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Upasampada at Tisarana – 7th Jul 2024

Dear friends,

It gives Luang Por Viradhammo and the Sangha at Tisarana great joy to announce the Upasampada (Bhikkhu Ordination) of Samanera Padipo on Sunday, Jul 7th, 2024.

Samanera Padipo has spent over two and half years at Tisarana training as an Anagarika and as a Samanera and has requested to be accepted into the Bhikkhu Sangha. This is a significant commitment to the holy life.

Over his time here, Samanera Padipo has seamlessly integrated into our community as a valued and dear friend. We invite you to join us to witness this memorable occasion. The schedule of events is as follows:

10 AM – arrive with meal dāna for the potluck table

11 AM – Pindapat

approx. 1.30 PM – Ordination ceremony commences

approx. 3.30 PM – breakdown and clean-up (volunteers welcome)

Please note, you are welcome to join us just for the afternoon or for both morning as well as the afternoon events. No prior notification is needed, all are welcome:Read the rest

Visiting Elders Summer & Fall 2024

Dear friends,

We are pleased to let you know that we will be receiving a few esteemed Elders who will be visiting Tisarana over the next few months.

Though we have not yet planned any large public gatherings or events, these Elders will be in residence during these dates and may possibly be available after Dāna to meet and discuss Dhamma.

Tan Ajahn Karuniko: May 26th to Jun 19th & Jul 4th to Jul 10th

Tan Ajahn Kusalo: Jun 10th to Jun 14th & Jun 19th to Jun 20th

Luang Por Sucitto: Jun 9th to Jun 13th; Jun 29th to Jul 14th & Oct 23rd to Nov 1st

Luang Por Pasanno: Aug 8th to Aug 14th

Please feel free to visit and share in the goodness and blessings of their presence, we look forward to seeing you at Tisarana.… Read the rest

Saturday Pindapats @ Ottawa, May 18th, 2024

The Sangha from Tisarana Buddhist Monastery will be going on Pindapatha scheduled for 18th May Saturday.  It will commence from Prasanna Ekanayake’s residence at 617 Remnor Avenue at 0800 and conclude at Rishanthi Pattiarachchi’s residence at 59 Maricona Way.  You can offer Dhana at either of these two residences. 

18th May Saturday @ 0800

Start: 617 Remnor Avenue

Finish: 59 Maricona Way

Please contact Chalaka at 343-548-2090 for any questions you may have.

Thank you very much.

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Winter Retreat 2024 and April 2024.

Dear friends,

The resident community at Tisarana is now winding down in preparation for our annual winter retreat.

Please note that we do not accept any overnight visitors from Jan 1st to Mar 31, 2024 apart from the Winter Retreat crew.

Sunday Public Meditations and New Visitor Orientation Weekends will not be offered during the Winter Retreat period. We will announce recommencement sometime in April via our website.

Day visits are also not possible during the Winter Retreat.

Dāna meals are gratefully accepted during the winter retreat. Kindly email our Kitchen Steward as usual to make the necessary arrangements.

However, if you’d like to meet a monk when you bring Dāna, please email the office in advance to arrange this.

Our community treasures this time of silence and solitude and we may not be freely available to interact with people bringing Dāna during the Winter Retreat. We request that day visitors please bear this in mind.

At the close of the Winter Retreat, the community restarts planning and work projects for the months ahead.

Overnight stays for the month of April 2024 will be restricted to friends and supporters of long-standing who can reside at Tisarana with ease and familiarity. If you are a supporter of long-standing and would like to visit overnight in April, please email the office with your request.… Read the rest

Samanera Padīpo

Padīpo (Daniel Nyssen) was born and raised in Mexico City. At the age of 20 he took his first meditation course and became very interested in the practice. After finishing his studies, and working in the family´s environmental consulting business for a few years, he travelled to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka to deepen in the Vipassana Goenka Tradition for one year. Once back in Mexico he frequently visited Dhamma Vihara, a Theravada Buddhist Monastery in the state of Veracruz. In December 2021, he came to stay and shortly after took Anagarika precepts in January 2022. On June 2023, he ordained as a Samanera (novice).… Read the rest

Ajahn Pavaro

After retiring from an academic career, beginning in 2001, Ajahn Pavaro’s early, formative monastic training took place with Ajahn Sona at Sitavana Forest Monastery in BC. He spent his 7th year as a Bhikkhu with his preceptor, Luang Por Pasanno, and the Sangha at Abhayagiri. Late in 2010 he moved to Thailand, where the majority of the next 9 years were spent with Ajahn Achalo at Anandagiri Monastery in Petchabun. During this time he benefitted from periods of practice at Wat Pah Nanachat and from opportunities to receive teachings from leading elders of the Wat Nong Pah Pong Sangha, including Luang Por Liam and Tan Ajahn Anan. In June 2020 he was welcomed by Luang Por Viradhammo to Tisarana, where he now resides.

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Venerable Sirimedho

Sirimedho Bhikkhu (formerly Peter Pauls) was born in Ontario to a Mennonite family and raised in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After returning to Ontario, his spiritual search took him on a pilgrimage to India and a couple of long retreats at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS). This culminated in a strong desire to ordain. Unfortunately, during this time he became chronically ill. After many years, during which he visited Tisarana and forest monasteries regularly, he recovered well enough to pursue ordination. He took on Anigarika precepts at Tisarana on January 5th 2017, ordained as a Samanera (novice) on December 15, 2017 in Chennai, India and was accepted in to the Bhikkhu Sangha on September 16, 2018  with Luang Por Viradhammo as Preceptor.… Read the rest

Venerable Amarasiri

Amarasiri Bhikkhu (formerly Siddarth Deepak) was born and raised in Chennai, India. His education and career led him to live in many parts of the world. Venerable Amarasiri moved to Toronto in 2009 and attended a Vipassana retreat in the Goenka Tradition where he was inspired by the teachings and practice of Theravada Buddhism. On his very first visit to Tisarana, his interaction with Ajahn Viradhammo impacted Ven. Amarasiri to commit to Theravadin Monastic life. He subsequently took Anagarika precepts on the 29th of November 2016, Samanera Precepts on 20th September 2017 and was accepted into the Bhikkhu Sangha on September 16, 2018, with Luang Por Viradhammo as Preceptor.Read the rest

Ajahn Vīradhammo: Abbot of Tisarana

Ajahn (formerly Vitauts Akers), was born in Germany, 1947, to Latvian refugee parents. They moved to Toronto when he was four years old. Around 1969, while living in India, he encountered Buddhism, meeting the late Sāmanera Bodhesako, who introduced him to the teachings of the Buddha. He eventually travelled to Thailand to become a novice at Wat Mahathat in 1973 and took bhikkhu ordination the following year at Wat Pah Pong with Ajahn Chah. He was one of the first residents at Wat Pah Nanachat, the international monastery in north-east Thailand. Having spent four years in Thailand, he went back to Canada to visit his family in 1977. Instead of returning to Thailand, he was asked by Ajahn Chah to join Ajahn Sumedho at the Hampstead Vihāra in London. Later, he was involved in the establishment of both the Chithurst and Harnham monasteries in the UK. In 1985, invited by the Wellington Theravāda Buddhist Association, he moved to New Zealand, accompanied by Venerable Thanavaro, where he lived for 10 years, setting up Bodhinyānārāma monastery. In 1995 he came to the UK to assist Ajahn Sumedho at Amarāvati and stayed for four years before returning to New Zealand, where he lived until 2002.… Read the rest