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The Joy of Going Forth

We are pleased to share with you that Lori Kusala Elling, from Vancouver, has requested and been accepted for the postulant ‘anagārikā’ training at Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage.  Her entry into the holy life as an anagārikā will begin on Sunday, November 25th, 2018. With…

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…

Historical Moments

This year our community was blessed with a Spring visit from Ayya Tathaloka Mahatheri and Ayya Niyyanika of Dhammadharini Monastery in Penngrove, California. Since Ayya Anuruddha and Ayya Niyyanika were both ordained as bhikkhunis at Dhammadharini with Ayya Tathaloka as their preceptor on Dec….

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…

Meditation Practice in Toronto

Late November meditation practice opportunities: Ayyā Medhānandī will be leading three meditation events in Toronto: November 24-26, 2017, co-sponsored by Satipaññā Insight Meditation Toronto (SIMT) and the Therāvada Buddhist Community of Toronto (TBC).  All 3 sessions will be held at The Centre, 316 Dupont…

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…

A Winter Blessing

 The Ratana Sutta chant, Verses on the Treasures of the Dhamma: Visakha, the Buddha’s devotee, reflects on her generosity to the Sangha: “When I remember it, I shall be glad. When I am glad, I shall be happy. When my mind is happy, my…