Higher Mind

Ajahn Sucitto on the Ten Perfections (pāramī): Generosity/Sharing (dāna): Recognizing the joy of sharing, and acknowledging that we all come into this world subject to pain, sorrow, sickness and death, I aspire to offer what I can in terms of resources, hospitality, healing and…

Fearless in the Good

A reflection from Ayyā Nimmalā:   More than two and a half millenia ago, in ancient India, one of the Buddha’s royal supporters, King Pasenadi of Kosala, was fortunate enough to be given a teaching using a powerful simile to remind him of the…

No Goodness Is Ever Lost

A A reflection from Ajahn Jayasāro: For most people, reaching the end of their life, breathing becomes laboured. Meditation on the breath, even for experienced meditators becomes difficult.  At this crucial time, with death approaching, the meditations that are most practical are those that…

Sati Saraniya Hermitage Podcast

We wanted to let you know that we started publishing select dhamma talks through newly created Sati Saraniya Hermitage podcast. New episodes will come out every Friday and you can get notified about those by subscribing to an update email from Mailchimp (make sure…

Four Kinds of People

While reading the news of current world events, I am reminded of one of the Buddha’s teachings on different kinds of people in the world. On a certain occasion the Buddha said, “There are four kinds of people found existing in the world. What…

Where Is Sanctuary?

Nearly eight billion circling This realm of disease Decay and death We all perish one day And the end comes Unannounced Where is sanctuary? I tell you – Everything is ownerless Everywhere crumbling Ready to be wrenched away At any moment Just like this…

Turning Our Minds To Compassion

*** from Ajahn Jayasāro “The more closely we contemplate our bodies and minds and the world we live in, the more profoundly we become aware of fragility and instability. When a crisis like this pandemic lays bare the unreliable and uncertain nature of the…

To See At Last

Caught in quivering flames of fear too vulnerable to see or hear beyond blame and loss – I listen again to the Quiet. I stand empty at the altar of emptiness bowing to goodness to wisdom my singular refuge – the heart’s great compassion…

A DAY OF SHARING GRATITUDE – September 15, 2019

On Sunday, September 15, 2019, please join us for a day of gratitude.  We will honour our great Dhamma grandmother, Arahant Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī, the Buddha’s aunt and surrogate mother, on the anniversary of her ordination as the first bhikkhunī. We will also be celebrating…

A Week of Silent Meditation in August

Join us for a week of silent vipassana meditation lead by Ayya Medhanandi and sponsored by Satipanna Insight Meditation Toronto (SIMT) from August 9-16, 2019. The venue for the retreat is Chapin Mill, a beautiful 135 acre purpose-built Buddhist meditation center run by the…