Good evening friends,

On October 28th, a bonanza of dhamma practitioners were busy preparing and serving dana. That Sunday, OBS members and friends led by Ann Waters prepared food for the homeless people at Shepherds of Good Hope, while others of us ploughed through the early morning snow to Stanleyville, close to Tisarana Monastery, for the presentation of the Kathina to the Sangha. This year’s patrons were the Bangladeshi community of Ottawa-Gatineau with helping hands from Steve, Bee and ‘Sister Anoma’.

LP Viradhammo, explained that as per the custom the monks would work hard to cut, dye and sew the donated cloth that afternoon and evening before the next dawn. In fact, he said last year the Sangha finished the new robe at 1 a.m. When completed one monk is chosen by the Sangha to receive the finished Kathina robe. This year the Sangha gave it to LP Viradhammo.

In the dhamma talk offered on the Kathina day by LP Viradhammo, our Buddhist community gathered from many different cultures, and many different life situations was encouraged to take responsibility for our inner worlds and to take refuge in awareness. ” In the inner world we’re contemplating change, watch the movement.. and ask ‘What does not move ?’ Awareness of the moving is unmoving “.

Bangladeshi Buddhist community offering the Kathina cloth

Kathina is a tradition marking the end of the three month rainy season retreat (vassa) embarked on annually by Theravada monks in South East Asia. A practical giving of requisites Kathina demonstrates the deliberate reciprocal relationship wisely established by the Buddha over 2560 years ago. In this photo some of the Bangladeshi Buddhist community are donating cloth to the monastics, who, following the mud of the monsoon season would often require new robes. Many of those present also contributed supplies and food donations (dana), and joined with the monks sharing in a community meal.

Upcoming Events and Invitation

November 2 – Friday evening meeting with Ven Khemako. 7:30 pm at Quaker House, 91A Fourth Ave, Ottawa

There is a Red Blacks game tomorrow at 7:30. A suggestion: Leave early for the event and have a snack at the Wild Oat Bakery on the corner of Bank and Fourth. Parking should be easier for those who arrive earlier.

Venerable Khemako was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1959 into a large Catholic family. He received his primary education from priests and nuns at the local Church-run school. His long-standing interest in the core questions of philosophy and religion led him to begin lay Buddhist practice in 1997. As his practice and faith in the Dhamma increased, his interest and involvement in lay life waned. Ven. Khemako trained for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera, ordaining as a Bhikkhu on June 2, 2012 with Ajahn Pasanno as preceptor. In June of 2014 Ven. Khemako moved to Tisarana to spend his third vassa (annual three-month retreat).

November 16 – Friday evening meeting with Ayyā Medhānandī. 7:30 pm at Quaker
House, 91A Fourth Ave, Ottawa

Ayyā Medhānandī Bhikkhunī is the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage, a forest monastery for women in the Theravāda tradition. A native of Canada, she was born to Eastern European refugees who emigrated to Montreal after World War II.
Ayyā first requested full-ordination as a bhikkhunī from her teacher and preceptor, Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita, in 1988. At the time, this was not possible for Theravāda Buddhist women. Instead, Sayadaw granted her the ten-precept vows of a Theravāda novice nun on condition that she take them for life. Thus began Ayyā’s training in the Burmese monastic lineage. After 20 years as an alms mendicant nun, Ayyā received full bhikkhunī ordination in 2007 at Ling Quan Chan Monastery, Keelung.

November 17-18 – The Non Residential Retreat with Ayya Medhanandi. The OBS registration is full for this popular retreat, the theme Death and Dying. There will be no Day of Mindfulness this November due to the retreat.

November 25th – The Joy of Going Forth, 1:30 pm Sati Saraniya Hermitage Meditation Hall.
Lori Kusala Elling, from Vancouver, has requested and been accepted for the postulant ‘anagārikā’ training at Sati Sārānīya Hermitage. All are welcome to attend Lori’s Going Forth.

“With shaven head and white robes, she will formally take the Eight Precepts and commit to train under 75 monastic rules of deportment as set down by the Buddha.
One dedicated to such a path of purification of heart, renunciation, service and meditation practice can experience profound spiritual insight, joy, compassion, and wisdom that culminate in awakening – Nibbāna… All are welcome to attend this joyful event.” Sati Saraniya Hermitage

Kuan Yin statue