“Mindfulness in Daily Life” Week-End Retreat May 13-15, 2011

Monastics from Blue Cliff Monastery are on tour in Canada in the month of May 2011. They will be leading a weekend retreat on the theme of “Mindfulness in Daily Life” at the Marguerite Center in Pembroke, Ontario, May 13-15, to guide us in the practices of sitting meditation, total relaxation, touching the earth, and the practices of deep listening and loving speech.

We welcome beginners as well as experienced meditators. There is no separate programming for youth, however, we will accept individuals 12 to 17 years of age if accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $276 (residential) or $139 (non-residential)

For more information please download the Information Sheet. To register, download the Registration Form.

May / June Buddhist Activities in Ottawa

We are incredibly fortunate here in Ottawa to have so many opportunities to practice and so many Dharma teachers ready at hand.  May and June 2010 are a particularly auspicious pair of months. Here’s the lineup:

Ayya Medhanandi 5-day Spring Retreat May 7-12 (Stillwaters Retreat Center, Lanark County)

Loving Kindness Retreat with Monastics from Blue Cliff Monastery May 15-16 (Dieu Khong Temple, Ottawa)

Ajahn Sumedho and Tisarana monks at Vesak May29th (Tisarana Monastery, Perth)

Ajahn Sumedho public Talk at the University of Ottawa, June 11

Ajahn Sumedho Ottawa non-residential retreat June 12-13 (waiting list only)

Ajahn Sona Retreat Oct. 25-30, 2009



Seven Factors in Five Days:
A Brief Excursion through the 7 Factors of Enlightenment

October 25-30, 2009

enough left over to give some away!

The focus here is on the upper end of the 8 fold path…how to cultivate the garden of mind to receive ongoing nourishment…and possibly have enough left over to give some away!

Location:Galilee Centre, 398 John Street North, Arnprior Ontario:

Cost: $435.00

Retreat w/ Ajahn Kusalo, May 22-24, 2009



The Anapanasati Sutta – Mindfulness of Breathing; a sixteen step program

May 22 – 24, 2009


Friday: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Tu-An Pagoda, 3591 Albion Road
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm Tu-An Pagoda, contribute to and share in potluck vegetarian lunch
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Dieu Khong, 51 Slack Road, bring your own lunch and some food for the monk

The retreat will consist of sitting and walking meditation periods, instruction and Dhamma talks given by Ajahn Kusalo. Lunch will take place at between 11:15 and 11:30 AM in accordance with monastic rules. The precise schedule for the retreat will be given at the retreat itself.

See the Ottawa Buddhist Society web site for more information about this retreat. The registration form (Word format) must be filled out and sent to the retreat organizers at aj.coyote@hotmail.com.

New Year Retreat w/ Norman Feldman



December 30, 2008-January 2, 2009, Galilee Centre, Arnprior, Ontario 

Welcome the New Year with reflection and intention, silence and community, surrounded by the beauty of Arnprior and the warmth of the Galilee Centre! Bring your cross-country skis, snowshoes and hiking boots. We will be supported by the meditation practice, dharma talks, and a midnight gathering.  This retreat is suitable for those already familiar with vipassana practice, as meditation instructions will be kept to a minimum.

See the True North Insight Schedule for details and registration.

His Holiness has Surgery

His Holines the Dalai Lama had a gall-stone removed today (probably his whole gall bladder, I expect):

See this AP video.

I often think about His Holiness.  I have this huge poster of him in my office – his eyes simultaneously showing profound joy and compassion but also great, great suffering – no doubt the suffering of his people that he carries with him at all times.