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 2018 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.

Please note that the capacity of the Meeting room is 80 persons due to fire restriction. We will not be able to admit extra people once the 80 person capacity is reached. Attendance is on a first come first serve basis and please kindly do not make reservation of seats for others who might come later. The Meeting Room will open at 7:00 pm.

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

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


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.

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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