Arrow River News

[Arrow River News]

2018

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 from  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

    Sep 22

    The 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.

    Oct 25 - Nov 5

    Ajahn Punnadhammo's Travel Schedule

Oct 25 - Rochester, MN - Rochester Meditation Center - http://mcgillreport.org/rimg

Oct 26 & 27 - Minneapolis, MN - Common Ground - http://commongroundmeditation.org/

Oct 28 - Northfield, MN - Northfield Meditation Center - http://northfieldmeditation.org/

Oct 29 - Nov 5 - Knoxville, TN - Losel Shedrup Ling - http://lslk.org/ 
                         & Lotus Light Center - https://lotuslightcenter.org/
(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.

Jan 15, 2018

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

2017

Nov 2, 2017

We are putting out a newsletter at the end of November and wondered if you might like to submit an article? This issue's theme is Buddhist Cosmology.

You might like to write about your understanding of the Buddhist vision of the universe and its beings or compare cosmologies. Perhaps you are more of a graphic artist ... whatever moves you! Please submit to Arrow River Newsletter by November 15th to give us time to assemble the newsletter.

Oct 19, 2017

New Truck

Great News! Arrow River has purchased, as of Oct. 19, a 2012 Ford truck with 4-wheel drive and an extended cab. This is ideal for our needs and the road conditions here. Many thanks to all our generous supporters and donors who made this possible!

Oct 7 - 20, 2017

Ajahn Punnadhammo will be away from the Hermitage.

Oct 8
Kathina Ceremony  Tisarana Monastery, Perth, ON
Oct 10-11
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).
Oct. 13-19
Ajahn Punnadhammo will be teaching in New York, NY. Information can be found at Buddhist Insights > Calendar.

Sep 23, 2017

The Annual General Meeting of Arrow River Forest Hermitage will be held at the Hermitage property on Highway 593 (Devon Road) on Saturday, September. 23, 2017 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.

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 or just come out for the Dhamma Talk at 7 pm. Pot Luck meal at 10:30 am.

Work Retreat Days (weather permitting) - Come out early for puja at 7:30 a.m. or the meal at 10:30 and complete a task - work chores range from clearing trails to splitting and stacking wood to painting and cleaning. Build merit and help the Hermitage!  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.

2016

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.