FAQ

What is Theravada Buddhism?
If you are wondering what Therevada Buddhism is all about click here.

What is Thai Forest Tradition?
Bodhi Sangha is affiliated with Birken Forest monastery, a branch monastery of the Thai Forest Tradition. For more information on the Thai Forest tradition, please click here.

How do I meditate?
If you have never meditated before. Click here. For more information contact us prior to your first visit and I can provide instructions just before the group meditation starts.

What should I bring?
We have a lots of zabutons (base cushions) for sitting, but if you want to bring your own cushions feel free to bring them. Alternatively you can always purchase a meditation bench. For more details on the bench click here. Feel free to bring a home booked snack or treat. For teas, please contact Dhammapala to see if there is a need.

Can I donate to the Bodhi Sangha?
If you wish to provide monetary donations there is a bowl labelled ‘Dana’ for you to do so. All donations will be collected and provided to Birken Forest Monastery. We also accept donations to Sakyadhita Canada. If you wish to donate to Sakyadhita, please contact Dhammapala.

Where do I get a meditation bench?
Our very own M.P. makes custom meditation benches. Find out more here.

What does the typical meeting look like?
9:45 onwards: Arrive 
10:00 am: Chanting
10:05 ish am – 10:50am: Meditation
10:50-11:00am: Stretch and tea (in silence)
11:00 am – 11:25 ish am: Dhamma Talk (or study topic)
11:25 – 11:45 am:  Dhamma discussion
11:45am: End

Don’t forget to check out our guidelines to know when there is silent time.

What should I wear?
Wear loose comfortable clothing and feel free to bring a shawl.

I’ve sat before but I could never do 40 minutes! Can I still come?
Absolutely. We do encourage guests to try and sit the full 40 minutes (you can surprise yourself) but understand that it may be a new challenge. If trying to stay with monkey mind doesn’t help or if you are feeling sleepy or too energetic, then you may switch from sitting meditation to standing meditation as quietly as possible. For more information contact us to discuss and we can set up a preview just before the group meditation starts.

I’m running late, can I still come?
Yes! If you are running late – (no worries if you are but do try let me know ahead of time if possible), enter the house, grab or set up your cushion quietly, and join us in meditation.

I have to leave early, is that ok?
Yes! Please refrain from leaving during the meditation portion or the Dhamma talk so as not to disturb others. The stretch period is the best time to leave.

I had to leave and skip the Dhamma talk. Can you share it with me?
We keep a brief log of each meeting in which you will find the Dhamma talk we listened to. You can find the sittings page here.