Fulfilling the Buddha’s Legacy for Women

After a hiatus of a thousand years, Theravada Buddhism has been experiencing a true renaissance of the Bhikkhuni Sangha in North America.  On Dec. 3, 2017, Ayya Anuruddha together with Ayya Niyyanika received their full ordination as bhikkhunis in a beautiful ceremony at Dhammadharini…

Kathina 2017

This year three Sati Saraniya nuns attended the Kathina ceremony marking the end of Vassa 2017 with the bhikkhus of Hilda Jayawardena Temple in Ottawa, Ajahn Viradhammo and some 3 dozen monastics from all over USA and Canada. How uplifting it is to gather…

October Almsgiving Ceremony

“Blessed are they who sever the ties of hatred, and, with a tranquil heart, cultivate the way beyond suffering.” Our ‘Vassa’ has been blessed with abundant rains and many wonderful beings in our forest.  As the Vassa comes to an end, we welcome you…

Inner Disarmament

French Version: Désarmement Intérieur On one occasion two and a half millenia ago, the Buddha was walking alone through a forest in India when a bandit who had killed nine hundred and ninety-nine people chased him at top-speed. Even though the Buddha was walking…

Through the Dark Night

Revering the jewel of the Buddha, our greatest treasure and resource, unequalled in this universe, immeasurable, the supreme, excellent protection that benefits gods and humans – By the power of the Buddha, may you be safe, may all dangers be prevented, and all your…

The Dhamma of Snow

French version: Le Dharma de la Neige One winter we had quite a lot of snow. In April, we were still navigating from building to building through narrow pathways dug into snow several feet high. The days were quite bright and sunny, and it…

Chant, Breathe, Trust

At dusk, our home grown stupa alight after a memorial to dear friend Martin Edge. We chant, breathe, reflect and renew our trust. Listening to the sky touching earth and its echo in the mind dissolving within itself. Ayyā Medhānandī reflects on pure internal…

The Dhamma of Drought

September 18th was to be a full moon time alms-giving ceremony to honour our ancestral mother – the Buddha’s surrogate mother – Arahant Mahapajapati Gotami Mahatheri. That is no longer possible for us. Under the present conditions, we are unable to accommodate visitors and…

Sunday Meditations

Our last Sunday Meditation for 2018 will be held on December 3lst to bring in the New Year. We welcome you to join us for chanting, meditation and a Dhamma teaching from 1:30-3:30 pm. The monastic community and a group of dedicated practitioners will…

Ajahn Punnadhammo on Buddhist cosmology

We were blessed with a Spring day visit by Ajahn Punnadhammo from Arrow River Monastery in Thunder Bay during his break between teaching retreats in Peterborough and Ottawa.  A joyful group of supporters gathered from Ottawa and Perth to offer the dana meal and…