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          A Refuge of Dhamma in the West Kootenays

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Kataññutā – Gratefulness

Here at the Heart Dhamma Hermitage, we are so grateful to all those who have generously participated in the meal dana opportunity through the website. Thanks also to the Kootenay Tamil

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Lunar Observance Pūjā

Namo Buddhaya 🙏🏻 As you may already know, the Buddhist monastic calendar is based on the lunar cycles. Every full moon and new moon, monks and nuns of the same

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Practicing Generosity

Buddhist Monk going for Almsround in Blewett If you’ve ever had the opportunity to travel in Thailand, Myanmar or Sri Lanka, you may have noticed Theravada Buddhist monks and nuns

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Sunday Gatherings Resuming

Dear friends,   I hope this little message finds you well, enjoying these clear September days. As an update, Bhante Ananda returned last week, so our outdoor Sunday gatherings will

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Summer Building Projects

With much work and some willing hearts,  Some essential projects have been completed in order to have the capacity to receive visitors for short stays at the hermitage and to

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Robe Making Season

Every year during Vassa, the monsoon season of Northern India, monks take to solitary retreat and take advantage of this sedentary period to repair their robes or make new ones.

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The Beginning of Vassa

In Northern India, where the Buddha lived and taught, the year is mainly divided into three seasons, unlike our four familiar seasons here in the West. They are the Summer

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Happy Vesak

This 26th of May is the full moon which marks the triply auspicious date of the Birth, the Awakening and the passing into Parinibbāna of the Bhagavan Buddha. This day

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Slocan Retreat

What a special gift, to receive Buddha’s Teachings. Staying at this off-grid location in Terry’s hand-built homes, deeply enriched this wonderful experience. Many thanks to Bhante, and to everyone who

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Kuti Progress

The Kuti is coming along nicely! With the help of Marty, Grant and Bhante’s mom, serious progress has been made!   Just a few things that have been completed or

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Cottonwood Farmers Market

What does this mean and how can you participate? Like the Buddha, Buddhist monks and nuns choose to leave behind all worldly possessions to live a simple life dedicated to

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Kuti Pūjā

When: Friday, June 19th, 10:00am – 2:00pmWhere: 3414 Renwick Rd., Nelson (Blewett). You may park along the side of Renwick road.What to bring: folding chair, weather-appropriate clothing. Optional: offerings of