Good afternoon Friends and Members of the OBS,

On behalf of us all, thank you to the two dozen or so OBS volunteers who recently prepared and served lunch to the clients at the Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa’s Lower Town area. This was the 16th + time Ann Waters has led this gift of service within our larger Ottawa community. Thank you Ann and all the Shepherds’ volunteers over the years.

All are welcome to join in on Friday evening’s Quaker House meeting with Andre Vellino. The meditation at the Quaker House on Fourth Avenue will begin at 7:30 pm followed by Andre’s dhamma reflection on Right Action and Right Thought in the Face of Injustice.

The OBS is grateful to Andre and also to Toronto lay teachers, Jim Bedard and Randy Baker, who will be leading their annual non-residential retreat on Saturday, March 10th and Sunday, March 11th. The retreat space at the Ron Kolbus Community Centre in Britannia Park, in Ottawa’s west end, is spacious and easily accommodates many for this silent retreat. Both Jim and Randy will be giving instructions during the weekend. We encourage everyone to consider this rare opportunity to deepen, in community, their sitting practice. Information HERE

” This is the path:integrity, a firmly-centred mind and wisdom.
Then,when wisdom is truly mature,
your mind has the strength to transcend
both pain and pleasure.”
Inscription for the month of March ~ Forest Sangha Calendar 2018/2561

Upcoming Teachings and Christina Feldman …

Thursday, March 1st – Full Moon


Friday, March 2nd – Friday Evening Meditation with Andre Vellino −7:30 pm at Quaker House, 91A Fourth Ave, in the Glebe

Andre will speak on Right Action and Right Thought in the Face of Injustice. All are welcome to join in for group mindfulness practice and dhamma instruction.
Andre is a member and past President of the Ottawa Buddhist Society and practiced with many Theravada monastics and lay teachers.

Since 2002 he has been a member of the Order of Interbeing and received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2014.

He leads meditation classes at the University of Ottawa Continuing Education Program and Andre is also a co-founder of the University of Ottawa’s Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies.

Friday, March 9th – Waning Moon and Friday Evening Meditation with Jim Bedard and Randy Baker −7:30 pm at Quaker House, 91A Fourth Ave, in the Glebe ** All are welcome to join in for group mindfulness practice and dhamma instruction.

Jim Bedard
In his early twenties, Jim’s spiritual angst led him to the experiential practice of meditation: Christian meditation, Transcendental Meditation (TM), and then Zen Buddhist meditation.

In 1980, Jim began practicing Zen meditation and soon after became a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau of the Rochester Zen Center. After completing his formal training in Zen, Jim began practicing with senior Vipassana teachers in the Theravada Buddhist tradition.

Today, Jim offers a balanced, direct approach to practices that point directly to the heart of the teachings. He teaches Insight Meditation at Satipañña Insight Meditation Toronto.

Jim has written two books: Lotus in the Fire and Old Pond: The Teachings of the Elders.

Randy Baker began practicing Zen meditation in 1977 as a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau. His Zen training included 10 years on staff at the Rochester Zen Center. After practicing Zen for 20 years, Randy took up the practice of Vipassana. He has since worked with a number of well-known Western Vipassana teachers.



Saturday, March 10th and Sunday March 11th – OBS Non Residential Retreat with Jim Bedard and Randy Baker at Ron Kolbus Community Centre, Britannia Park.

Friday, March 16th – New Moon

** There is no Day of Mindfulness on March 17th, the earlier retreat is our opportunity to practice in community in March **

Saturday, March 24th – Waxing Moon

Saturday, March 31th – Full Moon

After completing their winter retreat at the end of March the monks of Tisarana and fully-ordained nuns (bhikkunis) from Sati Saraniya will return and join-in leading OBS events.



Christine Feldman ~ Silencing the Inner Critic click

Unruly beings are like space.
There’s not enough time to overcome them.
Overcoming these angry thoughts.
Is like defeating all of our enemies.

Christina Feldman

Christina Feldman is the author of Compassion: Listening to the Cries of the World. She is co- founder and a guiding teacher at Gaia House, a Buddhist meditation center in Devon, England, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts.





Submissions to the OBS newsletter are always welcome. Thanks to Maryan O Hagan for sharing the Christina Feldman article.The OBS newsletter team this month included Jeela Jones, Vivienne Bartlett, Jane Brown and Colleen Glass. Please send submissions for March’s newsletter by April 1st, 2018 to