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Welcome to Tisarana’s news page. All of the updates are listed in chronological order. If you would like to sign up for occasional Tisarana news via email, please use the form to the right.

Entering Our 2017 Winter Retreat

Dear Friends, 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...
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Ajahn Sucitto to give Saturday, December 24 Dhamma Reflection at Tisarana

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).
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New Volunteer Request Option Available on the Website

Dear Friends, 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...
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A Long Breath Out . . .

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...
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October 30, Sunday, 2016 Kathina & Anniversary: Update & Reminder

Dear Friends, 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...
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Tisarana Kathina and Ten Year Anniversary, Sunday, October 30, 2016

Dear Friends: 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 ...
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Ajahn Viradhammo's India Pilgrimage Slide Show

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)
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Annual General Meeting Rescheduled for Sunday, July 24, 3:00 pm, 2016

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.
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Tisarana Annual General Meeting to be held on June 26, 2016

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.
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Ajahn Punnadhammo is Looking for a Steward

Dear friends, 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: arfh@xplornet.com As a small hermitage in a non-Buddhist country, Arrow River operates by dependence on a lay stew...
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Bhante Yogavacara Rahula visiting, June 10 to 17, 2016

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...
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A Reminder: Vesākha Pūjā at Tisarana, Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dear friends, 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...
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Ajahn Punnadhammo to offer a Dhamma talk Thursday evening, May 12, 2016

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...
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Vesākha Pūjā at Tisarana, Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dear friends, 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 ...
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Garden Work Bee, 8:30 am, Saturday, May 7th, 2016

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.
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New Times for the Meal (11:30 am) and Saturday Afternoon Program (1:30 pm)

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.
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A New Year's Greeting

Dear Friends, 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...
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Kathina at Tisarana: Sunday, November 8, 2015

Dear Friends: 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 ...
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Kathina at Tisarana: November 8, 2015

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...
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Samanera Khema's Bhikkhu Ordination on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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...
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I get by with a little help from my kalyāṇa-mitta . . .

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...
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Schedule Updates and the Noble Eightfold Path Study Group

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. Program: 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 ...
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Upcoming Luang Por Liem Visit, June 19 to 24, 2015

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...
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Vesākha Pūjā: Saturday, May 30, 2015

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...
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Community Work Bee: Landscaping at Tisarana, Saturday, May 9, 9 am to 4 pm.

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...
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2015: Endings and Beginnings

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...
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Temporary Suspension of Saturday Afternoon Talks for the Winter Retreat

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,...
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New Year's Greeting from Ajahn Vīradhammo

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...
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New Year's Eve Vigil and Bonfire

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.
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Commemoration & Dedication Ceremony on Sunday, December 7th

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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Saturday, November 1st, 2:00 pm: Luang Por Pasanno will give a Dhamma Talk at Tisarana

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...
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Tisarana Kathina Ceremony: Sunday, November 2nd, 10:00 am, Civitan Hall, Perth

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...
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Tisarana Non-Residential Retreat Schedule, September 14 to 21

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, ...
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Fall Residential Retreat with Ajahn Vīradhammo, October 24 to 31, Near Ottawa

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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The 2014 Tisarana Non-Residential Retreat: September 14 to 21

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...
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The 11:00 am meal has been moved to 11:30 am

For the summer months we have decided to move the meal up half an hour to be offered at 11:30 am.
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Vassa Āraddhana: Saturday, July 12th, 10:00 am

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...
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Goodbye Message from Venerable Subharo

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...
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Reaching out

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.
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Current Events

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 ...
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Aniccā vata saṅkhārā...

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.
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Working Bee: June 7th-8th, 9am-5pm

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...
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Working Bee - Sat June 6 9am to 5pm

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.
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Seasonal Preparations

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. Photos here Workshop Improvements 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...
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Change

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...
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Abbot's Birthday

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.
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Emerging from Solitude

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...
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Construction of Bhikkhu Vihāra has Begun!

Our new monastic building is underway, with several photographs of the initial stages available in our photo gallery.
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Kathina Photos

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.
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Building Contract Signed for New Bhikkhu Vihara

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...
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Visiting Teachers arriving for Kathina

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. Teaching schedule: 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...
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Kathina 2013 Schedule

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...
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Winter Retreat Stewards Needed

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...
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Hockley Valley Retreat Dhamma Talks posted

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.
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Progress Update: Fri Sept 6th, 2013

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!  ...
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Work Bee Sunday Sept 8th, 2013

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....
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Progress Update: Tues Aug 20th, 2014

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....
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Tisarana Website Hacker Thwarted

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...
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The Upasika Training Program

Definition 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...
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Vassa Aradhana Ceremony on 28 July 2013

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...
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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 ...
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A Vesāk Greeting From Luang Por Viradhammo

Dear friends, 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...
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Progress Update: May 8th, 2013

Vesak 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 Working Bee Tisaraṇa will have a worki...
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Progress Update - Monday, April 4th, 2013

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...
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Progress Update: January 1st, 2013

  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 ...
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A New Year's Message

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...
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Progress Update: Mon 24th Dec, 2012

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...
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Progress Update December 11th, 2012

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...
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OBS Saturday Day of Mindfulness Cancelled

Dec 4, 2012 - The Ottawa Buddhist Society "Day of Mindfulness" event with Ajahn Viradhammo, scheduled for Saturday, Dec 8th, has been cancelled.
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Progress Update: November 18th, 2012

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! Workshop Renovation 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 ...
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Progress Update: November 4th, 2012

New Resident 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. New Website 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....
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Progress Update: September 7, 2012

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 ...
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Progress Update: August 27, 2012

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...
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Progress Update: August 7, 2012

Luang Por Viradhammo Returns Luang Por Viradhammo has returned from England. His trip seems to have been very successful. He visited Chithurst and Ar...
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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 opportun...
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Progress Update: June 16, 2012

Venerable Ajahns From Thailand to Visit Our Venerable Ajahns from Thailand have finally received their visas and will be arriving at Tisarana on the...
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Progress Update: June 3, 2012

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 ...
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Progress Update: May 18, 2012

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 ...
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Progress Update: April 23, 2012

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...
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Progress Update: April 11, 2012

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...
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Progress Update: January 5, 2012

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...
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Progress Update: December 23, 2011

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...
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Progress Update: November 18, 2011

Hello, here's the latest news from Tisarana. Ajahn Viradhammo Returns Ajahn Viradhammo arrived back at the monastery yesterday, after a very success...
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Progress Update: November 5, 2011

Saturday, November 5th, 2011 Hello, here's the latest news from Tisarana... >> New Kitchen Volunteer Our normal steward, Raymond O'Neill is away fo...
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Progress Update: October 20, 2011

Hello, here's the latest news from Tisarana. >> Days of Mindfulness Ajahn Kusalo and Ajahn Viradhammo will be away from the monastery from October ...
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Progress Update: September 21, 2011

>> 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...
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Progress Update: August 23, 2011

>> 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...
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Progress Update: July 20, 2011

>> 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...
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Progress Update: July 12, 2011

>> 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...
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Progress Update: July 4, 2011

>> 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 ...
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Progress Update: June 6, 2011

>> 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...
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Progress Update: May 4, 2011

>> 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...
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Progress Update: April 21, 2011

>> 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...
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Progress Update: April 15, 2011

>> 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...
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Progress Update: April 7, 2011

>> 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...
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Progress Update: December 28, 2010

>> 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, ...
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Progress Update: December 22, 2010

>> 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...
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Progress Update: December 11, 2010

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...
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Progress Update: November 27, 2010

>> Atulo's Ordination: Everything went so well. There are several traditional, technical aspects around accepting a candidate into the Bhikkhu Sangha...
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Progress Update: November 4, 2010

>> 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...
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Progress Update: October 12, 2010

>> 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...
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Progress Update: September 29, 2010

>> Weekend of Mindfulness: This weekend. Starts at 5:30am Saturday and finishes around 4:00pm on Sunday. Sitting and walking with some instruction an...
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Progress Update: September 16, 2010

>> 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...
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Progress Update: August 27, 2010

>> 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 ...
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Progress Update: July 29, 2010

>> Wonderful News: The latest Wow Jones index shows that the relationally enhanced division of statistical dhamma ratios between pre- and post-medita...
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Progress Update: July 16, 2010

>> 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...
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Progress Update: June 18, 2010

>> 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...
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Progress Update: June 1, 2010

>> 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 ...
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Progress Update: May 27, 2010

>> 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...
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Progress Update: May 20, 2010

>> 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...
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Progress Update: May 14, 2010

>> 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 ...
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Progress Update: May 4, 2010

>> 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, ...
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Progress Update: April 30, 2010

>> 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...
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Progress Update: April 5, 2010

** 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 ...
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Progress Update: February 24, 2010

>>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...
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Progress Update: February 16, 2010

>>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...
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Progress Update: January 24, 2010

>> 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....
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Progress Update: December 29, 2009

>> 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...
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Progress Update: December 21, 2009

>> New Years Eve: Greet the new year at the monastery with auspicious blessings and delicious marshmallows. We begin the evening with judicious Puja ...
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Progress Update: December 4, 2009

>> 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...
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Progress Update: November 14, 2009

>> 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...
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Progress Update: October 9, 2009

>> 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...
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Progress Update: September 14, 2009

>> 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...
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Progress Update: July 27, 2009

>> 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...
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Progress Update: July 7, 2009

>> 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...
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Progress Update: June 24, 2009

>> 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...
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Progress Update: June 17, 2009

>> AGM: The Annual General Meeting for Tisarana will be held this coming Saturday after the usual day of mindfulness (approx. 3pm). All are welcome. ...
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Progress Update: June 2, 2009

>> 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...
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Progress Update: May 20, 2009

>> 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...
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Progress Update: May 7, 2009

>> 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 ...
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Progress Update: April 27, 2009

>> 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...
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Progress Update: April 13, 2009

>> 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...
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Progress Update: April 1, 2009

>> 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...
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Progress Update: February 9, 2009

>> 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...
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Progress Update: January 3, 2009

>> 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...
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Progress Update: December 27, 2008

>> 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 ...
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Progress Update: December 12, 2008

>> 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 ...
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Progress Update: December 4, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: November 16, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: November 6, 2008

>> Children's Dhamma: The November class was well attended with two new families bringing attendance up to ten children. After the usual introductory...
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Progress Update: October 23, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: October 17, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: October 4, 2008

>> Anagarika Ordination: Joseph will officially leave the home life for homelessness on Saturday, October 11th. You are welcome to join us for the me...
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Progress Update: September 26, 2008

>> Buddha rupa Blessing: The spirit generated last Sunday was delightful and uplifting with both the morning and afternoon sessions well attended. A ...
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Progress Update: September 11, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: September 4, 2008

>> 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 ...
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Progress Update: August 28, 2008

>> Weekend of Mindfulness: The last weekend of September - 26th-28th - At Tisarana. Space is limited. This is a first and there are several unknowns;...
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Progress Update: August 14, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: August 6, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: July 31, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: July 20, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: July 8, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: July 3, 2008

>> 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 ...
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Progress Update: June 23, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: June 19, 2008

>> Painting This Saturday morning (June 21) we will be continuing with he summer painting projects at the kutis, weather permitting. We could use you...
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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...
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Progress Update: June 6, 2008

>>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...
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Progress Update: May 26, 2008

>>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...
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Progress Update: May 16, 2008

>> Beautiful Buddha: Ranjini Alwis and friends in our Buddhist community have brought a Buddha statue to Tisarana - via Sri Lanka. [photo] What a won...
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Progress Update: May 9, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: April 29, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: April 18, 2008

>> Committe Meeting: We came together in harmony, talked in harmony and parted in harmony. Very good. Things generally look OK. Budgets approved, wor...
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Progress Update: April 11, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: April 4, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: March 23, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: January 27, 2008

>> 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...
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Progress Update: January 4, 2008

>> 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 ...
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Progress Update: December 24, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: November 1, 2007

>> 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. ...
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Progress Update: October 9, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: September 15, 2007

>> Dhamma Dates: Ajahn Viradhammo is resuming meetings at the Pagoda and the Quaker House on alternate Wednesdays and Fridays. The next Pagoda meeti...
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Progress Update: September 7, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: August 30, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: August 21, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: August 8, 2007

>> Workshop Electrics: We recently had the electricians around and our workshop wiring is now done. Lots of outlets and a couple of fluorescent light...
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Progress Update: August 2, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: July 25, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: July 18, 2007

>> Council Approval: Our zoning application was unanimously approved by council and there is now a 20 day appeal period. All going well our building ...
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Progress Update: July 11, 2007

>> Zoning Meeting: Our zoning application was presented to the Tay Valley Council last night (July 10th) and all went very well. Full council approva...
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Progress Update: July 4, 2007

>> DOM changes: Saturday "Days of Mindfulness" will be on Sunday on...... 15th July AND 12th August. Mark those days on your calendar. >> Big truck...
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Progress Update: June 28, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: June 19, 2007

>> Monastic Visitors: There are several. The biggest the Tisarana sangha has been with seven ordained samanas. A while ago we welcomed Bhante Khemmar...
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Progress Update: June 13, 2007

>> Working Bee: This Saturday - Tisarana. Come anytime through the day, stay the night if you wish. There are lots of non-technical projects: swimmi...
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Progress Update: June 5, 2007

>> Welcome Bhante: Bhante Khemmaratana has been with us for about a week now visiting from Bhavana monastery, West Virginia. He is planning on stayin...
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Progress Update: May 30, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: May 23, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: May 16, 2007

>> Cool Ordination: Last Saturday evening a small crowd gathered to witness the going forth of Anagarika Alan. Everyone had their lines learnt and al...
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Progress Update: May 9, 2007

>> 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 ...
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Progress Update: May 2, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: April 24, 2007

>> 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 ...
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Progress Update: April 17, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: April 11, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: April 3, 2007

>> Kitchen -- Steward: Both positions of Kitchen Manager and Male Steward have been filled. Many thanks to all those people who expressed interest. I...
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Progress Update: March 27, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: March 20, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: March 14, 2007

>> 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 ...
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Progress Update: March 6, 2007

>> 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 ...
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Progress Update: February 27, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: February 21, 2007

>> 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...
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Progress Update: February 12, 2007

>> Day of Mindfulness - Saturday 10th: Ajahn Viradhammo was with us for the weekend. There were 12 meditators. Sadhu.! >> Kutis: Ajahn Kusalo visi...
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