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…

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…

Ayyā Medhānandī’s 70th – A Day of Sharing Gratitude

Please join us for Ayyā Medhānandī’s 70th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.  It is also our 10th anniversary in the forests of Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage and our 11th year in Canada. Luang Por Viradhammo will join us for this special day along with…

Ajahn Candasiri’s Visit

Dutiyampi – A New Anagārikā

On Mother’s Day, May 12, 2019, near the time of Vesakh, the community at Sati Sāraniya Hermitage conducted an ordination ceremony for Anagārikā Jayasārā, Eleonora Monti from Italy. We were deeply honoured to have Ajahn Candasiri with us for the occasion and to share…

White Robes & Shaved Head

On an unusually warm winter afternoon, the last Sunday of November, many of us gathered together in the Temple to witness Anagārikā Kusalā (Lori Elling) enter the holy life as a postulant at Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage. Reflecting on the auspiciousness of this occasion, we…

At the Core of the Coreless

Audio Version – Ayyā Medhānandī Breakfast Reflections I’ve talked quite a bit about the tornado and the eye of the tornado. And I spoke more about the winds circling around the eye than the eye itself.  We tend to measure the speed and direction…

Blessed by Ajahn Sucitto

In mid-September, we were blessed to welcome Ajahn Sucitto to Sati Saraniya Hermitage for a joyful sharing of the Dhamma. We marvelled at the benevolent impact of his wise, gracious presence on our inner well-being, and how – both during and long after his…