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

 

Jun
7
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Ajahn Punnadhammo – June 7, 2019 @ Quaker House
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PunnadhammoAjahn Punnadhammo is the resident bhikku at Arrow River Forest Hermitage, a Theravadin Buddhist monastery and meditation centre located fifty miles southwest of Thunder Bay. Venerable Punnadhammo has been studying and practising Buddhism since 1979. He began studying the dhamma under Kema Ananda, the founder and first teacher at the Arrow River Centre, and did a one-year solitary retreat at the Centre in 1988.

After this he went to Thailand and was ordained in the forest tradition of Ajahn Chah in 1990. Between 1990 and 1995 he was based at Wat Pah Nanachat, Thailand, and in 1995 was asked by Kema Ananda to return to Canada to assume the management of the Arrow River. He has been there ever since. Venerable Punnadhammo is Canadian, born in Toronto in 1955.

Jun
21
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Ayya Medhanandi – June 21, 2019 @ Quaker House
Jun 21 @ 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.

Jul
5
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Ayya Nimmala – July 5, 2019 @ Quaker House
Jul 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Ayya NimalaAyya Nimmala has been deeply inspired by the teachings of Ajahn Chah, and began training as a Theravada Buddhist nun in 2008, at Sati Saraniya Hermitage, with Ayya Medhanandi as her teacher. She received higher ordination as a bhikkhuni in 2011. In 2015, she co-edited the third edition of the Bhikkhuni Patimokkha, a Pali-English vinaya booklet, with Ayya Tathaaloka.

Jul
19
Fri
Cancelled – Friday Evening Meeting with Ven. Khemako – July 19, 2019
Jul 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Cancelled - Friday Evening Meeting with Ven. Khemako - July 19, 2019 @ Ottawa | Ontario | Canada

Friday Evening Meeting with Venerable Khemako on July 19, 2019 is cancelled. Please go to Tisarana website for events in July.

Aug
2
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Ajahn Asoko – August 2, 2019 @ Quaker House
Aug 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 

AjahnViradhammoWe have the opportunity this evening to have Ajahn Asoko as the teacher for this Buddhist meditation and dhamma talk.

Ajahn Asoko has been the personal attendant to Luang Por Sumedho for the last 8 years. Luang Por Viradhammo will be at the event.

 

Aug
16
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Venerable Khemako – August 16, 2019 @ Quaker House
Aug 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 

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.

Sep
6
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Ayya Medhanandi – September 6, 2019 @ Quaker House
Sep 6 @ 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.

Oct
4
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Ayya Medhanandi – October 4, 2019 @ Quaker House
Oct 4 @ 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.

Oct
18
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Ajahn Khemasiri – October 18, 2019 @ Quaker House
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday Evening Meeting with Ajahn Khemasiri - October 18, 2019 @ Quaker House | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada

 

Luang Por Viradhammo is not able to come to lead this Friday meditation event.

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

Nov
1
Fri
Friday Evening Meeting with Ayya Medhanandi – November 1, 2019 @ Quaker House
Nov 1 @ 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.

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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