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          A Refuge of Dhamma in the West Kootenays

Nelson. BC.

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Bhante Ānanda Smallwood Trail Walking Nelson BC
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Bhante Ānanda Departs for Sri Lanka.

Bhante Ānanda departs soon for Sri Lanka.
There, he will continue his practice for 5 months, returning to BC next year in early May.

Meal Offering to Bhante Ānanda Kootenay Tamil Kitchen Ciraj Premanantham
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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

Lunar Observance Teepee Meditation Hall at the HeartDhamma Hermitage in Nelson, BC
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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

Bhante Ānanda Walking Almsround Blewett Kootenay Lake
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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

Teepee Meditation Hall at the HeartDhamma Hermitage in Nelson, BC
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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

moon among fluffy clouds on a dusky evening
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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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Entering the Dhamma – Online Retreats

Entering the Dhamma, indeed!   Mettā gently eases and uplifts the mind. How fortunate to receive these teachings online and practice at home! 😊   Thank you, Bhante  🙏 The online retreat

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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