Maple Village Retreat – May 15-18, 2009

sati-samadhi-pana1The monastic sangha from Blue Cliff Monastery will be leading a retreat at Maple Village between May 15 and 18, 2009.  

Maple Village is located near St-Étienne-de-Bolton, Quebec – between Montreal and Sherbrooke. The cost of the four-day retreat is $280/person with a 50% discount for the second person, if you come with your spouse ($420/couple).

For more information, please contact the Retreat Coordinator at Maple Village (Làng Cây Phong):

The details are in this PDF pamphlet.

Ajahn Viradhammo teaches at U. of Ottawa


Ajahn Viradhammo will be teaching 4 classes at the University of Ottawa on Thurdsay evenings 7-9 pm. (see the full poster for all the details).

May 14, 21, 28 and June 4, 2009 

Registration is required by either:

phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 3431

The four sessions of this series will outline the Four Noble Truths with special emphasis on the place of meditation in Buddhism. 

Four themes of meditation will be offered; a different theme will be used in each of the four sessions:                 

– Guided Meditation focusing on the breath
– Guided Meditation focusing on loving-kindness
– Guided Meditation focusing on body awareness 
– Guided Meditation focusing on
choiceless awareness

Meditation periods will vary from 30 to 45 minutes.

Instruction will be given during the periods of meditation offering practical insights into methods of calming the mind and opening the heart.

Cost is $90. Please note that fees for the series cover only the administrative costs of the program. The teachings of Ajahn Viradhammo themselves are offered at no charge. 

One Regret

hafezAyya Medhanandi read some wonderful and inspiring poems at the retreat from the book Love Poems from God. One in particular resonated with me strongly. It is by Hafez, the 14th century Persian lyric poet.


        One regret that I am determined not to have
                     When I am lying upon
                                 my deathbed
                                         is that we did not kiss