Calendar

Feb
18
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Bhante Jinananda – January 18, 2023
Feb 18 @ 8:45 am – 3:00 pm
The teacher for this Buddhist meditation and dhamma talk will be Bhante Jinananda.
Bhante Jinananda is a resident monk at the Hilda Jayewardenaramaya Buddhist Monastery since July 2008.
Apr
22
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with LP Viradhammo – April 22, 2023
Apr 22 @ 8:45 am – 3:00 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 is the principal spiritual guide for the Ottawa Buddhist Society.

May
20
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Ayya Medhanandi – May 20, 2023
May 20 @ 8:45 am – 3:00 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
17
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with LP Viradhammo – June 17, 2023
Jun 17 @ 8:45 am – 3:00 pm

AjahnViradhammo

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 is the principal spiritual guide for the Ottawa Buddhist Society.

Aug
19
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Bhante Rahula – August 19, 2023
Aug 19 @ 8:45 am – 3:00 pm

Bhante RahulaBhante Yogavacara Rahula received his bhikkhu upasampada ordination at Wat Thai Los Angeles in May 1979. After returning to Sri Lanka for some years, he came to help Bhante Henepola Gunaratana establish the Bhavana Society Forest Monastery, where he served as vice-abbot from 1986 to 2010. Now, after seven years of teaching Dhamma and leading retreats around the world, Bhante Rahula has taken on the role as managing director and chief meditation teacher at the Lion of Wisdom – Paññāsīha Meditation Center.

Oct
21
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Ajahn Pavaro – October 21, 2023
Oct 21 @ 8:45 am – 3:00 pm
Nov
18
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Ayya Medhanandi – November 18, 2023
Nov 18 @ 8:45 am – 3:00 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.

Dec
16
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Ayya Medhanandi – December 16, 2023
Dec 16 @ 8:45 am – 3:00 pm

medhanandi-222x300
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.