About Us


G.Arnaud Painvin, MD, FRCSC is a Zen Master & Dharma teacher (His transmission name is Ven. Ji Gong Sunim). He is teaching at Maple Grove United church  346 Maple Drive Oakville on Wednesday 7PM  and Saturday 10:15AM

Please check on Meetup below for more details. Born in Paris France he moved to Canada with his wife following their MD graduation. After post graduation training in Toronto he became cardiac surgeon, transplant surgeon and critical care specialist and practiced in Houston, Boston and Toronto before retiring few years ago. He is married to Catherine. They have lived in Oakville since 1985 and their 2 sons are married.

Following a severe stress-related depression and PTSD in 1989, he decided to explore the therapeutic value of Mindfulness Meditation (MM) based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and took the 6 months formal training in MM in 2001 at the Toronto General Hospital. He was so impressed with the medical benefits of MM regarding stress that he decided to practice daily meditation and started teaching this wonderful therapy since 2002. The therapeutic value of meditation led Arnaud to become interested to the spiritual aspect of it. He became Zen Buddhist in 2006 after 5 years of practice. In 2013 he received the spiritual transmission from his Korean Zen Master Venerable Hwasun Yangil and became a Zen Master with the name of Ji Gong.

Arnaud is practicing and teaches simple, down to earth Eastern philosophy adapted to our western civilization with emphasis on mindfulness meditation, awareness practice. Our classes are friendly w/o exotic rituals.

Schedule & venues:

We have currently TWO meditation classes with Dharma teaching / week ….totally free.

1 –  Wed. 7pm at Maple Grove United Church. To attend  you need to sign-up and RSVP on Meet up (it is free). www.meetup.com/Oakville-Zen-Meditation-meetup/

2. Sat. 10:15am at the Maplegrove United Church in Oakville. To attend  you need to sign-up and RSVP on Meet up (it is free). www.meetup.com/Oakville-Zen-Meditation-Meetup/

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