August 9 – Day of Mindfulness with Ven. Khemako

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

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 

July 12, 2020. Day of Mindfulness with Ajahn Viradhammo

Five talks from Ajahn Viradhammo given during the Day of Mindfulness with TBC on July 12, 2020. https://youtu.be/iOm4VIUp0Sc

Awareness with the way things are.

Instructions for walking and lying down meditations.

Having refuge in knowing.

Dhamma Talk: Believing in perceptions versus trusting in awareness.

Questions and Answers: Body sweeping practice; mindfulness/awareness/consciousness/knowing; working with goals; teaching on parenting; maintaining mindfulness on daily walks; experiencing peace during meditation; availability and waiting.

Day of Mindfulness With Ajahn Viradhammo – Sunday, July 12, 2020

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 

June 21, 2020. Words of Awakening – Ayya Anandabodhi

This is an excerpt from a talk given during a retreat on Therīgāthā – Awakening Verses of the Early Buddhists Nuns in June 2020.

The full talk, along with others from the retreat, can be found here on the Dharma Seed website.

The collection of poems Ayya refers to is “The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns”, by Matty Weingast.

Below is the Bikkhuni Lineage Chant from the retreat.

2020 Schedule for Days of Mindfulness and Sunday talks with Monastics

DateSunday MeetingDay of MindfulnessDetails
May 24Ayya Medhanandi10 am – 11:45 am
June 7Ajahn Viradhammo8:45 am – 3:30 pm
June 28Bhante Atulo10 am – 11:45 am
July 12Ajahn Viradhammo8:45 am – 3:30 pm
July 26Venerable Khemako10 am – 11:45 am
Aug 9Venerable Khemako8:45 am – 3:30 pm
Aug 23Bhante Atulo10 am – 11:45 am
Sep 26/27Ayya Medhanandi8:45 am – 3:30 pm
Oct 18*Ajahn Viradhammo10 am – 11:45 am
Nov 7/8Venerable Khemako8:45 am – 3:30 pm
Dec 13Ayya Medhanandi10 am – 11:45 am
*To be confirmed