Monthly Days of Mindfulness – Poya Days – for 2019

Ottawa Buddhist Society gathers to practice mindfulness meditation at the Tu-An Pagoda (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple), 3591 Albion Road, near Bank Street once a month.

These days of silent meditation and dhamma reflections are conducted by a visiting monk or nun.The Days of Mindfulness run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and include periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, dhamma readings, listening to dhamma talks (from either an invited monastic/nun or else a taped talk chosen by a senior OBS member), occasional discussions.

You are invited to contribute to and share in the pot-luck vegetarian lunch, served between 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.  Any contribution would be warmly welcomed.

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Dec
20
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Ayya Medhanandi – December 20, 2019 @ Quaker House
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Ayya MedhanandiAyyā Medhānandī is the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Saraniya Hermitage, a Theravada forest monastery for women.

Dec
21
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Ayya Medhanandi – December 21, 2019 @ Tu-An Pagoda (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple)
Dec 21 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

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Ayya Medhanandi (1949- ) is the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Saraniya Hermitage, a Theravada forest monastery for women. The daughter of East European WW II refugees who emigrated to Montreal, she began a spiritual quest in childhood that led her to India, Burma, UK, New Zealand, Malaysia, Taiwan, and finally back to Canada. In 1988, at the Mahasi retreat centre in Yangon, Myanmar, Ayya requested full bhikkhuni ordination from her teacher, Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. This was not yet possible in Theravada Buddhism. Instead, Sayadaw gave her 10-precept ordination on condition that she keep her vows for life. When a military coup closed Myanmar to foreigners, Sayadaw blessed her to join the Ajahn Chah Thai Sangha at Amaravati, UK. Ten years later, Ayya felt called to practice as a hermit nun in New Zealand for 6 years and later in SE Asia. In 2007, after nearly 20 years as a novice nun, she received bhikkhuni ordination at Ling Quan Chan Monastery in Keelung, Taiwan; and, in 2008, invited by Ottawa and Toronto Theravada Buddhist societies, she returned to Canada to establish Sati Saraniya Hermitage.

Jan
3
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Andre Vellino – January 3, 2020 @ Quaker House
Jan 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday Evening Meeting with Andre Vellino - January 3, 2020 @ Quaker House

Andre has been a member and past President of the Ottawa Buddhist Society and practiced with many Theravada monastics and lay teachers. Since 2002 he has been a member of the Order of Interbeing and received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2014. He leads meditation classes at the University of Ottawa Continuing Education Program and Andre is also a co-founder of the University of Ottawa’s Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies.

The Monks and Nuns will be on winter retreat from January 1, 2020 until the end of March 2020. The regular Friday Evening Meetings at Quaker House will continue with tonight’s lay practitioner Andre Vellino.

Jan
17
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Evelyn Tan – January 17, 2020 @ Quaker House
Jan 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday Evening Meeting with Evelyn Tan - January 17, 2020 @ Quaker House

The evening will be led by lay practitioner Evelyn Tan.
Evelyn Tan first learned about Buddhism, mindfulness and Vipassana meditation largely through the Ottawa Buddhist Society when she and her family moved to Ottawa some twenty years ago. She facilitated MBCT groups at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre from 2011-2015 and is now in private practice.

Jan
18
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Philip Jurgens – January 18, 2020 @ Tu-An Pagoda (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple)
Jan 18 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Monks and Nuns will be on Winter retreat from January 1, 2020 until the end of March 2020. The Day of Mindfulness will be led by lay practitioner Philip Jurgens.

Feb
7
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Andre Vellino – February 7, 2020 @ Quaker House
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday Evening Meeting with Andre Vellino - February 7, 2020 @ Quaker House

Andre has been a member and past President of the Ottawa Buddhist Society and practiced with many Theravada monastics and lay teachers. Since 2002 he has been a member of the Order of Interbeing and received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2014. He leads meditation classes at the University of Ottawa Continuing Education Program and Andre is also a co-founder of the University of Ottawa’s Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies.

The Monks and Nuns will be on winter retreat from January 1, 2020 until the end of March 2020. The regular Friday Evening Meetings at Quaker House will continue with tonight’s lay practitioner Andre Vellino.

Feb
21
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Bhante Vijitha – February 21 2020 @ Quaker House
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Bhante Vijitha is an ordained Buddhist monk and a resident teacher at the Hilda Jayewardenaramaya Buddhist Monastery, Ottawa since 2010. He holds an M.A. in Buddhist studies from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, and M.A. in Counseling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University, Ottawa.

Feb
22
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Bhante Vijitha – February 22, 2020 @ Tu-An Pagoda (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple)
Feb 22 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

 

Bhante Vijitha is an ordained Buddhist monk and a resident teacher at the Hilda Jayewardenaramaya Buddhist Monastery, Ottawa since 2010. He holds an M.A. in Buddhist studies from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, and M.A. in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University, Ottawa.

Mar
6
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Catherine Collobert- March 6, 2020 @ Quaker House
Mar 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday Evening Meeting with Catherine Collobert- March 6, 2020 @ Quaker House

Catherine Collobert will lead the meditation and dhamma teaching on Friday Evening 7:30 pm at Quaker House.

The Monks and Nuns will be on winter retreat from January 1, 2020 until the end of March 2020.

Mar
27
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Jim Bedard and Randy Baker – March 27, 2020 @ Quaker House
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 

Jim Bedard

In his early twenties, Jim’s spiritual angst led him to the experiential practice of meditation: Christian meditation, Transcendental Meditation (TM), and then Zen Buddhist meditation.

In 1980 Jim began practicing Zen meditation and soon after became a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau of the Rochester Zen Center. After completing his formal training in Zen, Jim began practicing with senior Vipassana teachers in the Theravada Buddhist tradition.

Today, Jim offers a balanced, direct approach to practices that point directly to the heart of the teachings. He teaches Insight Meditation at Satipañña Insight Meditation Toronto.

Jim has written two books: Lotus in the Fire and Old Pond: The Teachings of the Elders.

 
 

Randy Baker ~ Satipanna Toronto

 
Randy Baker began practicing Zen meditation in 1977 as a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau. His Zen training included 10 years on staff at the Rochester Zen Center. After practicing Zen for 20 years, Randy took up the practice of Vipassana. He has since worked with a number of well known Western Vipassana teachers.

LP Viradhammo

LP 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. ...more..

Ayya Medhanandi

Ayya Medhanandi (1949- ) is the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Saraniya Hermitage, a Theravada forest monastery for women....more..

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