Launched during the depths of the 2020 Virus Pandemic to stay in touch with occasional bursts of writing by community residents. We hope you enjoy reading our blog!
Luang Por Viradhammo and the community are delighted to report that after severalyears of careful pondering and planning (and a two-year delay) Tisarana’s DhammaHall is now formally under construction.
Following the excavation work which began in early May, in the past two weeks, thefinal surveying has been done, the forms have been laid, con... >> Read the complete blog entry . . .
We are delighted to announce the resumption of our New Guest Orientation Weekends. This is a great opportunity to welcome new guests for an overnight visit and to experience life at Tisarana.
Please refer to dates on our calendar.
Please note that those registering are required to attend for the full duration - arriving on a Friday afterno... >> Read the complete blog entry . . .
Another round of seasons at Tisarana. The quiet, open space of the previous winter retreat is long past; subsequent seasons have been filled with regular pujas and Sangha gatherings, daily chores, needed kuti repairs, cabinetry, and numerous planning meetings for our prospective Dhamma Hall. Especially since mid-August (when a public ceremony mark... >> Read the complete blog entry . . .
This year’s monastic Rains Retreat, marking another ‘year in the robes’ for Bhikkhus at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery, will end on October 21st. Traditionally, what follows is a month-long period during which a ‘Kathina cloth’ may be offered by lay supporters. This has long been a beloved event in Buddhist cultures, one arranged in advance... >> Read the complete blog entry . . .
Signs of spring are making themselves felt. The early birds have started arriving, showering us withtheir multiple calls and exhibiting their mating dances. The sun now feels quite warm, even on dayswhere the air is cold. The snow is all gone; the coyote and deer are free to roam unconstrained by theirnarrow trails. Hello, I am Richard. I have bee... >> Read the complete blog entry . . .
Reflections on 2020
December at Tisarana. Each day we walk by the deer in their thickened fur – the does with their observant young, foraging on grass and congregating at the salt lick near our main buildings. The Canada geese have now flown South with their happy racket. Only a few hardy species of birdlife remain, like the ... >> Read the complete blog entry . . .
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Anumodanā from Luang Por Viradhammo, the sangha and residents of Tisarana for the Dana received on April 7th in Barrhaven. Such spontaneous generosity is inspiring and delightful to witness. Many thanks to Bee Sterling and Niranjala Weerakoon for taking the lead on this and much Anumodanā to all our friends who participated. Here are some pictur... >> Read the complete blog entry . . .
We had a meeting yesterday to talk over points of the new Dhamma Hall construction contract. Here we are, all in the office. Gabriel took the picture using a fish-eye lens to get us all in the shot!
When you have to meet, maintain six feet...
We've heard that at Wat Pah Nanachat they've cancelled the daily Pindabhat and, like Tisarana, have a ... >> Read the complete blog entry . . .
Bee’s mum died on Monday. She was ill with cancer so Bee and Steve have been caring for her in this time of dying. Without belittling the loss, I would say she had a good death – a good death because she lived a good life. She was cared for and loved. She knew the meaning of presence. Her passing was timely.
We couldn’t go to the service,... >> Read the complete blog entry . . .
Technically I'm still on Winter Retreat forest practice, but it's getting pretty hard to ignore the signs of spring. The squirrels outside my kuti have been engaging in quite loud and sometimes shocking territorial combat. After meditating in the long stillness of the snowed-in weeks, with only the distant sound of coy-wolves howling, for me t... >> Read the complete blog entry . . .