Friday Evening Meetings

Talks & Meditations with Luang Por Viradhammo or Ayya Medhanandi

Two Friday evenings per month, members and friends of the Ottawa Buddhist Society have the opportunity to share in the teachings of the Buddha, often with Ayya Medhanandi or LP Viradhammo. The location is 91A Fourth Avenue in the Glebe, just east of Bank Street.

From January to March 2017 when the monks and nuns near Perth are in silent winter retreat, the OBS invites other dedicated and skilled lay teachers and monks living in the city to share their perspectives on the Buddha dhamma.

Photo by Rose Hunt

Photo by Rose Hunt

The sessions usually begin with a period of guided meditation, followed by a Dhamma talk and period of questions and answers led by the evening’s teacher. There is no requirement to be a Buddhist or a member of the Ottawa Buddhist Society to attend these sessions.

As there are no cushions or mats in the meditation hall, we ask that you bring these items with you. Chairs are provided for those who wish to use them.

There is no fixed charge for attending a Friday Evening Meeting.  Charitable donations are gratefully accepted and go to support the teacher and to support this and similar OBS events.

For ongoing information on Friday Evening meditations, please bookmark this page.

Location: 91A Fourth Avenue, near Bank Street
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

 

May
4
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with LP Viradhammo – May 4, 2018 @ Quaker House
May 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 

AjahnViradhammoThe leader for this Buddhist meditation and dhamma talk will be Luang Por Viradhammo.

Luang Por Viradhammo is the senior abbot of Tissarana monastery, located in Perth, Ontario, which he founded in 2005. He has been the principal spiritual guide for the Ottawa Buddhist Society for the past 10 years.

May
18
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Ajahn Punnadhammo – May 18, 2018 @ Quaker House
May 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PunnadhammoAjahn Punnadhammo is the resident bhikku at Arrow River Forest Hermitage, a Theravadin Buddhist monastery and meditation centre located fifty miles southwest of Thunder Bay. Venerable Punnadhammo has been studying and practising Buddhism since 1979. He began studying the dhamma under Kema Ananda, the founder and first teacher at the Arrow River Centre, and did a one-year solitary retreat at the Centre in 1988.

After this he went to Thailand and was ordained in the forest tradition of Ajahn Chah in 1990. Between 1990 and 1995 he was based at Wat Pah Nanachat, Thailand, and in 1995 was asked by Kema Ananda to return to Canada to assume the management of the Arrow River. He has been there ever since. Venerable Punnadhammo is Canadian, born in Toronto in 1955.

Jun
1
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Venerable Khemako – June 1, 2018 @ Quaker House
Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 

Venerable Khemako was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1959 into a large Catholic family and 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. During the winter of 2016 – 2017, Venerable Khemako stayed at Arrow River Hermitage.

Jun
15
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Ayya Medhanandi – June 15, 2018 @ Quaker House
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Ayya MedhanandiAyyā Medhānandī , Bhikkhuni, a native of Montreal, is the founder of Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage, a Theravada Buddhist training monastery for bhikkhunīs in Perth, Ontario, Canada. After learning to meditate at 21, she made pilgrimage to India, studied with an Advaita sage, completed an Msc in nutrition and managed UN and other aid agency programs for malnourished women and children.

Jul
6
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Ayya Medhanandi – July 6, 2018 @ Quaker House
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Ayya MedhanandiAyyā Medhānandī , Bhikkhuni, a native of Montreal, is the founder of Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage, a Theravada Buddhist training monastery for bhikkhunīs in Perth, Ontario, Canada. After learning to meditate at 21, she made pilgrimage to India, studied with an Advaita sage, completed an Msc in nutrition and managed UN and other aid agency programs for malnourished women and children.

Jul
13
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with LP Viradhammo – July 13, 2018 @ Quaker House
Jul 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 

AjahnViradhammoThe leader for this Buddhist meditation and dhamma talk will be Luang Por Viradhammo.

Luang Por Viradhammo is the senior abbot of Tisarana monastery, located in Perth, Ontario, which he founded in 2005. He has been the principal spiritual guide for the Ottawa Buddhist Society for the past 10 years.