Dear Friends, In this Issue...
  • Words from The Gem Set in Gold, Day Six
  • Financial Update & Student Loans
  • Dhamma Centre Update
  • Questions-and Answers
  • Dhamma Modana Virtual Monday Group Sittings
  • Virtual Group and Day Sittings & Pariyatti Free Resources

Words from The Gem Set in Gold


Financial Update & Student Loans

Dear Dhamma Brothers and Sisters, 

Dhamma Modana was purchased almost four years ago with help from many of you.  It truly was remarkable, the positive response to raise $1,500,000 in a short period of time.  The Center has grown from strength to strength through a difficult period, and with generous support, continued to be financially secure, meeting obligations and growing steadily throughout.  All loans have been repaid on the respective due dates over the last four years, and the current loan debt situation is $366,500.  

By the generosity of one lender, Dhamma Modana has a wonderful opportunity to repay their long-term loan of $260,000 interest free.  This loan was amortized for 20 years, interest bearing, compounded annually.  A component of the interest rate calculation is based on the Canadian inflation rate, which was 2% in 2018. As we are all aware, inflation is high now, currently at 7.7%, and the potential interest costs on this loan for the past four years is approximately $40,000. 

The lender has offered to waive the $40,000 interest if some or all of the principal can be paid by September 1st, 2022. Wishing to take advantage of this generous offer, once again, we find ourselves in need of financial assistance by way of loans, short or long term, interest bearing or interest free. 

As the recipient of a series of recent donations, the VIVA Trust has sufficient finances available to apply $140,000 to the debt, leaving $120,000 to fully retire the debt and save the interest costs. (If unable to fully retire the loan, interest will continue to be calculated after the pay down and will potentially be based on the inflation rate.) We have also kept funds in reserve to ensure we have enough available to cover one year’s worth of operating costs in the event of any unforeseen circumstances.  

Continued Old Student support, both locally and from around the globe, has made Dhamma Modana a viable and much appreciated addition to the Dhamma Community. In this spirit, an update to the present financial picture and the needs of Dhamma Modana are being shared with our Old Student, Dhamma Community. 

If you have any questions or are able to help, please contact Deborah Harding by August 7th. 

([email protected] or 250-228-1431) 

With metta and much appreciation for your kind attention. 

Dhamma Modana Finance Committee 


Dhamma Modana Centre Update

Local Support Team & In-Between Courses 

Dhamma Modana has a team of local old students who step in to support and fill management responsibilities. The local support team is looking to train interested old students who are able to attend a minimum of 2 - Between Courses per year, no prior experience required but in-person training will be provided.  Between courses can be viewed at Dhamma Modana's Course Schedule. Training will include duties such as, welcoming new servers to the centre, communication with management and centre teacher, overseeing and assigning tasks.


If you live within a 2 hour drive from the Centre and are interested in serving on the Local Support Team, please contact [email protected]
If you are interested to stay longer at the centre in the sit, serve, serve program please contact [email protected].


Questions and Answers

June 2022

Question: I have been noticing my thoughts during my sittings and kinda throughout the day. More so after my first retreat March 2022. It seems like I have so many thoughts, some replaying recent interactions/event or thought patterns that seem to unfurl from something random or empty (sights, feelings in my body).

My question is, should I be practicing more heavier Anapana breathing to concentrate the mind during my sittings when I realize I am observing thoughts?

Answer: This is totally normal! The more time we practice Vipassana, the more aware we become of this mental chatter. It is actually part of the process and how the sankharas often come up--with thoughts.

Just keep bringing your awareness back to the physical bodily sensations as soon as you realize your mind has gotten pulled into the thoughts. It's a constant battle and some times it's harder than others. When you really feel the thoughts have won, you're right to try Anapana for a few minutes. But don't wait until the mind is totally quiet to try and do Vipassana--otherwise there's a risk you'll rarely get there!

Question: How should I let a part of my mind be aware that these sensations are changing?

Answer: This is an excellent question and one that we have to answer by practice. In other words, it is a repeated training of re-evaluation of the sensations. When you observe sensations you are continually trying to remember not to react and that the sensations are a manifestation of some change or another. In the same way that you "know" a sensation is pleasant or unpleasant, painful or dense, vibrating or tingling, you can also "know" impermanence or anicca, that is, that the sensation is a manifestation of change.

The automatic knowing about what a sensation is has been learned from childhood, and so the knowing that a sensation is impermanent also has to be learned. Since the knowing and labeling of sensations by characteristic was learned from the time we were born and acquired language, there have been decades of that reinforced learning. The understanding of anicca has to be learned now and newly and this is best done when we are sitting on our cushions and practicing Vipassana. While we got a late start on this, it's not too late to learn!

So don't get discouraged by the subtlety of this learning. It requires a constant turning of the mind to an appreciation of any sensation as a changing phenomenon, and this even if the change isn't itself apparent in the sensation.

If you have questions about your practice you may email 
at‑[email protected] indicating whether you prefer an email response or a phone call.

Dhamma Modana Virtual Sitting

Weekly Group Sitting / Dhamma Modana / Followed by Q&A and Discussion

Dhamma Modana's weekly group sittings are on Mondays, 7pm-8pm, followed by Q&A.  
All old students are welcome to join through the link or by calling in.

Link:  Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Phone:  +1 647-317-5363   Canada, Toronto (Toll)
Conference ID: 843 089 335#
Dhamma Modana, June 2022

Pariyatti Free Resources & Newsletters

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You may enjoy and be inspired by the Daily Words of the Buddha in your inbox each morning. A lovely way to start the checking email part of your day.

Visit Pariyatti’s archive of featured articles. You can read the latest December Pariyatti newsletter,  available for download here. App

There are many audio, video and written resources now available on the app to support your practice, including:
  • Self course FAQs for doing your own self course
  • On the Subject of Happiness
  • Video documentaries “From Myanmar to the World” and many more
More Resources

For more resources, visit the Dhamma Modana website. To access the Dhamma Modana old student website and all Vipassana related sites, the username is: oldstudent and the password is always the same. 

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