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Planting Seeds in the Calgary Dhamma Community: An Interview with Barbara Ross

In this second interview with local Calgary Vipassana teachers, Jon Clark talks to Barbara Ross about her Dharma journey.  Read the interview

A Visit to Sati Saraniya Hermitage, A Training Monastery for Theravada Buddhist Bikkhunis
~ By Lyne Rivest

This last May, I had the opportunity to stay at the Buddhist nuns’ community close to Perth, Ontario. After landing at the Ottawa airport, I was greeted by a cheerful Anagarikā named Acalā. Accompanying her was a visiting American 8-precept nun by the name of Khemanandī who drove us to the Hermitage which is located 1.5 hours southwest of Ottawa in rural Lanark County. The hermitage is home to the Canadian Bhikkhuni Sangha. Read More

Peace of Mind
Part 3: Why do I bother with this?
~ A blog series by Jacquie Clarke

My meditation practice has given me insight into two types of questions. Why does this situation bother me? Why do I bother with this situation? When things bother me, it causes me anxiety and distress. During a meditation sit, I will become aware of my thoughts that are streaming by at a rapid pace. Read more

Peace of Mind
Part 2: Anger is an indicator of what matters to you
~ A blog series by Jacquie Clarke

As I meditate, I become aware of my patterns with emotions. Anger comes in various strengths, ranging from mild irritations to raging furies. What I have come to know through meditative studies and behavioural psychologies is that anger is a natural response to situations that seem unfair, where rules have been broken, or you feel threatened. Anger polarizes my stance. Anger is a focussing emotion. Read more

Peace of Mind
Part 1:To Ease the Suffering of a Busy Mind
~ A blog series by Jacquie Clarke

I sought out meditation because I wanted peace of mind. My sleep was irregular because I could not stop thinking about work, or people who annoyed me, or tasks I had forgotten to do. “What if I miss the deadline?” I would ruminate late at night. “I can’t believe she said that to me!”  Read more

Establishing Mindfulness
Getting to know Jayanta (Shirley Johannesen)

In the first of a series of interviews with local Calgary Vipassana teachers, Jon Clark talks to Jayanta about the early days of yoga and Theravada tradition meditation in Calgary.
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Calgary Dedicated Practitioner Group

By Leslie Ellestad

Since September, 2013, I’ve been gathering with a group of fellow meditation practitioners once a month to take part in the Calgary Dedicated Practitioner Group (CDPG). We’ve made a year‐long commitment to the group to get together to meditate, share our experiences and learn more about the Buddha’s teachings.

There are many reasons I was inspired to attend this program.  From a study point of view, I was interested in learning about the dharma through more exposure to the suttas and was hopeful that reading them in the context of group discussion would support bringing them alive. While I still find contemporary sources more accessible, I have begun to develop appreciation for sutta study. The contemplations and suggestions for weekly practice bring out new perspectives that support me to look in places that I may not have been looking in myself and therefore reduce my “ignorance”. In other words, blind spots have the opportunity to be brought into the light. Read more..

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