Meditation for Real Life with Franca Leeson

When: Sundays Sept 9 to Nov 4 (8 weeks) (no class Sept 30)
Times: 10am to 11:30

Where: Tai Chi & Meditation Centre, 320 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
Level: All levels, beginners welcome
Cost: $130 for 8 classes or $20 per class (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
Registration: contact to register or for information

Meditation for Real Life

We build a meditation practice, not to live better lives, but to live our lives better.What if striving to make our lives (income, stuff, bodies, accomplishments) better is making things worse? Buddha shared the insight that suffering is caused by our very attempts to make things better. Lucky for us, he also taught ways to recognize and address the source of the problem.

Develop a meditation practice that can help you cultivate the awareness and compassion to become more present to your life as it is. Each class will include teaching, practice, questions and discussion, designed to help the beginner as well as experienced meditators develop a practical, personalized approach.

Come prepared to learn, to try new things, and to share your experience. Come to reconnect with your existing practice, or start fresh. You may sit on the floor (cushions provided) or on a chair, your choice.


Franca Leeson has been teaching meditation in meditation centres,community centres, and in private sessions since 2000. She has alsopresented meditation and creativity sessions at Mindcamp in Toronto since 2003 and at the CREA (Creativity European Association) Conference in Italy since 2005. Her particular interest is in helping people develop a meditation practice in the context of their life, whatever that includes:work, children, marriage, family responsibilities.

She became interested in Buddhist meditation in the early 1980s, and took refuge in 1981 with Chöje Lama Namse Rinpoche in Toronto. Since then she has received teachings and initiations from senior Tibetan teachers, including Kalu Rinpoche, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, Ponlop Rinpoche, and others. She also has had the benefit of the teaching and encouragement of a number of outstanding Western teachers, including Catherine Jetsun Yeshe. These days she studies in the Dzogchen tradition with Ruth Gilbert and Jon Parmenter, and benefits greatly from the mentoring, encouragement, and friendship of Ken McLeod of Unfettered Mind.

“Waking up isn’t about getting somewhere, or becoming something that we are not. We are already awake — it’s just covered over with notions of who we are, who we should be, and how everything else should be. Meditation practice helps us notice, investigate, and let go of patternsthat block our experience of life. –Franca Leeson”