Friday, October 12 Public Talk 7:00pm
Saturday, October 13 One Day Meditation Retreat 9:00am – 4:00pm
There will be a lunch break, so please bring a potluck item to share. The admission to these events are by dana (donation).
This event takes place at Kelowna Yoga House, 1272 St. Paul St. Kelowna
Born in Canada, Ven. Sona’s background as a layperson was in classical guitar performance. His encounter with Buddhist wisdom as a young man initiated a spiritual journey that led him to become a lay hermit for several years. He subsequently ordained as a Theravada monk under Ven. Gunaratana, at the Bhavana Society in West Virginia, where his first years of training took place. Ven. Sona further trained for over three years at Ajahn Chah’s forest monasteries in northeast Thailand, particularly Wat Pah Nanachat. Upon his return to Canada in 1994, he founded the first ‘Birken Forest Monastery’ near Pemberton, B.C. As its spiritual guide, Ajahn (“teacher”) Sona has led the monastery through each stage of its growth. In 2001, Ajahn Sona established Birken (or, ‘Sītavana’, ‘cool forest’) to its final location just south of Kamloops, B.C. www.birken.ca