Dear Friends and Students:

Just a note to check how everybody is doing during the cocooning going on.  May you be safe and healthy.

Sunday morning Zoom for meditation, chanting, and teaching.

10:00 a.m. to 10:15: Meditation
10:15 a.m. to 10:50: Chanting
10:50 a.m.: Teaching

You must register for the Zoom session, at which time a password will be sent to you to access the virtual Meditation Room.

The Zoom gathering is being held Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., as you know.  Our IT person is Kosu Boudreau, who has a background in Korean Zen, with my teacher, and has other Dharma contacts over the years.  She is a Spiritual Counsellor at St. Joseph's Hospital.
If you are interested in attending, please register with me via email.  I will send the information on to Kosu who will be sending you an email inviting you to the meeting, with all the information for accessing the sessions.  She will also be asking you if you have a preferred email to be contacted for the sessions.  

Beginning on Sunday, June 7 at 10 a.m. we will have our regular Sunday service followed by a series of talks on 
The Ten Oxherding Pictures.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all next week.

Approach this situation with empathy and understanding. Use this crisis as an opportunity to slow down, practice, clear your mind, calm your body and live in the moment.

You can continue to recite your precepts on your own and practice meditation every day at home. I'm always available via email or telephone.

May you have good health and peace of mind!

Thích nữ Tịnh Quang 

RIP Farley 

Farley died suddenly this morning, Saturday, April 11.   I will be miss him; he was a good boy.  
May he be blessed and happy on his new journey.  Please include him in your practice that he may find a happy life.

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Zen Buddhism is non-theistic, so its emphasis is on realizing our Buddha Nature, the nature of the self.  Therefore, all of Zen's rituals point to the oneness of the self and the ten thousand things.  Zen liturgy is upaya,- skillful means.  Like meditation and all the areas of zen training, it functions as a way of uncovering the truth which is the life of each one of us.

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality.  Buddhist practices like meditation, are means of changing yourself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom.  The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path; a path which ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood.  An enlightened being sees the nature of reality absolutely clearly, just as it is, and lives fully and naturally in accordance with that vision.  This is the goal of the Buddhist spiritual life, representing the end of suffering for anyone who attains it.

Because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator god, some people do not see it as a religion in the Western sense.  The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical:  nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible.  So, Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, caste, sexuality, or gender.  It teaches practical methods which enable people to realise and use its teachings in order to transform their experience, and instead of being a victim or blaming, to be fully responsible for their lives.



Every Sunday
10 a.m.



June 7         - Meditation, Chanting and Dharma Talk
June 14       - Meditation, Chanting and Dharma Talk
June 21       - Samatha & Vipassana Meditation with Talk
June 28       - Zen Practice

    SEARCH this site for details on each of the above practices

    74 Alpine Avenue
    Hamilton, Ontario
    (north of Concession St., West of U. Wentworth)


    Welcome to our Dharma School! 

    Chùa Huong Dam Temple & Little Heron Zen Hermitage


    Teacher:  Thích nữ Tịnh Quang

    Through stories and songs, art projects and games, discussions and ritual, young people in our Dharma School are offered opportunities to deepen their understanding of themselves, the teachings of Buddhism, and the practice of the Dharma in their daily lives.  We strive to navigate a Middle Way between a sense of the sacred, mysterious, and ceremonial, and the light-hearted songs-and-games side of life.  The children learn to use tools to tackle the deeper questions, and have a good time doing it.
    Dharma School is for children and young people ages 8-18 who are interested in Buddhism or who come from Buddhist homes. It meets roughly the last two Sundays of each month from January to June.  A summer schedule will be posted at a later date.
    We do not require that either the family or the child identify as Buddhist. Some Dharma School students have no affiliation with Chùa Huong Dam or Little Heron Zen Hermitage, outside of Dharma School.  Acknowledging the validity of the spiritual path that their parents are on is an important part of supporting these children.  We do ask that children have parental consent, that they are interested in Buddhism, and are willing to participate fully.  Parents are welcome to attend the class with their children, if they do not already participate at a temple.
    Other Dharma School activities may include picnics and family days, participation in sangha activities, performances for the sangha, service projects, and occasional overnights during summer “camp” at the Temple.

    Time is always on Sunday at 2:00 (sharp), unless otherwise noted.

    Breathing Meditation
    Mindfulness of Senses
    Mindfulness of Body

    Walking Meditation
    Mindfulness of Emotions

    Mindfulness of Thoughts Mindfulness of Eating

    Acts of Kindness

    Cancellations:  In the case of inclement weather or any other unforeseen event, Dharma School teachers may independently determine that based on where in the area they live, it's best to stay home. If this is the case, cancellation will be posted at www.zenbuddhistnun.blogspot.com.  Parents are asked to let Su Co know if their child will be absent.

    Chua Huong Dam Temple
    208 Brucedale Ave E, Hamilton, ON L9A 3M8
    Phone:  905-387-5905


    • Upasakas and Upasikas:  If you have taken precepts, wear your practice robe. 

    • Wear loose, clean clothing, something that is comfortable and allows you to stretch.

    • Sweat pants and shirt are fine; shorts and tank tops - NO!

    •  Avoid bright colours. Shirts with logos and writing can be distracting to a quiet, peaceful atmosphere.  

    •  Wear socks in the meditation room all year round. Warm socks are a good idea in the winter, as you will be asked to remove your shoes at the door.  

    •  Perfume and jewellery are not worn in the meditation room!


    Recitation of the 3 Refuges, 5 Precepts  will take place on the Thursday closest to the Full Moon, before Members' Sitting, unless otherwise noted*. If you have taken Refuge and the 5 Precepts, in any tradition, please join us on the following dates, in 2020.

    The following are the dates for Taking Refuge and Recitation of the Precepts.

    June 13131
    July 2
    August 6
    September 3
    October 1
    November 26
    December 31

    * IMPORTANT - See note below

    7:30 p.m.

    *  When the evening is cancelled for the group, recitation of the 3 refuges and 5 precepts are performed on your own.


    The Uposatha is a time to intensify one's own meditation and Dharma practice, for instance, meditating an extra session or for a longer time, reading or chanting special Buddhist texts, recollecting or giving in some special way.

    One can observe Uposatha on the days of half-moon, new moon, and full moon of each lunar month.  Traditionally, the Uposatha days are observed ten times a month, on the 1st, 8th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 23rd, 24th and final three days of each lunar month. 

    On each Uposatha Day, devout Upāsaka and Upāsikā (those who have taken lay-precepts) practice the Eight Precepts, perhaps echoing the Buddha's teaching that laypeople should "imitate" arhats on Uposatha days.

    For lay practitioners, the Uposatha is a time to intensify one's meditation and Dharma practice.  For example, meditating for an extra session or a longer time, reading or chanting special sutras, eating only vegetarian, and practicing Dana.

    The Eight Precepts are for upāsakas and upāsikās who wish to practice Buddhism more strictly than through adherence to the five precepts. The eight precepts focus both on avoiding morally bad behaviour, as do the five precepts, and on leading a more ascetic life.
    The Buddha gave teachings on how the eight precepts are to be practiced, and on the right and wrong ways of practicing the eight precepts.
    1. I undertake to abstain from causing harm and taking life (both human and non-human), and to abstain from eating meat.
    2. I undertake to abstain from taking what is not given (for example stealing, displacements that may cause misunderstandings).
    3. I undertake to abstain from sexual activity.
    4. I undertake to abstain from wrong speech: telling lies, deceiving others, manipulating others, using hurtful words.
    5. I undertake to abstain from using intoxicating drinks and drugs, which lead to carelessness.
    6. I undertake to abstain from eating at the wrong time (the right time is after sunrise, before noon).
    7. I undertake to abstain from singing, dancing, playing music, attending entertainment performances, wearing perfume, and using cosmetics and garlands (decorative accessories).
    8. I undertake to abstain from luxurious places for sitting or sleeping, and overindulging in sleep.

    Below are list of Buddhist observance day for year 2020

    JANUARY 2020 (2563)
    2 (Thu)
    9 (Thu)- Full Moon
    17 (Fri)
    24 (Fri)- New Moon

    FEBRUARY 2020 (2563)

    1 (Sat)
    8 (Sat)- Magha Puja Day
    16 (Sun)
    22 (Sat)- New Moon

    MARCH 2020 (2563)

    1 (Sun)
    8 (Sun)- Full Moon
    16 (Mon)
    23 (Mon)- New Moon
    31 (Tue)

    APRIL 2020 (2563)

    7 (Tue)- Full Moon
    15 (Wed)
    21 (Tue)- New Moon
    29 (Wed)

    MAY 2020 (พฤษภาคม 2563)

    6 (Wed)- Full Moon- WESAK DAY (VISAKHA BUCHA)
    14 (Thu)
    21 (Thu)- New Moon
    29 (Fri)

    JUNE 2020 (2563)

    5 (Fri)- Full Moon
    13 (Sat)
    20 (Sat)- New Moon
    28 (Sun)

    JULY 2020 (2563)

    5 (Sun)- Full Moon- Asalha Puja-
    13 (Mon)
    20 (Mon) – New Moon
    28 (Tue)

    AUGUST 2020 (2563)

    4 (Tue)- Full Moon
    12 (Wed)
    18 (Tue)- New Moon
    26 (Wed)

    SEPTEMBER 2020 (2563)

    2 (Wed)- Full Moon
    10 (Thu)
    17 (Thu)- New Moon
    25 (Fri)

    OCTOBER 2020 (2563)

    2 (Fri)- Full Moon
    10 (Sat)
    16 (Fri)- New Moon
    24 (Sat)
    31 (Sat)- Full Moon

    NOVEMBER 2020 (2563)

    8 (Sun)
    15 (Sun)- New Moon
    23 (Mon)
    30 (Mon)- Full Moon

    DECEMBER 2020 (2563)

    8 (Tue)
    14 (Mon)- New Moon
    22 (Tue)


    Registration is required for all programmes, except Sunday morning sesshins. Please email to the address indicated in the programme outline on this site, with the following information.

    1. Register by emailing sistertinhquang (at) yahoo (dot) ca. (one registration per Contact).
    2. Full Name (Dharma name if you have taken Refuge)
    3. Address, including postal code
    4. Day & Evening telephone numbers
    5. Email address
    6. The programme in which you are interested in Subject Line.

    Space is limited ... register early! Registrations must be received no later than 5 days before the intended programme.

    Your registration will be confirmed by email.




    *Dana, or generosity, is a lovely tradition in Buddhism that allows students the chance to convey their appreciation for Buddhist teachings by assisting the Sangha. A gift of Dana comes from our heart and is suitable to the circumstances. Each gift is valued and every practitioner appreciated.

    Your Dana helps a lot. All Dana is suggested only. There is no wish to deprive anyone of the opportunity to attend a workshop or other sessions because of financial inability.  Place Dana in an envelope and hand it directly to the teacher.  An alternative is to bring a non-perishable food item.



    The Last Sunday of every month.  2020 dates are:


    10:00 a.m.

    Zen Meditation 
    Zen Talk 
    by Su Co Tinh Quang

    Sitting in meditation is not a position of the body, it is a mental exercise where we remain still and silent as we observe the energy of our life.
    Being in the eye of the storm of the physical realm, we experience peace and tranquility. This is being in the moment, here and now.
    Opening the mind's eye, we see the One.


    Toward the end of his life, the Buddha took his disciples to a quiet pond for instruction. As they had done so many times before, the Buddha’s followers sat in a small circle around him, and waited for the teaching.
    But this time the Buddha had no words. He reached into the muck and pulled up a lotus flower. And he held it silently before them, its roots dripping mud and water.

    The disciples were greatly confused. Buddha quietly displayed the lotus to each of them. In turn, the disciples did their best to expound upon the meaning of the flower: what it symbollized, and how it fit into the body of Buddha’s teaching.

    When at last the Buddha came to his follower Mahakasyapa, the disciple suddenly understood. He smiled and began to laugh. Buddha handed the lotus to Mahakasyapa and began to speak.

    “What can be said I have said to you,” smiled the Buddha, “and what cannot be said, I have given to Mahakashyapa.”
    Mahakashyapa became Buddha’s successor from that day forward.

    The Flower Sutra is a sutra in the Zen (or Chan) tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. It's earliest versions date from the 11th century. Zen Buddhism stresses wordless insight more than most other types of Buddhism. This sutra exemplifies that very well.
    In many versions of this sutra the Buddha doesn't walk around, he merely holds up the Lotus, roots and all, to a group of disciples. Most disciples are confused.

    Mahakashyapa smiles.

    To Zen Buddhists this sutra shows the origins of the wordless teachings of Zen - its history started with the Buddha himself.


    Bodhi Day (Buddha's Enlightenment Day)! 

    Sunday, December 8, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

    Bodhi Day is a holiday which falls on December 8th and celebrates the day in which Siddhartha Gautama sat underneath the Bodhi tree and attained enlightenment. This one defining moment would become the central foundation upon which Buddhism has been built upon for the last 2,500 years. It is a day on which followers can renew their dedication to Buddhism; reaffirm themselves to enlightenment, compassion, and kindness to other living creatures; and also understand the relevance of this religion as it applies to the modern world.

    Bodhi Day can be celebrated in a number of different ways. Often, Buddhist homes will have ficus religiousa tree that they decorate with beads and multi-colored lights – much in the same way that Christians decorate their Christmas trees. They will also put on reflective ornaments that represent the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Some people will spend the day meditating on the life of Buddha.

    Here, at the Hermitage, we will have a 2 hour sitting, followed by our traditional rice pudding and tea.

    Please register that you are coming by email - sistertinhquang (at) yahoo.ca, BY DECEMBER 5 (preferably sooner - thanks).

    MEDITATION COURSE & PRACTICE - Samatha and Vipassana

    Meditation Course and Practice

    Sundays at 10 a.m.


    This is a course and each week has a different lesson, which builds on previous classes)

    Little Heron Zen Hermitage
    74 Alpine Avenue


    Whether you are a long time meditator or just beginning, it is always good to strengthen and deepen concentration, awareness, and mindfulness. Please consider refreshing and revitalizing your own practice, or recommending these options to family and friends.

    You've heard of Zen. You may even have had moments of Zen--instances of insight and a feeling of connectedness and understanding that seemed to come out of nowhere.  But what exactly is Zen?

    The scholarly answer to that question is that Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that emerged in China about 15 centuries ago. In China, it is called Ch'an Buddhism. Ch'an is the Chinese rendering of the Sanskrit word dhyana, which refers to a mind absorbed in meditation.

    "Zen" is the Japanese rendering of Ch'an. Zen is called Thien in Vietnam and Seon in Korea. In any language, the name could be translated "Meditation Buddhism."

    Everyone can benefit from this practice. It helps free us from illusion so that we can look at ourselves with greater clarity and make appropriate changes in our lives. We become aware of the depth of selfishness and the real intent that can motivate actions that are thought to be altruistic.

    Taught by Thich nu Tinh Quang, the original techniques used are for increasing your awareness and freeing yourself of painful mental habits. 

    You can learn the basics of meditation from books, websites and videos. However, if you're serious about pursuing a regular meditation practice, it is important to have a teacher and to sit meditation with others at least once a week; most people find it deepens the practice.  Every Sunday morning there is a meditation practice, either 15 minutes or an hour depending on the Sunday.

    Like many aspects of Buddhism, most of us have to practice meditation for a while to appreciate it. At first you might think of it primarily as mind training, and of course, it is. If you stay with the practice, however, your understanding of why you sit will change. This will be your own personal and intimate journey, and it may not resemble the experience of anyone else. 

    It is street parking here, so allow yourself time to find a place to park as we start promptly at 10:00 a.m.  

    Dana is gratefully accepted.