Photos from 2004 onwards - Uploaded in Spring 2022
Three Friends who supported and regularly attended events in the basement room on Woolwich Street, Guelph. From 2004-05.
Three Friends with Harshaprabha at a day event at arrive YOGA, Guelph. April 2014
A day event held at Living Yoga (now arrive YOGA). Friends old and new attended. (2015)
Sue, Kerry and Harshaprabha at a day event at arrive YOGA, April 2012.
27 & 28 April 2013. Friends at the McKay Centre for Seniors, Goderich.
Three Friends at the first ever event on returning a year after leaving Guelph; a weekend event at the community centre, Cole Road Co-operative Community. About twelve people attended the 2 day event, new and old Friends. (2006)
A day event where friends from Guelph and Toronto attended. The couple from Toronto originally came from Mexico. (June 2007)
The first weekend retreat held at Glen Tara Retreat Centre, Halton region, November 2008. The retreat was well attended by Friends from Goderich, Guelph, Toronto and Chris, a Mitra from Colchester, Essex, UK
September 2012. Friends who attended a weekend retreat at Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh near Lake Huron. All were from Huron County, Guelph and Toronto.
A weekend retreat held at Renewal Retreat, Belgrave. Nagarakshita from the UK supported the retreat which had friends from Huron County and Toronto enjoying a spacious weekend retreat not far from Goderich. (September 2012)
The Buddha image that is used at TBCO events in Ontario. Bought in Guelph during Harshaprabha's stay in 2004 - 05. The photo below it is of Sangharakshita the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community and Order. (April 2012)
The shrine in the basement room on Woolwich Street, Guelph. It was made up and taken apart for every event. (2004-05)
An event set up by my good friend Sue Rochford at her and her husband’s home. Both meditation and Buddhism was introduced. (2005)
A weekend retreat 5 & 6 April 2014 at the McKay Centre for Seniors, Goderich led by Vimalasara and Harshaprabha with Friends visiting from Vancouver, Toronto, Goderich and Huron County.
A weekend event in Goderich with friends from Toronto, Sudbury and Goderich. Held at a local B&B. (October 2014)
Friends from Toronto and Sudbury on a weekend event at Finlandia Village, Sudbury. (June 2015)
The building in the centre where a weekly Newcomers event was held in the basement room. Guelph 2004-05 - Woolwich Street, Guelph
Goderich 29 April 2017
NEWCOMERS EVENTS IN GODERICH AND GUELPH
Led by Harshaprabha
Goderich = 14 May
Guelph = 15 May
Program the same for Goderich & Guelph:-
Start 10.30am Introduction to Mindfulness of Breathing meditation and practicing it. Tea break. Introduction to Sangha (Spiritual Community) followed by discussion.
Start 2.30pm Introduction to Metta Bhavana meditation and practicing it. Tea break. Introduction to What Supports a Buddhist Life followed by discussion.
Goderich Events to be held at Paula Harris’s house:-
124 Brimicombe Crescent
Guelph Events to be held at Living Yoga & Health
105 Wyndham St N
No charge for the Events.
Donations most welcome.
On 10th June I returned back from a two week trip to Ontario, Canada where I went to lead eight Newcomers Events in two towns (Goderich & Sudbury) and a city (Guelph).
It was my best and most travelled trip ever. Kindness was a recurrent theme. This I experienced from the time I got on the plane to go there to the time I walked off the plane on my return.
I started two days after arriving by driving two hours to Goderich on Lake Huron to lead an Event on the first Friday night where 19 people attended and then the next day another one in a different location in the town where 8 attended. The next day I led two Events in Guelph which were attended by 5 and then 3 people. The following weekend I was driven five hours to Sudbury to lead two Events on the Saturday and Sunday. 8 came for the Saturday and 6 for the Sunday.
What was interesting in Sudbury was that the event was held at Finlandia Village, a lovely retirement village with a good variety of options for living and so well looked after. The woman I first spoke to in the small hall we hired was a member of the kitchen staff. I noticed her accent wasn’t Canadian or Finnish! She originated from Crystal Palace in London, UK and had moved to Canada to live with family in the town since her husband died four years ago!!
Those who attended each of the events were genuinely looking to make more of their spiritual lives and most wish to remain in contact.
In between Newcomers activities I met friends in all the places mentioned, some I have known since 2004. It was great to catch up with their lives and times and them mine.
I had one day in Toronto where I spent a good part of the day with Suprabha and her husband Govind from Nagpur. They were there for a month visiting their daughter Shruti who is a friend.
I had a much stronger impression that it would be good to return and live in Canada if opportunities allowed. I wonder what those opportunities might be!?
Sudbury Saturday 6 June at Finlandia Village
See under Retreats for details.
There is an interest in setting up a Triratna Buddhist Community Group in Montreal. Two Friends there have appreciated what our Buddhist Movement has to offer and are in communication with Harshaprabha and a French woman Order Member to set up a group there. This would be a great development.
Buddhapalita from Missoula, Montana visited Toronto at the end of September 2010 to market Tipus Chai www.tipuschai.com at at The Canadian Coffee and Tea Show. Buddhapalita was Ordained with Harshaprabha in Tuscany 1982
Melissa, Joe and Harshaprabha spent an excellent evening with him.
Melissa, Buddhapalita and Joe
Harshaprabha, Melissa and Joe
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT
I try to visit twice a year and on all occasions notice that the Dharma as set out by Sangharakshita has an uplifting effect on all that come in contact with it.
Would like to support my work in Ontario, Canada, if so then please contact me to arrange a safe way for your donation to be made.
With heartfelt thanks and appreciation,