Progress Update: June 10, 2008

>> Who ordered this truck load of Ajahns?
Ajahn Brahmavamso will be giving a public talk on Monday, 30th June At the University of Ottawa, Auditorium, Guindin Bldg, Room #2005 from : 7.00-9.30 PM. Ajahn Brahm is the abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery in the other Perth (Australia). For more information on this and other events he will be at in the area, go to and click on “Future Events.” Learn more about him and his teachings at

>> Our New K Leads DOM
Visiting Ajahn Karunadhammo will lead the Day of Mindfulness at Tisarana on Saturday the 14th of June. Please visit the events calendar to see the schedule.

>> Save the day for moving hay
We will officially kick off our hay moving season on Sunday June 29th. It will be a full day of clearing the old hay from the right side of the barn. We’ve got the truck all tricked out for the job. If you’ve got allergies or breathing problems–no problem. There are plenty of non-hay projects you can help with while your friends are in the barn. More details to follow.

>>Drivers Wanted
The monastery no longer has use of Cathy’s sporty VW, but any make and model could be used to drive Ajahn V to and from Tisarana for the Days of Mindfulness. He needs a driver Saturday mornings from Ottawa and back in the evenings. Sometimes he is able to stay overnight, so a driver to take him back on Sunday could also be handy. Because of monastic rules, there needs to be another male in the vehicle. Contact the office if you think you can be of service.

>>Bugs in the news
Newsletter, that is. We’ve had the content of a newsletter ready since May but for various reasons it has been slow to go to press and mail. We think we have the bugs worked out and next time should be smoother. (BTW, you are now reading the Progress Update. Our newsletter is a bit more upscale and comes out in a print version)

>> From the book _No_Ajahn_Cha_:
You say that you are too busy to meditate. Do you have time to breathe? Meditation is your breath. Why do you have time to breathe but not to meditate? Breathing is something vital to people’s lives. If you see that Dhamma practice is vital to your life, then you will feel that breathing and practicing the Dhamma are equally important.