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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

New Year’s message from Ajahn Viradhammo

Dear friends,
It is the 22nd of December and I am at a monastery near the city of Mae Hong Son in Northern Thailand. At breakfast this morning the temperature was 19C, that’s plus, and the birds were singing their hearts out. I’m here at this forest monastery, 50km from Burma, at the invitation of Ajahn Cagino, the Dhammagiri foundation and Dhamma friends from Singapore who support this monastery and often come to visit. This evening we shall begin a 7-day retreat. 


Among our forest monasteries, Ajahn Cagino has created a unique space for the practice of wisdom and compassion. It is a forest monastery, an orphanage and retreat centre set among rural villages and extensive forests. Some 12 years ago Ajahn Cagino was walking tudong in this area and came across an orphaned boy. Must do something. He contacted his sister in Malaysia  who organised funds for this boy to be cared for. On subsequent visits Ajahn Cagino came across more kids in need so supporters bought a house, people were employed, volunteers gave their time and so it grew.

The lower part of the monastery has 60 children in residence, the upper part for monks has 20 bhikkhus, many visiting from Wat Pah Pong who have just returned from tudong.… Read the rest

Tisarana Photo Book for Summer 2018

The Tisarana Community is pleased to share our photo book for the Summer of 2018. You can view the photo book online, download it or request a print copy. A French version is also available.

View Online

Download PDF

Ordering a Print Copy

If you would like to order a print a copy from the printer:

  1. Create an account on the Pikto website (the printer).
  2. Send a request to receive a copy of the project you want.
    (English Project ID: 45458160, French Project ID: 45772920)
  3. Wait for Pikto to reply (this may take a few days).
  4. Add the project to your cart.
  5. Checkout.
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Saturday Program Canceled

Saturday Program Cancelled, Departure of Luang Por Viradhammo:
Today, Saturday 03 November 2018, our usual Saturday program of a 1:30 meditation and Dhamma talk is canceled. Instead we will be seeing off Luang Por Viradhammo who will be departing for a 2-month trip through New Zealand and Asia at 2:30 PM. … 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.

Sincerely,

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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