Progress Update: July 5, 2012

Venerable Thai Ajahns Visit

Our Venerable Ajahns from Thailand left this past Sunday for Abhayagiri Monastery in California. It was a lovely opportunity for us to have them here. We spent most of the week sightseeing with the Ajahns. They also answered Dhamma questions during tea time. It was our good fortune to have the chance to receive their teachings.

This past Saturday, the Ajahns facilitated a Tot Pa Pa at Tisarana. This is a ceremony where robe cloth is offered to the Bhikkhu Sangha, as well as other items. The Thai community came out in force for the occasion, and to offer their support for Tisarana. Sincere thanks to the Royal Thai Ambassador, the Thai Embassy, the Thai community and to all who came to participate in the event.

Ajahn Thanissaro to Visit Ottawa and Tisarana

Ajahn Thanissaro will pay a visit to the Ottawa area next week. He will hold a public talk on Thursday, July 12 from 7:30 – 9:30 in the evening. The talk will take place at at St. Paul’s University on Main Street, not far from the Ottawa Hospital and the Glebe. Ajahn Thanissaro is one of the foremost voices in Western Theravada Buddhism. It is a rare and wonderful opportunity to hear him speak. Please see the Ottawa Buddhist Society website for details…

We are also honoured to host Ajahn Thanissaro at Tisarana from July 15th to July 18th. There is an opportunity to offer dana to Ajahn Thanissaro and the monastic community on the 16th, 17th, and 18th. If you are interested, please contact the monastery at

Ajahn Viradhammo in England

Ajahn Viradhammo is currently in England. He will visit Aruna Ratanagiri, Amaravati, and Chithurst as kind of pilgrimage and also as part of an effort to re-connect with the wider Ajahn Chah Sangha. He writes…

“We have arrived safely at Aruna Ratanagiri after an easy flight, a lovely dana at a Thai restaurant in King’s Cross and a pleasant train trip up to Newcastle.

Ajahn Munindo is most hospitable as are the bhikkhus and anagarikas. So much has been done since I was last here. There is very little space available for building but A. Munindo has managed very well, creating clever spaces for meditation, bathing, accommodation etc. I still have fond memories of living here and it is good to see the care and vision that has allowed this lovely place to flourish.”

Safe travels Ajahn!