Tonglen Meditation for Love and Compassion (In-Person)

Sunday 14 July 2024 (10:00 -13:00)
Toronto Shambhala Center
TEACHER_MALE : Donald Eckler
Program Price : $35.00
Patron Price : $45.00
Join us for this Saturday morning workshop, exploring the profound practice of tonglen to generate loving-kindness and compassion.

Tonglen is a practice for thinking bigger, for touching into our sameness with all beings. Instead of withdrawing into ourselves, we can use the grittiness, the harshness of the human condition as a way to rouse our natural ability to love, to care, to understand our interconnectedness. With tonglen, our misfortunes become a means to awaken our heart, enabling us to work wholeheartedly for the sake of others and at the same time be a true friend to ourselves. - Pema Chödrön

This meditation workshop will teach the formal practice of tonglen as well as informal ways to take tonglen off the cushion and into our everyday lives. The program will include mindfulness meditation practice and is suitable for everyone.

Please register for this program by clicking on the "Register Now" button below. 

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About Your Teacher

Donald Eckler is a senior teacher and mindfulness instructor at the Toronto Shambhala Meditation Centre where he teaches regular programs as well as yearly seven-day retreats. He leads weekly mindfulness classes for faculty and staff at Toronto Metropolitan University (Ryerson) and for many years at the Adult Mental Health Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital. In early 2019, as a teacher for the Centre for Mindfulness in Public Safety, he facilitated a mindfulness-based wellness program for correctional officers at the Elgin-Middlesex maximum security facility. Donald has trained in end of life care and he  has offered ongoing spousal-loss programs for Bereaved Families of Ontario. Over the past thirty years he has presented mindfulness programs at schools, universities, YMCA’s, community groups, and symposiums.

For 37 years he was a teacher with the Toronto District School Board where he taught emotionally vulnerable children. He was responsible for designing and introducing the first class in the TDSB to integrate these sensitive, yet inherently good students into regular classrooms.