Good afternoon Friends and Members of the OBS,

February 2nd was Groundhog Day, La Jour de la Marmotte, and expectations for an early arrival of spring were high. From all accounts, in the east we’re in for ( an early spring. (

Across Canada we are experiencing the warmer light returning. Gradually the earth’s tilted axis is rotating closer and closer to the direct rays of the Sun.  An air of daily anticipation, of interdependence is being observed: the budding of magnolias in the Arboretum at the Experimental Farm, tapping for maple sap, squirrels chasing squirrels, the shedding of fur…of gloves and hats!!

The ancient Hindu and Buddhist metaphor of Indra’s web, illustrates this interdependent dynamic where… “… every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection. And so, ad infinitum. That is the Buddhist conception of the universe in an image.” ~ Alan Watts

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Also in Turtle Island’ s Indigenous culture, we are all seen as related to one another, animals, birds, trees, rocks, the smallest flower are all relatives. In ending their prayers native people address …“all our relations”. In addition, all are related, one to another as “persons ”. Native people’s relational view tells them they are responsible for maintaining good and harmonious, ethical relationships within the “extended family“ of persons.

With the coming spring light, we reflect on our interdependence with all our relations, with all beings.


Upcoming OBS Teachings, Retreats, Conferences & Videos

February 4 – Waxing (half) moon

February 11 – Full ‘Snow’ moon

February 12OBS Soup Kitchen at Shepherds of Good Hope. Ann Waters is coordinating volunteers please consider joining in and contact Ann at

February 17Friday Evening Meeting with Andre Vellino. 7:30 pm at Quaker House, 91A Fourth Ave, Ottawa (click here for map)

The Monks and Nuns will be on winter retreat from January 1, 2017 until the end of March 2017. The regular Friday Evening Meetings at Quaker House will continue and on February 17th with lay practitioner Andre Vellino.

I have spent a long time with the Anapanasati Sutta  – studying and practicing it – and I would love to share a few of my understandings with reference specifically to Ajahn Buddhadassa’s “Mindfulness with Breathing – a manual for serious beginners”.

Andre has been a member and past President of the Ottawa Buddhist Society and practiced with many Theravada monastics and lay teachers. Since 2002 he has been a member of the Order of Interbeing and received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2014. He leads meditation classes at the University of Ottawa Continuing Education Program and Andre is also a co-founder of the University of Ottawa’s Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies.

The OBS will be collecting food donations for the Tisarana Sangha now in winter retreat.   Dana offering opportunity; click here for more information.

February 18Day of Mindfulness with Andre Vellino. 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Trinity United Church, 1099 Maitland Avenue clickhere

The OBS will be collecting food donations – Dana, for the Tisarana Sangha, now in winter retreat. Dana offering opportunity; click here for more information. (

A separate roster of dana providers is managed for Sati Saraniya Hermitage near Perth, Ont. For information contact

The OBS greatly welcomes your participation in these Dana-Offering Programs.

February 19 – waning moon

February 25 – new moon






The 10th Global Conference on Buddhism will be held in Toronto, June 17 and 18, 2017. It will be hosted at the Ontario Science Centre. The agenda and the poster are attached. Experts in both the Buddhist and the scientific communities will participate in this conference. The goal of the conference is is to elucidate the connections between Buddhism and neuroscience in improving the mental well-being through mindfulness. Please share this with anyone who is interested in participating. You can get more more information about the conference by visiting this website:10th Global Conference on Buddhism.

If you need any further information:
Piyal Walpola, MD, PhD
Program Coordinator,
10th Global Conference on Buddhism




A rare You Tube opportunity, Alan Watts: A conversation with Myself – Part 1   A 1971 television recording of Alan Watts walking in the mountains and talking about the limitations of technology and the problem of trying to keep track of an infinite universe with a single tracked mind. Video posted by Alan’s son and courtesy of


” The joy one feels on beholding you for the first time
does not diminish even after seeing you a hundred times.”




Submissions to the next OBS Newsletter are always welcome. Please send submissions by March 1, 2017 to Krista Shackleford-Lye,