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 Meeting Room Locations

The room we usually meet in on Sunday mornings,  the Peregrine Room,  will not be available some Sundays this year because of other bookings.

When this happens we’ll still be meeting in the hotel but in the Presidential Suite rather than the Peregrine Room.  A greeter will be standing by the elevators to direct you to the suite.

2020 Room Schedule

Peregrine RoomPresidential Suite
January 5
January 12
January 19
January 26
February 2
February 9
February 16
February 23
March 1
March 8
March 15
March 22
March 29
April 5
April 12
April 19
April 26
May 3
May 10May 10
May 17
May 24
May 31
June 7
June 14
June 21
June 28
July 5
July 12
July 19
July 26
August 2
August 9
August 16
August 23
August 30
September 6
September 13
September 20
September 27
October 4
October 11
October 18
October 25
November 1
November 8
November 15
November 22
November 29
December 6
December 13
December 20
December 27