Good full moon evening friends and members of the OBS,
Tomorrow we welcome back the Sangha from Tisarana Monastery and the Bhikkhuni’s at Sati Saraniya Hermitage as they emerge from their three month winter retreats. The OBS invitations for teaching were accepted and Ayya Medhanandi will be leading next Friday Evenings’ Meeting at Quaker House. LP Viradhammo will be back in Ottawa on Friday, April 20th and 21st at Quaker House and the Tu-An Pagoda respectively. Everyone is welcome to come to sit together in meditation at 7:30 pm which will be followed by a formal Buddhadhamma talk.
The OBS will be opening retreat registration on April 5th for Bhante Rahula’s Residential Retreat, June 1- 10th at the Galilee Centre. Bhante Rahula is a gifted teacher and this residentail retreat a rare occasion to deepen our practice in the beautiful Galilee Centre in Arnprior. Please note you can choose to attend either the 7 or 10 day residential retreat at Galilee. Please note these are the only two options. For further details click to go to the page on OBS RETREATS.
Prior to to this longer retreat Ajahn Punnadhammo accepted our invitation and will be leading a May 19th – 20th Non-Residential Retreat in Ottawa’s River House. This retreat opens for registration April 23rd. Please see the relevant details and links to register at RETREATS. (http://ottawabuddhistsociety.com/activities/latest-updates/retreats/)
** Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the Annual OBS Spring Social on Sunday May 6th. All are invited to come with your own mug and your favourite sweet or savoury snack. It is being held at Anoma and Kosala DeSilva’s home from 2-5 pm in Nepean.
Wherever you find yourself, enjoy this welcome transition time and the breathtaking spring moments ahead.
A SUMMARY of Upcoming Events and Free PDF (on Ajahn Chah)
Saturday, March 31st – Full moon
Friday April 6th – New moon 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.
After learning to meditate at 21, she made pilgrimage to India, studied with an Advaita sage, completed an Msc in nutrition and managed UN and other aid agency programs for malnourished women and children.
Her teacher’s death was a call to monastic life: while on retreat in Burma 1987-88, she took 10-precept ordination with her preceptor Sayadaw U Pandita. In 1990, he gave his blessings for her to join the nuns’ community at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK where she lived for 10 years, followed by 6 years as a solitary mendicant in New Zealand and Penang. She taught retreats in the antipodes, Asia and the West.
In 2007, she was ordained as a bhikkhunī in Taiwan, and returned to Canada a year later to establish Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage. She is the guiding teacher of the Sati Sārāņīya nuns’ community and leads retreats and meditation courses, including programs for Hospice volunteers and staff in the Ottawa area. Her Dhamma reflections, ‘Gone Forth, Going Beyond’
All Dana food donations go home with Ayya Friday evening. For food offering details click HERE
Sunday April 8th – Waning Moon
Saturday April 14th – New Moon
Friday April 20th – LP Viradhammo Friday Evening at Quaker House
Ajahn Viradhammo was born in Germany, 1947, to Latvian refugee parents. They moved to Toronto when he was four years old. Around 1969, while living in India, he encountered Buddhism, meeting the late Samanera Bodhesako, who introduced him to the teachings of the Buddha. He eventually travelled to Thailand to become a novice at Wat Mahathat in 1973 and took bhikkhu ordination the following year at Wat Pah Pong with Ven. Ajahn Chah. He was one of the first residents at Wat Pah Nanachat, the international monastery in north-east Thailand.
Having spent four years in Thailand, he went back to Canada to visit his family in 1977. Instead of returning to Thailand, he was asked by Ajahn Chah to join Ajahn Sumedho at the Hampstead Vihara in London. Later, he was involved in the establishment of both the Chithurst and Harnham monasteries in the UK. In 1985, invited by the Wellington Theravada Buddhist Association, he moved to New Zealand, accompanied by Venerable Thanavaro, where he lived for 10 years, setting up Bodhinyanarama monastery.
In 1995 he came to the UK to assist Ajahn Sumedho at Amaravati and stayed for four years before returning to New Zealand, where he lived until 2002.
Your are invited to access a free pdf of his book The Contemplatives Craft CLICK HERE
Saturday, April 21st – OBS Day of Mindfulness with LP Viradhammo – 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Tu-An Pagoda, 3591 Albion Road Ottawa, (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple).
All are welcome to join in the periods of mindfulness practice and dhamma instruction. Potluck lunch.
All Dana food donations go home with Ajahn Saturday afternoon. For food offering details click HERE
Sunday, April 22 – Waxing moon Gratitude to Parents Day at Sati Saraniya Click Here for details
Friday April 29th – Full moon
Sunday May 6th – OBS Spring Social at Anoma and Kosala DeSilva’s home from 2-5 pm in Nepean.
Stillness Flowing – The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah” by Ajahn Jayasaro,
News from Tisarana Monastery
Stillness Flowing the long-awaited biography of Ajahn Chah in English, with an introduction by Luong Por Sumedho.
850 pgs, Panyaprateep Foundation, 2017.
From Ajahn Jayasaro’s preface:
Although it has been my intention that this book should be, as far as possible, a biography as opposed to a hagiography, I am not sure that I have been completely successful. My love for Luang Por and my belief in his enlightenment inevitably colour the text. What I have not done is suppress any scandalous or embarrassing information out of concern for his good name. Hard as it may be to accept nowadays when there is so much – and often well-founded – cynicism about the integrity of religious figures, Luang Por Chah had absolutely nothing to hide. The only skeleton in a cupboard at Wat Pah Pong was the one hanging on public display in the Dhamma Hall. In fact, that is one of the strongest reasons for my belief that the life of Luang Por Chah is so worthy of study.
Free PDF click
(OBS Newsletter volunteers Jane Brown and Colleen Glass. Submissions to the next OBS Newsletter are always welcome. Please send submissions by May 2, 2018 to OBS Communications Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org