Dear friends,

We are grateful to have this monthly opportunity to share with you information about upcoming OBS events. For example, this coming Friday evening, August 3rd, Ayya Medhanandhi will be leading the group sitting and dhamma talk at Quaker House. Later in the month Ven Khemako will be in Ottawa for two meditation events on August 17th and 18th.

Carefully and thoughtfully, month after month, over these last forty some odd years our dedicated guiding teachers and volunteer boards provide these opportunities for our silent contemplative practice together.

” Mahatma Gandhi took one day a week in silence, even in the midst of marches of thousands and the ending of the British colonial empire. When everything was in the middle of this huge transformation, he would say, “I’m sorry, this is my day of silence.” And he would sit and quiet himself and try to listen to what was the most compassionate and skillful and powerful response he could make, coming from that deep center of wisdom. So rather than removing us from the world, it allows us to affect the world in a different and in many cases more profound way.”
Jack Kornfield

So now, this is where we gather together: encouraging each other to take time, in the midst of it all, to listen from that deep centre of wisdom, ever appreciating whatever is given and where we begin again.

Photo  Colleen Glass

Vesak rice pindapada, Tisarana 2013
Upcoming Opportunities and Events

Friday,August 3rd – Friday Evening Meeting with Ayya Medhanandhi 7:30 pm at Quaker House, 91A Fourth Ave, Ottawa click here for map. All dana offerings for the sisters at Sati Saraniya will be gratefully accepted on Friday evening. To find out what food and supplies they need, please check the Sati Saraniya website

Ayyā Medhānandī Bhikkhunī, is the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage, a forest monastery for women in the Theravādan tradition.

The daughter of Eastern European refugees who emigrated to Montreal after World War II, she began a spiritual quest in childhood that led her to India, Burma, England, New Zealand, Malaysia, Taiwan and finally, back to Canada.

In 1988, at the Yangon Mahasi retreat centre in Burma, Ayyā requested ordination as a bhikkhunī from her teacher, the Venerable Sayādaw U Pandita. This was not yet possible for Theravāda Buddhist women. Instead, Sayādaw granted her ordination as a 10 precept novice nun on condition that she take her vows for life. Thus began Ayyā’s monastic training in the Burmese tradition.

When the borders were closed to foreigners by a military coup, in 1990 Sayādaw blessed her to join the Ajahn Chah Thai Forest Saņgha at Amaravati, UK. After ten years in their siladhāra community, Ayyā felt called to more seclusion and solitude in New Zealand and South East Asia.

After nearly 20 years as a novice alms-mendicant nun, in 2007, Ayyā fulfilled her long-held wish for full ordination – she took her bhikkhunī vows at Ling Quan Chan Monastery in Keelung, Taiwan. In 2008, on invitation from the Ottawa Buddhist Society and Toronto Theravāda Buddhist Community, Ayyā returned to her native Canada to establish Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage.

Friday, August 17th and Saturday August 18thVen Khemako on Friday Evening Meeting  at Quaker House  7:30 pm and Saturday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Tu An Pagoda, OBS Days of Mindfulness . All food/dana for Tisarana Monastery , will be gratefully accepted and delivered to the sangha at Tisarana. ( click on the monastery link for current items needed).

Venerable Khemako was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1959 into a large Catholic family and received his primary education from priests and nuns at the local Church-run school. His long-standing interest in the core questions of philosophy and religion led him to begin lay Buddhist practice in 1997. As his practice and faith in the Dhamma increased, his interest and involvement in lay life waned. Ven. Khemako trained for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera, ordaining as a Bhikkhu on June 2, 2012 with Ajahn Pasanno as preceptor. In June of 2014 Ven. Khemako moved to Tisarana to spend his third vassa.

 

 

 

 

Ted Talk – Nature. Beauty. Gratitude
Louie Swartzberg

 

 

 

Submissions to the OBS newsletter are always welcome. This month was put together by Jeela Jones, Jane Brown and Colleen Glass. Submissions welcome please send for next month by August 27th to Colleen Glass, comms2014@ottawabuddhistsociety.com