OBS Newsletter – May 8, 2016
Good evening friends and members of the OBS,
As the tulips begin to bloom (and the Ottawa Tulip Festival tourists begin to congregate!), we are grateful for the changing seasons and this time of warmth, growth, and creativity.
This month, we would like to extend our gratitude by highlighting the service contributions of OBS member Corinne Dara.
Corinne has often shared her artistic gifts with OBS, and was instrumental in bringing the OBS Origins Video to fruition. She has also created a short animated video on mindfulness meditation. We are thankful for the knowledge, skills, and passion she has brought to our community. We recently sat down with Corinne to learn more about the roles that art and Theravada Buddhism play in her life.
When did you first realize you were an artist?
I don’t know if I’m an “artist” but I realized I wanted to make movies back in the 1990s when my friend lent me his video camera. Then when I was living in Japan, a friend encouraged me to enter the Akira Kurosawa Foundations 10-minute video contest whose theme was very narrow — “life”. It was one of the best experiences I had in my four years there.
Finally in 2009, when I was at an unsatisfying job, I decided I wanted a career change to do something more creative and meaningful. I did a lot of “soul searching” and realized I felt like I was doing creative and meaningful work when I made my little movies so I decided that’s what I wanted to do.
But now I’ve broadened my goal to multi-media and video is a part of that.
Where can we see your videos?
I have a YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/corinnedara1
Who, from past or present, would you like be able to invite for dinner and conversation?
All my friends and family.
What is it about Theravada Buddhism that speaks to you?
That it has a very practical way of training the mind to be in the present and not get carried away by all our negative thought habits. It’s such an intelligent and compassionate teaching.
When and where do you practice/sit?
I try to sit twice a day in my home. I also go to the twice-a-month sittings that the OBS has at Quaker House. Once my school is over, I’ll start going to the Days of Mindfulness again too and perhaps once in a while to Tisarana. I’d really like to stay over there for a day or two this summer while avoiding the tics of course.
Friday May 13th – Sunday May 15th – Non-residential Retreat with Ajahn Punnadhamo. REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL. River House, 1048 North River Road. Map: http://tinyurl.com/hntpppd
Friday May 20th – Full Moon. Evening Meditation with Bhante Vijitha. 7:30 pm at Quaker House, 91A Fourth Ave, Ottawa (in the Glebe). Map: https://goo.gl/maps/23ZIC
Sunday May 21st – Day of Mindfulness with Bhante Vijitha. 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Tu-An Pagoda, 3591 Albion Road Ottawa, (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple). Map: https://goo.gl/maps/p62Ee
All are welcome to join in the periods of mindfulness practice and dhamma instruction. Potluck lunch.
Venerable Krinde Vijitha Thero was born in April 25, 1986 at Kirinda, Matara, Sri Lanka. He received his ordination at the age of 11 in 1997. After having completed his typical monastic education diligently, he received his higher ordination in 2006. Rev. Vijitha completed Royal Pandith Degree which is equivalent to the final degree examination of any recognized University in Sri Lanka. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, which he received in 2009. He is a resident teacher at the Hilda Jayewardenaramaya Buddhist Monastery in Ottawa.
Sunday May 22nd – Vesākha Pūjā (commemoration of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing away). For more information about related events at Tisarana Monastery please see their News Update.
Saturday May 28th – Waning (Half) Moon
** The OBS executive board along with other Canadians are encouraging OBS members and friends to donate, as they are able, to help relieve the suffering in the aftermath of the devastating wild fires in Fort McMurray. The Canadian Red Cross donation website: Alberta Fires Appeal **
Sunday June 12th – Shepherds of Good Hope. Once again we are organizing a meal service at the Shepherds of Good Hope. We need 20 volunteers to work the morning kitchen shift on Sunday June 12th. The mission is located in Lowertown at 233 Murray Street at the corner of King Edward.
From 8:30 am to 10:45 am the work involves cutting and peeling vegetables and preparing sandwiches. Sometimes we have an opportunity to meditate before we are served lunch at 11:00 am. After lunch we serve the clients and do the clean-up. The volunteer coordinator would appreciate prospective volunteers to please make a firm commitment to come as it is very difficult to find replacements at the last minute.
Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age to participate. Those between 12 and 18 need to be accompanied by an adult and both work in the kitchen preparing food. During the serving of the meal and clean-up the young adults will do other jobs such as sorting clothes or food in a different section of the mission. I will send information about kitchen guidelines and parking a week or so before the 12th.
OBS Social Service Committee email@example.com
Day of Mindfulness Announcement – Temporary Location Change
Due to renovations at Tu An Pagoda, Day of Mindfulness gatherings will be held at Trinity United Church (1099 Maitland Avenue) from July through December 2016. The first affected meeting will be the July 16th Day of Mindfulness with LP Viradhammo (the June 4th gathering will be held at Tu An Pagoda as usual). Trinity United Church has ample free parking, and is bus accessible (Route 150, transfer likely required). We will provide more information in next month’s newsletter.
Podcasts and Key Readings
This month we offer two resources for those wishing to explore the Buddha’s teachings more deeply. Both highlight the teachings of the Venerable Bhikku Bodhi.
Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. Drawn to Buddhism in his early 20s, after completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973, both under the late Ven. Ananda Maitreya, the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk of recent times.
Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor, including The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha — A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (co-translated with Ven. Bhikkhu Nanamoli, 1995) and The Connected Discourses of the Buddha — a New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya (2000). (From http://www.buddhanet.net/audio-lectures.htm)
1. The Nobility of the Truths, (1998). This short essay examines the idea of “nobility of spirit”, and how this can be borne out of a clear understanding of the Four Noble Truths.
2. The Social Dimensions of the Buddha’s Teachings. Part of a larger introductory series on The Buddha’s Teaching As It Is.
Submissions to the next OBS Newsletter are always welcome. Please send submissions by June 1, 2016 to Krista Shackleford-Lye, OBS Communications Volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org