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.

Venerable Atulo Sunday Dhamma Talk

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

March 2019 Sunday Dhamma Talk by Ayya Nimmila ...
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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 2018

Understanding Anicca by Observing the Four Elements ...
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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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Ajahn Viradhammo 2018 Toronto Retreat

Themes discussed: Start with intention to notice present moment; awakening to everyday anxiety; witnessing change; right understanding and meditation practice ...
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Ajahn Viradhammo 2018 Toronto Retreat

Themes discussed: Starting with simple before practicing with complexity; gratitude; reflection on death; stimulating wholesome states of mind; believing, faith, ...
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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 Medhanandi Dhamma Talk – Sowing Grace

Sowing Grace - a dhamma talk by Ayya Medhanandi from the 2015 TBC weekend retreat ...
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Ayya Medhanandi Dhamma Talk – Many Intersections

Many Intersections - a dhamma talk by Ayya Medhanandi from the 2015 TBC weekend retreat ...
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Ayya Medhanandi Dhamma Talk – Fictitious Noodles

Fictitious Noodles - a dhamma talk by Ayya Medhanandi from the 2015 TBC weekend retreat ...
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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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Venerable Khemako 2018 Sunday Dhamma Talk

June 2018 - a Sunday morning dhamma talk by Venerable Khemako at TBC ...
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Venerable Khemako 2018 Sunday Dhamma Talk

July 2018 - a Sunday morning dhamma talk by Venerable Khemako at TBC ...
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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.

Four talks from Ajahn Viradhammo given during the Day of Mindfulness on June 7, 2020

Knowing that you know, and making the moment fully conscious.

An introduction to the first meditation session of the morning.

Right understanding; Infinite patience, boundless compassion.

Dhamma Talk and QA: Transcendence; using beauty to uplift the mind; anger feels this way. QA: Cultivating patience and compassion; how to begin a study of Buddhism; listening to dhamma talks versus meditating; daily practice of metta and compassion during covid; renunciation as a regular practice

A guided meditation and dhamma talk from Ayya Medhanandi.

A Cry of Suprise Guided Meditation

Dhamma Talk: The Quail’s Tale, A Path of Harmlessness

Books

Here are some of our favourite writings.

Gone Forth, Going Beyond

A book of Ayyā Medhānandī’s Dhamma reflections from 1996 to 2007, published in English and Mandarin, 2008.Available in PDF ...
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The Stillness of Being

The Stillness of Being by Viradhammo Bhikku was published in 2005. It consists of teachings based on talks given at ...
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Chanting Book

The Chanting Book from Abhayagiri Monastery, used by the Western Forest Sangha in the tradition of Ajahn Chah.Available in PDF ...
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A Task for Mindfulness: Facing Climate Change

Bhikkhu Anālayo, 2019 This article presents a Buddhist perspective on the challenge posed by climate change, with particular emphasis on ...
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Buddha Nature, Human Nature

Ajahn Succitto, 2019 Buddha-Nature, Human Nature is a book about our environment and the effects that Buddhism has had and ...
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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.