Progress Update: Tuesday, June 4th, 2013


Upasika Program Re-Started

Two years ago, just before his mother died, Luang Por Viradhammo initiated a program of study and practice for lay friends of Tisarana.  It was called the ‘Upasika Program’ and it was intended for those who wanted to deepen their practice and commitment to the Buddha-Dhamma-Sangha.  Luang Por has decided to re-start the program.  An e-mail will be sent out with further details.  Please take a look if you’re interested.

Gratitude to Parents Day

Gratitude to Parents day will be held on June 23, 2013 at Sati Saraniya Hermitage.  This will be the first gathering  inside the new temple that is being built at the hermitage. Please arrive at 10 am.  The potluck dana will begin with an almsround at 10:45 am followed by the meal offering, precepts, blessing chants and Dhamma reflections.

If possible, please try to: carpool, bring folding lawn chairs (to sit outside for the meal), and bring serving spoons.  Please note that there will be no facilities to heat food or wash up serving dishes

New Monastery Gardener

The monastery is very pleased to say that we now have a volunteer gardener.  Akka Jannsen has volunteered to build and oversee the flower beds and areas around the monastery.  If you’d like to learn more about gardening at Tisarana, you can contact Akka at:

Nathan Krahn

A big thank you to Nathan Krahn, who has been a guest of the monastery for the last five months.  Nathan spent the winter retreat with us and decided to stay on a couple of months afterwards.  He has been a very helpful and generous member of the community during his stay, and we wish him well on journey.


We just had our sixth AGM (Annual General Meeting).  All was well and harmonious with our community.  David Kotin’s position as secretary has been taken up by Bruce McLeod.  David is still on our board of directors, but we want to thank him for all his hard work as secretary.  Thanks also to Bruce for picking up the position.