Oakville Zen Meditation

About Us




About the teacher:

G.Arnaud Painvin, MD, FRCSC is a Zen Master & Dharma teacher (His transmission name is Ven. Ji Gong Sunim)

Arnaud was born in Paris France he moved to Canada with his wife following their MD graduation. After post graduation training in Toronto he became cardiac surgeon, transplant surgeon and critical care specialist and practiced in Houston, Boston and Toronto before retiring few years ago. He is married to Catherine. They have lived in Oakville since 1985 and their 2 sons are married.

Following a severe stress-related depression and PTSD in 1989, he decided to explore the therapeutic value of Mindfulness Meditation (MM) based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and took the 6 months formal training in MM in 2001 at the Toronto General Hospital. He was so impressed with the medical benefits of MM regarding stress that he decided to practice daily meditation and started teaching this wonderful therapy since 2002. The therapeutic value of meditation led Arnaud to become interested to the spiritual aspect of it. He became Zen Buddhist in 2006 after 5 years of practice. In 2013 he received the spiritual transmission from his Korean Zen Master Venerable Hwasun Yangil and became a Zen Master with the name of Ji Gong.

Arnaud is practicing and teaches simple, down to earth Eastern philosophy adapted to our western civilization with emphasis on mindfulness meditation, awareness practice. Our classes are friendly w/o exotic rituals.

About our meditation class:

We are practicing the purest and genuine mindfulness meditation called Zen ( Zen is the Japanese word for meditation). No guided meditation which is a North-American invention!

Silent and sitting meditation for 45 to 60min. during which we focus on our breathing to anchor our restless mind.

When a thought is popping out,- as it always will- we acknowledge it and go back to our anchor. Struggling to focus on our breathing is the norm even among the "pro". After more than 65 years of practice, the Dalai Lama told me that if he is not struggling while meditating, he is not meditating! The beneficial effect of meditation is cumulative, regardless its quality. So: never judge how well or bad you are meditating. If you do, you will quit.

Following meditation, the Zen Master or invited member gives a Dharma talk that is teaching. You have the ist of all Dharma talks (over 385) if you click on "DHARMA TALKS" on the home page menu. Scroll down and pick the topic that you are interested to explore.

At the end, we have Q&A and discussion for 20-30 min. or so

Schedule & venues:

THREE meditation classes with Dharma teaching/week....totally free.


MAPLE GROVE UNITED CHURCH 346 Maple Grove Drive Oakville. Go around the church to get to the main entrance in the back.

             1 -  MONDAYS:  19:00 (7:00pm) at the church

             2-  THURSDAYS: 19:00. (07:00 pm) at the church

             3-  SATURDAYS: 10:00 am at the church

We do not pay any rental fee to the church, so, be generous with your donation before or after the class. Thanks

For more information please click on contact on the home page and we will answer.