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Saturday, May 27th, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Sunday, May 28th, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Goward House 
2495 Arbutus Road
Victoria, BC V8N 1V9

Please use the rear entrance to the building (around to the left and down the sidewalk or stairs).
The #11 bus stops nearby.

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Because the Buddha's teachings are considered to be priceless, and in keeping with the teachings and spirit of generosity or dana, this retreat is freely offered. Donations are welcomed.

There will be two dana baskets set out at the retreat. One basket will be for you to offer dana for Sati Saraniya Hermitage and a separate basket for organizational costs incurred by Victoria IMS. The suggested donation for operational costs for this two-day event is $40. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Three Faces of Mindfulness:
Effort, Purity, and Insight
Meditation Retreat with
Ayya Medhanandi Bhikkhuni

Ayya Medhanandi


Ayya Medhanandi Bhikkhuni is the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Saraniya Hermitage, a Theravada Buddhist monastery for women in Perth, Ontario. She began a spiritual quest in childhood that led her to a long retreat in Myanmar (Burma) in 1987. The following year, she requested full ordination as a bhikkhuni from her preceptor, Venerable Saydaw U Pandita. This was not yet possible for Theravda Buddhist women. Instead, he granted her 10-precept novice vows on condition that she take them for life.

After a military coup, she left Myanmar to train with the Thai Forest Sangha at Amaravati, UK and ten years later moved to New Zealand, and then SE Asia. In 2007, having been an alms mendicant nun for nearly 20 years, she received bhikkhuni ordination in Taiwan. In 2008, on invitation from the Ottawa Buddhist Society and Toronto Theravada Buddhist Community, Ayya returned to her native Canada to establish Sati Saraniya Hermitage.

Join us for this opportunity to be with Ayya Medhanandi. There will be periods of silent sitting and walking meditation and teachings throughout the day. This retreat is suitable for beginner or experienced meditators.

Ayya Medhanandi will be accompanied by Ayya Nimmala from Vancouver, BC.

Thank you,

Sheila Whincup (registrar)