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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 ...Click here to read the full update
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.
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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 monaster...Click here to read the full update
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.
Ordering a Print Copy
If you would like to order a print a copy from the printer:
Create an account on the Pikto website (the printer).
Send a request to receive a copy of the...Click here to read the full update
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. Click here to read the full update
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 cerem...Click here to read the full update
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 aro...Click here to read the full update
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.
Secretary to the Board
October 2, 2018
Link to announcement PDF: 2017AGMNoti...Click here to read the full update
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, Harn...Click here to read the full update
Staffing the Winter Retreat 2019
Tisarana Buddhist Monastery is looking for sincere, mature Dhamma practitioners to volunteer as staff for part or all of our upcoming Winter Retreat (Jan 01 - Mar 31).
The crew for the retreat usually consists of 5-6 people who run the critical functions of the monastery on a shared rotating basis of daily chores interspersed with regular time off. Crew members should expect to work between 2-4 hours daily, ...Click here to read the full update
Two weeks ago, the monks from Tisarana Buddhist Monastery have started alms rounds in the Barrhaven suburban neighbourhood of Ottawa, Ontario.
The above photos were from Sunday, August 12, 2018.
For over 2,600 years, Buddhist monastics have traditionally went on daily alms round (piṇḍapāta) to collect food. The Buddha established this practice to allow his monastic disciples to obtain their daily sustenan...Click here to read the full update
At 12:30pm on Sunday, September 16, 2018, Sāmaṇeras Amarasiri and Sirimedho will take full ordination (Upasampadā) and become bhikkhus under the preceptorship of Luang Por Vīradhammo. All are welcome to attend.
There will be a meal offering that day at 11:00 am. Shortly after the meal offering and cleanup, the ordination ceremony will start. Therefore, please plan to be at the monastery by 12:30pm.
The ceremony will be followed by a Dhamma talk given by Ajahn Vīradhammo. This...Click here to read the full update
On August 18, 2018, Steve Saslav, the former Ajahn Santacitto, passed away. The Tisarana community would like to extends its thoughts and good wishes to everybody that knew him, including his family, friends and fellow practitioners.
From Ajahn Amaro and the Amaravati Community:
On the morning of Saturday the 18th of August, 2018, Steve Saslav, the former Ajahn Santacitto, passed away peacefully in his home in Chichester. He was one of the very first Western monks to train with Ajahn Chah,...Click here to read the full update
Tisarana Monastery is happy to announce that the purchasing of the new property at 548 Pike Lake Rt. 17A is complete. The agreement was finalized on June 15, 2018. As we shared last February, the bordering property includes 59 acres of forest similar to Tisarana and has a small stretch of access to Pike Lake.
The costs of the property were donated by disciples of Luang Por Ganhah of Wat Pah Subthawee Dhammaram in Thailand, as well as disciples of Ajahn Ñānadhammo of Wat Pah Rattanawan i...Click here to read the full update
As our community grows and expands, the need for a larger space dedicated to meditation, silence and teaching has become apparent. To address this need, a building sub-committee, headed by Ajahn V and Adam Mackenzie Smith, our architect, was formed. Over the past year, the building committee has made significant progress developing plans for a new Dhamma hall.
As a result, we have seen design plans and a new model displayed in the house. Taking this further, we have now added a new page on ou...Click here to read the full update
Saturday, May 19th, 2018, will be observed as a day-long meditation retreat to commemorate the upcoming Vesaka Puja Day (May 29th, 2018).
8.45 AM: Arrive & be seated
9 AM to 11 AM: Readings on the life of the Buddha & Meditation
11.15 AM: Potluck dana
1.30 to 4.30 PM: Readings on the life of the Buddha & Meditation
Sunday, May 20th, 2018 has been scheduled as Vesak Celebration Day at Tisarana.
10.30 AM or earlier: Arrive & be seated
10.45 AM: Rice Pindapath
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Tisarana Buddhist Monastery is honoured to welcome Tahn Ajahn Amaro, Abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, who is visiting us from Hertfordshire, England.
The public meditation this Saturday (May 12, 2018) at Tisarana will be lead by Tahn Ajahn Amaro. The afternoon will start with a group meditation at 1.30PM followed by a Dhamma Talk and Q&A.
On Sunday (May13, 2018) Tahn Ajahn Amaro will lead the public meditation retreat at Sati Saraniya Hermitage. Please click here for the pro...Click here to read the full update
Ajahn Punnadhammo, abbot of Arrow River Monastery near Thunder Bay, is in need of a new steward.
From Ajahn Punna:
On April 28 we are going to ordain a young man, James Koskela, as a samenera. While this is a joyous occasion, it does raise a practical issue. James has been serving long term as our steward (driver and cook) and after taking the samenera vows he won’t be able to fulfill those duties (especially shopping). This leaves us in need of a steward. We did have someone lined up fo...Click here to read the full update
Ajahn Amaro, abbot of the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in southern England, is coming on May 10-20, 2018 to reside at Tisarana and during that time he will be offering several teachings.
12 May, Sat: Meditaion and public talk by Ajahn Amaro at Tisarana, 1:30 - 3:00PM
13 May, Sun: Afternoon meditation and Dhamma Talk with Ajahn Amaro at Sati Saraniya
1:30 - 4:30 pm - meditation, Dhamma talk and Q&A.
19 May, Sat: Vesak Day-long with Ajahn Amaro at Tisar...Click here to read the full update
An Invitation to Gratitude to Parents Day (From Sati Saraniya)
- April 22, 2018, co-led by monastics from Tisarana Buddhist Monastery & Sati Saraniya Hermitage Time & Venue: 10-2:30 Sati Saraniya Hermitage
Please save a special date in your calendar: April 22, 2018. We are planning to host a Gratitude to Parents Day at Sati Saraniya Hermitage. In honouring our parents on this day, we will be joined by Ajahn Viradhammo and members of the Tisarana community, sharing together in chant...Click here to read the full update
We've just emerged from our Winter Retreat and want to let you know about upcoming events to be held at Tisarana, or involving the Tisarana community. See also our public calendar
20 April, Fri: Ajahn Viradhammo teaching at the Quaker House in Ottawa,
sponsored by the Ottawa Buddhist Society.
21 April, Sat: Day of Mindfulness with Ajahn Viradhammo at the Tu-An Pagoda,
sponsored by the Ottawa Buddhist Society
22 April, Sun: Gratitude to Parents Day with Ajahn Viradhammo and Ay...Click here to read the full update
"Stillness Flowing - The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah" by Ajahn Jayasaro, the long-awaited biography of Ajahn Chah in English, with an introduction by Luong Por Sumedho.
850 pgs, Panyaprateep Foundation, 2017.
From Ajahn Jayasaro's preface:
"Although it has been my intention that this book should be, as far as possible, a biography as opposed to a hagiography, I am not sure that I have been completely successful. My love for Luang Por and my belief in his enlightenment inevitably colo...Click here to read the full update
New property addition:
Near the beginning of the winter retreat we became aware that a neighbouring property along the NW boundary of Tisarana came up for sale: 548 Pike Lake Rt. 17A (see the image below). This is 59 acres which have long been held by a group of hunters. The piece is undeveloped in that there is currently no source of water or septic. There is a gravel access road and a small cabin and storage shed. The acreage is mixed hardwood forest, scrub and marshland, very similar to ...Click here to read the full update
Ordination of a New Anagarika: On Jan 31, during the Uposatha observance evening, Luang Por Viradhammo gave the Anagarika precepts to Christopher Harnett, who has gone forth into the homeless life, wearing white. The Tisarana community welcomes Anagarika Christopher to the training!Click here to read the full update
Subject: 100 years
I am at Dhammaram in Bangkok, room 5, LP Sumedho is downstairs talking with Ajahn Amaro and the sangha from Amaravati, Ajhn Kongrit is packing a box with Yom Meechai for sending to the UK and Ajahn Panyasaro is crocheting a cover for my watch. We were all on the same flight from Ubon this afternoon and so it’s a good time to reflect on the Wat Pah Pong gatherings, our monastic legacy and our close friendships with each other. It has been a warm and heartfelt ...Click here to read the full update
Every year on 16 January we observe a special puja to remember the life and teachings of Luong Pu Chah, the founder of our ordination lineage and teacher of Ajahns Sumedho, Pasanno, Viridhammo and many other of the senior teachers in our larger community of monasteries, including Tisarana, Abhayagiri, Amaravati. The senior monks of our lineage usually attend a Sangha meeting at Wat Pah Pong in NE Thailand where the annual memorial is held and participate in the ceremonies there.
At Tisarana o...Click here to read the full update
The Tisarana community of monastics and lay supporters has entered the 2018 3-month Winter Retreat. The resident community and retreat crew will be conducting ourselves in Noble Silence as much as possible. We thank all our supporters for this wonderful opportunity to cultivate deep practice.
From now until 31 March we will not be hosting overnight guests, although we are always open to day-visitors. Also our usual Saturday afternoon program is suspended, it will resume in the spring when t...Click here to read the full update
Peter's ordination: 15 Dec 2017 - email message from Luong Por Viradhammo:
Peter is now officially Samanera Sirimedho. We had a simple Pabajja ceremony this morning and Sirimedho is radiant in his new robes - happy fellow. I’ll try to get some photos to you shortly.
The ordination took place in Chennai, India with Luong Por Sumedho as preceptor.Click here to read the full update
In our monastic training tradition a monk spends his third year "abroad". Tan Khema completed his 3rd rains retreat (Vassa) in October. Today he left to visit family and friends before heading to Bodhivana Monastery near Melbourne, Australia, where Ajahn Kalyano is the abbot. The community at Tisarana wishes safe travels and good faring for Tan Khema.Click here to read the full update
Abhayagiri's Firefighter Stories: From Ajahn Jotipalo:
About the "Loop Trail" I asked the crew from New Mexico how it was fighting the fire. They had been on the property for about 5 days. They said it was the weirdest thing, like the monastery refused to burn. They said one evening (probably the day Timothy Luke was forced to leave Mt Tabor, and he reported seeing 200 foot tall flames on the ridge) that 10 battalions (20 to a battalion) were out on the loop trail fighting the fires...Click here to read the full update
Ajahn Jotipalo of Abhayagiri Monastery in California posted this news tonight after having visited the property today and talking with the fire crews there:
"We just got back from the property. About as good of news as we could have hoped for. There are still about 100 personnel on the property, as fires are still smoldering, but it appear no structures were damaged, except maybe a bridge or two on the "loop trail" - which we should rename the "Sacred Loop Trail" Or "Dhamma Protectors Tra...Click here to read the full update
This is to remind our community that due to the Annual General Meeting on the 21st of October, our regular Saturday public meditation is cancelled. However, we welcome everyone to participate and attend the AGM.Click here to read the full update
On Sunday October 8th, the Tisarana community will celebrate the end of the Rains Retreat by offering the Kathina cloth to the monastic community. The event will be held at the monastery (1356 Powers Road, Perth ON) and will start at 10.45 AM, followed by the meal blessing and a meal. At 1 PM, the ceremony of offering the Kathina cloth will take place followed by a Dhamma Reflection given by Luang Por V.
We are delighted that Ajahn Punnadhammo from Arrow River and Venerable Suneetha from Otta...Click here to read the full update
The Directors of the Board of Tisarana Buddhist Monastery invites all members of good standing to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 1.30 PM. Please note that the public meditation normally scheduled for Saturday afternoons will be cancelled on the 21st of October due to our AGM.Click here to read the full update
Starting Saturday 23rd till Saturday 30th September 2017, the monastics and residents at Tisarana will be on retreat. The public meditation sessions on Saturdays (23rd & 30th) will happen as scheduled.
However, there will be no Dhamma Talk on the Lunar Observance Day on Thursday, September 28th.
On Saturday 23rd September at 1,30 PM there will be our usual public meditation session starting at 1.30 PM followed by a talk by Nick Scott who is visiting us from the UK. Nick has had a long ...Click here to read the full update
On the New Moon of Wednesday 20th September, Luang Por Viradhammo will act as Preceptor as Anagarika Siddarth takes on Samanera precepts and joins the Tisarana Sangha as a Samanera at 7 PM.
The evening will start with a meditation sit, followed by the ceremony of 'Going Forth - Pabbajha' and reflections by Ajahn V.Click here to read the full update
Here is a link to Tisarana's 2017 Kathina wish list.
It contains recommendations of useful objects that would help to support the monastery.
Please be sure to cross off any object that you have purchased, by following the instructions on the first page, so that others will know what has already been purchased.
The Tisarana Buddhist Monastery MAILING ADDRESS for deliveries is:
1356 Powers Road, RR ...Click here to read the full update
Click on the image below to read "Journey Towards The Deathless" a poem-recollection of the recent trip to England by Khema Bhikkhu:Click here to read the full update
This week, the Lunar Observance falls on Tuesday 8th August and our monastics will be in Perth on Alms Round Tuesday 8th August. All other details remain the same. If you would like to offer alms Tuesday alone, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before 9 PM Monday 7th August with the words "Alms Round" in the subject line and body of your email, your name and address. Thank you very much!
Alms round details can be found at: https://tisarana.ca/alms-round-in-perth/Click here to read the full update
We are happy to announce a non-residential retreat at the Monastery led by Ajahn Viradhammo this Labour Day Weekend - starting on Saturday 2nd of September and ending after the morning session on the 4th of September.
This retreat is designed to offer maximum flexibility and allows participants to select their sessions.
Registration for this retreat can be done by clicking on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DFPDWQ9
More details are available on the form itself that will open ...Click here to read the full update
This week, the Lunar Observance falls on Sunday 23rd July. Our monastics will be in Perth on Alms Round on Monday 24th July. All other details remain the same. If you would like to offer alms Monday alone, please email email@example.com before 9 PM Sunday 23rd July with the words "Alms Round" in the subject line and body of your email, your name and address. Thank you very much!
Alms round details can be found at: https://tisarana.ca/alms-round-in-perth-starting-soon/
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On the 30th of April 2017, a day after Ajahn V’s 70th birthday celebrations, Ven. Cunda and Ven. Khema accompanied by An. David, An. Siddarth and Noriko (lay guest) departed to spend ten days at Chittaviveka Monastery and attend Luang Por Sumedho’s open retreat followed by the international elders meeting at Amaravati. While the weary travelers trudged along, Fort Tisarana was steadfastly held by Ajahn V, Ven Khemako, An. Peter, Niraso (aka Brian) and the visiting bear.
Ajahn Sucitto, Ajahn...Click here to read the full update
Almsround is a great way to strengthen community spirit - an opportunity for monks and supporters to participate in an act of sharing, generosity and mutual appreciation.
Keeping with this tradition, the monks at Tisarana walk on almsround once a week in Perth.
As we strive to make this as convenient, flexible and stress-free as possible, we may occasionally tweak our plans with adequate notice.
Your feedback and suggestions are important, please let us know if you have any ideas that...Click here to read the full update
This years Asalha Puja falls on Saturday July 8th. The scheduled events for the day include the dana offering at 11.15 AM followed by a Meditation Sit at 1.30 PM.
After the sit, Anagarika David takes on the Ten Precepts and joins the Sangha as a Samanera (novice). Luang Por Viradhammo will conduct An. David's Pabbhajja Ceremony immediately after the meditation sit.
The Sangha at Tisarana begin this years Rains Retreat (Vassa) on Sunday the 9th of July. The commencement ceremony for the Rai...Click here to read the full update
To commemorate Ajahn Viradhammo's 70th birthday on April 27th, the electronic edition of his upcoming book of Dhamma reflections entitled The Contemplative's Craft: Internalizing the Teachings of the Buddha, will be made available on April 27th through a number of different websites. These websites include forestsangha.org and the forest monastery websites of Tisarana, Amaravati, Abhayagiri, and Temple Forest. The print edition of Ajahn Viradhammo's book will be published in the fall of 2017,...Click here to read the full update
To commemorate Ajahn Viradhammo's 70th birthday on April 27th, the electronic edition of his upcoming book of Dhamma reflections entitled The Contemplative's Craft: Internalizing the Teachings of the Buddha, will be made available on April 27th through a number of different websites. These websites include forestsangha.org and the forest monastery websites of Tisarana, Amaravati, Abhayagiri, and Temple Forest. The print edition of Ajahn Viradhammo's book will be published in the fall of 2017, ...Click here to read the full update
As I'm writing this, I'm coming to the end of my (near) three-months' stay at Tisarana. The time here has been idyllic, a very special occasion in this ongoing opportunity for simplicity, for discipline as a craft of the heart rather than blind conformity, and for meditation that is grounded rather than pie-in-the-sky. The elements that I appreciate in many monasteries of this lineage are all in place; brevity requires me to merely mention the fullness of the support from the lay people and thei...Click here to read the full update
Beginning Saturday, April 1st, we will resume our regular schedule. Therefore, our first Saturday meditation & Dhamma talk will be on April 1st at 1:30 PM. Please check the dates on the calendar for the regular weekly teachings on the Lunar Observance days. Luang Por Viradhammo will also be teaching in Ottawa (OBS - Quaker House) on Friday, April 7th.Click here to read the full update
For our 2017 Winter Retreat (January 1st to March 31st) the Tisarana community will not hold its regular Saturday afternoon meditation and Dhamma Talk sessions.
The last Saturday afternoon talk this year will be held on December 31st, New Years Eve. We will resume these sessions on Saturday, April 1st.
During the winter time, you are welcome to come here any time you wish and use the Dhamma Hall for sittings or the library for reading.
On our Observance Day we will cont...Click here to read the full update
Ajahn Sucitto is visiting us this winter (arriving on December 23) and will be offering the Saturday, December 24 Dhamma Talk this week. The meditation sitting will begin at 1:30 pm and Ajahn Sucitto will offer a Dhamma reflection around 2:30 pm (assuming all goes according to plan).Click here to read the full update
We'd like to let you know that the subscription form on the website has been updated to include a Volunteer Requests subscription option.
We are planning to use this list to ask those who sign up to volunteer for jobs we might need, such as audio work or getting a ride to the airport, or picking an item up from Toronto.
Right now, we are looking for anyone with intermediate to advanced audio editing skills who can help us edit Dhamma talks using Audacity or a similar audio...Click here to read the full update
Now that the Kathina and Ten Year Anniversary are over we are breathing out long . . . Over the next two weeks, the Tisarana resident community will be taking a break from pujas and formal work until November 24th.
Feel free to come by for a visit, but please note that most of the monks will not be around, practicing diligently in our kutis. Our email will also be on hold until then, but do call and leave a message if there is an urgent need you have and we'll try to get back to you within co...Click here to read the full update
As the Tisarana Kathina and 10 Year Anniversary weekend is fast approaching we wish to remind you of the event and update you on some changes.
We are sorry to say that we do not have any more room for overnight guests during the Kathina/Anniversary weekend. Please try to arrange your travel so you can be here with us regardless.
Again, for our 10 year anniversary, we will have many visiting Ajahns including: Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Jayanto, Ajahn Kusalo, Ajahn Punnadhammo, Ajahn Ca...Click here to read the full update
We are happy to let you know that arrangements are well under way for the Tisarana Kathina celebration and Ten Year Anniversary scheduled to take place at Tisarana Monastery at 10:00 am on Sunday, October 30th. All friends of the Tisarana community are welcome to participate in this happy and auspicious occasion.
For the Ten Year Anniversary we have invited several Ajahns to take part in this celebration, including Luang Por Pasanno from Abhayagiri Monastery in California, Ajahn ...Click here to read the full update
Ajahn Viradhammo will be showing slides of his 2015 pilgrimage to the Buddhist holy sites in India. There will be two showings, one in Ottawa and one at Tisarana:
Ottawa: Saturday, July 16 on the Day of Mindfulness around 2:30 pm at the Trinity United Church (1099 Maitland Ave, Ottawa). Please see the OBS website for more information: http://ottawabuddhistsociety.com/activities/days-of-mindfulness/
Tisarana: Saturday, July 23 after the 1:30 pm meditation (beginning around 2:30 pm)Click here to read the full update
Due to a lack of key members, necessary paperwork, and a working internet connection, the Tisarana Annual General Meeting scheduled for June 26 was canceled. It has been rescheduled to Sunday, July 24 at 3:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.Click here to read the full update
This year's 2016 Tisarana Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2016, 1:00 pm at the Tisarana Dhamma Hall at 1356 Powers Road, Perth, Ontario.
The meeting was originally to be held on Sunday, June 12, but due to unforeseen circumstances, this date needed to be changed.Click here to read the full update
Ajahn Punnadhammo, the abbot of Arrow River Forrest Hermitage, is looking for a steward to stay at his monastery. The hermitage is located in Northern Ontario, fifty miles southwest of Thunder Bay, with 92 acre of land in a beautiful mixed forest.
This year Ajahn is short handed after having had some cancellations of stewards. If interested, please write him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a small hermitage in a non-Buddhist country, Arrow River operates by dependence on a lay stew...Click here to read the full update
This week Bhante Rahula is visiting Tisarana Monastery, arriving June 10 and departing June 17. He will be invited to give the June 11 Saturday afternoon meditation session and Dhamma talk beginning at 1:30 pm (at Tisarana) as well as the June 12 Sunday evening meditation session and talk beginning at 7:00 pm (also at Tisarana). If Bhante Rahula is unavailable, Luang Por Viradhammo will offer one or both of these talks in his stead.
Bhante Rahula was born in Southern California as Scott Josep...Click here to read the full update
In case you missed the first announcement we wish to remind you that Tisarana will hold it's annual Vesākha Pūjā on Sunday, May 22.
Vesākha Pūjā commemorates the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and passing away.
The commemoration will begin with the taking of the 5 Precepts at 10:45 am under the large outdoor tent (conditions permitting).
At 11:15 am the monks will receive the meal danā (a potluck lunch).
At 1:15 pm, after everyone is finished eating and the di...Click here to read the full update
Ajahn Punnadhammo, from Arrow River Hermitage in north west Ontario, is visiting Tisarana this week and will offer a Dhamma talk Thursday night, May 12th after the 7:00 pm pūjā and meditation.
Ajahn will also hold a tea time question and answer session on Monday evening, May 9th, beginning at 5:00 pm.
Ajahn Punnadhammo is Canadian, born in Toronto in 1955. In 1992, he was ordained in Thailand as a bhikkhu (Buddhist monk) in the Ajahn Chah tradition.
Ajahn began studying and practicing...Click here to read the full update
Tisarana will hold it's annual Vesākha Pūjā on Sunday, May 22. Vesākha Pūjā commemorates the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and passing away.
The commemoration will begin with the taking of the 5 Precepts at 10:45 am under the large outdoor tent (conditions permitting).
At 11:15 am the monks will receive the meal danā (a potluck lunch).
At 1:15 pm, after everyone is finished eating and the dishes have been cleaned, we will reassemble for blessing chants, a short ...Click here to read the full update
Join us for a garden work bee on Saturday, May 7th beginning at 8:30 am. Bring your gardening gloves and tools! We'll work for about three hours and the meal will begin at 11:30 am. A meditation, followed by a Dhamma talk will begin at 1:00 pm.Click here to read the full update
During the spring, summer, and fall (April 1 to November 6), the meal will be offered at 11:30 am.
The Saturday afternoon program (meditation and Dhamma talk) will henceforth begin at 1:30 pm rather than 1:00 pm in order to allow sufficient time for post-meal clean-up.Click here to read the full update
I have just returned from a most inspiring journey to India and Thailand. The trip to India was on invitation from Luang Por Sumedho to join him on pilgrimage to the Buddhist holy sites. Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Lumbini and Kusinara — the place of Enlightenment, the first teaching, birth and Parinibbana — these places bring forth devotional feelings of deep gratitude and inspiration to anyone who has practiced the way of the Buddha. Being on pilgrimage with my teacher and good frien...Click here to read the full update
We are happy to let you know that arrangements are well under way for the Kathina celebration scheduled to take place at Tisarana monastery at 10am on Sunday November 8th. The lay members of the Board of directors heartily invite friends and supporters of the monastery to participate in this happy and auspicious occasion.
This year’s Kathina ceremony will be held at Tisarana monastery in the large white tent on the front lawn. The tent will be enclosed and several heaters will ...Click here to read the full update
Each year since the time of the Buddha, at the end of the three-month Rains Retreat, lay people who support Buddhist monasteries have gathered to celebrate the completion of the retreat and offer the monastic community gifts of robe cloth and requisites that will be useful for the coming year. The cloth is cut, sewn and dyed by the monks that same day to make a robe to offer to a member of the monastic Sangha.
This 2,500-year-old tradition is still carried on here in the West, initiated b...Click here to read the full update
On Sunday, October 11 at 1:00 pm, Samanera Khema will take full ordination (Upasmapadā) and become a Bhikkhu under the preceptorship of Luang Por Vīradhammo. All are welcome to attend.
There will be a pot luck meal at 11:00 am. The ceremony is planned to take less than one hour and will be followed by a Dhamma talk given by Ajahn Vīradhammo. This will all take place in our large outdoor tent at the monastery. In addition to the tent, canopies will be available in case there is a large atte...Click here to read the full update
If you have ever wondered how the Tisarana free distribution books are produced, here is a description by Lisa explaining the process. It also illustrates how the life of Tisarana Monastery is made possible by an extended family of volunteers . . .
In October of 2013, Philip and I began our “special volunteering project” for Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. At that time, its abbot, Luang Por Viradhammo, was contemplating publishing his second collection of Dhamma reflections based on 10 of hi...Click here to read the full update
We would like to update you with the following Tisarana schedule changes:
1) The Tisarana Kathina will take place on Sunday, November 8th at Tisarana Monastery
2) Teachings on the Noble Eightfold Path and the Satipatthana Sutta will be offered once a month by Ajahn Viradhammo and other monks at Tisarana Monastery in the outdoor tent.
11:00 am Dana (Potluck lunch)
1:00 pm Chanting and meditation
1:50 pm Dhamma talk on chosen theme
2:45 pm Break (those who have just come for ...Click here to read the full update
This coming week, June 19 to 24, Luang Por Liem, Luang Por Jundee, Ajahn Seyk, and Ajahn Thaniyo will be visiting Tisarana Monastery.
Luang Por Liem (who has been monk for more than 50 years) is the abbot of Ajahn Chah's main monastery in Thailand, Wat Nong Pah Pong and was the monk who succeeded Ajahn Chah more than 25 years ago. Luang Por Liem is a highly respected elder and central figure in our tradition. He is known for his wisdom, humility, and quiet, even temperament. Over the past two...Click here to read the full update
This year we will hold our annual Vesākha Pūjā on Saturday, May 30. This is a day commemorating the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death.
The commemoration will begin with the taking of the 5 Precepts at 10:30 am under the large outdoor tent (conditions permitting).
At 11:00 am the monks will receive the meal danā (a potluck lunch).
Around 1:00 pm, after everyone is finished eating and the dishes have been cleaned, we will reassemble for blessing chants, a short sitting, and a D...Click here to read the full update
From Akka Janssen . . .
Two Springs ago Tina suggested I become a garden keeper at Tisarana and the role has given me great pleasure. The monastery is a wholly welcoming and peaceful place with a wonderful community of monks and lay people. I frequently schedule my garden work visits to coincide with Saturday's meditation and Dhamma talks: gardening, and food for the soul. The property is large and there is always brush to be cleared, suckers to be cut back, pathways to be raked as well a...Click here to read the full update
As we enter a budding spring time at Tisarana after the ending of our winter retreat, many changes have been brought to the fore.
The Saturday Afternoon Program Resumes Beginning at 1:00 pm.
The first Saturday of April brought many old friends back to the monastery and we would like to announce a small change in schedule. A request was made from lay supporters to have the Saturday program begin at 1:00 pm instead of 2:00 pm due to the long wait for the practice session to begin after the m...Click here to read the full update
During Tisarana's Winter Retreat (January 1st to March 31st) we will not be holding our usual Saturday afternoon meditation and Dhamma talk sessions. However, for anyone who is interested in attending any of the Lunar Observance Day evening sessions, we will have our usual puja and sitting beginning at 7:00 pm and a live or recorded talk held shortly thereafter. The monks and community residents will continue practicing until midnight.
The Lunar Observance Days will be held on: January 4, 12,...Click here to read the full update
Dear friends of Tisarana,
I am drafting this New Year's letter, flying on a 747 high over the Arctic, just having the crossed the Bering Straights and now heading south over Russia, mainland China and then on to Hong Kong. I'm on my way to Thailand for a bit of teaching and a touch of monkish vacation.
I trust your year has been edifying and your practice of the Buddha-Dhamma has deepened and broadened your understanding of life. I hope you are well. I have had a very rewarding year, filled wi...Click here to read the full update
On Wednesday evening, December 31st, we will have our regular puja and meditation at 7:00 pm, followed by a Dhamma talk. Around 9:00 pm the Sangha will light a large bonfire outside the new Bhikkhu Vihara to bring in the New Year. All are welcome to join.Click here to read the full update
Beginning at 10:30 am, the Tisarana Community will commemorate Luang Por Vīradhammo's mother's birthday and dedicate blessings for the King of Thailand's birthday. Also on this day, the Lay Saṅgha will offer the Bhikkhu Vihara and the new tractor to the Monastic Saṅgha. We will have a potluck meal at 11:00 am and afterwards everyone will be invited into the Bhikkhu Vihara Dhamma Hall for blessing chants.
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Luang Por Pasanno, abbot of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Northern California, will be coming to Tisarana this weekend to participate in our Kathina. On Saturday, November 1st, Luang Por Pasanno will lead the weekly 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm meditation and Dhamma Talk.
All are welcome to join us for his Dhamma Talk and for the Tisarana Kathina.
The Kathina this year will be held at Civitan Hall in Perth (6787 Lanark County Road 43) and will begin at 10:00 am on Sunday, November 2nd.
For mor...Click here to read the full update
This year's Kathina will be held in Perth at the Civitan Hall:
6787, Highway 43 (Directions)
Each year since the time of the Buddha, at the end of the three-month Rains Retreat, lay people who support Buddhist monasteries have gathered to celebrate the completion of the retreat and offer the monastic community gifts of cloth and supplies that will be useful for the coming year. The cloth is cut, sewn and dyed by the monks that same day to make a robe to offer to a member of the monastic Saṅg...Click here to read the full update
For anyone interested in attending all or part of the non-residential retreat held at Tisarana, September 14 to 21, the following is our planned retreat schedule:
Sunday, September 14
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Evening puja, meditation, and Dhamma talk
Monday, September 15 to Saturday, September 20
5:00 am to 6:30 am - Morning puja with the monastic community
6:30 am to 8:30 am - Monastic community and resident guests' breakfast, chores and rest time
8:30 am to 11:00 am - Instruction, ...Click here to read the full update
Ajahn Vīradhammo will be teaching a week long residential retreat in Arnprior (very close to Ottawa), organized by the Ottawa Buddhist Society. Retreat Registration is now open. It will begin October 24th and end October 31st. Please note, space is limited so please register soon if you are interested.
All information and the registration form for this retreat at the Galilee Centre in Arnprior is available at: http://ottawabuddhistsociety.com/activities/retreats/
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This years week long non-residential Tisarana retreat will be lead again by Ajahn Vīradhammo.
The retreat will begin at 7:00 pm on Sunday, September 14th and end at 11:30 am on Sunday, September 21st.
At this time all spaces available in the house have now been taken and we have no further accommodation left.
Rather than using the Dhamma Hall connected to the house, we plan to have the group sittings and Dhamma talks under the large tent that has been erected for this years rains retre...Click here to read the full update
For the summer months we have decided to move the meal up half an hour to be offered at 11:30 am.Click here to read the full update
Invitation for the Tisarana Saṅgha to Stay for the Traditional Rains Retreat
On July 12th, Ambassador Pisan Manawapat, the Thai Ambassador to Canada, along with the lay community of Tisarana, will be inviting the Tisarana Monastic Community to reside at Tisarana for the traditional rains retreat and receive the necessary requisites during this period (July 12th to October 8th). Over 2500 years ago, the Buddha asked that Bhikkhus stay in one place during the vassa period, only allowing short...Click here to read the full update
Now that five years of seniority as a monk have accrued, my Majjhima (Middle) years as a monk have now come. I've been released from Nissaya (Dependence) upon my ācariya (teacher), and traditionally, this is now the time to seek out other training opportunities at other monasteries, and hermitages, with a variety of teachers. This is a chance for me to "round out" my training, as well as deepen my practice in situations of increased seclusion. I've been offered to spend the vassa (Rains Retreat...Click here to read the full update
Please note that Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Vīradhammo will not be at the monastery June 17th-19th, as they will be travelling to meet with lay Buddhists in Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec. They will return the evening of the 19th, and will be offering Dhamma teachings here at Tisarana on the 21st for the "Gratitude to Parents Day." If you wish to participate in that event you are encouraged to arrive between 10:00 and 10:30 in the morning.Click here to read the full update
Gratitude to Parents Day at 10:30am on June 21st
June 21st is “Gratitude to Parents Day” at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. It is an occasion for us to recollect our parents and dedicate merit for the sake of their well-being. It is also an opportunity to express respect and gratitude to Venerable Ajahn Sumedho during his 80th year. As usual, there will be a potluck meal at 11:00am.
Please try to arrive between 10:00am and 10:30am. The day will include an opportunity to take the ...Click here to read the full update
Ajahn Kusalo's mother passed away on May 8th, 2014. Ajahn Kusalo lived at Tisarana monastery from its inception until 2012, and was of enormous benefit to the monastery and its extended community. In 2012 he moved to New Zealand to be the abbot of Bodhiñāṇārāma Monastery. We offer our sincere condolences to him. We wish him well in his development of the Buddha's way and his work in spreading the Dhamma.
If you wish to send your condolences, you may address them to the monastery email.Click here to read the full update
Our working bee has been scheduled for June 7th and 8th, instead of the 6th as previously reported. This will be two days in a row, so please feel free to come for either day or for both. You can also come for part of the time if you don't wish to stay for the full day; we will be grateful for any amount of time you would like to contribute. As usual, there will be a potluck lunch at 11am which you are welcome to join.
Please bring work gloves and, if possible, a sturdy soil-rake (see this...Click here to read the full update
In preparation for Luang Por Sumedho’s visit later in June, we are giving Tisarana a good spring cleaning. We have also purchased a marquee (a large tent) that needs to be erected. Lots to do so please do join us.
Pot luck lunch
What to bring: work gloves, a sturdy rake.Click here to read the full update
More Construction Photos
The construction of our new Bhikkhu Vihara is progressing rapidly. Our new building now has electrical and hydro. A well has been dug, and a new septic field is in the process of being dug.
A new Table Saw has been generously donated and installed. It has advanced safety features to help prevent injuries.
A new Dust Collection System has been donated and installed, so that sawdust generated by various power tools wil...Click here to read the full update
Nothing is permanent - and this applies just as much within the monastery as outside of it. As the year progresses a few changes are taking place here at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery...
Farewell to Our Beloved Peter
Peter Pauls is a lay resident who has been living here at Tisarana for about one year. He has been in charge of maintaining and improving the physical condition of the monastery; such tasks as carpentry, mechanical, earthworks, trailwork and a wide range of other valua...Click here to read the full update
There was an error in our previous progress update. Venerable Ajahn Vīradhammo's birthday is on April 27th, not the 22nd as was erroneously reported.
In related news, he will he away from the monastery from the 17th to the 26th, as he will be leading an annual retreat in Hockley Valley.Click here to read the full update
Another winter retreat has been successfully completed at Tisarana, thanks to the invaluable support of our beloved lay stewards. As well as reestablishing our usual routines, there are a number of upcoming events that bear mention:
April 13: Upāsika Day
April 27: Ajahn Vīradhammo's Birthday
May 11: Annual General Meeting
May 18: Upāsika Day
June 14-23: Ajahn Sumedho at Tisarana
June 21: Gratitude to Parents Day
Gratitude for support during the Winter Retreat
The W...Click here to read the full update
Our new monastic building is underway, with several photographs of the initial stages available in our photo gallery.Click here to read the full update
Photo Gallery of Kathina 2013
A gallery of photographs from our recent Kathina celebration has been posted by Nalaka: Kathina Photos
Many thanks to Aruna and Narada for photographing the event.Click here to read the full update
Building Contract Signed for New Bhikkhu Vihara
At long last, we have a builder for the Bhikkhu's Vihara. Yesterday we signed a contract with "The Lanark Design/Build Group", for the entire construction of our new monk facility. They'll probably start digging the soil within the next two weeks. The estimated time of completion is 28 weeks. They are local builders, so they are accustomed to working through the winter.
As for funding, 3/4 of the funds for this project have been raised, t...Click here to read the full update
We are fortunate to have two Ajahns visiting from the west coast for our Kathina on November 3. They will be teaching at the monastery, at the Quaker meeting in Ottawa, and at our Kathina celebration in Perth.
Ajahn Sudanto - Abbot, Pacific Hermitage, (www.pacifichermitage.org)
Saturday, Oct. 26, 1pm: Tisarana Monastery - Meditation and Dhamma talk
Friday, Nov. 1st, 7:30pm: Quaker House, 4th Avenue, Glebe, Ottawa - Meditation and Dhamma talk
Sun...Click here to read the full update
Kathina Celebration, November 3, 2013 at Civitan Hall Perth, ON
The Kathina is a tradition that has been followed for over 2500 years. It takes place during the month following Vassa (the three-month rains retreat corresponding to the rainy season in India). At that time, lay followers make a special offering of Kathina cloth as well as additional requisites to the Sangha. Kathina is a very happy, warm-hearted time for celebration. It is a time to come together, focusing on the single act of ge...Click here to read the full update
Winter is quickly approaching, and we are now considering applications for anyone wishing to join the winter retreat as a steward. From the beginning of January until the end of March, the monks and Anagarikas at Tisarana put away projects and minimize their worldly commitments, so that these three months can be devoted to more intensive meditation and study.
Each year, 4 or 5 lay friends join the retreat to help in the kitchen and office. Anyone interested in being a steward during the winte...Click here to read the full update
Normally, we announce Dhamma Talks one at a time through our weekly podcast mailing list. This mini-newsletter is to announce an entire collection of 16 Dhamma Talks, all available for download now. They were recorded earlier this spring (2013), at Hockley Valley, taught by Ajahn Viradhammo. Enjoy.Click here to read the full update
Ajahn Viradhammo Visits Abhayagiri Monastery
Ajahn Viradhammo will be visiting his old time friend (back from their days together at Wat Pah Nanachat): Ajahn Pasanno, abbot of Abhayagiri monastery. Ajahn Viradhammo returns to Tisarana Sept 11th.
Upasika Program is Full
We would like to thank all applicants for applying to our Upasika program.
September Residential Meditation Retreat is Fully Booked
Again, we would like to thank all applicants. The spaces filled up very, very quickly! ...Click here to read the full update
Correction to last posting: Work bee is on Sunday Sept 8th, 2013, not Sept 6th
Please come join us in a day of community-building work. Our main project is to develop kuti meditation walking paths. The heavy lifting will be done by our tractor bucket, however help is needed to smooth out gravel and dirt, as well as line the paths with logs. Lighter work is also needed, in the way of trimming branches with loppers.
The Work Bee starts at 8:30am. A potluck lunch will be served at 11am....Click here to read the full update
Work Bee Sunday Sept 8th, 2013
Please come join us in a day of community-building work. Our main project is to develop kuti meditation walking paths. The heavy lifting will be done by our tractor bucket, however help is needed to smooth out gravel and dirt, as well as line the paths with logs. Lighter work is also needed, in the way of trimming branches with loppers.
The Work Bee starts at 8:30am. A potluck lunch will be served at 11am. Afternoon work resumes at 1pm, ending at 4pm....Click here to read the full update
This posting is on our new website, which is free from all hackery (at least so far).
Our new website continues to evolve every day, so please be patient as other missing parts and details are gradually filled in and updated. Hopefully this process goes smoothly, but as Murphy's Law goes, there's bound to be at least a small amount of "turbulence."
Contact Email Address Correction for the Vassa Aradhana Ceremony on 28 July 2013
The correct contact email...Click here to read the full update
The term upasika means “one who sits close by,” and it has come to refer to lay people who join with the monastics in the practice of the Dhamma. Following the model established at Abhayagiri Monastery in California, Tisarana would like to provide a similar structure for lay people to practice and study together.
Regular Upasika Days will be held at the monastery roughly every 4 to 6 weeks at which time upasikas renew their commitment to the Three Refuges and Five Precepts, part...Click here to read the full update
The Kathina is a tradition that has been followed for over 2500 years. It takes place during the month following Vassa (the three-month rains retreat corresponding to the rainy season in India). At that time, lay followers make a special offering of Kathina cloth as well as additional requisites to the Sangha. Kathina is a very happy, warm-hearted time for celebration. It is a time to come together, focusing on the single act of generosity of offering the Kathina robe material.
This will be t...Click here to read the full update
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 ...Click here to read the full update
May this Vesāk find you in good health and at peace with the way things are.
It has been two years since my mum died and high time I composed a few words about life at Tisarana. I'm a frightfully lazy fellow when it comes to writing and would generally rather be doing something practical with my hands.
Reflecting back to the time spent with my mum in the last decade of her life, I experience a lot of joy in the memory of our time spent together. Mum lived well beyond what she e...Click here to read the full update
Come and join us in celebrating Vesak on Sunday, May 19th. The schedule for the day is as follows...
10:00am- Please try to arrive by this time if you are planning on joining in the morning activities
10:30am- Five precepts
11:00am- Rice pindapat (almsround) and dana. Please try to arrive by 10am if you are planning on participating.
1-1:30pm (approximately)- Dhamma talk by Tahn Ajahn Dtun
7:00pm- Evening puja and circumambulation of the shrine
Tisaraṇa will have a worki...Click here to read the full update
Regular Monastery Schedule Resumes
Spring is in the air. The winter retreat has finished at Tisarana and we're back to the regular monastery schedule. The community had a good winter retreat. There were no serious illnesses and things seemed to go quite smoothly. The retreat was broken up into times of individual practice and group practice. Thanks to all who supported the community in holding the retreat. It was an excellent opportunity for all involved to deepen their practice.
Lu...Click here to read the full update
Winter Retreat Schedule
Tisarana will start it's winter retreat on January 5th. During this time we won't be accepting any guests. We will also only check the monastery e-mail infrequently and will respond only to urgent e-mails.
Days of Mindfulness will continue as usual on Saturdays at 1pm. Luang Por Viradhammo will be away until February 6th. Hope that you have a great winter if we don't see you at a Day of Mindfulness. All the best until April.
Happy New Year
We had a nice ...Click here to read the full update
A new year's message from Venerable Pamutto:
In July when I arrived the monastery was eerily quiet. The community was on an open schedule. A single kitchen steward woke every morning and prepared meals for two bhikkhus, while a single summer guest dragged a sprinkler across the newly-seeded lawn. It seemed the monastery was waiting for something, and when asked about puja or work projects the residents would smile and say, "Soon enough. The abbot is coming back, and abbots have a way of...Click here to read the full update
New Year's Eve Gathering
Come join us for a New Year's Eve gathering. We'll begin with a group meditation at 7pm followed by a Dhamma Talk. After that, there will be a bonfire for those who are interested. Bring your own marshmallows! After the bonfire, we'll gather together in the hall to ring in the New Year.
Bhikkhu Vihara Planning Coming Along
As some of you may know, we're planning a new large building it the big field next to the road. It is called the 'Bhikkhu Vihara' and will...Click here to read the full update
Bhante Subharo Has Arrived
A warm welcome to Bhante Subharo. He arrived from Birken Forest Monastery on November 27th. A short bio has been put up on the resident community page. Be sure to say hello next time you stop by the monastery.
Bhante Vijita Visiting
We are pleased to welcome Bhante Vijita for a visit. Bhante is from Hilda Jayawardana (Heron Road) Temple in Ottawa. He arrived on December ninth and will be staying with us until the 14th.
Workshop Coming Along
Our new workshop i...Click here to read the full update
Dec 4, 2012 - The Ottawa Buddhist Society "Day of Mindfulness" event with Ajahn Viradhammo, scheduled for Saturday, Dec 8th, has been cancelled.Click here to read the full update
Another New Community Member
We are happy to welcome Bhante Subharo to Tisarana. Bhante is originally from Sitavana (Birken) Forest Monastery in British Columbia. Bhante will be joining us on the 27th of November. He plans to stay indefinitely. Tisarana is growing!
The workshop is coming along. Our excellent builders, Lorrie and Kyle, have put siding around half of the building. We'll post some photos shortly.
Ajahn Kusalo's Latest News
We heard from Ajahn Kusalo ...Click here to read the full update
We have a new a resident at Tisarana. A warm welcome to Anagarika John, who has joined us from Birken monastery in B.C. His intention is to stay on to continue his training at Tisarana. You can find out more about Anagarika John on the Resident Community page on the website. Be sure to say hello the next time you stop by.
Our new website up and running! The layout is basically the same as the old one, so you should be able to find your way around pretty easily....Click here to read the full update
Luang Por Viradhammo Away Teaching Retreat Luang Por Viradhammo will be away teaching a ten day retreat in Aylmer, Quebec. The retreat runs from the ...Click here to read the full update
Gratitude to Parents Day Gratitude to Parents Day is a chance to express appreciation and gratitude for the goodness we have received from our parent...Click here to read the full update
Luang Por Viradhammo Returns Luang Por Viradhammo has returned from England. His trip seems to have been very successful. He visited Chithurst and Ar...Click here to read the full update
Venerable Thai Ajahns Visit Our Venerable Ajahns from Thailand left this past Sunday for Abhayagiri Monastery in California. It was a lovely opportun...Click here to read the full update
Venerable Ajahns From Thailand to Visit Our Venerable Ajahns from Thailand have finally received their visas and will be arriving at Tisarana on the...Click here to read the full update
Welcome to Ajahn Hasapanno We are delighted to have Ajahn Hasapanno visit us from Thailand. Ajahn is originally from the Mississauga area and will be ...Click here to read the full update
Vesak We will celebrate Vesak at the monastery on Saturday, June second. The day will begin at 10am with the taking of the five precepts and paritta ...Click here to read the full update
Bon Voyage Ajahn Kusalo! Ajahn Kusalo's going away party was a great success. The hall was filled to capacity. Over 70 people came to bid Ajahn farew...Click here to read the full update
Bon Voyage Ajahn Kusalo! Ajahn Kusalo's going away party was a great success. The hall was filled to capacity. Over 70 people came to bid Ajahn farew...Click here to read the full update
Ajahn Kusalo Going Away Party Ajahn Kusalo will be departing in mid-April. He leaves to take over as abbot at Bodhinyanarama monastery in New Zealand...Click here to read the full update
Ajahn Kusalo Arrives Ajahn Kusalo will arrive back at Tisarana today, after a two month trip around the world. A warm welcome back to Ajahn! New Yea...Click here to read the full update
Hello, here's the latest news from Tisarana. Ajahn Viradhammo Returns Ajahn Viradhammo arrived back at the monastery yesterday, after a very success...Click here to read the full update
Saturday, November 5th, 2011 Hello, here's the latest news from Tisarana... >> New Kitchen Volunteer Our normal steward, Raymond O'Neill is away fo...Click here to read the full update
Hello, here's the latest news from Tisarana. >> Days of Mindfulness Ajahn Kusalo and Ajahn Viradhammo will be away from the monastery from October ...Click here to read the full update
>> Kathina: This is the first year we will celebrate the end of the Vassa, the Asian monsoon season. Here in Canada it is a time when the sangha prep...Click here to read the full update
>> Hot on the Heels: of our last working bee we have a working wasp - only in as much as it will have more sting than a bee. Am I on the edge of a ra...Click here to read the full update
>> Diaries: I am sure yours is up-to-date and has the following item firmly inked in. >> Working Bee: This Sunday - 24th July. The barn will be th...Click here to read the full update
>> Asalha Puja: The full moon of the month of Asalha, which marks the beginning of the three month vassa (rains retreat), is this Friday 15th. We wil...Click here to read the full update
>> Memorial Day: A memorial ceremony for Mrs. Akers and the inauguration of 'Gratitude to Parents Day' will be held on Saturday the 9th of July. The ...Click here to read the full update
>> Many Monks: We are delighted to be able to have two monks visiting with us at the moment. Ajahn Anando, a senior monk from Amaravati, will be with...Click here to read the full update
>> Bees and Honey: There weren't many bees for the working bee but we made a lot of sweet honey. The whole north-west corner of the forest was cleare...Click here to read the full update
>> WORKING BEE: Sunday 24th April. All day. All the sunny day long. Sun day - yes? As well as the forest there will also be the moving of the standin...Click here to read the full update
>> AGM: Tisarana's 2010 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm. Agenda items include the 2010 Financial Report, Deve...Click here to read the full update
>> Ajahn Viradhammo: You may already know that Ajahn's mother, Astrid Akers, passed away on Thursday 24th March at 6.40pm (Eastern). She was ninety f...Click here to read the full update
>> Years End: You are welcome to join with us to see in the new year on Friday night - 31st. We will have puja (in the module) at 7pm with chanting, ...Click here to read the full update
>> Newsletter: The newsletter for December has been printed. If you are not on our (postal) mail list then you can read this online or download the P...Click here to read the full update
Hello, here's the latest news from Tisarana... Ajahn Viradhammo Departs Ajahn Viradhammo will depart for a five month trip on Monday. He will return...Click here to read the full update
>> Atulo's Ordination: Everything went so well. There are several traditional, technical aspects around accepting a candidate into the Bhikkhu Sangha...Click here to read the full update
>> Atulo's Ordination: Everything is on track for Atulo's going-forth on the 14th of November at the Civitan Hall on Craig Street, Perth [Hwy 43]. MA...Click here to read the full update
>> Atulo's Higher Ordination: Having been with the community for over two years it is very happy news that Samanera Atulo will take the going-forth a...Click here to read the full update
>> Weekend of Mindfulness: This weekend. Starts at 5:30am Saturday and finishes around 4:00pm on Sunday. Sitting and walking with some instruction an...Click here to read the full update
>> MONASTIC MEALS: With Kelvin and Tina's change of plans and venerable Atulo's impending bhikkhu ordination it is unclear how the mid-day meals at t...Click here to read the full update
>> Moving News: Many of you may already know of Venerable Sumangalo's decision to put down the Bhikkhu training and take up lay life again. His warm ...Click here to read the full update
>> Wonderful News: The latest Wow Jones index shows that the relationally enhanced division of statistical dhamma ratios between pre- and post-medita...Click here to read the full update
>> No News: After the wonderful whirl what was Ajahn Sumedho's visit things at Tisarana have settled to a fairly gentle pace. Venerable Khemaratana h...Click here to read the full update
>> Family Day: This Sunday, 20th. Join us for lunch at 11:00. There will be a children's class at 12:30 (bring painting clothes). If you would like t...Click here to read the full update
>> Vesak: Wow. Everything went right, nothing went wrong. Lots of people came - we estimate over 200. Luang Por Sumedho gave a large group the eight ...Click here to read the full update
>> Friday Volunteers: We still need volunteers this Friday, May 27 to get ready for Vesak. It is an Uposatha day (Full Moon) so we will also have a 2...Click here to read the full update
>> Whats the Buzz: Word on work has it that the bees are still needed at Tisarana. There is lots of light work to do indoors and out, so please consi...Click here to read the full update
>> Working Bee: Next weekend - 22nd & 23rd May. This is mostly in prepartaion for Ajahn Sumedho's visit. Come in the morning and work up an appetite ...Click here to read the full update
>> Work Weekend: This Saturday and Sunday, May 8 & 9, to help with preparations for Ajahn Sumedho's visit. We will work from 8 am to 5 pm BOTH DAYS, ...Click here to read the full update
>> Thailand: It has been a while since Ajahn Kusalo was in Thailand attending alms giving ceremonies but we thought you would be interested in some d...Click here to read the full update
** Visit NOW!! to help with preparations for Ajahn Sumedho's visit ** We have lots to do here at the monastery in the weeks leading up to this event ...Click here to read the full update
>>Ajahn Sumedho Visit Date Change The dates for Ajahn Sumedho's visit have changed slightly. He will be arriving at Tisarana on Friday 28 May and dep...Click here to read the full update
>>Farewell Janko Anagarika Janko is leaving Tisarana this week to continue his training in Asia. We appreciate all the service he has offered the com...Click here to read the full update
>> Luang Por Sumedho Retreate Registration Now Open: Registration is now open for Luang Por Sumedho's weekend retreat in Ottawa June 12 and 13, 2010....Click here to read the full update
>> Season's Greetings: The year is nearly ended and the monastery will be on retreat from Jan 4th until March 29th. These updates may not arrive duri...Click here to read the full update
>> New Years Eve: Greet the new year at the monastery with auspicious blessings and delicious marshmallows. We begin the evening with judicious Puja ...Click here to read the full update
>> Winter Retreat: The winter retreat will start on Monday, January 4th. There will be a week of all-day group meditation with dhamma reflections and...Click here to read the full update
>> Anagarika Joe's Ordination: Anagarika Joe will take the going-forth as Samanera ??? His new name is a surprise. The white to the brown. You can ge...Click here to read the full update
>> Ordination #1: Samanera Sumangalo will take the going-forth on Saturday 31st October. You are all invited to come and share the meal at 11.00 then...Click here to read the full update
>> Lotsa News: It has been several weeks since news was updated but it has been pretty much a case of being too busy doing it to have the time to rep...Click here to read the full update
>> Wildflowers: We are generally looking to reduce the amount of lawn we mow and one strategy is to plant wildflowers down the side of the front lawn...Click here to read the full update
>> Family Camp: 5th - 7th September (Labour Weekend). An opportunity to spend time at the monastery with a range of activities for both parents and c...Click here to read the full update
>> Mistaken: For those who didn't spot the error - the correct URL for the Satisaraniya web site is: www.satisaraniya.ca >> Floored: So far the pl...Click here to read the full update
>> AGM: The Annual General Meeting for Tisarana will be held this coming Saturday after the usual day of mindfulness (approx. 3pm). All are welcome. ...Click here to read the full update
>> Creatures: A bit of a critter review this week. The raccoons have been up to their usual food seeking tricks with their latest assault focussed on...Click here to read the full update
>> Vesak: What a wonderful day it was with the dhamma sala full of friends come to celebrate the life of the Buddha. The weather was - as it was - bu...Click here to read the full update
>> Vesak: The traditional story tells of the birth, enlightenment and parinibbana of Gotama the Buddha taking place on the full moon in the month of ...Click here to read the full update
>> Anagarika Janko: A lovely group of friends joined us for Janko's anagarika ordination [photo]. It is always very inspiring to see young men confid...Click here to read the full update
>> Janko's Ordination: Cause for an auspicious dhamma celebration. 18th of April - this coming Saturday. Join us for the dana at 11:00 and stay on fo...Click here to read the full update
>> Winter Retreating: It is the first day of April and the monastic retreat has drawn to a close; winter has similar thoughts. There were no casualti...Click here to read the full update
>> Retreat: The month of January has passed. Where was I at the time? We have had a wonderful series of lay supporters staying with us, for a week or...Click here to read the full update
>> New Year: There seems common agreement that we have one. The transition here at the monastery was jolly and joyous with a lovely mixture of chanti...Click here to read the full update
>> Samanera #1: Both as in 'the first' and as in 'the best.' What a wonderful occassion it was. About fifty people joined us for the day which began ...Click here to read the full update
>> Portable Parthenon: Entering into the barn this time of year can coincide with cascades of snow off the roof onto the head, to say nothing of the ...Click here to read the full update
>> ORDINATION: Anagarika Laurence will be ordaining as Samanera ???. His new name is a surprise. You can get it live, along with a shared meal, chant...Click here to read the full update
>> Car Finder: And still, we need a small sedan. Some funds are available but, we need a qualified volunteer to find a suitable vehicle. Please conta...Click here to read the full update
>> Children's Dhamma: The November class was well attended with two new families bringing attendance up to ten children. After the usual introductory...Click here to read the full update
>> AGM: The Annual General Meeting for Tisarana will be held on Saturday, October 25th. This will be after the meal and before the regular Day of Min...Click here to read the full update
>> Counting down: The winter retreat is still a while off but we are counting down the days remaining (see: Home Page). We are considering both the w...Click here to read the full update
>> Anagarika Ordination: Joseph will officially leave the home life for homelessness on Saturday, October 11th. You are welcome to join us for the me...Click here to read the full update
>> Buddha rupa Blessing: The spirit generated last Sunday was delightful and uplifting with both the morning and afternoon sessions well attended. A ...Click here to read the full update
>> White to Brown: Anagarika Laurence has been invited by the sangha to take the going-forth as a samanera sometime in early December. This is very h...Click here to read the full update
>> Hey Day: Omigosh.! It's *this* weekend. Sunday, September 7th. Just as well we are totally organised 🙂 with lots of fun projects. The main focus ...Click here to read the full update
>> Weekend of Mindfulness: The last weekend of September - 26th-28th - At Tisarana. Space is limited. This is a first and there are several unknowns;...Click here to read the full update
>> Ajahn V needs a ride Ajahn Viradhammo needs a ride to Tisarana from Ottawa for the Saturday Day of Mindfulness. Please contact him directly at vir...Click here to read the full update
>> Schedule Change at Tisarana The day of mindfulness AT TISARANA has been moved from Saturday to Sunday. The DOM sponsored by the OBS in Ottawa rema...Click here to read the full update
>> Conrad Our resident cat, Conrad, or very fondly known by his previous owners as Lord Conrad, died on July 29th 2008. He had stomach cancer. Conrad...Click here to read the full update
>> Hip Hip Hoo-HAY! Last weekend's hay day was a huge success. First thanks goes to our neighbour Doug Goodfellow who lent us his tractor when ours b...Click here to read the full update
>> Hay Day This Sunday, July 13th will be our second official Hay Day to remove the the hay from the barn. We will work rain or shine--it's mostly in...Click here to read the full update
>> No ride for Ajahn As of Thursday no one has volunteered to drive Ajahn Viradhammo to the Day of Mindfulness at Tisarana for this Saturday. If you ...Click here to read the full update
>> Hay Day This Sunday, June 29th will be our first official Hay Day to remove the remainder of the hay from the barn. We will work rain or shine--mo...Click here to read the full update
>> Painting This Saturday morning (June 21) we will be continuing with he summer painting projects at the kutis, weather permitting. We could use you...Click here to read the full update
>> 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...Click here to read the full update
>>Buddha-phaichitr-sawasdi-mongkol In case you don't speak Thai, that means Beautiful Buddha of Good Luck and Blessings. It's the name of the standin...Click here to read the full update
>>Vesak Celebration About 50 people came to share in Vesak good tidings. We listened to the Ajahns give the stories of the Buddha's birth, enlightenm...Click here to read the full update
>> Beautiful Buddha: Ranjini Alwis and friends in our Buddhist community have brought a Buddha statue to Tisarana - via Sri Lanka. [photo] What a won...Click here to read the full update
>> Ajahn Sumedho: Dates have been confirmed for Luang Por Sumedho's visit next year: 20th April -- 4th May 2009. It is hoped that there will be a var...Click here to read the full update
>> Vesak: This will now be held at the monastery. Not, as originally planned, at the Pagoda. Vesak celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of t...Click here to read the full update
>> Committe Meeting: We came together in harmony, talked in harmony and parted in harmony. Very good. Things generally look OK. Budgets approved, wor...Click here to read the full update
>> Historic Moment: Perhaps a bit esoteric for the non-monastic but we had our first recitation of the Patimokkha (monks vinaya) last new moon. Two t...Click here to read the full update
>> Winter Gratitude: Our winter retreat is over and the level of activity is already on the increase. With the early days of spring it is nice to hav...Click here to read the full update
>> Winter Retreat: All that arises - passes away. March is near an end and our retreat is similarly approaching its end. The snow may linger on for a...Click here to read the full update
>> Luang Por Sumedho Visit: There are still details to be resolved but the current plan is that he will be with us for up to two weeks around June/Ju...Click here to read the full update
>> New Year: Seasons greetings to you all. We had a lovely gathering here at the monastery to see in the new year. The evening was a pleasant mix of ...Click here to read the full update
>> Winter Winding: The winter retreat will start on January 6th and we are winding down - and gearing up. There will be a week of group meditation to...Click here to read the full update
>> Newsletter: Many of you may have recieved this by post. It is now on the web site and a PDF download is available at the end of the second page. ...Click here to read the full update
>> Kutis Obsessio Absentia: Dear Readers, Please excuse Ajahn Kusalo's absence over the last few weeks. There has been a high degree of kuti obsessio...Click here to read the full update
>> Dhamma Dates: Ajahn Viradhammo is resuming meetings at the Pagoda and the Quaker House on alternate Wednesdays and Fridays. The next Pagoda meeti...Click here to read the full update
>> Raise the Roof: The weather has been kind and Harry and crew have been kinder, giving generously of their time and skills to the building of the l...Click here to read the full update
>> Kuti Walls: The little kuti has a third dimension - walls. [photo] And, by the time you read this much of the roof and cladding will have appeared...Click here to read the full update
>> Tiny Kuti: Harry and Anagarika Alan have been putting in good time on this and the wall frames should be going up this week. The roof has been pre...Click here to read the full update
>> Workshop Electrics: We recently had the electricians around and our workshop wiring is now done. Lots of outlets and a couple of fluorescent light...Click here to read the full update
>> Vassa 2007: It was delightful to have so many people join us on Saturday for the meal and the days dhamma activities. Ajahn Viradhammo gave a fine...Click here to read the full update
>> Vassa: Sunday 29th is the full moon of July - Asahla Puja. This heralds the beginning of the vassa (the three month rainy season in Asia). We will...Click here to read the full update
>> Council Approval: Our zoning application was unanimously approved by council and there is now a 20 day appeal period. All going well our building ...Click here to read the full update
>> Zoning Meeting: Our zoning application was presented to the Tay Valley Council last night (July 10th) and all went very well. Full council approva...Click here to read the full update
>> DOM changes: Saturday "Days of Mindfulness" will be on Sunday on...... 15th July AND 12th August. Mark those days on your calendar. >> Big truck...Click here to read the full update
>> Land Co-op: There is a meeting at Tisarana on Saturday 30th, 5pm, to discuss various options around living on a common property as well as other f...Click here to read the full update
>> Monastic Visitors: There are several. The biggest the Tisarana sangha has been with seven ordained samanas. A while ago we welcomed Bhante Khemmar...Click here to read the full update
>> Working Bee: This Saturday - Tisarana. Come anytime through the day, stay the night if you wish. There are lots of non-technical projects: swimmi...Click here to read the full update
>> Welcome Bhante: Bhante Khemmaratana has been with us for about a week now visiting from Bhavana monastery, West Virginia. He is planning on stayin...Click here to read the full update
>> Vesak: What a great day we had. The weather was not too hot, not too cold. Not too many bugs. Two extra portaloos. Could this be heaven? Ajahn Vir...Click here to read the full update
>> Vesak - Saturday 26th May: Just to remind you that this is happening AND that it is at the monastery - NOT at the Pagoda as earlier advertised. 10...Click here to read the full update
>> Cool Ordination: Last Saturday evening a small crowd gathered to witness the going forth of Anagarika Alan. Everyone had their lines learnt and al...Click here to read the full update
>> Vesak - 26th May: The Pagoda has been double booked so we are having Vesak at the monastery. More details to follow >> Photos: There are quite ...Click here to read the full update
>> Ajahn Viradhammo's Birthday: This was celebrated at the monastery on Saturday, 28th April. It was a delightful day and a success on many fronts. T...Click here to read the full update
>> Marion Away: Many of you may know of Marion's ongoing friendship with Jarvis (in solitude on death row for most of his 43 years). She has gone to ...Click here to read the full update
>> Ayya Medhanandi: Will be giving a public talk in Perth on Sunday, April 22nd - 2pm. This will be at the Yoga Connection, 32 North Street, Perth (6...Click here to read the full update
>> Opanayiko Kuti: The old workshop is currently being 'winterised' and will become the first kuti at Tisarana. It is a VERY old shed so life expecta...Click here to read the full update
>> Kitchen -- Steward: Both positions of Kitchen Manager and Male Steward have been filled. Many thanks to all those people who expressed interest. I...Click here to read the full update
>> Stewards: We have need for both a male steward (general duties) and a kitchen manager (either gender). >> 20 Years in Robes It has been a delig...Click here to read the full update
>> Stillness of Being: This collection of talks by Ajahn Viradhammo was compiled and printed to mark his 30th year as a monk. This is available on th...Click here to read the full update
>> Beautiful barns: Some of you may have already noticed the photo of the horse barn; a taste of things to come. A virtual 3D model of the main barn ...Click here to read the full update
>> Phone line: Our phone was out for several days last week and over the weekend due to a broken line (it is freezing cold :). Hopefully this didn't ...Click here to read the full update
>> Dhamma Articles: Reflections from Ajahn Viradhammo. From a series of articles that appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on a range of topics. The aim is...Click here to read the full update
>> Technical stuff: We are tidying our database(s). This mailing uses a 'merged' list so you may not have directly subscribed to the newsletter. If y...Click here to read the full update
>> Day of Mindfulness - Saturday 10th: Ajahn Viradhammo was with us for the weekend. There were 12 meditators. Sadhu.! >> Kutis: Ajahn Kusalo visi...Click here to read the full update