Finding the right Buddhist meditation center in Toronto
March 6, 2012 5:31 PM Subscribe
Help me find the right Buddhist meditation center in Toronto. More info inside.
I've been dealing with depression and anxiety my whole life, unmedicated, but have recently found that a combination of meditation and CBT makes a 90% difference in my mood and ability to cope. These guided meditations by Malcolm Huxter, in particular, have been helpful: http://www.buddhanet.net/audio-meditation.htm
Also, I find that learning about the tenets of Buddhism have made life so much more enjoyable, helped me immeasurably.
Now I'd like to be able to do some in-person weekly meditations in Toronto. In undergrad, many of my friends were into Shambhala. I did a few weekends with them in the introductory levels (and, must say, found their meditation to be extremely difficult, almost physically painful, where these guided meditations are easier to do). In the years since university, many of my Buddhist friends have also left Shambhala, claiming that it's a cult. I looked into alternatives here, and am not sure I trust my limited knowledge of meditation centers and Buddhism to discern what I really need. I'm not totally convinced Shambhala is a cult and would even give it another shake, and am not familiar with other centers. There seems to be a lot of backlash against Diamond Way. My leanings are towards zen Buddhism, free of any sort of guru or leader people seem to defer to. Is there such a place in Toronto?
Or is there a non-Buddhist meditation center/group that might be more appropriate?
Thanks for any advice you can give.