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

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.

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.

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.

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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