Good morning friends,
The weather is staying relatively mild in Ottawa due, they say, to the warming effect of the El Nino. Our final year-end gathering is this weekend with Venerable Cunda coming to Quaker House Friday Evening followed by the Saturday Day of Mindfulness, (DoM). Please feel most welcome to bring a dana offering of food stuffs all of which will return with Venerable Cunda and go towards the ongoing support of the monks at Tisarana Monastery.
A recommended dhamma talk from last month’s DoM, is “Framing” by Ajahn Jayasaro, a senior British-born Forest Sangha monk, now living in Thailand. Ajahn Jayasaro’s 2007 dhamma recording was recently introduced by Evelyn Tan at the Tu-An Pagoda in November.
This dhamma recording selected by Evelyn (and others like it), have given lay practitioners an opportunity to share teachings they particularly value at our larger group sittings. The OBS executive board is very grateful to those who have given generously of their time to help lead OBS meditation events, retreats and study groups. In particular, we offer our collective gratitude to Evelyn Tan, Hoa Nguyen, Andre Vellino, Jim Bedard and Randy Baker.
Lastly, on behalf of your OBS executive board, Mark Cuddy, Joan Thompson, Evelyn Tan, Nissanka Pussegoda, Jane Brown, Lisa Gorecki, Ann Waters, Heather White, Kathy Nathan and myself, we thank you for your friendship and generous financial support of the OBS this past year. All good wishes to you and your families for a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.
Upcoming OBS Teachings, Books & Observances
Wednesday December 9th – New Moon
Thursday December 10th – OBS executive board meeting 7 pm
Friday, December 11th – Friday Evening Meditation with Ven Cunda−7:30 pm at Quaker House, 91A Fourth Ave, in the Glebe https://goo.gl/maps/23ZIC
All are welcome to join in for group mindfulness practice and dhamma instruction.
Venerable Cunda was born and raised in the northern Chicago suburbs. After completing his studies in university and working and living abroad, he returned to California to explore practice in the Theravada Lineage. In 2005 Ven. Cunda requested a long term stay as a lay resident at Abhayagiri Monastery in northern California. Training for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera, Ven. Cunda ordained as a Bhikkhu on May 22nd, 2008 with Luang Por Pasanno as his preceptor. He spent eight and a half years training at Abhayagiri until moving to Tisarana Monastery in June of 2014.
Saturday December 12th – Day of Mindfulness with Ven Cunda – 8:30 a, – 3:30 pm at Tu-An Pagoda (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple) 3591 Albion Road Ottawa, ON K1T 2V1 https://goo.gl/maps/p62Ee
All are welcome to join in the periods of mindfulness practice and dhamma instruction. Potluck lunch.
Friday December 18th – Waxing Half Moon
Monday, December 21st – Winter Solstice (http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/december-solstice.html) in Ottawa *
Friday December 25th – Full Moon, Christmas Day and Sanghamittā Day in Sri Lanka
Friday January 1, 2016 – Waning Half Moon and New Year’s Day
Friday January 8th – New Moon
Another recommendation, a new book with daily reflections to begin your day Beginning Our Day Collected and edited by Venerable Cunda and recently published in two free online volumes from Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery