Arrow River News

[Arrow River News]


Oct 6 - 12, 2017

The North American Abbot’s Meeting at Temple Forest Monastery, Temple, NH, will be attended by most of the abbots of the Ajahn Chah affiliated monasteries in North America. Luang Por Pasanno (Abhayagiri), Luang Por Viradhammo (Tisarana), Ajahn Sona (Birken) , Ajahn Punnadhammo (Arrow River), and Ajahn Sudanto (Pacific Hermitage).

July 15 - 31, 2017

The Arrow River community is looking forward to a visitor from the Bhikkhuni Sangha of Sati Saraniya (Perth, Ontario).  Samaneri Anuruddha will be accompanied by one lay woman.

July 10, 2017

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

Jun 24, 2017

Community Work Day - We will be having a Community Work Day at the hermitage on Highway 593. The plan is to work on the firewood for next winter. (There are alternate plans in case of rain). You are welcome to come for the meal at 10:30 (please bring one dish to share) or to come anytime after noon to help with the community work day. There will also be a memorial service for Esko in the evening.

All are welcome, come out and spend the day outdoors with good friends making much merit.

Jun 21, 2017

[Esko's Obit]

Our good friend and long time Arrow River resident Esko Parviainen passed away on June 17, 2017. He had been in failing health for some time.

Esko was born in Finland in 1941 and studied Geology at the University of Western Ontario, earning a Phd which started him on a long and successful career in the mining industry during which he worked in many locales both in Canada and overseas, including Greenland and Central Asia.

He came to Arrow River in 2003 to serve as steward and decided to stay on, building a cabin on the property. He was with us altogether for 13 years. Early in 2016 his advancing years caught up to him and he was no longer able to manage the rigours of living in the bush. After a period in a nursing home in Thunder Bay his family got him a placement in British Columbia, closer to his daughter Hanna and his son Tom. It is there where he breathed his last.

We will all miss Esko for his bright mind and sharp wit. He was a great lover of nature and of poetry. Esko was very well read and could more than carry his own in conversations about philosophy, history, politics or science. He has left behind many traces of his presence, as he was always building and creating. Among Esko’s works here at Arrow River, beside the cabin which he built, are the bridge across the creek leading to the kutis, the sign facing the highway and the decorative trim in the pavilion. He was instrumental in the construction of Bodhi Kuti as well.

Esko was a very active and capable man and he was not happy with his reduced condition this last year. His death should be seen as a release for him, as he abandons his once vigorous body, now “as useless as a rotten log.” May his many merits win him a fortunate rebirth. Goodbye old friend. -- Ajahn Punnadhammo

Jun 4, 2017

Hello to all the friends and supporters of Arrow River.

We hope you are enjoying your summer!

This is to announce our summer schedule, we hope you can come out for some or all of it and enjoy the summer weather and community fellowship here at the Arrow River Forest Hermitage.

Days 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 for the Dhamma Talk at 7 pm. Pot Luck meal at 10:30 am.

Community Work Bees (weather permitting) - We always need help with maintenance, yard work, trail clearing, firewood and more. No skills required, just a generous heart. Come out for the morning sit if you like (7:30 am), or the pot luck meal at 10:30 am, or any time. Dhamma Talk at 7 pm as usual.

OR, come out and volunteer some time any day at your convenience, there is always something needs doing!

All the best, Ajahn Punnadhammo

June 2 - 5, 2017

Ajahn Punnadhammo is in Ottawa for a Ottawa Buddhist Society retreat

May 8 - 26, 2017

Ajahn Punnadhammo will be attending the International Elder’s Meeting at Amaravati - London, England

Apr 19, 2017

Over July 15-31 the Arrow River community is looking forward to a visitor from the Bhikkhuni Sangha of Sati Saraniya (Perth, Ontario).  Samaneri Anuruddha will be accompanied by one lay woman.

Apr 15, 2017

Ajahn Punnadhammo has several engagements throughout the year. His present schedule includes:

May 8-26 International Elder’s Meeting at Amaravati - London, England
June 2-5 Ottawa for a Ottawa Buddhist Society retreat
Oct. 6-12 North American Abbot’s Meeting at Temple Forest Monastery, Temple, NH, will be attended by most of the abbots of the Ajahn Chah affiliated monasteries in North America. Luang Por Pasanno (Abhayagiri), Luang Por Viradhammo (Tisarana), Ajahn Sona (Birken) , Ajahn Punnadhammo (Arrow River), and Ajahn Sudanto (Pacific Hermitage).

Feb 14, 2017

Sunday's talk (Feb. 12 ) on Kamma and Rebirth is now available for streaming or download. We had another good turnout at the Thai Healing Center. Ajahn talked about the complexity of kamma, which is so often misunderstood, and how it influences our daily lives and future rebirths in  conjunction with the processes of the mind, natural causes, and genetics.

Feb 12, 2017

It's that time of year again when we make arrangements for a Winter Book Study!

Book: "The Karma of Mindfulness" - Ajahn Thanissaro from Metta Forest Monastery
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 6:30
Dates: February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21
Duration: About 1.5 hours
Location: Brodie Public Library, small meeting room

We have about 30 copies that we'll bring in on the first evening.The book is also available online in several formats. Search for The Karma of Mindfulness about halfway down the page.  It's a fairly slim volume, but it does give the Theravada Buddhist perspective on two key terms that have crept into daily conversation: Karma and Mindfulness. The book also includes some meditation instruction.

As always this book study is open to everyone. There is no charge but donations are appreciated.

Feb 12, 2017

This Sunday, the 3 pm Dhamma Talk will be in town at the Thai Healing Centre, 189 S. Algoma St. Ajahn Punnadhammo will be speaking on the theme of "kamma and rebirth". This talk is open to everyone. There is no charge but donations are always welcome.

Feb 5, 2017

Wouldn't it be nice to arrive in this world already fully awakened. Wandering In Samsara looks at just how easy it is to escape samsara and yet just how difficult this seemly easy process is.

Jan 29, 2017

Sunday's talk at Arrow River is now online. Ajahn Punnadhammo talks of the Buddha's Wisdom and Compassion.Teaching was not the Buddha's first thought after attaining Enlightenment. The Brahma Sahampati, considered the senior-most of the High Gods, appeared before the Buddha and pleaded that he teach for the benefit "of those with little dust in their eyes", else the Buddha's insight would be lost from the world.

Jan 22, 2017

Why Do We Practice In The First Place? What is the purpose? What is the motivation? Most people start with the desire to eliminate some suffering in their life. The Buddha himself, when he began his search,  was seeking to overcome old age, sickness and death. Of course the ultimate goal is Enlightenment, but how do you get there? And are there benefits to be had by just making the attempt?

Jan 15, 2017

Venerable Khemako spoke about Illness and the Frailty of the Body. The gradual lessening of our abilities is a normal consquence of human life. Sickness is a reminder that the body is vulnerable and subject to death. It's a chance to reflect on the Dhamma. In additonal to the Four Noble Truths are the Three Characteristics - anicca (impermanence), dukkha (unsatisfactoryness), and anatta (not self).

Jan 8, 2017

There was another good turnout at The Thai Healing Center for the talk on The Five Spiritual Faculties presented by Ajahn Punnadhammo and Ven. Khemako. The five spiritual faculties suggest a helpful mnemonic, "For Excellent Maturity Choose Wisely", for remembering Faith, Energy, Mindfulness, Concentration and Wisdom. The talk expands in some detail on each of these and how best to apply them to your own meditation practice and spiritual development.

Please note that there is some microphone noise present in this talk.

 Jan 5, 2016

This Sunday, Jan 8, we will be offering a Dhamma talk in Thunder Bay at the Thai Healing Centre, 189 S. Algoma St. at 3 PM. Ajahn Punnadhammo and Tahn Khemako will be speaking about developing your practice with the Five Spiritual Faculties of Mindfulness, Faith, Wisdom, Energy and Concentration. All are welcome, free of charge but donations welcome.

Jan 1, 2017

Ajahn Punadhammo Reflects on Past, Present and Future moving into a new year, from a Buddhist perspective.


Dec 31, 2016

The New Year's Eve talk was related by Ven. Khemako  The story of How Mahga Became Sakka, King of the Gods  is taken from the Dhammapada Commentaries and is the Buddha's reply to the Licchavi prince Matali who had asked if the Buddha had ever seen and was acquainted with Sakka and if indeed this Sakka was not a counterfeit.

Dec 18, 2016

What Do We Really Know? And how do we know it? Ajahn Punnadhammo talks about sources of knowledge including hearsay, inference, direct experience and direct knowledge. How attached should we be to what we think we know?

Dec 13, 2016

There was a good turnout for Modalities of Consciousness.  Ajahn Punnadhammo spoke about ordinary consciousness experienced in everyday life, including waking consciousness, deep sleep and dreaming. Ven. Khemako followed this with an interesting look at recent studies in neuroscience including results seen when observing vapassana meditators. Ajahn Punnadhammo rounded out the discussion by speaking of the higher levels of consciousness that can be obtained through meditation practice.

For those interested in Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimension, this small book is in the public domain.

Dec 11, 2016

Todays Dhamma talk is being held at the Thai Healing Centre, 189 S. Algoma Street in Thunder Bay. Come out and meet Venerable Khemako who is spending his winter retreat at Arrow River.

Dec 7, 2016

The Events calendar is now taking us into January 2017. Please check it out for for dates that may interest you.

Dec 4, 2016

Today's talk by Ajahn Punnadhammo begins with the rather paradoxical statement, Suffering Is Not A Personal Problem, attributed to Ajahn Sumedho.

Nov 27, 2016

Sunday's regular 3pm talk at Arrow River was given by Ajahn Punnadhammo and dealt with the Upanisa Sutta.

Nov 24, 2016

On Nov. 20, Ven. Khemako spoke on Ethics In Human Life. It is now available for streaming or download.

Nov 16, 2016

Venerable Khemako will be offering the Dhamma talk this coming weekend - 3 pm at the Hermitage.

Nov 16, 2016

The latest Dhamma talk, Resolving Conflict, was recorded on Sunday, Nov. 13 and is now available for streaming or download.

Nov 10, 2016

Khemako Bhikku, from Tisarana will be joining us for the winter, arriving in November and staying until April! We are excited to welcome another monastic to Arrow River.

Nov 6, 2016

Ajahn Punnadhammo is offering one Dhamma Talk a month in the city of Thunder Bay so that people who find it difficult to come to the Centre can still hear the words of the Buddha's teachings.

Talks are held on the second Sunday of each month at the Thai Healing Centre, 189 S. Algoma Street in Thunder Bay.

This session begins promptly at 3:00 with a silent meditation, followed by the talk, and ends with tea and a discussion about the teaching.

Nov 1, 2016

Effective November 6, 2016 weekly Dhamma Talks at Arrow River will be held on Sundays at 3:00 pm. Check the Arrow River Events calendar for additional information about Ajahn's schedule of talks at Arrow River, in Thunder Bay, and on his travels.

Oct 1, 2016

Can't make it out to Arrow River for a Dhamma Talk? Ajahn Punnadhammo can now be heard online! One of our community members , Phil, has made recordings of Ajahn's weekly talks available on the Dhamma Talks link under Dhamma Resources. You can either stream or download the recordings.

Aug 8, 2016

The Annual General Meeting of Arrow River Forest Hermitage will be held at the Hermitage property on Highway 593 (Devon Road) on Saturday, September. 10, 2016 at 1:00 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.

Hope to see you there!

Jul 15, 2016

New York Trip - Ajahn Punnadhammo will be in New York, NY from Aug. 15 - 22. His engagements include:

    Aug. 16 Tuesday 7pm-8:30pm: Brooklyn
    Aug. 18 Thursday 7pm-8:30pm: Lower Manhattan
    Aug. 20 Saturday 8:30am-9:30am: Meditation by the ocean (Rockaway Beach)
                                   3pm-4:30pm: Rockaway beach
    Aug. 21 Sunday 8:30am-9:30am: Meditation by the ocean (Rockaway Beach)

Further information can be found under Classes/Events at Buddhist Insights.

Jun 8, 2016

Are you interested in Buddhism but you aren't sure how to find out more about it? Arrow River Forest Hermitage might the place for you to start. Located on the beautiful Devon Road outside of Thunder Bay, Arrow River offers Buddhist meditation instruction, retreat space and a place to study and reflect.

Why not combine your interest in Buddhism with the therapeutic energy of service to others?

Don't have much time to spare? You might like to join us some Saturday for the day and see who we really are! Saturday morning meditation starts at 7:30 a.m. and the meal is offered at 10:30. To keep yourself busy until the evening program, you could join in on a maintenance project for the afternoon - we can always use some enthusiastic labourers.

The day ends with an evening Dhamma Talk that starts with a meditation at 7:00 p.m. and ends around 9:00 as we enjoy tea and conversation.