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 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 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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Sunday Morning Dhamma Talks

These are some of the talks chosen by our Facilitators at our Sunday meetings.

A dhamma talk and Q&A from Venerable Khemako:  The Internal Theatre and the Four Noble Truths.  Questions and Answers: Suffering when thought is not a factor; the Buddha’s teaching on looking outwards and addressing social issues.

“When we are trying to understand the Buddha’s teaching, one of the difficulties we face is the inevitability of viewing the teachings through the lens of our own background — our cultural matrix.”

Five talks from Ajahn Viradhammo given during the Day of Mindfulness with TBC on July 12, 2020.

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.

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

Books

Here are some of our favourite writings.
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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.
As read by Ajahn Amaro.
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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Where We Meet

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.