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Meditations for World Peace, Sept. 24-25 2016


IN celebration of the United Nations' International Day of Peace, the Waterloo Riverview Dharma Centre is hosting Meditations for World Peace, Sept. 24-25, 2016. Recognizing that meditation cultivates peaceful minds and hearts, and that inner peace supports peacefulness in the world around us, we are offering a 24-hour event featuring a variety of activities that aim to cultivate peace. 

The event will be held at the Dharma Centre (33 Dupont St. E. Waterloo), and will include a Mindfulness Meditation Workshop (for adults and older teens) in the morning, and a children’s Mindfulness session in the afternoon, followed by a 12-hour overnight Meditation Marathon. All members of the community are invited to participate in any or all of the activities throughout the event.The daytime activities are offered free of charge, and no registration is required. Just drop in. 

These activities will be followed by an overnight Meditation Marathon, proceeds of which will support the Centre’s ongoing programs and fee generosity policy. Also, 25 per cent of the funds raised will be donated to the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada. Registration is required for this event. See below.

Morning Meditation: 7-8 a.m.
Saturday morning at 7 a.m., the Dharma Centre will open its doors to the community for an hour-long silent meditation. All are welcome. Meditation experience recommended.

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop (adults and older teens): 9 a.m.-12 noon
Mindfulness meditation is a practice that teaches us how to find peace of mind and ease of being amidst the stresses and challenges of everyday life. This three-hour workshop will provide an introduction to basic mindfulness methods which cultivate inner peace, understanding and loving connection that benefits ourselves and the world around us.  

Interactive Mindfulness for Children: 2-3:30 p.m 
Join us for an engaging session to create the foundation of mindfulness for kids! Open to children, age 4-12 activities are designed to encourage the calming, balancing, and grounding skills that are essential for kids to rise up into navigating the external world with both confidence and compassion.

Meditation Marathon
The 12-hour Meditation Marathon will get underway at 7 p.m. It may sound a bit daunting, but as well as sitting meditation, the event will include walking meditation, Qi-Gong (moving meditation), and mandala art meditation Snacks and refreshments will be available throughout the event.

To register for this event, download this registration form and either snail mail or email it back to us.

The overnight meditation marathon is a fund raiser for the Dharma Centre, which is a registered charitable non-profit organization. Proceeds will support the Centre’s core offerings and other initiatives that make the benefits of meditation accessible to more people such as a program fee generosity policy, retreat scholarships and community programs. Participants will acquire pledges to participate in the 12-hour event.
Download a pledge form here.

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Sept. 25:

7-8 a.m.                  Morning Meditation

8-9 a.m.                  Open House

9 a.m.-noon            Mindfulness Meditation Workshop (adults and older teens)

Noon-2 p.m.            Open House

2-3:30 p.m.             Children’s Mindfulness Workshop

7 p.m.-7 a.m.           Meditation Marathon