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Spring Work Bee #2 – July 7th

Join us for our second spring Work Bee on July 7th at 8:30 am to help prepare Tisarana for Luang Por Sumedho’s upcoming visit.

We are sprucing Tisarana up for Luang Por Sumedho’s arrival to Tisarana on the 11th with his attendant Ajahn Asoko. We’ll be planting trees, gardening, landscaping and doing grounds maintenance. The shared potluck meal will begin at 11:30 am, and after the meal we’ll continue working until 4:30 pm or later. Things to bring:

  • willing hands
  • possibly a dish for the meal
  • partial shade flowers that deer don’t like to eat

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Luang Por Sumedho’s visit to Tisarana

We are delighted to announce the upcoming visit of Luang Por Sumedho and his attendant Ajhan Asoko this coming July.

We will have the good fortune of hosting Luang Por and Aj. Asoko who arrive on the 11th of July and depart on the 3rd of August.

Given Luang Por’s health, he will not be available for interviews or teaching events. He has graciously accepted to offer a dhamma talk on the occasion of his 85th birthday on the 27th of July. We are indeed blessed to be part of this auspicious & momentous occasion. More details about the event to follow.

Luang Por Sumedho may also give a Dhamma talk on the 20th of July as our three Anagarikas take Samanera (Novice) precepts. This depends on his health and energy levels so stay tuned for another update.… Read the rest

Spring Work Bee – May 25th

Work Bee on May 25th for Luang Por Sumedho’s upcoming visit:

Join us for a work bee on Saturday, May 25th, beginning at 8:30 am. We are giving Tisarana a good spring cleaning in preparation for Luang Por Sumedho’s visit. We’ll be planting trees, landscaping and doing grounds maintenance. The shared meal will begin at 11:30 am. Our usual public meditation and Dhamma talk will begin at 1:00 pm, and those who would like to can continue working instead until 4:30 pm or later. Please fill in your name and email here to let us know you are coming.

Also, we are having a second work bee on Sunday July 7th to finish off our preparations for Luang Por’s arrival, stay tuned!… Read the rest

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

Kathina 2018 Location Reminder

This year’s Kathina ceremony will be starting at around 10AM this coming Sunday, October 28, 2018.

The event will not be held at the monastery. Instead, Tisarana’s Kathina will be held at the Stanleyville Hall across the street from the St. Bridget Church in Stanleyville. The address is 844 Stanley Rd, Stanleyville, ON K0G 1K0.

The doors will open at 9AM and the preliminary ceremonies will began at 10:30AM, followed by a meal offering and blessing. At 1PM, the Kathina offering ceremony will take place followed by a Dhamma reflection. Please come early if you have any food offerings.

For more information about this year’s Kathina, including its history, please see our previous news posting.… Read the rest

Kathina – Sunday, October 28, 2018

The Tisarana community will be celebrating this year’s Kathina ceremony on Sunday, October 28th starting at 10:30am. The event will be held at the Stanleyville Hall across the street from the St. Bridget Church in Stanleyville, which is only 5 minutes from Tisarana Monastery. The address is 844 Stanley Rd, Stanleyville, ON K0G 1K0. Everybody is welcome to participate in this auspicious occasion.

The Kathina ceremony is a 2,500-year-old tradition celebrated across Buddhist monasteries around the world. Following the end of three-months rains retreat period, the Buddha allowed for the lay community to make offerings of cloth and other requests to the Bhikkhu Sangha. The word “Kaṭhina” refers to the frame on which cloth is attached to while sewing robes. Cloth offered on Kathina will be used that day to produce a robe that will then be offered to one of the monks. The Kathina ceremony signifies and celebrates the deep relationships between the lay and monastic communities.

The doors will open at 9AM and the preliminary ceremonies will began at 10:30AM, followed by a meal offering and blessing. At 1PM, the Kathina offering ceremony will take place followed by a Dhamma reflection. This year’s Kathina offering is sponsored by a group of Ottawa Buddhist families and friends.… Read the rest

Notice of the Annual General Meeting for the Year 2017

Notice of the Annual General Meeting for the Fiscal Year 2017

Date – Sunday October 21, 2018.
Place – Tisarana Buddhist Monastery – Meditation Hall
Time – 1:30 PM

The Directors of the Board of Tisarana Buddhist Monastery cordially invite all members of good standing to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled to be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 1.30 PM.


Tilak Gunawardhane
Secretary to the Board
October 2, 2018

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Ajahn Sucitto Dhamma Talk – Saturday, September 15

We are pleased to announce that Ajahn Sucitto will be invited to offer the Dhamma talk during our afternoon meditation session this Saturday, September 15 starting at 1:30pm. All are welcome.

(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Ajahn Sucitto ordained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand in 1976 and later trained under Luang Por Sumedho in Britain starting in 1978. He helped establish many of the western Ajahn Chah branch monasteries in Europe including Cittaviveka (Chithurst) Buddhist Monastery, Harnham Buddhist Monastery and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. Ajahn Sucitto was the abbot of Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery from 1992 through 2014. He is well-known throughout the Buddhist world for his teachings and writings.

To learn more Ajahn Sucitto, please visit the following links:

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Bhikkhu Ordination of Sāmaṇeras Amarasiri and Sirimedho

At 12:30pm on Sunday, September 16, 2018, Sāmaṇeras Amarasiri and Sirimedho will take full ordination (Upasampadā) and become bhikkhus under the preceptorship of Luang Por Vīradhammo. All are welcome to attend.

There will be a meal offering that day at 11:00 am. Shortly after the meal offering and cleanup, the ordination ceremony will start. Therefore, please plan to be at the monastery by 12:30pm.

The ceremony will be followed by a Dhamma talk given by Ajahn Vīradhammo. This will all take place in our large outdoor tent at the monastery. In addition to the tent, canopies will be available in case there is a large attendance.

For questions and other inquiries, please contact us by using our contact form.… Read the rest