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Triggers and Foundation for Practice

Ajahn Pavaro speaks with guests at tea time on the triggers and process of becoming a monk. He also touches on the foundations of practice including kammatana and how spiritual qualities depend on and develop each other. (Q&A recorded at Tisarana on 27 August 2018. Duration 52:53)

Just Enough Friction to Get You Enlightened

Ajahn Viradhammo answers questions from Tisarana’s resident community concerning rebirth in contrast with not being reborn, on the different settings available for Buddhist practice, and on how to use Right Understanding to find a balance between being too tense and too relaxed in meditation. (Q&A recorded at Tisarana on 12 September 2018. Duration 51:36)

Ajahn Viradhammo – Ottawa Buddhist Society Retreat (2018)

As the Tisarana community begins its Winter Retreat for 2019, we aware of others in the wider lay community that have the time and interest to devote themselves to more formal meditation practice.

In light of this, we would like to share the following recordings that were recently given during a retreat at the Ottawa Buddhist Society. The retreat was lead by Ajahn Viradhammo and was held on September 21-28, 2018 at the Galilee Centre.

  1. 21 Sep. – Introduction and Precepts
  2. 22 Sep. 6:00 AM – Guided Meditation
  3. 22 Sep. 8:30 AM – Reflections
  4. 22 Sep. 1:30 PM – Reflections
  5. 22 Sep. 7:00 PM – Dhamma Talk
  6. 23 Sep. 6:00 AM – Guided Meditation
  7. 23 Sep. 8:30 AM – Reflections
  8. 23 Sep. 9:00 AM – Guided Meditation
  9. 23 Sep. 1:30 PM – Reflections
  10. 23 Sep. 2:00 PM – Guided Meditation
  11. 23 Sep. 7:00 PM – Dhamma Talk
  12. 24 Sep. 8:30 AM – Reflections
  13. 24 Sep. 1:30 PM – Reflections
  14. 24 Sep. 7:00 PM – Dhamma Talk
  15. 25 Sep. 8:30 AM – Reflections
  16. 25 Sep. 1:30 PM – Reflections
  17. 25 Sep. 7:45 PM – Dhamma Talk
  18. 26 Sep. 8:30 AM – Reflections
  19. 26 Sep. 1:30 PM – Reflections
  20. 26 Sep. 7:45 PM – Dhamma Talk
  21. 27 Sep.
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Dhamma Orientation

In response to a large gathering following the Saturday afternoon program, Ajahn Sucitto discusses the characteristic of not self, the connection of mind and body, and the the ability to recollect your own virtues in order to calm the mind. He encourages us to be alert and reposed, restful but alert. (Q&A recorded at Tisarana on 15 September 2018. Duration 28:29)

You’re on Death Row, You Know

Ajahn Sucitto reflects on the fragility of life, and encourages a Saturday afternoon gathering at Tisarana to cultivate the only real refuge, awareness. He leads a guided meditation of body-based mindfulness using the sitting, standing and walking postures. He also responds to questions about the inner tyrant and on how to develop kindness to oneself. (Guided meditation recorded at Tisarana on 15 September 2018. Duration 2:04:53)

Entering Winter Retreat for 2019…

Starting on 1 January 2019, The Tisarana community will enter the three-month Winter Retreat. Please be aware that the community will be practicing noble silence. As such, talking and conversations with the monastics and retreat crew will be limited.

In addition, until 31 March, Tisarana monastery will not be hosting overnight guests. However, the monastery will continue to be open to day-visitors.

Also, our usual Saturday afternoon program will be suspended and will resume in the spring when the retreat is over. We will continue to offer a Dhamma talk as usual on Lunar Observance evenings starting at 7:00PM. Please consult our calendar for specific dates.

We wish thank all of our supporters for this wonderful opportunity to deeply cultivate formal practice.… Read the rest

Tisarana Welcomes the New Year (2019)

Come celebrate New Year’s Eve at Tisarana.

On Monday, December 31st, we will be holding a special puja starting at 7:00pm, which will include chanting, meditation and a Dhamma talk. Following the evening puja, there will be a relaxed get-together on our new property to greet the New Year.… Read the rest