Resources

On our Resources page you’ll find audio recordings of dhamma talks from past retreats, links to other sites hosting dhamma talks, a list of selected writings in this tradition, and links to some of TBC’s friends’ sites.

Teachings from Retreats and Other Events

These are audio and video recordings of dhamma talks given by monastics to TBC retreats or Sunday morning meditation sessions.

Ayya Nimmilia Sunday Dhamma Talk – December 2019

Developing the Divine Abidings. Q&A on responding to challenging situations ...
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Venerable Khemako Sunday Dhamma Talk – December 2019

Service, Generosity and the Gradual Path. Q&A on the 5th precept; parenting; re-birth ...
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Venerable Khemakho Day of Mindfulness May 2019

How the Buddha's lists can be helpful ...
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Venerable Atulo Sunday Dhamma Talk

April 2019 Sunday dhamma talk by Venerable Atulo ...
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Ajahn Viradhammo 2018 Toronto Retreat

Themes discussed: How to practice lying meditation; understanding emptiness; trusting in awareness; understanding taking refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, and ...
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Ajahn Viradhammo 2018 Toronto Retreat

Themes discussed: Individual differences in meditation technique; Different meaning of the term consciousness; limits of thought; importance of awareness of ...
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Ayya Medhanandi Dhamma Talk – What Will Heal Us

What Will Heal Us - a dhamma talk by Ayya Medhanandi from the 2016 TBC weekend retreat ...
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Ayya Medhanandi Dhamma Talk – On a Path We Trust

On a Path We Trust - a dhamma talk by Ayya Medhanandi from the 2016 TBC weekend retreat ...
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Ayya Medhanandi Dhamma Talk – Look Within and Wake Up

Look Within and Wake Up - a dhamma talk by Ayya Medhanandi from the 2016 TBC weekend retreat ...
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Ayya Medhanandi Dhamma Talk – Redemption

Redemption - a dhamma talk by Ayya Medhanandi from the 2016 TBC weekend retreat ...
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Ayya Nimmilia Sunday Dhamma Talk – December 2019

Developing the Divine Abidings. Q&A on responding to challenging situations ...
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Ayya Nimmila Sunday Dhamma Talk

March 2019 Sunday Dhamma Talk by Ayya Nimmila ...
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Ayya Nimmila Sunday Dhamma Talk

September 2018 - a Sunday morning dhamma talk by Ayya Nimmila at TBC ...
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Venerable Atulo Sunday Dhamma Talk

April 2019 Sunday dhamma talk by Venerable Atulo ...
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Venerable Atulo Sunday Dhamma Talk

January 2019 Sunday morning dhamma talk by Venerable Atulo at TBC ...
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Venerable Khemako Sunday Dhamma Talk – December 2019

Service, Generosity and the Gradual Path. Q&A on the 5th precept; parenting; re-birth ...
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Venerable Khemakho Day of Mindfulness May 2019

How the Buddha's lists can be helpful ...
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Venerable Khemako Sunday Dhamma Talk – December 2018

Understanding Anicca by Observing the Four Elements ...
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Venerable Khemako Day of Mindfulness Q & A

May 2019 Day of Mindfulness Q & A ...
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Sunday Morning Dhamma Talks

These are some of the talks chosen by our Facilitators at our Sunday meetings.
2020-06-05 Bowing On Two Knees: Covid, Compassion, and Nonviolence 19:27
In this Covid pandemic, we are living through a pandemic of moral decay and heightened fear in the disintegration of so much that has felt secure and stable. Seeing how we are not in control, we choose the Buddha’s way. We care both for ourselves and others morally and spiritually, and as we grow in equanimity, we near the very cusp of awakening.
Ottawa Buddhist Society

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.

Books

Here are some of our favourite writings.

The Word of the Buddha

Nyantiloka, 1946 An outline of the Buddha's teaching, as presented in the Pali canon. This was recommended by Ajahn Viradhammo ...
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The Body

Ajahn Metta, Ajahn Sundara, Ajahn Candasiri, 2014 Dhamma Reflections on Ageing, Sickness and Death by the nuns of the Theravada ...
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Stillness Flowing – The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah

Ajahn Jayasaro, 2017 "Stillness Flowing - The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah" by Ajahn Jayasaro, the long-awaited biography of ...
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The Contemplative’s Craft

Ajahn Viradhammo, 2017 Internalizing the Teachings of the Buddha. This electronic edition of The Contemplative’s Craft is offered in commemoration ...
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Four Noble Truths

A clear and accessible writing on one of the core teachings of the Buddha, by Ajahn Sumedho Available in Multiple ...
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Meditation, a Way of Awakening

This book addresses the questions, why meditate and how to meditate? The guidance offered is relevant to all those who ...
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A Handful of Leaves

A comprehensive volume of translations of the Buddha's teachings by Ajahn Thanissaro, available in a variety of electronic formats. Regularly ...
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A Tree in the Forest

By Ajahn Chah, 1995. "All the teachings" Ajahn Chah taught, "are merely similes and comparisons, means to help the mind ...
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Dhamma Talk Collections

A selection of web sites where you can find audio talks by teachers in this tradition. 

Website
Description
Talks given by Ajahn Viradhammo at the Tisarana Monastery outside of Perth, Ontario.
Talks and writings by Ayya Medhanandi at the Sati Saraniya Hermitage, also outside of Perth, Ontario.
Access all of the audio and text teachings from this monastery.
A huge assortment of talks (more than 4,500 at present), organized by monastic or by collection.
A collection of talks and meditations in the Insight Meditation tradition.
Teachings by many of the monastics in the Thai Forest Tradition under Ajahn Chah.
Includes lectures on his book “In the Buddha’s Words”.

Friends of TBC

These are some of the other communities we are friends with.
Community
Description
Tisarana Monastery, near Perth in Eastern Ontario, is in the Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. Ajahn Viradhammo, a Canadian, is the abbot. Guests are welcome, but register your visit first. The surrounding countryside is beautiful.
Sati Saraniya Hermitage, not far from Tisarana, is a rural monastic residence for bhikkhunis — fully-ordained women — in the Forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism. Visits are welcomed, but contact them first.
Satipañña meets every Tuesday evening at 7pm at Quaker House, 60 Lowther Avenue in Toronto. Come early to secure your seat. The program is geared to those committed to beginners and experienced meditators.
Buddhist Place serving Peterborough and the Kawarthas meets for practice on Wednesday evenings.
Ottawa Buddhist Society serves Theravada Buddhists of all backgrounds in and around Ottawa, Canada’s Capital.
True North Insight offers insight meditation retreats and courses in English and French.
Dharma Friends supports meditation practice in Toronto’s LGBT community, based in diverse Buddhist philosophies and meditation practices.
Waterloo River Dharma Centre offers weekly meditation groups, beginner’s courses, workshops, retreats, evening and Sunday sittings, visiting Dharma teachers, resource library.

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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.