Good afternoon friends,

Sati Saraniya Hermitage , the Theravada Bhikkhuni Sangha near Perth recently paid homage to the Buddha’s mother, Arahant Mahapajapati Theri and all the arahant bhikkhunis of ancient times and down through the ages. Also, this year, the 10th anniversary of Sati celebrated the granting of Ayya Anuruddha’s Permanent Resident status in Canada.

Ayya Medhanandi, Ayya Nimmala and Ayya Anuruddha Sept 30, 2018

Please note registration is filling quickly for Ayya Medhanandi’s November 17-18th Non-Residential Retreat. For information on this retreat scroll to the bottom of the RETREATSpage on the OBS website.

Jane Brown, OBS President shares some parking suggestions for Friday Evening Quaker House events at 91A Fourth Ave in the Glebe:parking is never easy in the Glebe but for the next three events, parking may be even more challenging since our events are the same evenings as Red Black games at Lansdowne Park. (Oct 5 and Oct 19 events with Ayya Medhanandi and Nov 2 event with Ven Khemako). If possible, please try to carpool.

Carpooling is always an option !

Please note Ann Waters is organizing a meal service at the Shepherds of Good Hope. Ann writes, “please join us for this rewarding and socially enjoyable event. We need 20 volunteers to work the morning kitchen shift on Sunday Oct.28th. The mission is located in Lowertown at 233 Murray St. at the corner of King Edward. From 8:30 am to 10:45 am the work involves cutting and peeling vegetables and preparing sandwiches. Sometimes we have an opportunity to meditate before we are served lunch at 11:00. After lunch we serve the clients and do the clean-up. We are usually finished by 1 pm.

YOUTHS FROM 12 TO 17 CAN VOLUNTEER at Shepherds of Good Hope (under certain conditions)
“Groups are welcome to invite youths aged 12 to 17 to volunteer. They can work in the soup kitchen during the food prep hours; when we open our doors to the community to serve the meal we ask that all minors leave the main floor of 233 Murray Street. At this time minors are welcomed to move down to the clothing/food program at 233 Murray street and can assist with organizing/sorting donations. We ask that one adult be available to supervise in this program as well.” from Shepherds of Good Hope

Upcoming Dhamma Events and Podcast

October 5 – Friday Evening Meeting with Ayyā Medhānandī. 7:30 pm at QH, 91A Fourth Ave, Ottawa All dana offerings for the nuns at Sati Saraniya will be gratefully accepted.

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.

October 8 – Best wishes to all on this day, our Canadian Thanksgiving

Friday, October 19th – Friday Evening Meeting with Ayya Medhanandi. 7:30 pm at QH, 91A Fourth Ave, Ottawa. A friendly reminder all dana offerings for the sisters at Sati will be gratefully accepted.

Saturday, October 20th – Day of Mindfulness with Ayya Medhanandi 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Tu-An Pagoda, 3591 Albion Road, Ottawa.

Sunday October 28th – Kathina at Tisarana Monastery.

Sunday October 28th – Shepherd’s of Good Hope 8:30 am – 1 pm
Please join us for this rewarding and socially enjoyable event. Contact Ann Waters,

** Podcast – Ajahn Sucitto

On March 26th, 2017 Ajahn Sucitto gave a dhamma talk: Truth beyond Happiness and Dukkha at Tisarana. He describes how the pursuit of certainty and comfort acts as a barrier to the deep discharge of the pain of being. Discharge becomes available through allowing and handling the weight and intensities of unresolved dukkha. When approached with honesty and accuracy, there is the possibility to experience what is real, the unconditioned. (Duration = 39:26)

Sati Saraniya Hermitage website photo