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2022 Annual General Meeting – Rescheduled

This year’s AGM will be held on Sunday, April 24, at 12 o’clock following the morning session. We will be using the same Zoom link as the regular Sunday morning sessions. The agenda for the meeting and other material can...

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TBC Goes Online

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...

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The Theravada Buddhist Community is pleased to announce that on Sunday, May 22 at 11:00am Ajahn Ñāṇiko, abbot of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, California, will be joining us during our weekly meditation session to offer a dhamma talk followed by a short question and answer period.

Ajahn Ñāṇiko

Ajahn Ñāṇiko was born and raised in California. In 2001, at the age of 20, he visited Abhayagiri and decided to request anagarika ordination. in 2002, he took novice ordination, and in July 2003, he was ordained as a bhikkhu. He received his basic training from Luang Por Pasanno and Luang Por Amaro at Abhayagiri, and has also spent over six years training in Thailand. When Ajahn Pasanno stepped back from his leadership role in 2018, Ajahn Ñāṇiko was the co-abbot of Abhayagiri along with Ajahn Karunadhammo. In 2020, Ajahn Karunadhammo stepped back from his administrative duties, so Ajahn Ñāṇiko is now serving as the abbot of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery. .

This session is available on Zoom at our regular Sunday morning Zoom link: Sunday Morning Zoom

The Theravada Buddhist Community would like to invite you to a half Day of Mindfulness with Ayya Medhanandi and Ayya Anuruddha on Sunday, April 17, 2022. The retreat will be available online using the Zoom platform.

Ayya Medhanandi

Ayya Medhanandi is the daughter of Eastern European refugees who emigrated to Montreal after the World War 2. She is the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Saraniya Hermitage, a forest monastery for women in the Theravada tradition. She began a spiritual quest in childhood that led her to India, Burma, England, New Zealand, Malaysia, Taiwan, and finally back to Canada. In1988 while in Burma, Ayya requested full ordination as a bhikkhuni from her teacher Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. However, this was not yet possible for Theravada Buddhist women. Instead, Sayadaw granted her ordination as a ten precept nun on the condition that she keep her vows for life. When a military coup closed Myanmar’s border, Sayadaw blessed Ayya to join the Ajahn Chah Forest Sangha at Amaravati. After 10 years, Ayya felt called to practice as a hermit nun in New Zealand for six years and later in Southeast Asia. In 2007, after nearly 20 years as a novice alms-mendicant nun, Ayya fulfilled her long held wish for full bhikkhuni ordination in Taiwan. In 2008, on invitation from the Toronto Buddhist Community and Ottawa Buddhist Society, Ayya returned to her native Canada to establish Sati Saraniya Hermitage.

Ayya Anuruddha

Ayya Anuruddha of the United Kingdom joined Sati Saraniya Hermitage community in May 2014. After her initial year as an anagarika she began her life as an alms-mendicant nun in September 2014. This deepened her spiritual commitment to the Buddha’s path of monastic training. Her higher ordination as a bhikkhuni was conducted on December 3, 2017 at Dhamma Dharini Monastery in California with Ayya Tathaaloka as preceptor. The Pali name Anuruddha means “One Who is in Harmony”. It was also the name of a beloved cousin of the Buddha, one of his chief disciples renowned for his penetrating Dhamma vision, skillfulness, devotion and noble qualities of heart.

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 – 8:45 am EDT

Zoom telephone numbers for the Toronto area, if connecting by phone:
+1 647 374 4685
+1 647 558 0588

If dialing in from another area, you can find your local Zoom number here: Zoom Dial-in Numbers

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

Registration is not required. If you would like to donate to the Sati Saraniya Hermitage for this event, please use the TBC donation page and include a message that the donation is for Ayyas Day of Mindfulness retreat. 100% of all donations will be passed on to the Hermitage.

The chants for the Days of Mindfulness will be displayed on the Zoom screen during the opening and closing chants. However, you can print the chants ahead of time if you prefer. They are available at this link.

We look forward to you joining us on April 17th.  Please note that this will be a half day retreat and will start at 8:30 am EDT and finish by 12:00 pm.

Schedule

Sunday, April 17, 2022 EDT

8:30 – 8:40 am EDTZoom Check-In
8:40 – 8:45 amIntroduction and Welcoming Ayyas
8:45 – 9:00 amRefuges and Precepts
9:00 – 9:30 am30 Minute Guided Meditation
9:30 – 10:40 amDhamma Talk / Questions and Answers
10:40 – 10:45 amThank you to Ayyas
10:45 – 10:55 amBreak or Walking Meditation
10:55 – 11:40 pm45 Minute Silent Meditation
11:40 – 11:45Closing Chants and Announcements
11:45 – 12:00 pmInformal Group Discussion

The Theravada Buddhist Community is pleased to announce that on Sunday, April 10th at 10:00am Ajahn Pavaro will be joining us during our weekly meditation session to offer a dhamma talk followed by a short question and answer period.

Ajahn Pavaro

Ajahn Pavaro’s early formative monastic training began in 2001 with Ajahn Sona at Sitavana Forest Monastery in British Columbia. He spent his seventh year as a Bhikkhu with his preceptor, Luang Por Pasanno, and the Sangha at Abhayagiri Monastery. In 2010 he moved to Thailand and spent nine years with Ajahn Achalo at Anandagiri Monastery in Petchabun. He benefited from periods of practice at Wat Pah Nanachat and from opportunities to receive teachings from leading elders of the Wat Non Pah Pong Sangha, including Luang Por Liem and Tan Ajahn Anan. In June 2020, Ajahn Pavaro was welcomed to Tisarana where he now resides.

This session is available on Zoom at our regular Sunday morning Zoom link: Sunday Morning Zoom

The Theravada Buddhist Community is pleased to announce that on Sunday, March 27th at 11:00 am Ayya Nimmala will be joining us during our weekly meditation session to offer a dhamma talk followed by a short question and answers period.

Ayya Nimmala

Ayya Nimmala started her training as a Buddhist nun at Sati Saraniya Hermitage in 2008 under the guidance of Ayya Medhanandi. She took full ordination in 2011 at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre, California, with Ayya Tathaaloka as her preceptor. She then returned to Canada to continue her training with her teacher, Ayya Medhanandi. In 2021, she completed her 10th “vassa” or annual rains retreat as a bhikkhuni (fully-ordained Buddhist nun) and is currently residing at a small vihara in Vancouver, British Columbia.

This session is available on Zoom at our regular Sunday morning Zoom link: Sunday Morning Zoom

The Theravada Buddhist Community is pleased to announce that on Sunday, February 20th at 10:00 am Ajahn Achalo will be joining us during our weekly meditation session to offer a dhamma talk followed by a short question and answers period. The morning meditation period will follow afterwards.

Ajahn Achalo

Ajahn Achalo is the Abbot of Anandagiri Forest Monastery in Thailand. Born in Australia in 1972, Ajahn Achalo developed a keen interest in meditation at the age of 20. In 1996, Ajahn Achalo ordained as a Theravada Bhikkhu under Luang Por Liem at Wat Nong Pah Pong, the monastery founded by Luang Por Chah.

During his years of training, he has received personal guidance from many teachers, including Luang Por Sumedho, Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Jayasaro and Ajahn Kalyano.

Ajahn Achalo considers Tan Ajahn Anan, the abbot of Wat Marp Jan in Thailand, as his principal mentor. In addition, he has found the Dalai Lama’s instructions and example to be of tremendous value.

In 2021, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, King Rama X of Thailand, granted Ajahn Achalo the honorific title of Chao Khun Vajira Nyanamuni (Diamond like knowledge of peacefulness) in recognition of his good practice and service to Buddhism.

This session is available on Zoom at our regular Sunday morning Zoom link: Sunday Morning Zoom

What's New

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

Theravada Buddhist Community Wednesday Dhamma Meetings, 6:30-8:30p.m. ESTGroup Facilitator: Upasika Eleanor, Ph.D.Contact: [email protected]

On June 1st, we will begin Simple Kindness by Thai Forest female monastic teacher, Ajahn Candasiri.  A pdf copy is available here.

This is a collection of dhamma reflections on the Buddha’s foundational teachings from the perspective of the Thai Forest teachings of Ajahn Chah.

Both new and seasoned dhamma practitioners will benefit. 

Each week, we will read one short chapter from this collection and also a related 1 pp. sutta excerpt.  

(Suttas are the Buddha’s discourses recorded in the Theravada Buddhist scriptures, the Pali Canon.)

Our meetings begin with dedications, chanting (optional), and a 45 guided meditation. After a short break, we have a dhamma discussion on the weekly reading (everyone will have an opportunity to share). 

We end with a compassion practice and/or chanting (optional). Everyone is welcome. This is a free offering. Please feel free to attend the first and/or second half of the meeting.

On October 17, 2021 there was a celebratory gathering on Zoom to honour the 10-year anniversary of three Bhikkhunis, Ayya Anandabodhi, Ayya Nimmala and Ayya Santacitta. They will each have the honorary title of ‘Thera’, meaning ‘elder’, to honour their 10 years in robes.

TBC is very proud of Ayya Nimmala who trained at Sati Saraniya Hermitage in Perth, Ontario but then moved to Vancouver to care for her aging parents. She is the first Canadian bhikkhuni to be ordained in North America.

The video is very long. Some of the highlights include:

  • Slide show of 2011 ordination – 0:43
  • Talk by Ayya Medhanandi – 1:26:50
  • Talk by Ayya Anandabodhi – 1:34
  • Talk by Ayya Santacitta – 1:41:10
  • Talk by Ayya Nimmala – 1:47
  • Pali Chanting honouring the first Bhikkhunis – 2:09

This year’s AGM will be held on Sunday, November 14, at 12 o’clock following the morning session. We will be using the same Zoom link as the morning session.

Here’s the agenda for the meeting and the material for the agenda items. More items will be added as they become available.

If you have any questions about any of these items, we encourage you to ask them ahead of time to help focus the discussion during the meeting. You can leave your questions or comments for the Steering Committee in the Contact Us form at the bottom of this page.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete the survey! We’re very happy with the number of people who responded and greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness you put into your responses.

The survey ran from May 2 to May 14, 2021 and was completed by 31 respondents, with a good representation of new and old members of TBC. People were notified of the survey at a Community Meeting on May 2, through Sunday announcements, a website announcement, and direct email to 54 recipients. A copy of the survey can be found here.

The purpose of the survey was to get a better understanding of the will of the TBC community with respect to how decisions get made at TBC, and how the Steering Committee can best support this. In particular, we asked about the division of decision-making responsibilities between the whole community at AGM’s or community meetings, the Steering Committee, and the individuals Leads and Volunteers who provide our programs.

The Steering Committee is using this information to put together a Proposed Governance Model for TBC. The TBC community will have an opportunity to review the proposal and vote on it at the next AGM this Fall.

Overall Decision-Making Model

A strong majority of respondents indicated that their preferred overall model is:

The Steering Committee makes decisions to implement the direction of AGM and Community Meetings

The next most common response was by those who chose the “Other” option and suggested that it should be a combination of the Steering Committee and the Leads that make decisions for TBC.

What Types of Decisions Should Each Level Make?

A series of questions were asked to help identify what types of decisions should be made by the AGM/Community Meetings, the Steering Committee, or by the Leads. There was a range of responses but most common answers fell into these areas:

Type of Decisions to be made by AGM/Community Meetings

  • Decisions affecting the Strategic Direction of TBC, such as:
    • Mission Statement
    • Membership
    • Charitable Status
  • Approving Annual Budgets
  • Changing the start time of our Sunday Sessions
  • Having social events

Type of Decisions to be made by Steering Committee

  • Decisions about TBC programs, such as:
    • for Sunday sessions
      • Choosing a meeting location
      • Selecting Sunday Facilitators
      • Deciding about remote access
    • for Days of Mindfulness:
      • Choosing a location for Days of Mindfulness
      • Deciding about fees for Days of Mindfulness
      • Deciding about collaborating with other groups
  • Decisions about whether to offer new initiatives, such as:
    • Supporting diversity and inclusivity
    • Offering meditation instruction
    • Providing activities to welcome new members
    • Offering a monthly newsletter
  • Approving financial expenditures for activities

Type of Decisions to be made by Leads/Volunteers

  • For Sunday sessions:
    • Choosing the chants used
    • Selecting the dhamma teachers
  • For Days of Mindfulness:
    • Selecting teachers
    • Setting the length of the sessions
  • For Communications:
    • providing social media updates
    • making email announcements

Other Questions

  • Number of Community Meetings – Most respondents said that would like an annual AGM and 1-3 Community Meetings during the year if needed
  • Consultation with the Community – Most respondents said that they were happy with the level of consultation they are currently receiving about TBC decisions
  • Other Comments:
    • 3 comments stressed the importance of supporting and empowering individual volunteers and leads
    • 3 comments said there’s a need to balance the work load and protect people from burnout
    • 2 comments spoke about the need to recognize the legal responsibilities and authority of the Board of Directors
    • 2 comments stressed the need for accountability of the leadership to the community
    • many other individual comments and suggestions were made as well and are being considered as we move forward

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

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

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


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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

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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.