OBS Newsletter – February 11, 2015
On January 25th, members joined together for both business and pleasure at the 2015 Annual General Meeting. The minutes of the meeting are available on the Members Message Board A video, The Origins of the OBS, shot and edited by Corinne Baumgarten featured an interview with founding members Anoma De Silva, Nissanka Pussegoda and Asoka Weerasinghe.
Following the movie Anoma was presented with a Life OBS Membership certificate by OBS Membership Secretary, Jane Brown and a silk shawl, handwoven by a Nepalese Women’s Cooperative by Colleen Glass, OBS President. In presenting a beautiful bouquet of pink roses to Anoma, ex OBS President Chandra Stratton spoke these words…
” We thank you for you devotion, long term commitment, your positive attitude, your wisdom, your compassion and the loving kindness that you have demonstrated to all from the inception of the OBS. Your strong belief in the dhamma is what has contributed to making the OBS such a success for so many years. We all thank you and do hope that you continue to be part of us. You are a “rock”to the OBS. You are one of a kind-we love you. Thank you Anoma”
So we are off to a grand start ! Members of the board are organizing volunteers for the March 8th Soup Kitchen at the Shepherds of Good Hope. As well registrations are coming in for the March 21-22 non-residential retreat with Jim Bedard and Randy Baker. The Noble Eightfold Path Study Group with Hoa Nguyen is meeting every few weeks at the Unitarian Church in the west end and Bhante Jinananda will be speaking at Quaker House in the Glebe this coming Friday evening, February 13th at 7:30 pm.
All friends and members are encouraged to jump in and give a hand at any of the coming OBS events. *Volunteering* at the soup kitchen (March 8th see below), or pitching in with DoM food prep, or helping others clean up the temple or registering people at the retreat table (March 21+22) are all easy ways to help out and get to know each other better outside of noble silence. * Volunteering * will also help us all keep the ball rolling.
The Society’s objectives are:
a. To propagate, promote and advance the teachings of Theravada Buddhism’s doctrines and observances, and to offer these teachings to everyone who is interested in Buddhist teaching and practice.
b. To promote an awareness of the contributions made by Buddhism to humankind’s intellectual advancement, as well as spiritual and physical well-being.
c. To engage in charitable activities within Canada to alleviate suffering, whether physical, mental or spiritual, for all sentient beings.
Upcoming OBS Teachings, 2015 Calendar & Podcast
Wednesday, February 11th – Three Quarter Waning Moon
Friday, February 13 – Friday Evening Meditation with Bhante Jinananda−7:30 pm at Quaker House, 91A Fourth Ave, in the Glebe https://goo.gl/maps/23ZIC
Bhante Jinananda is an Ottawa monk at the Hilda Jayewardenaramaya Buddhist Monastery and meditation centre. ‘Bhante J’ has been in North America for nearly seven years and has been a qualified meditation master for decades in Theravada Buddhist tradition.
All are welcome to join in for group mindfulness practice and dhamma instruction.
Tuesday, February 17th – New Moon
Wednesday, February 25th – First Quarter Moon
Friday , February 27th – Friday Evening Meditation with Jim Bedard −7:30 pm at Quaker House, 91A Fourth Ave, in the Glebe https://goo.gl/maps/23ZIC
Saturday, February 28 – Day of Mindfulness – 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Tu-An Pagoda (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple)
3591 Albion Road Ottawa, ON K1T 2V1 https://goo.gl/maps/p62Ee
* Volunteers always welcome to help with food or tidying up hall *
In 1980, Jim began practicing Zen meditation and soon after became a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau of the Rochester Zen Center. Jim practiced with Roshi Kapleau and his dharma heirs for the next 20 years. After completing his formal training in Zen, he spent several years practicing with senior Vipassana teachers in the Theravada tradition. Today, Jim offers a balanced, direct approach to practices that point directly to the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.
All are welcome to join in the periods of mindfulness practice and dhamma instruction. Potluck lunch.
Wednesday March 4th – Full Moon
Sunday, March 8 – OBS Volunteers at the Soup Kitchen at the Shepherds of Good Hope
233 Murray Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M9 https://goo.gl/maps/IOLs9
* Volunteers are needed, 18 years of age and older to help prepare food and serve clients at the Shepherds. Please email Ann asap if you would like to help out * firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 OBS Calendar of Events
This year’s OBS Calendar of Events was planned using the Forest Thai Sangha Calendar of Lunar Observances. This lunar format is not ideal or easy for planning weeks in advance. Knowing this next year’s OBS Calendar of Events will be scheduled, as much as possible, on the first and the third weekends of each month. Meanwhile, this year’s calendar provided in the table below is hopefully a help. Thanks for the useful feedback !
LP Viradhammo PODCAST 23:52 mins.
“Through a natural process of experimentation and investigation we can gain wisdom and learn how to make effort, right effort. By clearly seeing if an experience is increasing wholesome states and decreasing unwholesome states, we can understand the process of how our minds work with the hindrances and how best to do this with right effort. “http://files.tisarana.ca/dhamma_talks/indiv/Vir/17/09_Making_Effort_Right_Effort.mp3
” The joy one feels on beholding you for the first time
does not diminish even after seeing you a hundred times.”