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Visiting Monastic: Sister Hai An (Sister Ocean)

Sister Ocean will give a short talk at our Monday evening meditation. Because of our guest, we will extend our evening to 8:45 pm instead of 8:30

She will share about: The Three Complexes

The contemplation before chanting invites us to "Let the whole Sangha breathe as one body, listen as one body, chant as one body transcending the boundaries of a delusive self, liberating us from the superiority complex, the inferiority complex, and the equality complex."  The suffering of inferiority and superiority complexes are easier to understand than that of the equality complex.  Join us for an evening of practice to understand the nature of the complexes, ways to practice with them in daily life, and their role in personal and social liberation.

The evening will include sitting meditation, walking meditation, a Dharma Talk, written exercises, and group reflection.  Please bring a pen and paper with you.


Hai-An (Sister Ocean) is a fully ordained monastic based in Toronto, Ontario.  She received her novice ordination from Thich Nhat Hanh 2012, training at Plum Village Monastery in France and Blue Cliff Monastery in New York State.  She left the monastery in 2018 to pursue studies and longer retreats.  She holds the teachings of Plum Village as her core practice, blending them with the Theravada tradition, mystical Christianity, and social justice teachings.  She loves supporting people in practical and creative ways to develop mindfulness, compassion, and joy in daily life. She is a musician and a poet with a BFA in Theater.  She is an active member of the ARISE Sangha,dedicated to bringing racial justice to the forefront of the Plum Village community.  She is currently studying in the Living School for Action and Contemplation.

Earlier Event: September 6
Later Event: September 11