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2019/07/19 Quadra Island retreat with Venerable Viranani

Invitation from Josephine of Discovery Island Dhamma
It is with much pleasure that I am sharing the news that Buddhist nun Venerable Viranani will be returning to Quadra in July and offering a non-residential meditation retreat at the Quadra Community Centre July 19 – 21, 2019.
There will be a talk and guided meditation on the Friday evening (7-9pm), Saturday  (10am – 4pm, with a lunch break)  and Sunday (11:30am – 5:00pm) will be combination of sitting and walking meditation, with instructions and talks. 
For more information online, please visit: You do not need to have a Facebook account to view this event page. I will be updating the page with more details for the retreat and upcoming events. 
Everyone is welcome. No meditation experience is necessary to benefit from this heart-opening practice. I hope you will come and see for yourself.
TO REGISTER: please send an email with your full name. The $50 registration fee can be paid via e-transfer to this email address: or, cash or cheque in the mail: Josephine Tobin Box 788, Quathiaski Cove, BC V0P1N0.
Please feel welcome to share the information (PDF attached) and if you have any questions, please contact me.
With metta,

Opening the Heart with Loving-Kindness 

In this weekend retreat we will explore the beautiful spirit of Metta (loving kindness) both in formal meditation practice and the many ways it can be developed in everyday activities.
This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.

In keeping with the Buddhist tradition of generosity (dana), these teachings are offered freely. You are welcome to practice dana and donate to the teacher at the retreat. The registration fee will help cover organizational costs.

About the teacher:
Ven. V?rañ??i began to practice meditation in 1979, as a scientist and conservation biologist in Hawai’i and New Zealand. In the mid-1990s, she began to practice more intensively, and in 2003 took novice ordination in the Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw beginning a four-year period devoted to intensive practice. She took permanent ordination in Burma with Sayadaw U Pandita on New Year 2006, and now mostly resides at the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre North of Yangon. She teaches mett? and vipassan? meditation retreats worldwide.
Between 2005 and 2017 she was one of the editors (for Pali and English) of the translation from the Burmese of Mahasi Sayadaw’s Manual of Insight published by Wisdom Publications in 2017.
In 2008 she co-founded Metta In Action, a charity devoted to offering Burmese people in need the means and skills to help themselves.

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2017/05/25 VIMS AGM 2017

Victoria Insight Meditation Society (VIMS)

 Annual General Meeting

Minutes (approved)

Thursday May 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Agenda Items:

  1. Call to order


  1. Establish Quorum (minimum 3 members per VIMS’ bylaws)

Council: Brock Brown, Brian Chapel, Rhonda Duncan, June Fukushima, Bruce MacRae

Members: John Hilditch, Rod House, Joyce Elliott

Guests: Shelly Hilditch, Isabelle House

Absent with regrets: Joan Glover (Founding Member), Sandra Joy (Council)

  1. Approve Agenda

Motion from RodHouse to approve the agenda.

  1. Approve Minutes from May 26th, 2016 AGM


Motion from John Hilditch to approve the minutes from the May 26th, 2016 AGM.


(Bruce MacRaetomodifythewebsitetoindicatethatthe2016 AGM minutesareapproved)


  1. Financial Statement for January to December 2015


June Fukushima continued to fulfill the role of Treasurer in 2016 and Wei Wu the role of Bookkeeper.  Thanks to both June and Wei for their efficient oversight of VIMS finances.


Account balances as of December 31st, 2016:


Chequing Account:                        $5,888.83

Savings Account:                        $3,764.66

TOTAL:                                    $9,653.49


  1. Review of Financial Records


John Hilditch did a review (random sampling) of the Victoria IMS financial records and found everything to be in order.


Motion from Joyce Elliott to accept the financial records including the financial statement (point 5 above).



  1. Determine if audit is required


Motion from Rhonda Duncan that no audit will be required.


  1. Directors’ reports


The reports were pre-circulated to the members of VIMS.


Motion from Rod House to accept the reports.



  1. Transition to B.C.’s new Societies Act


The Victoria IMS constitution and bylaws will have to be amended by the fall of 2018. The amendments needed will be undertaken by Council and can be voted on at a special general meeting or at the next AGM to be in effect.


  • Election of officers


All current directors were willing to stand for another year and informed Brock Brown that they meet the necessary requirements.  As Sandra Joy was unable to attend the AGM she sent her consent to be elected in advance to Brock Brown.


Officers acclaimed on slate presented:


BrockBrown                        – Chair

Bruce MacRae            – Vice-Chair

June Fukushima            – Treasurer

Sandra Joy                        – Secretary

2019/04/28 Tuere Sala retreat audio day 2

The following files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria during a weekend retreat presented by Tuere Sala from Seattle.


2019/04/27 Tuere Sala Retreat Audio

The following files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria during a weekend retreat presented by Tuere Sala from Seattle. These files are from day one of the retreat.



The following files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria on The 23rd of February, 2019 during a retreat presented by Margo McLoughlin


2019/02/22 Margo McLoughlin Day one audio

The following files were recorded at Goward House on the 22nd of February 2019 during a retreat presented by Margo McLoughlin.


2019/01/23 Heather Martin Retreat Audio

The following audio files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria on 23 and 24 January 2019 during a retreat presented by Heather Martin.