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Luangpor Viradhammo’s Virtual Retreat (21st-30th November 2022)

Dear Friends in Dhamma,

We are pleased to invite you to join the 10-day virtual retreat with Luangpor Viradhammo.

Luangpor will conduct an in-person meditation retreat in Thailand on 21-30 November 2022. Over the days of the retreat, we will create a Zoom meeting to share the practice instructions and invaluable teachings from Luangpor.

To have an opportunity to practice Dhamma with Luangpor is the highest blessing and we hope you can join us.

The zoom retreat schedule is:

Start: Monday 21 November, 7:00 pm

End: Wednesday 30 November, 9:30 am

(Thailand time GMT+7)

Join zoom meeting:

https://bit.ly/LuangporViradhammo

Meeting ID: 922 5374 0296

Passcode: Dhamma

(No registration is required)

For more details on the retreat, please refer to the attached Retreat Information Booklet.

We welcome all participants who are not able to commit presence to every session due to any personal limitations, or time-zone differences, so that all who have the faith and energy to join may still benefit.

Please feel free to share this information with your friends.

Should you need any further information or have any queries, please contact us at: friendindhamma@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you virtually at the retreat.

With Metta

The Organizing Team

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Details for Tax Receipts: First-Time and New Donors

Dear friends and supporters,

At the beginning of every year, the Finance Team at Tisarana strives to send out Tax Receipts to all Canadian donors. Prior to that, we try to collect donor information that is missing.

If you have donated to Tisarana for the first time, or have recently started donating, we request you kindly send us your full official name and complete postal address via email to tbmtreasurer.tisarana@gmail.com.

Please note that we can only send out Tax Receipts to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents or donations originating in Canada and the donor having a Canadian postal address.

We have received many donations by Interac eTransfer recently, but we have no donor records for these generous donations.

Please keep in mind that even if you prefer not to claim credits based on these donations, as a charity, Tisarana is responsible for sending you tax receipts. Please help us fulfill this important obligation by providing us with the relevant information.

As always, we are very grateful and appreciative of your continued support and friendship.… Read the rest

Notice of the Annual General Meeting for the Year 2021

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022

Location: Virtual Zoom Meeting                   

Time: 2:00 PM

 

The Directors of the Board of Tisarana Buddhist Monastery cordially invite all members of good standing to attend the Annual General Meeting for the Fiscal Year 2021 scheduled to be held virtually on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 2.00 PM. 

If you are interested in attending the AGM, please register by emailing Nalaka at tgunawardhane@rogers.com to receive login details and other information.

As always, we thank you for your continued support and participation.

Sincerely,

Philip Jurgens

Secretary to the Board

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LP Viradhammo Zoom teaching with the OBS, Oct 7, 2022.

The Ottawa Buddhist Society has the capacity to host up to 500 participants for this upcoming teaching via Zoom by Luang Por Viradhammo on Friday, October 7th, 2022. All are welcome to join.

OBS Friday Evening Meeting
October 7, 7:30 – 9:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82232200517?pwd=cXQzSUUySGczNm1EOEJPQXZDS0NYQT09

Meeting ID: 822 3220 0517
Passcode: 538021

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Ten Royal Duties

Affairs of state are clearly not the focus of Buddhist teachings. Indeed, conversation about ‘kings and ministers’ figure in the many forms of ‘low or animal talk’ that the Buddha recommended we avoid (Anguttara 10.69). This injunction stems from the view that we often engage in such talk simply to exercise our opinions, without useful purpose.

Yet, however contested modern political discourse might be, the function and qualities of leadership are of ongoing relevance in our worldly lives. And when it’s observed that no dimension of life is excluded from the Dhamma it does not surprise that, in addition to diverse spiritual teachings the Buddha gave to various kings of his day, he is also known to have offered them guidance on royal governance. 

With the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II and ascension of King Charles III, reflection on the role of monarchs – indeed, any form of personal, professional, or state authority – acquires renewed pertinence. 

Is there a Buddhist approach to such ancient and contemporary concerns? A list of qualities found in the Jataka Tales, provides one response. The Jatakas present memorable incidents believed to issue from various previous lives of Gotama Buddha. The following ‘Ten Royal Duties’ (also, ’Norms’ or ‘Rules’: Dasa Rajadhamma) appear in the Jataka III,274:

Danagenerosity

Silavirtue

Pariccagaaltruism, or selflessness

Ajjavahonesty, or integrity

Maddavagentleness

Tapoself-control

Akkodhanon-anger, or calmness

Avihimsaharmlessness, or non-violence

Khantipatient forbearance

Avirodhauprightness, or conformity with principles of Dhamma

Even a brief glance will confirm that the list is in harmony with numerous refined qualities recommended by Buddhism to be worth developing… by anyone.… Read the rest

Dhamma Hall – August Update

As can be seen by the photos posted in the News section, the Dhamma Hall is now taking shape. As usual, the early work all took place below ground (e.g., foundation footings, electrical lines, septic and water lines, etc.) all monitored by repeated surveying. Although such work doesn’t interest everyone, for the residents even this proved to be rather captivating, as it was conducted by an impressive excavator, dump trucks, large concrete pumper, and teams of workers. Lots of commotion! 

This first rows of insulated blocks for the foundation, have now been filled with concrete and buried below several feet of packed gravel. The insulated walls have continued to be raised and strengthened with concrete and rebar, and now stand nearly complete, with just a few more rows needed at each gable end. 

Before these ends are completed, some of the timber framing along the walls will begin. However, before this is done attention will be focused on the floor. Like everything, this is a sequential process, entailing a heavy plastic vapour barrier set between 2 layers of insulation, onto which tubing for the radiant heating will be attached. The concrete can then be poured and levelled. Outside of the main building, the well and a septic tank have also been dug. … Read the rest

July Update

Luang Por Sumedho’s VisitAjahn Pavaro

It’s a normal summer morning: The big lawn is being mowed; rooms are being cleaned; hardwood planks are being worked on the jointer; a trip to the dump has cleared our recycling bins. The Dhamma Hall is also slowly being raised, block by  block. Yet over much of July things were charged with a unique spirit, as all the  normal routines and tasks of the monastery were weighed and variously considered  in preparation for the visit by Luang Por Sumedho.  

The first week of the stay was kept deliberately quiet, as Luang Por – accompanied  by his skillful, longtime upatak Ajahn Asoko – settled in after a full period at  Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery and on the West Coast. It was Luang Por Viradhammo’s wish that the visit contain plenty of open time for our senior-most  Elder. This meant it was not feasible to arrange public talks or events beyond a day or so in advance. Nevertheless, the Tisarana community, some additional guests, and fortunate day-visitors did have several opportunities to hear Dhamma  reflections, pay respects, and receive Luang Por Sumedho’s blessings.  

Some talks are now posted on Tisarana’s YouTube channel, including one here, which he delivered on Asalha Puja, as Buddhist monastics the world over enter the Rains season.… Read the rest

TISARANA DHAMMA HALL – CONSTRUCTION BEGINS!

Luang Por Viradhammo and the community are delighted to report that after several
years of careful pondering and planning (and a two-year delay) Tisarana’s Dhamma
Hall is now formally under construction.


Following the excavation work which began in early May, in the past two weeks, the
final surveying has been done, the forms have been laid, concrete poured, and the
first rows of eco-friendly, insulated blocks have been set in place for the foundation.
On June 2 these blocks were filled with another round of concrete. When cured,
this will leave the site ready to be backfilled and have established the level of the
Hall’s floor. Far from the site, meanwhile, massive Douglas fir and pine posts and
beams are being meticulously crafted. Many architectural elements of the Dhamma
Hall make this building unusual, recently prompting one of the workmen to remark
that for him the project may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Proving that it’s
not only the monks who are enjoying the show!


As admittedly absorbing (from our on-site perspective) as it is to watch these skilled
workers ply their trades, our pleasure in witnessing these ‘bricks and mortar’ details
is animated by an ongoing appreciation for the myriad forms of encouragement,
generosity, and hard work that have brought us to this stage.… Read the rest

OBS Zoom events April 22 & 23, 2021.

Hello, we’d like to pass along information from the OBS regarding their upcoming events. These have been posted in our teaching events calendar along with the zoom links. In case you’ve missed that, please see below.

The OBS has a large capacity for these two meetings, so please feel free to join in. All other details are available on their website.

Friday Evening Meeting with Ajahn Viradhammo
April 22, 7:30 – 9:30PM EST

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86534353039?pwd=Y3NaVUVFZmQ0ZE41UGhQN1I3NlVXdz09

Meeting ID: 865 3435 3039
Passcode: 851585
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/klAERrksD

Saturday Day of Mindfulness with Ajahn Viradhammo
April 23, 8:45 AM – 3:00 PM EST

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85252958778?pwd=VFNzNmpQS2VWNHFEV2cxYUhXd1B4UT09

Meeting ID: 852 5295 8778
Passcode: 130711
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdivsxfzwr

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