OBS Newsletter – June 3, 2016
Good afternoon friends and members of the OBS,
June is a month of solstice, the time when the Earth is farthest from the equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, this results in the longest day of the year – falling on June 20th this year. For some people this imbalance between day and night can be reflected in our energy levels. The long days can compel us to do more and stay out later. While this energy can add vitality and zeal (viriya) it can also lead to racing thoughts and reduced mindfulness.
In this month’s featured podcast, Ajahn Sucitto explores “balance” and “imbalance” in dimensions relevant to the Buddhist path. In particular, he discusses balancing relinquishment with our commitment to the Path, and balancing action with restraint. He reminds us that renunciation involves “allowing things to be as they are”, rather than actively pushing away or resisting experiences. It is this “allowing” that can bring equanimity to our thoughts, intentions, and actions. Ajahn Sucitto will be leading our upcoming OBS residential winter retreat; more information on him can be found below.
Ajahn Sucitto, The Return to Balance.
Friday June 3rd – Friday Evening Meeting with Luang Por Viradhammo. 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Quaker House, 91A Fourth Ave, Ottawa (in the Glebe).
Saturday June 4th – Lunar Day: New moon
Saturday June 4th – Day of Mindfulness with Luang Por Viradhammo. 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Tu-An Pagoda, 3591 Albion Road, Ottawa (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple).
All are welcome to join in the periods of mindfulness practice and dhamma instruction. Potluck lunch.
The Friday Evening Meeting and Day of Mindfulness are opportunities for OBS members and friends to bring food preserves/dana for the monks at Tisarana Monastery.
Luang Por Viradhammo is the Senior Abbot of Tisarana monastery, located in Perth, Ontario, which he founded in 2005. He has been the Ottawa Buddhist Society’s principal spiritual guide for the past 10 years.
Saturday June 11th – Noble Eightfold Path Exploration Group. 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Ave., Ottawa.
Saturday June 12th – Soup Kitchen at Shepherds of Good Hope with Ann Waters. Four or five more volunteers would be welcome. If you can help please contact Ann at email@example.com.
Saturday June 12th – Lunar Day: Half-moon (waxing)
Friday June 17th – Friday Evening Meeting with Luang Por Viradhammo. 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Quaker House, 91A Fourth Ave, Ottawa (in the Glebe).
Friday June 17th – Friday June 24th – OBS Residential Retreat with Bhante Rahula. Galilee Centre, 398 John Street North, Arnprior.
Bhante Rahula is a native of Riverside, CA. He ordained as a novice in Sri Lanka in 1975 and as a monk in Los Angeles in 1979. He served as Vice Abbot for Bhante Gunaratana at Bhavana Society, West Virginia, from 1986 to 2010. Visit his blog: bhanterahula.blogspot.com to learn more or download his books and talks.
Monday June 27th – Lunar Day: Half-moon (waning)
Noble Eightfold Path Exploration Group – Location Change
And Opportunity for New Membership
The Noble Eightfold Path (NEP) Exploration Group is a monthly meeting open to community members wishing to delve more deeply into the Buddha’s primary teachings. Group members discuss and reflect on the values, behaviors, and ethics that can help guide our experience of the path and the end of suffering. The course is led by led by Nhu-Hoa Nguyen, a student of meditation and Buddhist teaching for 20 years.
Beginning in July, the NEP Group meetings will take place at Tisarana Monastery (1356 Powers Road, Perth, ON.) This will be an opportunity for new members to join and participate in the discussion group. In these upcoming Tisarana meetings (held July 9th, August 13th, September 3rd, September 24th, and October 15th), LP Viradhammo will be addressing the Four Foundations of mindfulness and the Brahmaviharas.
New OBS Retreat Announcement: Winter Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
The Ottawa Buddhist Society is pleased to announce its final residential retreat for 2016. This retreat, which runs from Dec. 28th to Jan. 4th, will be led by Ajahn Sucitto. Sucitto is a senior Western forest monk who has trained under Ajahn Sumedho, the senior Western disciple of Ajahn Chah. This weeklong retreat will be held at the Villa Saint-Martin Retreat Centre just outside of Montreal, Que. Retreat registration will begin on Sept. 15th, 2016. More details to follow.
In memory of the Burmese Master Sayadaw U Pandita
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