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