Faith and Spiritual Life

Faith and Spiritual Life

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Responding to COVID-19

All of our services have moved online (effective March 18, 2020). Please reach out to us, we are here to support students, staff and faculty during these uncertain and challenging times.

Chaplains on the Faith and Spiritual Life team are available to pray with people by phone or online. Group worship is also available online. Visit our events page to see our selection of online engagement opportunities or contact us for more information via chaplain@queensu.ca

Note that in accordance with public health guidelines, the physical prayer spaces on campus are closed at this time.

Information about Meditation

person meditating on hillGeneral Meditation

Meditation is a practice that encourages silent contemplation and awareness through an altered mode of consciousness. Meditation has a long standing tradition within most faiths. Although it appears more prominent in some faiths over others, it is a core practice for many.

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Buddhist monk meditating

Buddhist Meditation

As a central practice of Buddhism, meditation techniques have been preserved in religious texts and through teacher-student relations. Buddhists practice meditation in the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment towards Nirvana. There is a large number and diversity within Buddhist meditation practices.

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Christian rosaries in a bible

Christian Meditation

Christian meditation is a form of prayer used to gain awareness of the revelations of God. The practice is based on techniques involving deliberate reflection on holy texts and bible passages to discover the love of God.

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Sufi Whirling Dervish meditating

Meditation in Islam

Dhikr or 'Remembrance of God' in Islam is interpreted through various meditative techniques in Sufism or Islamic mysticism. Dhikr is used as a meditative practice through which one reflects on the Creation of Allah. There are many cultural and regional variations in the practice of Dhikr, which reflects the inherent diversity of practices among the various sects of Islam. 

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