Monthly Archives: December 2012

Steps of the Path Meditation

photoJoin me for a weekly hour of retreat-like serenity right here in the city, starting January 8. 

Each week will include guided meditation, a brief teaching and support to develop your personal practice, all in the magical space of The Yoga House. Suitable for absolute beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

I’m absolutely thrilled to be bringing meditation to The Yoga House, a hidden gem right here in my very own Danforth East neighborhood. Just 12 minutes from the Coxwell subway, it is a “nature sanctuary in the city”, lovingly created by Celeste Shirley. A beautiful studio space opens with full French doors onto a garden with towering oak trees and the Merrill Park ravine, with a little creek nearby too. (The photo above is from the lovely back patio.) Come take a tour – I promise you will be totally enchanted… 7 Copeland Ave., near Coxwell & Danforth. The Yoga House provides a wide selection of cushions, mats, backjacks and chairs to help you find a comfortable meditation seat.

Every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30pm (starting Jan 8/13). 

Offered by donation – what you can happily give.


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Lama Shadi Mogadime returns with The Great Ideas of Buddhism Part II – ACI Course 17

Shadi Mogadime headshot

I’m very excited to announce that Lama Shadi Mogadime of 3 Jewels Vancouver will be returning to Toronto to teach ACI Course 17: The Great Ideas of Buddhism, Part II, over two weekends in January. This is a rare opportunity for in-depth study of Buddhism with a remarkable teacher and experienced practitioner.

This course is an overview of ACI Courses 6-10, serving as either an introduction for those new to Buddhism, or as a review for those who have previously taken these courses.  Topics covered include: The Diamond Cutter Sutra, Bodhisattva Vows, Death and the Realms of Existence, The Ethical Life (Vinaya) and The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.

The Asian Classics Institutee is dedicated to the study and personal practice of the original teachings of the Buddha. The Institute was established by Geshe Michael Roach under the spiritual direction of Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, a distinguished scholar and master of Buddhism from Tibet.

Shadi Mogadime is a certified Yoga Instructor, Master Coach, Buddhist Philosophy Teacher, and Mentor.  She has studied many spiritual traditions and modern modalities to the level of mastery including Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Reiki, and Shamanism.  She has over 15 years of Buddhist studies including the completion of all 18 Asian Classic Institutes courses along with a rigorous 7-year program in advance studies at Diamond Mountain University and with her heart teacher Lama Sumati Marut.  Shadi served for over three years as Lama Marut’s Assistant, Tour & Business Manager.  She is the publisher of (the ezine about retreat) and works in the community as a fundraising consultant to non-profit organizations of all types.

At Bikram Yoga Toronto East – 111 Island Road, Toronto ON

Offered by donation – what you can give happily. Course materials available for free download at Please contact me at 416-523-9542 or to pre-register or if you have questions about the course.

Class 1 – Fri Jan 18 from 7-9pm

Class 2, 3 & 4 – Sat Jan 19 from noon-9pm

Class 5 – Fri Jan 25 from 7-9pm

Class 6, 7 & 8 – Sat Jan 26 from noon-9pm

Class 9 & 10 – Sun Jan 27 from 10am-4pm

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Je Tsongkapa’s Day


Today, Saturday December 8, is Je Tsongkapa’s Day on the Tibetan calendar. This is a day to honour and celebrate our teachers.

Je Tsongkapa (1357-1419) is Tibetan Buddhism’s greatest teacher. Known as The King of the Dharma, Je Tsongkapa is unparalleled in his acheivements as a spiritual practitioner, teacher, scholar, author, debater, and more.  A man of a thousand different faces, who mastered many different paths. He was the teacher of His Holiness the First Dalai Lama, and founder of the Gelupka school of Buddhism, the lineage of all the Dalai Lamas to the present day.

A traditional offering to our teachers on this day is 1000 lamps, to signify the light that Je Tsongkapa and our lineage teachers shine on the path to freedom, banishing darkness, suffering and ignorance with each and every teaching. Don’t despair if this is beyond your means or ability. In our minds, we have within our power the ability to give anything and everything that we can conceive of. When we do so, we also plant powerful seeds towards actually becoming beings who have an unlimited capacity to give to others.

On this day, we can reflect with gratitude on all the teachers who have graced our lives – those who taught us to walk and talk, to read, those who taught us important life lessons along the way, and those who have shone their wisdom on how to live a meaningful life. How have they changed our lives? What would our lives be like without their presence? Today is an auspicious day to ask them to continue to teach us in all the ways that they do, and to stay in our lives always.

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