Good evening friends and members of the OBS,
As we patiently welcome back spring to the Ottawa Valley, (pausing to gaze out the window), we simultaneously, welcome back our local exemplary sisters and monks as they emerge from their three month winter retreats at Sati Saraniya and Tisarana http://tisarana.ca/ , respectively.
LP Viradhammo recently spoke at Quaker House and Ayya Medhanadi will be leading next weekend’s OBS meditation events taking place on Friday April 15th and Saturday April 16th. Dana offerings, going to the sisters at Sati will be gratefully accepted at both activities.
Photos Pushpa Weerasooriya
Also a timely reminder that EARLY BIRD meditation retreat registration, for both Ajahn Punnadhammo’s May retreat and Bhante Rahula’s June retreat, are now open for OBS members. Please see the relevant details and links to register at RETREATS
A SUMMARY of Upcoming Events, Abidhamma Website & Podcast
Wednesday April 6th – New moon
Saturday April 9th – Noble Eightfold Path Exploration Group, with Hoa Nguyen, 2 – 4 pm, First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa (Room 3). https://goo.gl/maps/9VwFYzv95BK2
Sunday April 10th – OBS Spring Social contact Ann Waters for more details.
Thursday April 14th – Waxing half moon
Friday April 15th – Evening Meditation with Ayya Medhanadi −7:30 pm at Quaker House, 91A Fourth Ave, Ottawa (in the Glebe).
Ayyā Medhānandī Bhikkhunī, a Canadian by birth, is the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage , a forest monastery for women in the Theravāda tradition.
Saturday, April 16th – an OBS Day of Mindfulness with Ayya Medhanandi – 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Tu-An Pagoda, 3591 Albion Road Ottawa, (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple). https://goo.gl/maps/p62Ee
All are welcome to join in the periods of mindfulness practice and dhamma instruction. Potluck lunch.
** Remember to please bring a food donation if you are coming to either Quaker House or the DoM at the Tu-An Pagoda* All contributions this month support the sisters at Sati Saraniya Hermitage. For more information see the Spring Chapter of the OBS Dana Offering Program for Tisarana (https://blog.ottawabuddhistsociety.com/dana-offering-program/) and Sati Saraniya (https://blog.ottawabuddhistsociety.com/dana-offering-program/)
Thursday, April 21 – Full moon
Saturday, April 23 – Noble Eightfold Path Exploration Group, with Hoa Nguyen, 2 – 4 pm, First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa (Room 3). https://goo.gl/maps/9VwFYzv95BK2
Friday April 29th – Waning half moon
Abhidhamma Course WEBSITE
Rob Moult from Malaysia has recently published a Practical Abhidhamma Course on the web. Several OBS members attended his excellent two-day course at Sati Saraniya last October. Reading from his site,
“There are eight lessons in this course covering selected topics from the Abhidhamma that are most practical and relevant to daily life. Though it is called a “Practical Abhidhamma Course,” it is also a practical Dhamma course using themes from the Abhidhamma.
The Dhamma and the Abhidhamma are not meant for abstract theorizing; they are meant for practical application. I hope you approach this course not only to learn new facts, but also to consider how you can improve yourself spiritually.”
The following is the Practical Abhidhamma website address with gratitude to OBS member, Chau Luang.
Rob Moult Practical Abhidhamma Course
PODCASTS – Thanissaro Bhikkhu
When asked for a favourite podcast to bring to this newsletter, Nissanka Pussegoda recommended the following dhamma talk, Training the Commentator by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
“Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) is an American Buddhist monk of the Kammatthana (http://www.dhammatalks.org/about.html#kammatthana) (Thai Forest) Tradition. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1971 with a degree in European Intellectual History, he traveled to Thailand, where he studied meditation under Ajaan Fuang Jotiko (http://www.dhammatalks.org/about.html#fuang) , himself a student of the late Ajaan Lee (http://www.dhammatalks.org/about.html#lee) . He ordained in 1976 and lived at Wat Dhammasathit, where he remained following his teacher’s death in 1986. In 1991 he traveled to the hills of San Diego County, USA, where he helped Ajaan Suwat Suvaco (http://www.dhammatalks.org/about.html#suwat) establish Metta Forest Monastery (http://www.watmetta.org/) (Wat Mettavanaram). He was made abbot of the Monastery in 1993.” http://www.dhammatalks.org/about.html
(Submissions to the next OBS Newsletter are always welcome. Please send submissions by May 2, 2016 to Colleen Glass, OBS Communications Secretary )