OBS Newsletter ~ August 2020

Dear friends,

We hope you and your families are keeping safe and well as COVID continues to spread around the world.

In these past four months it seems a shift has occurred in many of our habits and perceptions of time. Life events are now measured as being "before"or"after COVID". For another thing during "lock down" the amount of time we've spent getting somewhere: to work, to events has dropped. Maybe you've noticed your choices about how you spend your time have also changed. A moment quietly comes more fully into focus. The beauty of nature beckons as extra trips to the store have become non-essential. People stroll along the Driveway or explore neighbourhoods on cool summer evenings.

We are also grateful for being showered with generous teachings and retreat opportunities encouraging us to experience the path. The quality of time devoted to one's formal dhamma practice may also have changed for you. Perhaps more spaciousness inhabits your day and eliminating the non-essentials has become a stronger theme in your life.

Wherever you find yourself stay tuned, as the OBS and the Sangha continue to help facilitate awakening to what is.

- Photo of water drop on leaf Evelyn Tan

The Sangha and lay teachers are offering reflections and support to us via many online portals and Zoom meetings. The OBS is happy to provide these links from the OBS Facebook page:


August 2020 Online Events & Retreats

Thursday, August 6th 7:15 pm - THURSDAY evening meditation with Venerable Khemako.

If you would like to make a donation for this event please go to https://ottawabuddhistsociety.com/participate/donate/. You can make a donation online using PayPal or by mailing a cheque to the Ottawa Buddhist Society. 85% of donations made between August 6 and September 3, when we will be hosting Sati Saraniya, will go to support the community at Tisarana. 

The OBS requests that all participants of Zoom meetings register. If you know of anyone that would like to attend OBS online events please let them know that they may do so by either becoming an OBS member, in which case they will automatically receive Zoom invitations or by registering as a non member by completing the form on the 'Online Program' webpage: https://ottawabuddhistsociety.com/activities/online-program/

Please note that the online dhamma talk and Q&A part of OBS online events are audio recorded and posted on The OBS website.

Please remember that agendas and chants for OBS online events can be downloaded from the 'Online Program' webpage

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

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August 10th - Registration Opens for LP Viradhammo's
Sept 11-17th ON-LINE Meditation Retreat

Ajahn Viradhammo was born in Germany in 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 Sāmanera Bodhesako, who introduced him to the teachings of the Buddha. He eventually travelled to Thailand in 1973 to become a novice at Wat Mahathat and took bhikkhu ordination the following year at Wat Pah Pong with Ajahn Chah.  Later, he was involved in the establishment of both the Chithurst and Harnham monasteries in the UK. In 1985, he moved to New Zealand, where he lived for 10 years, setting up Bodhinyānārāma monastery. In 1995 he returned to the UK to assist Ajahn Sumedho at Amarāvati and stayed for four years before returning to New Zealand, where he lived until 2002. He came to Ottawa where he cared for his mother for nine years.   In 2006 he founded Tisarana Buddhist Monastery in Perth Ontario where he is currently the abbot.

Registration will be limited to 100 persons and will open on Monday August 10th for OBS members and on Thursday August 13th for non-members.  Registration will be on the OBS retreat page: https://ottawabuddhistsociety.com/activities/latest-updates/retreats/

Cost of retreat:  Free but there will be an opportunity to make a donation; 100% of the donation will go to Tisarana Monastery where LP Viradhammo resides.  
Retreatants are encouraged to commit to all 7 days

Participants are asked to follow the Eight Precepts which includes the precept of not eating at inappropriate times.  Retreatants will be encouraged to set up a disciplined eating schedule with 2 meals before noon and a nutrition snack of their choice at 5 PM.

Questions:  please contact retreats@ottawabuddhistsociety.com

See below for sample schedule for the retreat:

Friday Sept 11  

7:15-7:30 PM Join the Zoom retreat
7:30-9:00 – Instructions, precepts etc

Saturday Sept 12-Thursday Sept 17
5:45-6:00 AM- Join the Zoom retreat for the day
6:00-7:00-Morning meditation. Guidance offered by Ajahn Viradhammo
7-8:30 - Mindful breakfast preparation, eating, and  clean-up
8:30- 930 - Instruction and sitting meditation with Ajahn Viradhammo
9:30-11:00 - Alternate between walking, sitting and lying down practice
11:00-11:15 - Meal chant
11:15-2PM - Mindful meal preparation, eating, and rest
2:00-3:00 - Instruction and sitting meditation with Ajahn Viradhammo
3:00-5:00 - Alternate between walking, sitting and lying down practice
5:00-7:00 - Nutrition snack, rest, individual informal practice
7:00-9:00 -Meditation, dhamma talk, Q and A, chanting,

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Later in August, OBS  Zoom meeting links will be sent to members for ~

Thursday, August 20th, 7:15 pm - Thursday Evening with Venerable Khemako.

Saturday, August 22nd, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm - Day of Mindfulness with Ajahn Pavarro.


- This serendipitous photo suggests a visual pun on "Monkey Mind"


OBS newsletter gratefully acknowledges this month's contributions Vivienne Bartlett, Jane Brown, Evelyn Tan, Sarah Marcus, Wendy Ryan. Submissions to the OBS newsletter are always welcome. Please send them by August 25, 2020 to Colleen  comms2014@ottawabuddhistsociety.com