Good evening members and friends,

Samaneri Anuruddha, originally from the United Kingdom, has been studying devotedly for several years with Ayya Medhanandhi at Sati Saraniya Hermitage near Perth, Ontario. At the time of the recent full moon on December 3rd, Venerable Anuruddha attended and was ordained at the Upasampada Bhikkhuni Ordination at Dhammadharini Monastery in Northern California.

The OBS executive board and members extend their best wishes to Ven Anuruddha and may the friendship and support of our lay community help to keep fresh before her these moments of her high resolve.

We are grateful to the sisters in Canada, the United States and around the world who are following in the steps of the first Buddhist nun, Mahāpajāpatī Gotami.

For more information on these dedicated 21st century bhikkhunis please see this Guide .

Upcoming OBS Events
* Mark your calendars for the OBS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & SOCIAL on Sunday afternoon January 28th, 2018 *

December 3rd – Full Moon

December 11th – Waning moon

December 13th to 20th – Chanukah

December 15thFriday Evening Meeting with Ayya Medhanandhi 7:30 pm at Quaker House, 91A Fourth Ave, Ottawa click here for map. All dana offerings for the sisters at Sati Saraniya will be gratefully accepted on Friday evening.

Ayyā Medhānandī Bhikkhunī, a native of Montreal, is the founder of Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage, a Theravada Buddhist training monastery for bhikkhunīs in Perth, Ontario, Canada. 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.

December 16th – Day of Mindfulness with Ayya Medhanandhi 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Tu-An Pagoda , 3591 Albion Road ~ Map (

These days of silent meditation and dhamma reflections are conducted by a visiting monk or nun. The Days of Mindfulness run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and include periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, dhamma readings, listening to dhamma talks (from either an invited monastic/nun or else a taped talk chosen by a senior OBS member), occasional discussions.

You are invited to contribute to and share in the potluck vegetarian lunch, served between 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Any contribution would be warmly welcomed.

December 17th – New moon

December 21st – Winter solstice

December 25th – Waxing half moon and Christmas Day

** Podcasts and Articles

Listen to Ayya Medhanandhi’s talk on The Four Life Practices  / Divine Abidings given at the Maycourt Hospice 2009.

Our best wishes to all for a peaceful winter solstice & contented holiday time. A special thanks to Christine Honsl for sending in this inviting article.. Singing in a Choir Can Boost Your Mindfulness.

The Great Buddha at the Kotokuin Temple in Kamakura, Japan @Jiji

Submissions to the OBS newsletter are always welcome. The OBS newsletter team this month included Vivienne Bartlett, Jeela Jones, Jane Brown and Colleen Glass. Please send submissions for January’s newsletter by January 3, 2018 to