September 26 and 27 – Days of Mindfulness with Ayya Medhanandi

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.

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 

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

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