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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

The Theravada Buddhist Community would like to invite you to

a Day of Mindfulness on Sunday, May 16, 2021

with Ajahn Punnadhammo.

Ajahn Punnadhammo lives and teaches at Arrow River Forest Hermitage and meditation centre near Thunder Bay. He has been studying and practising Buddhism since 1979.

Ajahn Punnadhammo began his studies under Kema Ananda, the founder and first teacher at Arrow River. 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. In 1995 he returned to Canada to assume the management of Arrow River Forest Hermitage. Ajahn Punnadhammo is a skilled and popular meditation teacher who leads retreats and shares dhamma on his YouTube channel.

Please join the Zoom meeting around 8:45 AM EDT


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To join our Zoom Meeting, click on this link: 

TBC Online Zoom Session

Password: 883290
Meeting ID: 741 749 355

Zoom telephone numbers for Canada, if connecting by phone:

+1 204 272 7920

+1 438 809 7799

+1 587 328 1099

+1 647 374 4685

+1 647 558 0588

+1 778 907 2071


Next

If you would like to make a donation to the Arrow River Forest Hermitage for this event, please use the TBC donation page and include a message that the donation is for Ajahn Punnadhammo’s Day of Mindfulness. 100% of all donations will be given to the Hermitage.
 
No registration is required.  This day includes meditation, mindfulness instruction and Dhamma talks. The chants we’ll be using during the session will be displayed on the Zoom screen at the appropriate times.
 
We look forward to you joining us on Sunday, May 16, 2021.
 
 

Day of Mindfulness With Ajahn Punnadhammo

Sunday, May 16, 2021

8:45 AM – 8:55 EDT. Zoom Check-In

8:55 – 9:00. Announcements and Introduction of Ajahn Punnadhammo
9:00 – 9:15. Opening Chants and Greetings
9:15 – 9:45. Meditation
9:45 – 10:15. Reflections on a Buddhist Sutta or Teaching
10:15 – 11:00. Meditation

11:00 – 12:40 PM. Lunch Break (Zoom will remain open)

12:40 – 12:45. Announcements
12:45 – 1:30. Meditation
1:30 – 2:15. Dhamma Talk
2:15 – 3:00. Questions and Answers
3:00 – 3:45. Meditation
3:45 – 3:55. Sharing of Merit and Closing Chants

The Theravada Buddhist Community would like to invite you to a Day of Mindfulness on Sunday, April 18, 2021 with Ajahn Viradhammo. 

Ajahn Viradhammo is the founder and abbot of Tisarana Buddhist Monastery in Perth, Ontario. He took bhikkhu (monastic) ordination in Thailand in 1974 at Wat Pah Pong with Ajahn Chah. He was one of the first residents at Wat Pah Nanachat, the international monastery in north-east Thailand. In 1977, he was asked by Ajahn Chah to join Ajahn Sumedho at the Hampstead Vihara in London. Later, he was involved in the establishment of both the Chithurst and Harnham monasteries in the UK. In 1985, he moved to New Zealand, where he lived for 10 years, setting up Bodhinyanarama monastery. In 1995, he went to the UK to assist Ajahn Sumedho at Amaravati and stayed for four years before returning to New Zealand, where he lived until 2002. He then returned to Ottawa where he cared for his mother for nine years. He is now a full time resident at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery.

Please join the Zoom meeting around 8:30 AM EDT

To join our Zoom Meeting, click on this link: 

TBC Online Zoom Session

Password: 469297
Meeting ID: 863 4096 9931

(if you wish to join by telephone, Zoom phone numbers are provided below)

If you would like to make a donation to Tisarana Buddhist Monastery for this event, please use the the TBC donation page and include a message that the donation is for Ajahn Viradhammo’s Day of Mindfulness retreat. 100% of all donations will be passed on to the Monastery. No registration is required. This day includes meditation, mindfulness instruction and Dhamma talks. The chants we’ll be using during the session are attached below. If you would like to participate in the chanting, please print them out ahead of the session. We look forward to you joining us on Sunday, April 18.  

Day of Mindfulness With Ajahn Viradhammo

Sunday, April 18

8:30 AM – 8:40 EDT. Zoom Check-In

8:40 – 8:45. Announcements and Introduction of Ajahn Viradhammo
8:45 – 9:00. Opening Chant, Reflections
9:00 – 9:45. Meditation
9:45 – 10:30. Reflections on a Buddhist Sutta or Teaching
10:30 – 11:15. Meditation

11:15 – 12:40 PM. Lunch Break (Zoom will remain open)

12:40 – 12:45. Announcements
12:45 – 1:30. Meditation
1:30 – 2:15. Dhamma Talk
2:15 – 3:00. Questions and Answers
3:00 – 3:45. Meditation
3:45 – 3:55. Sharing of Merit and Closing Chants

Chant Files:

Opening Chant

Verses of Sharing and Aspiration

The Buddha’s Words on Loving Kindness

Closing Homage

Buddha Dhamma Sangha Guna

Zoom telephone numbers for Canada, if connecting by phone:

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

The Theravada Buddhist Community would like to invite you to a two-day Days of Mindfulness online retreat with Venerable Khemako on Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8, 2020

Venerable Khemako

Venerable Khemako was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1959 into a large Catholic family and received his education from priests and nuns at the local Church-run schools. His long-standing interest in the core questions of philosophy and religion led him to begin lay Buddhist practice in 1997. Eventually he abandoned a career in Silicon Valley and found his way into the order of monks, ordaining as a Bhikkhu on June 2, 2012 with Ajahn Pasanno as preceptor, at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California. In June of 2014 Ven. Khemako moved to Tisarana.

To join our Zoom Meeting, click on this link: 

TBC Online Zoom Session

Meeting ID: 879 4453 5212
Password: 812215

Check-In on Zoom 8:30-8:40 am EST

(If you wish to join by telephone, Zoom phone numbers are provided below)

The Days of Mindfulness will include meditation, mindfulness instructions and Buddhist reflections.

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

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 November 7-8.  Each day will start at 8:30 EST in the morning and run to 4:00 in the afternoon.

Daily Schedules

Saturday, November 7

8:30 – 8:40 am ESTZoom Check-In
8:40 – 8:45 amMorning Announcements & Introductions
8:45 – 9:00 amOpening Chants, Requesting the 5 Precepts & 3 Refuges
9:00 – 9:45 amMeditation (seated with some guidance)
9:45 – 10:30 amReflections on a Buddhist Sutta
10:30 – 11:15 amMeditation (seated or walking)
11:15 – 11:20 amAnnouncements
11:20 – 12:40 pmBreak for Lunch
12:40 – 12:45 pmAfternoon Announcements
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 – 4:00 pmMetta & Closing Chants

Sunday, November 8

8:30 – 8:40 am ESTZoom Check-In
8:40 – 8:45 amMorning Announcements
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
10:30 – 11:15 amMeditation (seated or walking)
11:15 – 11:20 amAnnouncements
11:20 – 12:40 pmBreak for Lunch
12:40 – 12:45 pmAfternoon Announcements
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 – 4:00 pmSharing Merit & Closing Chants

Zoom telephone numbers for Canada, if connecting by phone:

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

The Theravada Buddhist Community would like to invite you to a two-day Days of Mindfulness online retreat with Ayya Medhanandi on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27, 2020

Ayya Medhanandi

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: 836 2211 0557
(If you wish to join by telephone, Zoom phone numbers are provided below)

The Days of Mindfulness will include meditation, mindfulness instructions and Buddhist reflections.

No registration is required. If you would like to make a donation to Ayya’s Hermitage, Sati Saranaya for this event, please use the 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 September 26-27.  Each day will start at 8:30 EDT in the morning and run to 3:30 in the afternoon.

Daily Schedules

Saturday, September 26

8:30 – 8:40 am EDTZoom Check-In
8:40 – 8:45 amMorning Announcements & Introductions
8:45 – 9:00 amOpening Chants, Requesting the 5 Precepts & 3 Refuges
9:00 – 9:45 amMeditation (seated with some guidance)
9:45 – 10:30 amReflections on a Buddhist Sutta
10:30 – 11:15 amMeditation (seated or walking)
11:15 – 11:20 amAnnouncements
11:20 – 12:40 pmBreak for Lunch
12:40 – 12:45 pmAfternoon Announcements
12:45 – 1:30 pmMeditation (seated or walking)
1:30 – 2:15 pmDhamma Talk
2:15 – 3:00 pmQ & A
3:00 – 3:25 pmMetta & Closing Chants
3:25 – 3:30 pmFinal Announcements

Sunday, September 27

8:30 – 8:40 am EDTZoom Check-In
8:40 – 8:45 amMorning Announcements
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
10:30 – 11:15 amMeditation (seated or walking)
11:15 – 11:20 amAnnouncements
11:20 – 12:40 pmBreak for Lunch
12:40 – 12:45 pmAfternoon Announcements
12:45 – 1:30 pmMeditation (seated or walking)
1:30 – 2:15 pmDhamma Talk
2:15 – 3:00 pmQ & A
3:00 – 3:25 pmSharing Merit & Closing Chants
3:25 – 3:30 pmFinal Announcements

Zoom telephone numbers for Canada, if connecting by phone:

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

What's New

Announcements, web site updates, and general news of interest to TBC members

The Theravada Buddhist Community would like to invite you to

a Day of Mindfulness on Sunday, May 16, 2021

with Ajahn Punnadhammo.

Ajahn Punnadhammo lives and teaches at Arrow River Forest Hermitage and meditation centre near Thunder Bay. He has been studying and practising Buddhism since 1979.

Ajahn Punnadhammo began his studies under Kema Ananda, the founder and first teacher at Arrow River. 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. In 1995 he returned to Canada to assume the management of Arrow River Forest Hermitage. Ajahn Punnadhammo is a skilled and popular meditation teacher who leads retreats and shares dhamma on his YouTube channel.

Please join the Zoom meeting around 8:45 AM EDT


Next

To join our Zoom Meeting, click on this link: 

TBC Online Zoom Session

Password: 883290
Meeting ID: 741 749 355

Zoom telephone numbers for Canada, if connecting by phone:

+1 204 272 7920

+1 438 809 7799

+1 587 328 1099

+1 647 374 4685

+1 647 558 0588

+1 778 907 2071


Next

If you would like to make a donation to the Arrow River Forest Hermitage for this event, please use the TBC donation page and include a message that the donation is for Ajahn Punnadhammo’s Day of Mindfulness. 100% of all donations will be given to the Hermitage.
 
No registration is required.  This day includes meditation, mindfulness instruction and Dhamma talks. The chants we’ll be using during the session will be displayed on the Zoom screen at the appropriate times.
 
We look forward to you joining us on Sunday, May 16, 2021.
 
 

Day of Mindfulness With Ajahn Punnadhammo

Sunday, May 16, 2021

8:45 AM – 8:55 EDT. Zoom Check-In

8:55 – 9:00. Announcements and Introduction of Ajahn Punnadhammo
9:00 – 9:15. Opening Chants and Greetings
9:15 – 9:45. Meditation
9:45 – 10:15. Reflections on a Buddhist Sutta or Teaching
10:15 – 11:00. Meditation

11:00 – 12:40 PM. Lunch Break (Zoom will remain open)

12:40 – 12:45. Announcements
12:45 – 1:30. Meditation
1:30 – 2:15. Dhamma Talk
2:15 – 3:00. Questions and Answers
3:00 – 3:45. Meditation
3:45 – 3:55. Sharing of Merit and Closing Chants

TBC is reviewing how we make decisions in our community and is looking for input from current and past members.

Every year people at TBC make decisions about how we want our group to operate.  We have Annual General Meetings and periodic Community Meetings.  Those involved in running an activity make decisions about it, and some activities have Leads to help manage them.  Last year a Steering Committee was established at the AGM to help guide our group between AGM’s.

The purpose of this survey is to get input from TBC participants about how you would like to see decisions made in our community, and to help clarify how the Steering Committee can support this.  We will use this information to put together a decision-making model that will be presented for review and approval at a future Community Meeting.

If you’ve attended TBC in the past or are attending now, we would be grateful if you could spend 5 to 10 minutes completing the linked survey below.

Thanks from the TBC Steering Committee!

To complete the survey, click this link:

TBC Decision-Making Survey

Video recordings of dhamma talks from recent Days of Mindfulness with Ajahn Viradhammo are now available for viewing on the website:

As well, here are recent recordings of teachings from Monastics at our Sunday sessions

Please join the Theravada Buddhist Community on Sundays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon for our online meditation session.

Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to temporarily cancel our Sunday meditation meetings until further notice. In the meantime we’ll be providing online sessions each Sunday morning using Zoom Meetings.

We will follow our regular Sunday format, with a short period of chanting and bowing, a 45 minute meditation, a monastic dhamma talk and finishing with a short meditation.  Sessions will start at 10:00 am, but please connect  A FEW MINUTES ahead of time to be ready when we start.

We plan to continue to offer this Sunday meditation session until we are back at the Saint George Hotel.

To join our Zoom Meeting, click on this link: 

TBC Online Zoom Session

If prompted, use this password: 883290

If you haven’t done so already, you may be prompted to install the Zoom application. When the application is finished installing, you will join an online room where our session takes place. You can then click on join with audio and camera.

We hope to see you online this Sunday.

Zoom telephone numbers for Canada, if connecting by phone:
(Meeting ID: 741 749 355, Password: 883290)
+1 204 272 7920
+1 438 809 7799
+1 587 328 1099
+1 647 374 4685
+1 647 558 0588
+1 778 907 2071

These are the chanting sheets we use Sunday mornings (you can click on them to enlarge):



Dear Friends,

Due to the on going Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to temporarily cancel our in-person Sunday meditation meetings until further notice.

We hope that you will join us in our online sessions in the meantime, and continue to meditate on your own.  More information about our online sessions is available here.

To support your practice, there are various Dhamma talks on our Resources page.

Metta,

TBC Board

We’ve added two new writings by Buddhist teachers on Climate Change on our Resources page:

Buddha-Nature, Human Nature: A book by Ajahn Sucitto about our environment and the effects that Buddhism has had and can have upon it.
A Task for Mindfulness: Facing Climate Change:  A paper by Bhikkhu Anālayo presenting a Buddhist perspective on Climate Change

Ajahn Sucitto’s book is available in other formats on the Forest Sangha website.

The Theravada Buddhist Community has found a new meeting place in the Peregrine Room at the St. George Hotel, located at 280 Bloor St. West in downtown Toronto.

Our first meditation session at our new location will be on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 10:15 a.m.

The Peregrine Room is located on the main floor. From the main doors, go past the Front Desk and follow the corridor past the restaurant. At the end of the corridor the Peregrine Room is on the left and the washrooms are on the right. The room is wheelchair accessible.

We feel very fortunate to have secured a wonderful new location so close to the St. George Subway station. There also is plenty of parking in the area including on Huron St.

We look forward to seeing you at our new location!

The December Dhamma Talk from Venerable Khemako on the topic of “Understanding Anicca by Observing the Four Elements” is now available as a YouTube video from our Resources page or directly from YouTube.

Beginning this Sunday, January 13, our Sunday morning sessions will start at 10:15 and run until 12:00 noon.

Venerable Khemako’s talks recorded during his November, 2018 visit to TBC are now available on our Resources page. These include:

Friday evening talk

Title: The Buddha’s alternative

Venerable Khemako discusses Dukkha in everyday life and how the typical worldy way of responding to it is inherently unsatisfactory. He then explains how the mind gets entangled in the 5 Khandas in its desire for happiness, but that the result is a kind of mirage. There is a description of the Buddha’s alternative to this grasping – a path that allows one to see how the mind creates its own suffering.

Saturday morning

Title: Questions and Answers

Venerable Khemako answers questions on the following topics: how to develop peace through receptivity and curiosity; How to combine the peacefulness of meditation practice with the busyness of life; How to face recurrent fears; Explaining anatta / not self; the usefulness of the 8-fold path to train the mind

Saturday afternoon

Title: How to best use our precious life

Venerable Khemako reflects on the rarity of being born human and being able to practice and reflect on the dhamma. He also discusses how to prioritize practice in everyday life. He then explains the way meditation can help in the development of insight.

Sunday morning

Title: Samsara and politics

Venerable Khemako discusses how desire for becoming leads to forming an identity, which leads to opinions, including political opinions. The metaphor he provides regarding political opinions in the human realm are that they are like sunspots. Sunspots necessarily have both positive and negative ions – you cannot have one without the other. In the same way, polarization of political opinions and movements are by their nature unsettled, incomplete, and dynamic. He also makes the point that our opinions are due to causes and conditions, and therefore not a fixed part of one’s identity. The solution to the mind’s tendency to reify political opinions is to cultivate wise reflection through the 8-fold path.

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Where We Meet

We meet on Sunday mornings from 10:15 to 12:00, in the Peregrine Room at the St. George Hotel, located at 280 Bloor St. West.

On some Sundays we’ll be meeting in another room in the hotel.  Click here for more information.

As a result of the coronavirus situation, we are temporarily meeting online.  More information here.