Retreat Bursary

The OBS is committed to making Buddhist teachings accessible to people regardless of their means.  Live-streaming retreats in part fulfill this purpose. For in-person retreats financial assistance is offered through a bursary which allows people with limited income to apply for a subsidized place. The Rhona Goodspeed Bursary has been made possible through a generous donation received from the Rhona Goodspeed Bequest as well as donations from Members and Friends of the OBS.

You may apply for one bursary place each year.  Bursary recipients are required to contribute a flat rate of $100 (Canadian) towards retreat costs. The bursary covers accommodation and meal costs.  A voluntary donation for the teachings is encouraged.

The OBS cancellation policy also applies to bursary applications; the $100 fee is non-refundable if the bursary recipient drops out after the cancellation date and no one can be found to take the retreat spot.

The OBS requires that bursary applicants meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Current OBS membership for at least one year.
  • Of limited financial means.
  • Regular attendance of OBS events or an equivalent Theravada organization/community.
  • Some silent retreat experience of at least one 2-day residential or non-residential retreat.
  • No previous experience of a 7-day retreat is required.
  • Applications for the retreat bursary must be received 2 weeks before the retreat registration opens; please see retreats page to find out when registration opens for OBS members.

If you would like to apply for a subsidized bursary place, please copy and paste the application form below into an email, complete it, and send to:retreats@ottawabuddhistsociety.com

RETREAT BURSARY APPLICATION FORM

Deadline for applications is 2 weeks before registration opens for the retreat.

Full name …………………………………………………………………………………………………….………………

Contact email address ………………………………………………………………………………..………………….

Residential address …………………………………………………………………………………….………………..

Contact phone number …………………………………………………………………………………………………

Have you been an OBS member for the last year? …………………………………………………………

Retreat you want to attend ……………………………………………………………………..…………………..

Date …………………………………………………………………………………………….……………………………

Please outline the following, as best you can:

Your financial position ……………………………………………………………………………………………………

Why you want to attend the retreat in question ……………………………………………………………

Your previous retreat experience …………………………………………………………………………………..

Previous involvement/attendance with a Theravada organization or community ………………

 

Note: One bursary place is available for each residential retreat.  Meeting all the bursary criteria does not guarantee a bursary place as there may be more applications than places available.  Please see our Retreat page for upcoming residential retreats.

 

New Retreatants

A note for those who are new to Theravada residential retreats.

Retreats are run with some guidelines in place which enable participants to gain the maximum from their time away from worldly concerns. All retreatants are expected to adhere to the 8 precepts listed below.  In accordance with these precepts:

  • Two meals are provided each day: breakfast and lunch as well as a late afternoon snack.
  • Retreats are conducted in noble silence; aside from questions to the teacher and retreat managers all participants are expected to respect the condition of silence.
  • For those bursary recipients who are less experienced there will be a designated person on the retreat who can assist with any issues that might arise.

8 Buddhist Precepts:

  • Abstaining from taking life.
  • Abstaining from taking that which is not given.
  • Abstaining from sexual activity.
  • Abstaining from false and harmful speech.
  • Abstaining from intoxicating drinks and drugs.
  • Abstaining from eating at inappropriate times.
  • Abstaining from entertainment and beautifying the body.
  • Abstaining from using luxurious beds and furniture.