Upcoming TBC Virtual Study Program by Venerable Amarasiri

Dear Friends,

This fall the Theravada Buddhist Community (TBC) invites you to join a six week virtual study program by Tan Amarasiri, a resident bhikkhu at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery.

The theme of the program is “Great lives inspiring right practice”. It will be held weekly, on Thursdays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., starting September 21st and ending October 26th, 2023.

The idea is to come together weekly, discuss and understand key aspects of the lives of some of the Buddha’s disciples to encourage right understanding, resulting in right application. Each session will be a blend of instruction and discussion, followed by a period for questions and answers.

We ask the interested to commit to all six weeks (barring unforeseen circumstances) and register in advance.

Program Details

Week 1 (September 21) – Sariputta, the embodiment of right understanding

Week 2 (September 28) – Mahamoggallana, the embodiment of right unification

Week 3 (October 5) – Ananda, the embodiment of devotion and service

Week 4 (October 12) – Khema, the embodiment of renunciation and discernment

Week 5 (October 19) – Visaka, the embodiment of generosity

Week 6 (October 26) – Anathapindika, the embodiment of right livelihood

Tan Amarasiri

Amarasiri Bhikkhu was born and raised in Chennai, India. His education and career led him to live in many parts of the world. Venerable Amarasiri moved to Toronto in 2009 and attended a Vipassana retreat in the Goenka Tradition where he was inspired by the teachings and practice of Theravada Buddhism. On his very first visit to Tisarana, his interaction with Luang Por Viradhammo impacted Ven. Amarasiri to commit to the Theravadin Monastic life. He subsequently took Anagarika precepts in November 2016, Samanera Precepts in September 2017 and was accepted into the Bhikkhu Sangha in September 2018 with Luang Por Viradhammo as Preceptor.


In keeping with the Thai Forest Tradition, there is no cost for this program.


Participants are welcome to offer dana to the Tisarana Dhamma Hall. Donations can be made here. Choose Tisarana Dhamma Hall Fund when making the donation. 100% of the donations will be transferred to Tisarana.


To register, click here. Registrations close on Monday, September 11th. We hope you can join us.

TBC member Nithya is facilitating the program, please email her at [email protected] for clarifications.