A Toronto-based Lay Community
We meet for two hours every Sunday, 10 am at The Centre,
316 Dupont St., just west of the Dupont subway station.
There is no fee, but donations are welcomed.
Theravada Buddhist Community (TBC) is a small group of meditators who meet every Sunday morning to sit. Our emphasis is on practice, developing the capacity to sit quietly with concentration. The group has been practising continuously since the late 1980s.
Nothing is required to participate. Just come any Sunday just before 10am and be prepared to sit. We take a 10 minute break about 11am, then resume with that Sunday’s facilitator reading from his/her choice of a Dhamma/Dharma talk or listening to an audio file. Those present may then share their reflections and/or ask for clarification. Then we sit some more. Shortly before 12 noon we conclude when many of us go to brunch together at a neighbourhood restaurant where the conversation may continue on Dhamma or other themes.
By meditating together we support and stimulate our practice. We are a lay sangha. We are quite informal and small enough that no one gets lost in the crowd. We are all lay people, and most of us have been practising for many years. We have no official teacher, and we stay pretty close to the original teachings of the Buddha as practised in the Theravada lineage. There’s a short chant opening and closing.
In most branches of Theravada practice there are no fees for practice or for teaching. Generosity is central to the practice itself. Donations help support our rented room on Dupont. They are welcomed.
Once a year in the spring we hold a ten-day residential retreat, usually led by Ajahn Viradhammo, abbot of Tisarana Monastery near Ottawa. From time to time we host visiting teachers for a “Day of Mindfulness” practice, usually held in the same building as our Sunday sits on Dupont street. We often colaborate with the much larger group Satipañña (formerly Spring Rain) that meets on Tuesday evenings.
If you join our Mailing List (the link is above) you’ll be notified of visiting teachers and special events.