Welcome to TBC! To help you get started, here's some information about what we do:
- What we do during our Sunday morning sessions
- If you are new to meditating, there's a guided meditation from a teacher in our tradition
- We do a little bit of chanting at the start of our session and have provided some samples
- If you'd like to financially support TBC here's information about donating to TBC.
Everyone is welcome to join us in our weekly sangha gathering, which meets each Sunday morning from 10:15 am to 12:00. There are no prior conditions required for participation with us except the willingness to sit comfortably, quietly and mindfully in silence on either a chair or cushion for 45 minutes. You are most welcome to bring your own meditation cushion and mat.
We begin our weekly sangha gathering with brief chanting and bowing which are optional, then we meditate in silence for 45 minutes. This is followed by a short break in silence. Then the facilitator (a committed lay practitioner) reads from the writings of or plays an audio recording from a respected teacher in the Theravada tradition. This is often followed by a brief discussion. We end each gathering with a short, silent meditation. Afterward, for those who wish, we go to a nearby restaurant for lunch and to socialize.
We start our Sunday morning session with the short Morning chant, and on some days include one of the other chants below at the end. The Chanting Book we use comes from the Abhayagiri Monastery and is available here for download. Feel free to join in the chanting and bowing as you feel comfortable.
Donating to TBC
The Theravada tradition of Buddhism offers the Dhamma (teaching) for free, so there are no formal fees or charges for participating with us. Our sangha, however, is fully dependent on the dana (willing support) of its participants, especially for our weekly space rental fees, and so financial donations are gladly welcomed. A dana box is available at our Sunday meetings.
You can make donations to the Theravada Buddhist Community through Canada Helps. They accept online donations of major credit cards. The Canadian tax receipts are issued by Canada Helps for donations made through their organization.
Theravada Buddhist Community is a registered charitable organization with Revenue Canada. Our registration number is: 89324 2768 RR0001.