Our next Free Introductory Meditation Course(s) in English will begin on Sept. 16th, 2019.
And another English course will begin on Tues. Oct. 29th, 2019.
We are excited to offer a permanent place for classes and musical events. We have spent the summer renovating it in order to offer a meditation hall to teach classes and practice meditation in a peaceful and harmonious environment. We are pleased to offer FREE meditation classes (in English) on Monday evenings at 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM starting Sept 16th and ending Oct 7th. Please text 514-833-5692 to register and get the address. It is in NDG-CDN 5 minutes from both Villa Maria and Snowdon Metros. We are easily accessible by car from Autoroute Decarie – Hwy 15. Space is limited to 30 people. Seating really is limited – we can only guarantee you a seat if you register in advance. After you register, we will call you to give you the address and the course details.
Tuesday October 29th, the course will be from 7pm – 8:45 pm. It will last 3 weeks, participation in the 3rd week is dependent upon participation in weeks 1 and/or 2.
If you are a McGill student, there are classes being offered at McGill on Tuesday evenings in September and October free of charge also. See MORSL https://www.mcgill.ca/morsl/ to register.
Once the initial course is completed, follow-up classes are offered for those who wish to take their meditation practice seriously. As always, there is no charge.
Our introductory meditation courses are usually 3-5 sessions long and occur in the evenings from 7-9pm. The locations will vary, but often they are held in community centres, library auditoriums or university classrooms. They should be easily accessed by car, Metro and bus.
Simple techniques in relaxation, concentration, meditation, breathing, and mantras are explained and practiced in each class. Some of our instructors utilize music or singing as a concentration technique. Guided meditations are a core component of these sessions. Accompanying handouts may be given to help reinforce your practice.
Each course involves a progression, so attendance at each class is recommended. No new students are permitted after the 2nd session, but are welcome to take the next course.
About Our Instructors
Abhijit has studied the teachings of Sri Chinmoy since 1995. He has assisted and facilitated meditation courses in England, Newfoundland, Slovenia, Ireland, Vancouver, Poland, USA, Australia and more. Abhijit has had various careers, including computer programmer, systems analyst, project manager, accountant, waiter, cook, logistics coordinator and salesman/purchaser in the flower import industry. Sharing Sri Chinmoy’s philosophy of meditation with members of the public is one of Abhijit’s most satisfying activities.
Abhijit loves to visit the mountains for hiking, alpine & cross-country skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, rock climbing, swimming, mountaineering, and snowmobiling. He is a vocalist/percussionist in the Pavaka Ensemble, and also assists with website maintenance.
Vidura, now retired, was the logistics manager at Oneness Fragrance-Glow (Cambrian Distribution Florale), a flower importation company.
He has been meditating since 1971. Fluently bilingual (French and English), Vidura offers meditation classes in both of Canada’s official languages. He is an avid runner and excellent singer. He leads a singing group consisting of singers from across Canada. He is also a member of the music group ‘The Pavaka Ensemble’, a music group dedicated to arranging the songs of Sri Chinmoy and frequent performers at various meditation classes throughout eastern Canada. Vidura has started a new business, ‘Harmonic Vibrations’,in which singing bowls, gongs and a variety of melodic instruments are used to relax and re-harmonize the body.
The Pavaka Ensemble at the Sri Chinmoy Art Gallery – Ottawa, Ontario.
Devaki Is a lecturer in English as a Second Language (ESL) at McGill University and has been teaching foreign students the basics of English grammar and conversation in both the Intensive and part-time programs for over 30 years. She was also a children’s performer and ventriloquist.
She has been meditating using Sri Chinmoy’s techniques since 1972 and giving meditation classes in the Montreal area for over 27 years. She has also taught meditation in western Canada and the Czech Republic. She has also written a short book entitled “The ABC of Meditation-A Beginner’s Course” as well as an autobiography of her life as a spiritual seeker under the guidance of her spiritual teacher, Sri Chinmoy.
Sugandha Barkman has been meditating with the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Montreal for over 30 years and been involved in giving courses in the English language during this time. She has a love of spiritual music and literature, which has been a great source of inspiration. She participates regularly in a choral group which sings mantric compositions of Sri Chinmoy’s songs.