Day of Mindfulness – 18 June 2017

The next Ottawa Pagoda Sangha Day of Mindfulness (DoM) is June 18th – Father’s Day! It will be held at the home of Millaray Sanchez.

If you need directions, please send her an e-mail at: millaraysanchez [at] rogers [dot] com.

As usual – to simplify things – please bring your own lunch!


9:30 Arrive
10:00 Sitting/walking meditation
11:00 Tea break
11:15 Watch DVD / listen to Dharma talk.
12:00 Lunch in noble silence
12:30 Dharma sharing
1:30 Sitting meditation
2:00 DoM ends

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May 12-14 Retreat with the Nuns and Monks of Blue Cliff Monastery

This post is to announce that six monastics from Blue Cliff Monastery ( will be leading a weekend residential retreat at St Paul University, Ottawa Ontario from May 12-14, 2017.  For details, including the link to on-line registration, a draft retreat schedule etc. please see 


Peace in Oneself, Peace in the World

A Retreat with the Nuns and Monks of Blue Cliff Monastery

in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

May 12-14, 2017, St Paul University, Room L120, 233 Main St, Ottawa
Ontario, K1S IC4


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Ottawa Wakeup Meeting Nov. 28

(La version française suit l’anglais)

Dear Friends,

Wake Up Ottawa has finally found a space for regular practice sessions and is holding its first weeknight meeting!

Please join us on Monday, November 28th, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. We will have a meet & greet followed by some sitting & walking meditation – more details to follow very soon.

The meeting will be held in the attic yoga studio of the NECTAR community cetnre in New Edinburgh (top floor). If you have any problems accessing the building please give Ben a call on 613-869-4273. NECTAR is easily accessible by public transport: OC Transpo buses 1, 5, 7 and 9 all stop nearby. There is also ample parking available on Mackay and Dufferin.

We look forward to seeing you!

Also, for those of you that have not seen the facebook event, please note that Wake Up Montreal are having a weekend of mindfulness this Saturday & Sunday. Further details are on the facebook page ( Please note that if you want to attend, registration is mandatory at this link:

A lotus,
Wake Up Ottawa

Cher(e)s ami(e)s,

Wake Up Ottawa a enfin trouvé un espace pour pratiquer regulièrement. Nous allons donc avoir notre premier réunion!

Veuillez nous rejoindre le lundi 28 novembre, de 18h30 à 20h30. Nous commencerons avec un meet & greet, suivi de la méditation assise et marchante – nous communiquerons plus de détails très bientôt.

La réunion aura lieu dans la grenier / studio yoga de la centre communautaire NECTAR, à Nouvelle Edimbourg (dernier étage). Si vous avez des problèmes quelconque pour accéder au batiment, veuillez appeler Ben sur 613-869-4273. Le centre NECTAR est facilement accesible avec des transports en commun. Les bus numéros 1, 5, 7 et 9 s’arrêtent à proximité. Il y a aussi des places pour se stationner sur Mackay et Dufferin.

Nous avons très hâte de vour voir!

En plus, pour ceux qui n’ont pas vu l’evenement facebook, veuillez noter que nos amis à Wake Up Montréal font un weekend de pleine conscience ce samedi et dimanche. Les détails sont dispos sur facebook ( Notez bien que l’inscription est obligatoire si vous pensez y aller. Le lien pour l’inscription est:

Un lotus,
Wake Up Ottawa
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Visitation for Laureen Osborne : Nov. 19


Osborne, Laureen

June 16, 1957 to November 10, 2016
A Life of Passion

Laureen’s year long journey with cancer has ended. With her husband by her side, Laureen drew her last, peaceful breath. She had been surrounded all week by family, friends and caring members of her Sangha community that shared their love and support during her last difficult days. Dog lover, dog groomer, lecturer, author, painter and Dharma teacher, Laureen’s short life was full of accomplishments that grew from her many talents and passions. She will be dearly missed by her beloved husband Rick Gumbs, step-daughter Kristen Cinnamon (Devon), grandchildren Paige and Owen, brother Stephen Osborne (Louise Normand), niece Christina Osborne (Justin Labrecque), mother-in-law Patricia Gumbs; sisters-in-law Wendy Redway and Linda Weshefshky (Tony), brother-in-law David Gumbs (Elizabeth), nieces Amanda and Diana, nephews Brandon and Austin, the entire extended Gumbs and Osborne Families, special friends Lynda and Jim Lennox, and especially all her dear loving friends at The Ottawa Pagoda Sangha.
Visitation will be held at the

Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes
3440 Richmond Road, Nepean

on Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. until time of Memorial Service in the chapel at 2:30 p.m. Dress is casual. In lieu of flowers, Laureen would welcome donations to any charity of the attendant’s choice. Condolences and donations may be made at

She may be gone from our embrace, but as long as each of us shall live, she will never truly die.

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Remembering Laureen Osborne

Dear Thay, dear beloved community, dear friends,

Our beloved sister, Dharma Teacher Laureen Osborne – Chân Anh Chân (True Beautiful Truth) transitioned peacefully from this life late Thursday evening, Nov 10th at the Ottawa Hospital, after a long and difficult journey with lung cancer.


Florida May 2016

Laureen was a true pillar of the Ottawa Pagoda Sangha, since the beginning of her practice with us in 2003. In 2008 Laureen received the 14 Mindfulness trainings at Maple Village, Quebec, and became a member of the Order of Interbeing.


Galilee November 2014

In the spring of 2014 Laureen was invited to Plum Village, France, to receive the transmission of the Lamp of Wisdom from our dear respected teacher, Thay Nhat Hanh.


Plum Village May 2014

In the tradition of the Zen lineage for this ceremony, Laureen and Thay exchanged these gathas:

Laureen’s Gatha to Thay:

Far from the path,
My thoughts scatter like leaves
You take my hand and we walk together
Like buds unfurling in spring
Awareness unfolds
Slowly, my eyes open: I smile

 Thay’s Gatha to Laureen:

 A Harmonious Sangha always brings forth outstanding members of the Sangha
Countless flowers of true love have manifested because of that
Every step can make the pure land into a reality
Every step makes heaven and earth collaborate to celebrate the plum blossom festival

Laureen manifested her deep commitment to the practice, her love for the Dharma, and her support for the Sangha in countless ways that will continue to manifest and bloom in us, as her continuation. Laureen poured her heart into everything she did – dog grooming, vegetarianism, painting, teaching mindfulness – with passion, zest, talent, dedication, and clarity, and above all, with love and generosity.

Sangha friends and Dharma Teachers from the Maple Village Sangha, Brother Chân Cơ, Mme Nhung, Sister Huyền-Châu, Sister Kim-Hằng traveled from Montreal last Saturday to offer a beautiful chant for Laureen. Laureen was as dearly beloved by the Maple Village Sangha as they were to her.


Maple Village September 2015

Thank you, Laureen, for all the blessings your life has given to the many beings who had the privilege to be touched by it.  We bow to you in gratitude.

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Remainder of Fall Schedule

Dear Friends,

Belatedly, here is the remainder of the fall schedule :

09 Inviting the Bell (Mihaela and Sheila)
16 Fourteen Verses on Meditation (TBD)
23 Five Mindfulness Trainings Recitation (TBD)
30 Dharma Talk (Vinh)
07 Deep Relaxation (Mihaela)
14 Tea Ceremony and Songs & Poems Facilitator (Brenda)
21 Breathing Meditation (André)

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Dear Thay, Happy Continuation Day….

…with love, from the Ottawa Pagoda Sangha

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