaurav March 19th 23
We will start this dharma talk with a one-minute exercise. For the next one minute, you are welcome to do anything…sit, move, keep your eyes closed or open. But only one condition, you shall not speak. How did people feel after the exercise? Everyone made at least 2 choices. The choice to not spea...
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#438 The game of naming; a Zen perspective March 12 23
  The naming game                This talk is part of a series called: Practicing mindfulness on the go” The naming or labeling game is an addiction affecting all of us all the time. As soon as something/somebody ...
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#432 Simple breathing technique Feb 26th 22
We are breathing around 20,000 to 25,000 times in 24h without knowing it or around 3.5 sec. from the beginning of inhale to the end of exhale. In fact, we are ignoring this function totally, and yet, besides being vital, breathing is also a miracle moment and a fantastic meditation-based spiritual p...
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