June 27, 2021 – Day of Mindfulness with Ayyā Medhānandī

The Theravada Buddhist Community would like to invite you to a Day of Mindfulness on Sunday, June 27, 2021 with Ayyā Medhānandī

Ayyā Medhānandī

In 1988, at the Yangon Mahasi retreat centre in Burma, Ayyā requested full ordination as a bhikkhunī from her teacher, the Venerable Sayādaw U Pandita. This was not yet possible for Theravāda Buddhist women. Instead, Sayādaw granted her ordination as a 10-precept monastic vows on condition that she keep them for life.

When a military coup closed Myanmar’s border, Sayādaw blessed her to join the Ajahn Chah Thai Forest Saņgha at Amaravati, UK. Ten years later. Ayyā 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 alms-mendicant nun, Ayyā fulfilled her long-held wish for full bhikkhunī ordination at Ling Quan Chan Monastery in Keelung, Taiwan. In 2008, on invitation from the Ottawa Buddhist Society and Toronto Theravāda Buddhist Community, Ayyā returned to her native Canada to establish Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage.

To join our Zoom Meeting, click on this link: 

TBC Online Zoom Session

Meeting ID: 741 749 355
Passcode: 883290

If you wish to join by telephone, the Zoom phone numbers for Canada are:

+1 204 272 7920 
+1 438 809 7799 
+1 587 328 1099 
+1 647 374 4685 
+1 647 558 0588 
+1 778 907 2071 

Click here for help with using the Zoom Chat or Raise Hand features during the Q & A period.

No registration is required. If you would like to make a donation to Ayya’s Hermitage, Sati Saranaya for this event, please use the TBC donation page and include a message that the donation is for Ayya’s Days of Mindfulness retreat. 100% of all donations will be passed on to the Hermitage.

The chants used during Days of Mindfulness can be printed out ahead of time, and are available at this link.

We look forward to you joining us on June 27, 2021.  The day will start at 8:40 AM EDT in the morning and run to 4:00 PM in the afternoon. The Zoom waiting room will open at 8:30 AM.

Day of Mindfulness Schedule

8:40 – 8:45 amAnnouncements & Introductions
8:45 – 9:00 amOpening Chants, Reflections
9:00 – 9:45 amMeditation (seated with some guidance)
9:45 – 10:30 amReflections on a Buddhist Sutta or Teaching
10:30 – 11:15 amMeditation (seated or walking)
11:15 – 12:40 pmBreak for Lunch
12:40 – 12:45 pmAnnouncements
12:45 – 1:30 pmMeditation (seated or walking)
1:30 – 2:15 pmDhamma Talk
2:15 – 3:00 pmQ & A
3:00 – 3:45 pmMeditation (seated or walking)
3:45 – 3:55 pmSharing of Merit and Closing Chants