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          A Refuge of Dhamma in the West Kootenays

Nelson. BC.

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Poya

In a message to our community, Bhante describes receiving dana on a poya day in Sri Lanka:

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Dewdrops of Dhamma

Greetings Dhamma friends, For your happy inspiration and contemplation, there are a number of ‘short teachings’ on this website, taken from Bhante Ānanda’s longer lessons. These offer a wide range

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Building Mettā, the Kuti

Building a Kuti This note from Bhante Ānanda regarding the kuti (a small monk dwelling) being built in Sri Lanka— I admit it feels pretty good to be in a

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Forest Life in Sri Lanka

Dear Dhamma friends 🌼 I hope this message finds you well, adjusting to winter, and fluctuating Covid conditions.As an update on our little Dhamma community, Bhante Ānanda remains in Sri

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

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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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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