News & Events

Bhante Rahula's Visit to B.C. - November 2013

“Meditation – The Body/Mind Connection”
Bhante Yogavacara Rahula's  Events in British Columbia
November 2–23, 2013 – Vancouver, Kelowna & Birken Forest Monastery

We are pleased to announce that Bhante Yogavacara Rahula, a senior monk in the Theravada forest tradition, will be visiting British Columbia in November 2013 and will be leading public events and retreats in Vancouver, Kelowna as well as at Birken.

...For information on Bhante Rahula's events in Vancouver and Kelowna, please visit:

...*Registration is now open* for Bhante Rahula's 10-day "Mindfulness Meditation with Yoga" Retreat to be held at Birken (Nov. 8 - 17, 2013).  For more info. and details on how to register, please visit:

New YouTube Channel Features Video Talks by Ajahn Sona

During the period of Ajahn Sona's year-long solitary retreat (April 2013 - April 2014), Birken will be uploading a new series of video talks from our 2013 Winter Retreat.  Starting in early June 2013, a new talk will be posted approximately every two weeks so that our many friends and supporters can stay connected to Ajahn and continue to benefit from his teachings throughout his year of seclusion.  

Kamloops Daily News Article Features Ajahn Sona

Kamloops Buddhist Monk Teaches Path to the Simple Life
By Sylvie Paillard, Daily News Staff Reporter
Kamloops Daily News, January 21, 2013

(following a monthly 'Birken in Kamloops' talk at Let's Move Yoga Studio)

When asked to explain why his disciples always looked cheerful, the Buddha said: "They have no regret over the past, nor do they brood over the future.  They live in the present, therefore they are radiant." The comment made thousands of years ago could have been about Ajahn Sona"...

Read the complete article...


Northwest Dharma News Features Interview with Ajahn Sona

"A Year of Living Peacefully:  Ajahn Sona's Upcoming Solitary Retreat"
Interview with Ajahn Sona
Dec. 2012 edition of Northwest Dharma News

"Somehow I hope that my students, and even those who read this article, will benefit from the mere idea that somebody is in peaceful seclusion for a year.  Somehow I hope that you can keep this image in your mind and even visit me in your mind as I sit peacefully and quietly in my kuti.  Somehow I hope that the image of one who is peaceful, who is devoting day and night to the cultivation of deep stillness, can come to your aid in the middle of a frantic day."

Read the complete article...

Ajahn Sona's Year of Solitary Retreat

April 5, 2013 – April 5, 2014

Dear Friends & Supporters,

It is with great joy that we inform you that after many years of building monasteries, spreading the teachings of the Buddha all across Canada and supporting spiritual seekers from all walks of life, Ajahn Sona will soon be taking a step back from his duties as Abbot of Birken Forest Monastery to undertake a year-long solitary retreat from April 2013 – April 2014.

Welcome to Birken's new website!

Welcome to Birken Forest Monastery ('Sitavana')'s new website!  The website has been reborn with a streamlined design.  We hope this new design will make it easier for you to locate key information.  See the main menu at the top of this page for links to all pages on the site.

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