We are a small group of Theravada Lay Buddhist practitioners based in Calgary, Alberta. Our group follows the examples of Theravada Forest Traditions(s) to accord as closely as possible to what the Buddha originally taught. We are also friends of Birken Forest Monastery and Canmore Theravada Buddhist Community.
Our practice involves meditation, listening to, and contemplating the Dhamma. Our group is open to all who wish to investigate along with us.
The term Bodhi refers to awakening and the Bodhi tree. Mitta refers to friends.
Kalyāṇamitta means beautiful friends or friendship.
Dhammapāla (along with his wife and three children who are absentee attendants) steward and host Bodhi Mitta
** PLEASE NOTE: There is a resident practitioner cat (Holmes). If you are allergic please let us know. We may be able to put him outside for the session. Otherwise we leave it to up your wise discernment🙏🏽
Our small group was created in 2015 by Dhammapāla who continues to host at his home on a weekly basis. His intent was to help deepen his commitment to his practice by creating a space for like minded individuals keen on learning the teachings of the Buddha. What started out simply as a meditation group has transformed into a beautiful alcove for reflecting on the Dhamma and cultivating wonderful friendship(s) along the Buddhist path.
The group was formerly named Bodhi Sangha. After learning that the term Sangha, in the Theravada tradition, refers only to monastic and Arahat communities, we decided to change our name. Out of respect and gratitude for the Sangha we decided to rename to Bodhi Mitta in 2020.
Our intent is to create a space that allows people to hear the Dhamma (the teachings of the Buddha), reflect on them, as well as to meditate together. In our current day and age we are blessed to have the teachings so readily available to us by many Ajahns (teachers).
A lot of the terminology used on this website and in our group is in Pali; a commonly used language within the Theravada world.
May all be well, free from harm, free from Dukkha, and peaceful 🙏🏽
OUR MEETING STRUCTURE
Our Meetings have a typical format of the following:
10am Chant and Meditate for 40-45 mins
10 min stretch and grabbing tea and snacks
Listen to a short Dhamma talk for 20 min
Share Reflections and Dhamma discussion
End at 11:45am
The last Sunday of every month, we dedicate the entire meeting to doing a deeper dive of the monthly study, in which we listen to the last talk of the relevant chapter followed by a Dhamma discussion. The monthly study sessions are focussed on the study topics offered by the Birken Upasika program.