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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Feb
16
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Bhante Vijitha – February 16, 2019 @ Tu-An Pagoda (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple)
Feb 16 @ 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
23
Sat
No Day of Mindfulness on March 23, 2019
Mar 23 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Apr
20
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with LP Viradhammo – April 20, 2019 @ Tu-An Pagoda (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple)
Apr 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

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The teacher 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.

May
18
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Ayya Medhanandi – May 18, 2019 @ Tu-An Pagoda (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple)
May 18 @ 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.

Jun
22
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Ayya Medhanandi – June 22, 2019 @ Tu-An Pagoda (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple)
Jun 22 @ 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.

Jul
20
Sat
Cancelled – Day of Mindfulness with Ven Khemako – July 20, 2019
Jul 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Day of Mindfulness with Venerable Khemako on July 20, 2019 is cancelled. Please go to Tisarana website for events in July.

Aug
17
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Ven Khemako – August 17, 2019 @ Tu-An Pagoda (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple)
Aug 17 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Ven. Khemako

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 to spend his third vassa.

Sep
21
Sat
No Day of Mindfulness on September 21, 2019
Sep 21 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Oct
19
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Ajahn Khemasiri- October 19, 2019 @ Tu-An Pagoda (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple)
Oct 19 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

 

Luang Por Viradhammo is not able to come to lead this Saturday, Day of Mindfulness.

Tahn Ajahn Khemasiri will be taking his place. Tahn is the Abbot Emeritus of Dhammapala Forest monastery in Kandersteg, Switzerland.

Nov
16
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Ven Khemako – November 16, 2019 @ Tu-An Pagoda (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple)
Nov 16 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Ven. Khemako

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 to spend his third vassa.

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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