OBS Newsletter ~ September 2020

Dear friends,

We hope everyone is managing with a greater sense of ease as some social restrictions are now loosening. Daily routines can seem to wear down awareness, and yet I can hear the inner voice more clearly. There is a lot to be aware of these days, I agree and yet, a lot of habitual actions can seem unremarkable.

This quiet voice is here to help, I am okay with that. Going out the front door, I hear, did you bring your MASK? This inquiry now added to the pre-COVID reminder:do you have your keys?  I've also observed the wisdom when she asked: why would you want to do that again? as I quietly walked away from a late night news screen.

Awareness IS, ITS here, she whispers. What about you? Have you noticed anything different? Are you're hearing more from that inner voice these days?

Then there's quality time. We sit together. We thank the Triple Gem and lay our burdens down. We sit tall like Mount Fuji, open our chest, breath low & slow. We lean-into these faithful words of Rupert Spira:

"The discovery that peace, happiness and love are ever-present within our own Being, and completely available at every moment of experience, under all conditions is the most important discovery that anyone can make."


The Great Wave of Hokusai 16th Century

OBS members are grateful for the many generous teachings and retreat opportunities that are encouraging us on the Path. Wherever you find yourself stay with the OBS and the Sangha as we continue to help facilitate our shared awakening to what is.


The Sangha and lay teachers are offering reflections and support to us via many online portals and Zoom meetings. OBS members are welcome to send links to talks, events, articles in the Theravadan tradition to share on the OBS Facebook page.  The OBS is happy to provide these links from the OBS Facebook page:

PLEASE NOTE and CHECK-OUT   * Toronto Buddhist Community's (TBC) new website * https://www.theravadabuddhistcommunity.org/


September 2020
Online Events, YOU TUBE Interview with LP Viradhammo & Seven Day Online OBS Retreat

Thursday, Sept 3rd 7:15 pm - THURSDAY evening meditation with Ayya Medhanandi

If you would like to make a donation for this event please go to https://ottawabuddhistsociety.com/participate/donate/. You can make a donation online using PayPal or by mailing a cheque to the Ottawa Buddhist Society. 85% of donations made between September 3 and September 11 will go to support Sati Saraniya.

The OBS requests that all participants of Zoom meetings register. If you know of anyone that would like to attend OBS online events please let them know that they may do so by either becoming an OBS member or by registering as a non member by completing the form on the 'Online Program' webpage. https://ottawabuddhistsociety.com/activities/online-program/

Please note that the online dhamma talk and Q&A part of OBS online events are audio recorded and posted on the OBS website.  Please remember that you can find a schedule for up coming OBS online events on the 'Online Program' webpage. You will also find agenda's and chants which can be down loaded. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.


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Registration is still open for LP Viradhammo's
Sept 11-17th ON-LINE Meditation Retreat

Ajahn Viradhammo was born in Germany in 1947 to Latvian refugee parents. They moved to Toronto when he was four years old. Around 1969, while living in India, he encountered Buddhism, meeting the late Sāmanera Bodhesako, who introduced him to the teachings of the Buddha. He eventually travelled to Thailand in 1973 to become a novice at Wat Mahathat and took bhikkhu ordination the following year at Wat Pah Pong with Ajahn Chah.  Later, he was involved in the establishment of both the Chithurst and Harnham monasteries in the UK. In 1985, he moved to New Zealand, where he lived for 10 years, setting up Bodhinyānārāma monastery. In 1995 he returned to the UK to assist Ajahn Sumedho at Amarāvati and stayed for four years before returning to New Zealand, where he lived until 2002. He came to Ottawa where he cared for his mother for nine years.   In 2006 he founded Tisarana Buddhist Monastery in Perth Ontario where he is currently the abbot.

Registration will be limited to 100 persons. Registration will be on the OBS retreat page: https://ottawabuddhistsociety.com/activities/latest-updates/retreats/

Cost of retreat:  Free but there will be an opportunity to make a donation; 100% of the donation will go to Tisarana Monastery where LP Viradhammo resides.  
Retreatants are encouraged to commit to all 7 days

Participants are asked to follow the Eight Precepts which includes the precept of not eating at inappropriate times.  Retreatants will be encouraged to set up a disciplined eating schedule with 2 meals before noon and a nutrition snack of their choice at 5 PM.

Questions:  please contact retreats@ottawabuddhistsociety.com

See below for sample schedule for the retreat:

Friday Sept 11  

7:15-7:30 PM Join the Zoom retreat
7:30-9:00 – Instructions, precepts etc

Saturday Sept 12-Thursday Sept 17
5:45-6:00 AM- Join the Zoom retreat for the day
6:00-7:00-Morning meditation. Guidance offered by Ajahn Viradhammo
7-8:30 - Mindful breakfast preparation, eating, and  clean-up
8:30- 930 - Instruction and sitting meditation with Ajahn Viradhammo
9:30-11:00 - Alternate between walking, sitting and lying down practice
11:00-11:15 - Meal chant
11:15-2PM - Mindful meal preparation, eating, and rest
2:00-3:00 - Instruction and sitting meditation with Ajahn Viradhammo
3:00-5:00 - Alternate between walking, sitting and lying down practice
5:00-7:00 - Nutrition snack, rest, individual informal practice
7:00-9:00 -Meditation, dhamma talk, Q and A, chanting,

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"Talking with The Abbot of Tisarana Monastery"
was part of

First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa
Sunday Service, August 30th

In late July 2020, LP Viradhammo graciously accepted an invitation to record an interview so to introduce him, the teachings of the Buddha and Tisarana Monastery to the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa. Sherri Watson, Maryan O'Hagan and Colleen Glass, members of both the OBS and First U and with the kind help of Tan Khema, recorded, in this shortened video clip, Ajahn's response to two questions:
What is the difference between mindfulness and meditation as it brings us to transcendence or nirvana? and How do you keep peace of mind while being at war with injustice?
The YOU TUBE clip from the FirstU Sunday Service ~ with Ajahn's response ~ starts at 23:55 mins HERE, FirstU's Sunday Service You Tube channel

May all beings be well, May all beings be at ease.
May it be so.


OBS newsletter gratefully acknowledges this month's contributions Vivienne Bartlett,Sarah Marcus, Sherri Watson, Maryan OHagan and Colleen Glass. Submissions to the OBS newsletter are always welcome. Please send them by Sept 25, 2020 to Colleen  comms2014@ottawabuddhistsociety.com