Arrow River News

[Arrow River News]

2020

June 13

Arrow RIver Re-Opens

Dear Friends and Supporters

The Covid-19 restrictions in Ontario have been eased and we are resuming our regulat programme.
Dhamma talks open to all every Saturday at 7 PM.

The weekly Dhamma Talk live stream on youTube, every Thursday at 6 PM (Eastern Time) will also continue. To participate, subscribe to the Punnadhammo Bhikkhu channel at http://www.youtube.com/c/AjahnPunnadhammo. Time and day may change in the near future so watch out for the notification.

Ajahn Punnadhammo, Abbot of Arrow River Forest Hermitage.

January 14

Winter Book Study

Tuesday evenings from Jan. 14 - Feb 18 we will be studying Ajahn Punnadhammo's book "The Buddhist Cosmos" which is available as a free download in pdf and epub formats from the Arrow River website or buy a printed version from Amazon.

To preview some of the contents of the book, you can listen to Ajahns Sona and Punnadhammo discussing the Buddhist Cosmos on Ajahn Punnadhammo's YouTube Channel.

Take advantage of studying the book with the author and join us on Jan. 14 at 6:30pm at the Brodie St. Library in the small meeting room.  If you have questions or wish to confirm attendance email arrowriverforest@gmail.com. The evening is open to everyone and there is no charge.

2019

December 31

Join us at Arrow River Forest Hermitage New Years Eve starting @ 8:30 pm

Program includes: mediation, Chanting and . Jātaka stories. Jātaka stories cover the previous births of Gautama Buddha in both human and animal form. Followed by tea and allowable snacks.

Depending on the weather we will do a circumambulation around the pavilion and have a bonfire.

Want to stay over night? Sleep over in the Learning Center or Pavilion. Bring slippers, warm sleeping bag, campers mat, flash light and any over night personal items.

New Years Day - Meal Offering @ 11:00 am. Come and share with us. Provided will be: turkey, stuffing, gravy, perogies, and cranberries. Bring veggies, desert, or beverage to add to the table (food storage is limited, bring enough to serve 4 people).

December 18

The Thai Healing Center will be hosting a Dhamma talk tonight at 6:30 with Ajahn Punnadhammo. All are welcome.

December 5

The Fall Edition of our newsletter,  River Dhamma, is now available.

November 7

The Thai Healing Center will be hosting a 6:30 pm Dhamma talk the third Wednesday of the month, beginning Nov. 20. Please check our Events Page for dates.

September 28

The Annual General Meeting of Arrow River Forest Hermitage will be held at the Hermitage property on Highway 593 (Devon Road) on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.

At this meeting we will elect the board of directors, review of financial statements, progress made by the Hermitage and what is planned for the upcoming year.

You are also invited to come early for the potluck BBQ at 11:00 a.m. Please bring a dish to share.

As usual, there will be a Dhamma talk at 7 p.m.

August 2 - 5

Group Retreat  August is a perfect time to be out at the Hermitage. Please fill out the visitor's page on the Arrow River website so we know you are interesting in attending and to receive details about the weekend. This retreat offers a full program of meditation instruction, Dhamma teachings and fellowship with other practitioners in the beautiful Hermitage environment. No experience is necessary, but it helps if you like a rustic setting. 

July 20

Day of Mindfulness

A day of meditation from 12:30 - 5:30 pm. Come out for the morning sit at 7:30 am and stay all day or just comeout for the Dhamma Talk at 7 pm. Pot Luck meal at 10:30 am.

June 8 - July 8

Ayya Suvijjana Bhikkhuni from California and an attendant will be spendng a month at Arrow River Forest Hermitage

June 4 - 9

Ajahn Punnadhammo will be away from the Hermitage.

on Jun 4-6 he is in Peterborough, sponsored by “The Buddhist Place”

on Jun 7-9 he will be in Ottawa and teaching at the “Ottawa Buddhist Society

May 18

The Spring and Summer edition of our Newsletter "The River Dhamma" is now available to download.

Mar 27

This week we are honoured by the visit of Ajahn Vajiro, one of the senior bhikkhus in our tradition.

He has indicated that he is open to receiving visitors and would enjoy meeting some of the local community. If you would like to come out either Thursday or Friday, either for the meal at 10:30 AM or in the afternoon, you are welcome. (Please let us know if you are planning to come for the meal - email Ajahn Punnadhammo at arfh@xplornet.com)

Ajahn will be staying in Esko's cabin.

Also, Ajahn Vajiro will be giving a Dhamma Talk on Saturday, at 6 PM. All are welcome. This is in addition to our regular talk on Sunday

Mar 24 - 30

Ajahn Vajiro]

Ajahn Vajiro from Sumedharama Buddhist Monastery  in Portugal will be spending a few days at Arrow River Forest Hermitage.

He was born in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia in 1953. He studied in England and obtained a degree in Economics in 1974. In 1979 he met Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho when they paid a visit to Hampstead Vihara in Oakenholt, England.

In 1979 he left for Thailand and in June 1980 received Upasampada (higher order) from Ajahn Chah. Ajahn Vajiro returned to England in 1984, where he assisted several monasteries.He spent three years in retreat at the Sanghaloka hermitage in Australia, then returned to Amaravati in 2001, at the invitation of Luang Por Sumedho, one of the monks who contributed most to the life and well-being of this monastery.

In 2010, the group in Portugal led by Maria Ferreira da Silva, formally invited him to help establish a monastery of the Tradition of the Forest in Portugal.Ajahn Vajiro undertook to lead the initiative for five years and from the beginning of Vassa 2012 (July), he started to live in Portugal. Luang Por Sumedho supports the project, as do the Council Elders of this tradition.

Jan 14

Winter Book Study 2019- all are welcome.

We would be pleased if you would join us for this year'sbook study: Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah It is a long book and we will be reading sections that we choose as a group with Ajahn Punnadhammo. Below are the details:

When:    7:00 - 8:15 p.m. Monday evenings February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11.

Where:     Small meeting room, Brodie Street Library, 216 Brodie Street S., Thunder Bay

Cost :     In the tradition of the Buddha, teachings are offered freely

Registration:     You can just show up the first evening, but if you have questions, don't hesitate to drop us an email

About getting the book:     Online: Here is the link to the PDF version so you can get started: Stillness Flowing by Ajahn Jayasaro We will bring copies of the book to distribute at the first meeting. If you would like a copy before we meet in February, email us at Book Request and we'll try and arrange that you receive one.

Preparation for the first meeting:     Please start reading at Chapter 1 to at least page 44 (Sections I and II). Looking forward to seeing you on February 4!

2018

Dec 31

News Years Eve @ Arrow River Forest Hermitage  Hwy 593 – Devon Road (Directions to ARFH) (approximately 20 km off Hwy 61 & 593 junction)  

Date:  December 31.2018. Event starts: 8:30 pm with a short meditation. Ajahn Punnadhammo will lead with Jātaka stories. Tea and allowable snacks will follow. Bonfire just before midnight (weather permitting)

Staying Overnight : Set up in the Pavilion or the Learning Center. Bring cold weather camping gear

New Years Day:;   You are welcome to join us for the meal Offering will be @ 11:00 am Bring something for the table (enough to serve 4 people) Note: There is limited space for reheating of any food. Suggestions: juice, desert, cold meat, cold dishes, raw veggies Have a Safe and Happy New Year.

Dec 17

There is now a paperback version of Ajahn Punnadhammo's book "The Buddhist Cosmos" available for purchase from Amazon.

In Canada - Cdn Amazon

USA & elsewhere - US Amazon

Nov 29

The Fall edition of our Newsletter "The River Dhamma" is now available to download.

Nov 18

Ajahn Punnadhammo will be teaching in New York, NY from Nov. 29 until Dec. 4. Further information can be found at Buddhist Insights.

Oct 21

The Thai Healing Center will be hosting in-town Dhamma talks at 6:30 pm on the first Wednesday of each month November 7 until May 1, 2019.

Aug 15

Tan Kondañño]

Tan Kondañño from Abhayagiri will be arriving at Arrow River Forest Hermitage on Saturday, Aug.18 and will be staying for some time.

He was raised in Pittsburgh, PA. His first exposure to the Dhamma occurred while on an Aikido retreat at Mt. Baldy Zen center in the late 90’s. After a short stint with Zen, he began to regularly attend and serve Goenka Vipassana courses. In 2009, he moved to Cobb, CA in order to assist in the development of the Northern California Vipassana Center. He began visiting Abhayagiri in 2011 with the desire to diversify and deepen his practice. Tan Kondañño went forth as an Anagarika on May 17, 2014, took Samanera precepts on June 9, 2015 and took full Bhikkhu precepts on June 5, 2016.

Aug 14 - Upcoming Events

Annual General Meeting of Arrow River Forest Hermitage will be held at the Hermitage property on Highway 593 (Devon Road) on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.

At this meeting we will elect the board of directors, review of financial statements, progress made by the Hermitage and what is planned for the upcoming year.

You are also invited to come early for the potluck BBQ at 11:00 a.m. Please bring a dish to share. As usual, there will be a Dhamma talk at 7 p.m.

Ajahn Punnadhammo's Travel Schedule

Oct 25 - Rochester, MN Rochester Meditation Center

Oct 26 - 27 - Minneapolis, MN Common Ground

Oct 28 Northfield, MN - Northfield Meditation Center

Oct 29 - Nov 5 - Knoxville, TN Losel Shedrup Ling and Lotus Light Center

(Knoxville details not yet fully known)

Jul 6 -August Group Retreat

We will be offering a retreat over the long weekend of Aug. 3 - Aug 6. Retreat begins 7 PM Fri, Aug 3 and ends 2 PM Mon Aug 6. If you want to stay for the weekend, please be prepared to tent and bring your camping gear. To register, send an email to Lori Smetaniuk at August Retreat Please let us know if you have any dietary issues. Have a great summer!

Jun 29

[Ayya Suvijjana]

Ayya Suvijjana Bhikkhuni is doing a solitary retreat while visiting Arrow River but will be sharing a teaching on Right View at 7 pm, July 21st . She has been practicing meditation since 1976, starting with Zen meditation.   In 1998 she was introduced to Vipassana at Santa Cruz Insight.  Shortly after  became a lay student of Ajahn Amaro and Ajahn Passano and spent a lot of time at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.   She was called to monastic life herself and became a student of Ayya Tathaaloka in 2006 when she took up residency and training at the first Dhammadharini Vihara in Fremont, CA.  She received full ordination as a bhikkhuni August 2010 at Aranya Bodhi Hermitage.  She has played a supportive role in establishing Dhammadharini and Aranya Bodhi Hermitage.  She spends time in residency both at Dhammadharini Monastery in Penngrove, CA and at the Aranyabodhi Hermitage in Jenner CA.

Jun 20

There are a number of events occurring over the next few weeks.

July 16 - 26   Bhikkuni Suvijjana will be visiting from Dhammadharini Monastery in Califormia.

July 21  Day of Mindfulness   Becoming aware of our thoughts and actions is important in Buddhist practice and mindfulness days help us with our meditation and establishing right intention. Arrow River will be having a Day of Mindfulness dedicated to meditation on Sat. July 21st.

The morning puja will be at 7:00 AM, the meal at 10:30 AM and afternoon practice time beginning at 1 PM. The evening Dhamma Talk will be given by our guest, Ayya Suvijjana, a visiting bhikkhuni.

At some time in the afternoon we will also be casting a portion of Esko's ashes into the creek.

Feel free to come for all or any part of the day. All our activities are open to all and are free of charge, although donations are always welcome. Hope to see you there!

August 3-6     Group Retreat

August is a perfect time to be out at the Hermitage. Please fill out the visitor's page on the Arrow River website so we know you are interesting in attending and to receive details about the weekend. This retreat offers a full program of meditation instruction, Dhamma teachings and fellowship with other practitioners in the beautiful Hermitage environment. No experience is necessary, but it helps if you like a rustic setting.

Jun 16

The latest River Dhamma  is now available, and you will notice a few format changes. As well as a few news items, you will find notices about the Hermitage's summer activities. Hope you can come to visit and participate at the events. Wishing you a warm and happy spring/summer.

Jun 15

Ajahn Punnadhammo now has a YouTube channel that you may want to check out. There is not a lot of content up yet, but you can subscribe to be notified when new material is added. We have a series of Cosmology videos in the works.

Jun 6 - 12

The North American Abbott's meeting is being hosted by Birken Forest Monastery this year. Ajahn Punnadhammo will be attending.

May 30 - Jun 4

Ajahn Punnadhammo will be at Buddhist Insights in New York, NY. Check their website for details.

May 28, 2018


Space, Time and Being

Part 2 in a continuing series on Buddhist Cosmology. In conversation: Ajahn Sona and Ajahn Punnadhammo

May 18 - 20

Ajahn Punnadhammo will be teaching on May 18 at the Ottawa Buddhist Society.

Apr 18 - 25

Ajahn Jotipalo will be visiting. He has agreed to give the Dhamma talk at 7:00pm on the 22nd.

Apr 6, 2018


Arrow River Forest Hermitage

Short documentary by David O'Brien, shot at Arrow River Hermitage in Ontario, Canada. - Feb, 2017

Apr 2 - 9

Ajahn Punnadhammo will be in Cuba for the first ever Theravada ordination in that country.

Mar 16, 2018

Space, Time and Being

Part 1 in a continuing series on Buddhist Cosmology. In conversation: Ajahn Sona and Ajahn Punnadhammo

Feb 16, 2018

Today we went live with a new Web Host. The transition seems to have gone smoothly but if you run across any bugs or inconsistencies please send us a Bug Report with the particulars and we'll try and clear them up quickly. We have two new talks up: Feb 4 - The Five Hindrances & Feb 11 - Guardians Of The World.

Our Winter Book

Study this year will be looking at Emptiness: A Practical Guide For Meditators

We're hoping that the local Chapters will have a few copies available.

It's a bit of a different arrangement this year. We're still meeting on Tuesday evenings at Brodie Library, but three of the five weeks, the study will run from 6:30-8:00, and for two of the weeks, we have to start at 5:30.
Tuesday, February 6 - meet at 5:30
Tuesday, February 13, 20 and 27 - meet at 6:30
Tuesday, March 6 - meet at 5:30

Duration: About 1.5 hours
Location: Brodie Public Library, small meeting room If you have any questions or concerns please email 2018 Book Study