Welcome to The Centre for Compassion & Wisdom

Welcome to our open-hearted community...a place to discover your inherent potential for compassion, wisdom, inner peace and social awareness. Enjoy diverse community, health and wellness programs for adults and youth that are now being showcased internationally.

We offer distinct programs on Universal Wisdom Education, Secular Ethics, Mindfulness and Meditation.

Please check back with us soon as we are in the process of redesigning and developing all-new content for you. We hope you will enjoy the programs we have waiting to share with you!

Current News Updates

Great Global Shift Transformative Meditation

Free with Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw and Shelley Urlando

Next Session is Friday January 1, 2016

Time: 2 hours at 12 noon Toronto time ET / 9am Pacific / 5pm UK / 6pm Continental Europe.

Join us on the first day of any month.

Click http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/5AMSHOY4H9B5IKYB

Maestro Teleconferencing will send you out a confirmation and reminder.

Change Your Mind, Transform Your Life with Venerable Robina Courtin

Monday November 30, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites
175 Wynford Drive
Toronto, ON M3C 1J3

Get tickets: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/change-your-mind-transform-your-life-tickets-...

Change your Mind, Transform your Life

Inspiring, insightful, hard-hitting, full of wit and delight.
You will not want to miss this exclusive event in Toronto.
Renowned Australian Tibetan Buddhist Nun Venerable Robina Courtin speaks on how to work with disturbing emotions of anxiety, fear, anger, depression, low self-esteem.
Approaching Buddhism as a Psychology, she addresses audiences around the world on understanding the nature of the mind.

• Understand the role of the mind in the quality of your life.

Come Join us for our Annual Festive Potluck Dinner

You are invited to join us for our festive potluck dinner on Friday, December 11th from 6-9 pm at East Plains United Church for delicious food, sharing with friends old and new and a heartfelt good time in celebration of the season!

Please bring a friend and a favourite dish to share! We have use of the church kitchen and can keep dishes warm or cold if necessary. As ‘many hands make light work’, please let us know by Dec 9 if you are able to help with set up and/or clean up for our festive dinner. Thank you!

This year as a follow-up to Venerable Robina Courtin's public talk and workshop on ‘Happy Living Happy Dying’ (November 27-29) we have chosen to support our local Carpenter Hospice.*

Sun Oct 18 guest speaker Denise Dillon Bolland from Australia

The Centre For Compassion and Wisdom
invites you to enjoy an interactive afternoon presentation
Denise Dillon Bolland (Ph.D candidate)
School of Human Services and Social Work
Griffith University, Brisbane Australia

Sunday, October 18th
1:00pm to 3:00pm
East Plains United Church
The Campbell Room
375 Plains Rd E, Burlington, ON
Please use the west entrance and parking lot.
Suitable for all audiences.

Creating a Ripple Effect - The Power of One

Sometimes we are told by a grateful client, a friend or a family member that
our words or our actions have changed their life. Most days we endeavour to
just do whatever we can to make a difference and some days we care too
much or feel too much and are left feeling helpless, drained or unappreciated.

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour at the Royal Botanical Gardens

See you at the Maitreya Loving Kindness tour at the Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, Ontario.

Maitreya Loving Kindness tour public exhibit hours:
September 25: 6:00 pm to 8:00pm, Opening ceremony followed by relic viewing
September 26: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, relic viewing
September 27: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, relic viewing
September 27: 2:00 am to 4:00 pm, animal blessing

16 Guidelines For Life Level 1

16 Guidelines Level 1:
Tools for cultural and personal

Participants will develop tools
to change the way they Think,
Act, Relate and Create

This workshop is for those
who are interested in taking
mindfulness into the world in
order to create a wise, kind

 Educators
 Facilitators
 Health and Mental
Health practitioners
 Parents
 Business Leaders
 Community

The 16G have attracted
everyone from neuroscientists
to school teachers,
corporations to social services
agencies, parents to
community builders - anyone
who is in need of motivation to
change their outlook and
practices. The 16G are
currently being used for
personal and cultural change
in hospitals, schools, social

Update on Dekyi-Lee June 28

As you know, Dekyi Lee went for a reversal of her ileostomy last Monday, which appeared to be successful. Her strength on all levels has amazingly helped her to come through this and the unfolding of events since. On Friday, the surgeon felt she did require another surgery to repair a leakage which they noticed and she had this surgery very early Saturday morning. She is now in ICU where they are keeping her in a state of stillness to allow the inner part of her body to do big healing. She is getting a much needed rest from having to make effort to move, and in a couple of days will undergo one more surgery to completely close and heal this area.

Dekyi-Lee update

Dear Friends,

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support for Dekyi-Lee.

She is still in hospital and recovering from major surgery to reverse the ileostomy which took place on Monday June 22, 2015.

Dekyi-Lee will provide a personal update once she is back at her residence and feeling well enough again.

With heartfelt gratitude, on behalf of Dekyi-Lee
and The Centre For Compassion & Wisdom

Compassion Day Potluck Picnic - Saturday July 11, 2015

Come join us for our Compassion Day Potluck Picnic!

Hosted by The Centre For Compassion & Wisdom and Lama Yeshe Ling Tibetan Buddhist Study Group

in honour of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday.

Come join us and celebrate!

SATURDAY JULY 11, 2015 from 1 to 5pm

Dundas Valley Conservation Area
650 Governors Rd, Dundas, Ontario
Stacey Meadow Pavilion

Enjoy delicious food, sharing with friends and family - a fun time for all ages!
Please bring a small favourite dish to share. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fee per vehicle $10.00
Horseback access (no vehicle) $15.00
Entry by foot or bicycle is free.
You can find more information about Dundas Valley Conservation Area at http://www.conservationhamilton.ca/dundas-valley

REMINDER - Transformative Mindfulness Methods for Inquiry

Transformative Mindfulness International and the Inter-professional Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Continuing Education, University of Toronto, have collaborated to offer the Transformative Mindfulness Methods (TMM) as individual courses or a full training path.

Please visit www.transformativemindfulness.com for more information or to register.

Public Talk: Peter Kedge - My Journey from the Kopan Course to Universal Education

Peter Kedge has deep roots in the foundation and formation of FPMT - Foundation of the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition and FDCW - Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom / Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom.

Date: Sunday March 8th 2015

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: East Plains United Church, 375 Plains Road East, Burlington. Campbell Room. Plenty of free parking on the west side of the building. Please enter through the west doors.

Cost: By Donation

Visiting Teacher - Venerable Amy Miller - Public Talk and Teaching Weekend

Public Talk and Teaching Weekend May 2015
East Plains United Church
375 Plains Road East (North East of Waterdown Rd.)
Burlington, Ontario L7T 2C6

* Public Talk - Friday May 1, 7 - 9pm

* 2 Day Workshop - Saturday May 2 & Sunday May 3; 9:30 - 4:30pm

Overcoming Harmful Habits

We all form attachments to things or people – it is part of being human. However, some attachments can overwhelm us, leading to harmful habits or addictions, such as spending hours on our cell phone or the internet, drinking too much, overspending, overeating, or staying in unhealthy relationships. Bad habits and addictions limit our freedom, may create damaging living patterns causing us to lose balance or function in life, and may seriously erode our healthy self-esteem.

Visiting Teacher - Venerable Geshe Sherab - Public Talk in Burlington, ON

Venerable Geshe Sherab
Public Talk
Burlington, Ontario

East Plains United Church
375 East Plains
Burlington, Ontario

Geshe Sherab is the young, fluent in English, Headmaster of Kopan Monastery, Nepal, the spiritual centre of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). He has lived for several years in the U.S. also, so he is familiar with North American culture, and knows how to relate to the western mind when teaching the Dharma.

A Mindful Society Conference

Join A Mindful Society from March 27-29th for a two-day conference bringing visionaries and community together to share leading edge research, evidence-based practices and emerging developments in the application of mindfulness in all sectors of society. Be part of the conversation and help create the means for bringing the unfolding of mindfulness in Canadian society into being.

Partners: University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, The Centre For Compassion & Wisdom, The Centre For Mindfulness Studies, Mindful Gateway, Mindfulness Without Borders, Mindfulness Toronto

For more information please visit www.amindfulsociety.org.

Dalai Lama Awakening Film Showing Hosted by The Centre For Compassion & Wisdom and Lama Yeshe Ling Tibetan Buddhist Study Group

Dalai Lama Awakening and Compassion In Action

Two films with Q&A following showing for the Director
Melrose United Church in Hamilton, Ontario
call 905-296-3728 or visit www.lamayesheling.org

Life Purpose Workshop

Life Purpose Workshop

New spring date and location to be announced soon!

Are you ready to explore and discover what will bring you more joy in life; how to connect to it;
and how to make it happen? Are you ready to discover or rediscover your life purpose! Are you
living it now?

Please join Laurie Dolan for this experiential life-changing workshop designed by Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw.
The purpose of this workshop is to define your strengths and attributes that will reveal your life purpose;
to provide a clear life-purpose statement including; and to identify the next steps necessary for engaging
in your life’s full potential.

Lunch: We invite you to join in a shared lunch by bringing a dish, salad or dessert. Or bring
your own lunch if you have dietary restrictions.

Transformative Mindfulness Methods Training

Transformative Mindfulness International and the Inter-professional Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Continuing Education, University of Toronto, have collaborated to offer the Transformative Mindfulness Methods (TMM) as individual courses or a full training path.

Please visit www.transformativemindfulness.com for more information or to register.

NEW! Calendar of Events for 2015

We have a whole new year of programming for you coming soon!

16 Guidelines Books and Cards

Our online shop is now open. Please note a shipping and handling charge for a maximum of two sets is $10. If additional sets are required you will be advised of the charge and an invoice will be sent to you. The cost of one 16 G book and card set is $35.

To place an order for more than two 16 Guidelines for Life book and card sets please send a message and include your request stating the number of sets, your name and mailing address to [email protected].

We thank you for your interest in this universal wisdom education program.

Update on Dekyi-Lee Recovery

Dear Friends,

We wanted to share our latest update about our dear friend Dekyi Lee.

She has recently moved out of the hospital setting, and is now in a community respite care facility, which is allowing her to continue to work intensively on her healing. She is still transitioning with the new setting, and learning her way through new routines and supports.
Each day is filled with physio and occupational therapy as she works with much effort toward becoming independent in all areas of her life. This is a slow process, but an important one, and also one that takes much energy and focus for Dekyi Lee each day. She is still requesting limited visitors as she devotes her energy predominantly to these activities each day.

Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw Support Fund Has Been Established - Sunday, May 25th, 2014

During this period of long recovery for our dearest friend Dekyi-Lee there will be many challenges. Many of you have asked how you can be of help to support her, and we want you to know we have now set up a Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw Support Fund.

Dekyi-Lee has given so selflessly to so many over the years. If you wish to make a donation to support her recovery, these will be gratefully received and appreciated.

Within Canada, you can deposit your donation from any bank into Scotiabank Account 80242 05020 81 in the name of Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw Support Fund.

International deposits can be made to 80242 002 05020 81.

For paypal, please log in to www.paypal.com and send your donation to [email protected].

On behalf of Dekyi-Lee, we thank you!

Another Way to Help Dekyi-Lee - See the new TMM app she has for purchase

Hello dear friends,

As you are aware, our beloved Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw is going through a very challenging time in her life due to a horrific car accident last Monday 28th April. I am sure she is aware of all the love and prayers pouring out for her wellbeing and deep wishes for her speedy recovery.

Our Prayer Circle

Motivated by a wish to help others, a small group of volunteers have formed a prayer circle. Spread out geographically, we do not meet as a group, but rather say prayers individually, based on our own particular spiritual background.

If you would like the group to pray for you, for someone you know, or for a group, please contact Judy at [email protected] and she will pass the information on to the members of the group. All we need is a name and the nature of the request and/or circumstances. We will then say prayers for that sentient being (human or otherwise) for three months, or longer if you so indicate.

All information is treated confidentially.

If you are interested in joining the prayer circle, please contact Judy at the above email address.

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