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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 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 

The Theravada Buddhist Community would like to invite you to a Day of Mindfulness on Sunday, August 9, 2020 with 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: 861 7591 7944

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

The Day of Mindfulness is by donation to Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. If you would like to make a donation to the Monastery, please use this link: Tisarana Buddhist Monastery Donations

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, August 9. 

Day of Mindfulness With Venerable Khemako

Sunday, August 9

8:30 am to 3:30 pm EDT

8:30 AM – 8:40. Zoom Check-In

8:40 – 8:45. Announcements and Introduction of Venerable Khemako
8:45 – 9:00. Opening Chants and Reflections
9:00 – 9:45. Sitting Meditation (some guidance)
9:45 – 10:30. Walking Meditation (some guidance)
10:30 – 11:15. Sitting Meditation
11:15 – 11:20. Announcements

11:20 – 12:40 PM. Lunch Break (Zoom will remain open)

12:40 – 12:45. Announcements
12:45 – 1:30. Walking Meditation
1:30 – 2:15. Dhamma Talk
2:15 – 3:00. Questions and Answers
3:00 – 3:25. Sharing Merit, Closing Chant
3:25 – 3:30. Final Announcements

Chant Files:

Opening and Closing Chants

Dedication of Offerings and Verses of Sharing and Aspiration

The Buddha’s Words on Loving Kindness

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 Day of Mindfulness on Sunday, July 12, 2020 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.

To join our Zoom Meeting, click on this link: 

TBC Online Zoom Session

Password: 795234
Meeting ID: 853 2804 4194

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

The Day of Mindfulness is by donation to Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. If you would like to make a donation to the Monastery, please use this link: Tisarana Buddhist Monastery Donations

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, July 12. 

Day of Mindfulness With Ajahn Viradhammo

Sunday, July 12

8:30 AM – 8:40. Zoom Check-In

8:40 – 8:45. Announcements and Introduction of Ajahn Viradhammo
8:45 – 9:00. Opening Chant
9:00 – 9:45. Sitting Meditation (some guidance)
9:45 – 10:30. Walking Meditation (some guidance)
10:30 – 11:15. Sitting Meditation
11:15 – 11:20. Announcements

11:20 – 12:40 PM. Lunch Break (Zoom will remain open)

12:40 – 12:45. Announcements
12:45 – 1:30. Walking or Sitting Meditation
1:30 – 2:15. Dhamma Talk
2:15 – 3:00. Questions and Answers
3:00 – 3:25. Sharing Merit, Closing Chant
3:25 – 3:30. Final Announcements

Chant Files:

Opening and Closing Chants

Dedication of Offerings and Verses of Sharing and Aspiration

The Buddha’s Words on Loving Kindness

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 


Update:

Here’s a link to the book on the Four Noble Truths that Ajahn Viradhammo mentioned in his talk:

https://www.urbandharma.org/pdf/wordofbuddha.pdf


The Theravada Buddhist Community would like to invite you to a Day of Mindfulness on Sunday, June 7, 2020 with Ajahn Viradhammo. 

Please join the Zoom meeting around 8:30 AM.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81996340945

The Day of Mindfulness is by donation to Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. If you would like to make a donation to the Monastery, please use this link: Tisarana Buddhist Monastery Donations

No registration is required. 

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, June 7/20. 

Please refrain from sharing this invitation with others due to a limited meeting capacity.

Day of Mindfulness With Ajahn Viradhammo

8:30 AM – 8:45. Zoom Check-In

8:45 – 8:50. Introduction of Ajahn Viradhammo
8:50 – 9:00. Opening Chant
9:00 – 9:45. Sitting Meditation (some guidance)
9:45 – 10:30. Walking Meditation (some guidance)
10:30 – 11:15. Sitting Meditation
11:15 – 11:20. Announcements

11:20 – 12:40 PM. Lunch Break (Zoom will remain open)

12:40 – 12:45. Announcements
12:45 – 1:30. Walking or Sitting Meditation
1:30 – 2:15. Dhamma Talk
2:15 – 3:00. Questions and Answers
3:00 – 3:25. Sharing Merit / Closing Chant
3:25 – 3:30. Final Announcements

Chant Files:

Opening and Closing Chants

Dedication of Offerings and Verses of Sharing and Aspiration

The Buddha’s Words on Loving Kindness

What's New

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

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.

Our current meeting place, The Centre on Dupont Street, has been sold and we’ve had to look for a new location for our Sunday morning sessions. We’re very fortunate to have found a wonderful new spot close by on Prince Arthur Avenue near Bloor and St. George.

Starting in December, we’ll be meeting at the Xiaolan Health Centre at 88 Prince Arthur Avenue.

Ajahn Viradhammo’s talks recorded during his April, 2018 visit to TBC and SIMT are now available on our Resources page.

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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.