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Dear Friends,

The Theravada Buddhist Community is pleased to announce that on Sunday, February 26th at 10:00am Tan Amarasiri will be joining us during our weekly meditation session to offer a dhamma talk followed by a short question and answers period, if time permits.

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 Ajahn Viradhammo impacted Ven. Amarasiri to commit to Theravadin Monastic life. He subsequently took Anagarika precepts in 2016, and was accepted into the Bhikkhu Sangha in 2018 with Luang Por Viradhammo as Preceptor.

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

Looking forward to seeing you there.

TBC

Dear Friends,

The Theravada Buddhist Community is pleased to announce that on Sunday, January 8th at 10:00 am Phar Ajahn Pavaro will be joining us during our weekly meditation session to offer a dhamma talk followed by a short question and answers period.

Ajahn Pavaro

Ajahn Pavaro 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 close to 10 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

Looking forward to seeing you there.

TBC

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The Theravada Buddhist Community would like to invite you to a Day of Mindfulness with Ajahn Pavaro on Sunday, November 20, 2022. The retreat will be available online using the Zoom platform.

Ajahn Pavaro

Ajahn Pavaro 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 close to 10 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.

To join our Zoom Meeting, click on this link:

TBC Online Zoom Session

Meeting ID: 741 749 355
Password: 883290

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

Registration is not required. If you would like to donate to the Tisarana Buddhist Monastery for this event, please use the TBC donation page and include a message that the donation is for Ajahn Pavaro’s Day of Mindfulness retreat. 100% of all donations will be passed on to Tisarana.

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 November 20th.  Please note that this one day retreat will start at 8:45 am EDT and finish at 3:15 pm.

Schedule

Sunday, November 20, 2022 EDT

Time ETTime MTActivity
8:30 am –
8:45 am
6:30 am –
6:45 am
Zoom Check-In
8:45 am6:45 amIntroduce Phra Ajahn Pavaro
8:50 am6:50 amOpening chants
9:00 am7:00 amGuided 45-min sitting meditation
9:50 am7:50 am45-min walking meditation with guidance
10:40 am –
11:15 am
8:40 am –
9:15 am
Dhamma Talk
11:15 am –
11:45 am
9:15 am –
9:45 am
Q&A session
11:45 am9:45 am45-min meditation
12:25 pm10:25 amAnnouncements
12:30 pm –
1:45 pm
10:30 am –
11:45 am
Lunch break
1:45 pm11:45 amBrief reflection
2:15 pm12:15 pm45-min meditation
3:00 pm1:00 pmClosing chants

Bhante Buddharakkhita

Bhante Buddharakkhita was born in Uganda, Africa. He first encountered Buddhism in 1990 while studying in India. He was ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk by the late Sayadaw U Silananda in 2002 at the Tathagata Meditation Center in San Jose, California. He then spent eight years under the guidance of Bhante Henepola Gunaratana at the Bhavana society, West Virginia. Founder and Abbot of the Uganda Buddhist Center in Uganda, Bhante is a Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York, USA. He is also a Spiritual Advisor to the Global Buddhist Relief in New Jersey. Since 2005, Bhante has been teaching meditation in Africa, Australia, Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. His book, Planting Dhamma Seeds: The Emergence of Buddhism in Africa, tells the story of his religious and spiritual work in Africa. He is also the author of Sowing Seeds of Peace: Mindfulness Meditation for Finding Peace Within, a practical guide to mindfulness in your daily life.

What's New

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

Now available: “Stillness Flowing – The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah” by Ajahn Jayasaro, the long-awaited biography of Ajahn Chah with an introduction by Luong Por Sumedho.

From Ajahn Jayasaro’s preface:

Although it has been my intention that this book should be, as far as possible, a biography as opposed to a hagiography, I am not sure that I have been completely successful. My love for Luang Por and my belief in his enlightenment inevitably colour the text. What I have not done is suppress any scandalous or embarrassing information out of concern for his good name. Hard as it may be to accept nowadays when there is so much – and often well-founded – cynicism about the integrity of religious figures, Luang Por Chah had absolutely nothing to hide. The only skeleton in a cupboard at Wat Pah Pong was the one hanging on public display in the Dhamma Hall. In fact, that is one of the strongest reasons for my belief that the life of Luang Por Chah is so worthy of study.

Electronic versions are available for download on the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery website, where you can also request a print copy.

Ajahn Sucitto’s guide to meditation, “Meditation, A Way of Awakening”, is now available as a pdf file on our Writings page.  Other formats of the book are available on the Amaravati web site.

In commemoration of Ajahn Viradhammo’s 70th birthday, a new collection of his talks is being published. Electronic editions of The Contemplative’s Craft: Internalizing the Teachings of the Buddha are now available on the forestsangha.org web site.  A print edition will be published in the fall of 2017.

Ayya’s talks recorded during her 2016 visit to TBC and SIMT are now available on our Teachings page.

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