Sep 21st, 2011 by Brian Ruhe
The Theravada Buddhist Community of Vancouver Web Site, and the courses on Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation are humbly provided by Brian Ruhe. Brian has been a practicing Buddhist for twenty-two years and spent seven months as a Buddhist monk in Thailand in 1996. Brian is also the author of two books on meditation titled “A Short Walk On An Ancient Path – A Buddhist Exploration of Meditation, Karma and Rebirth” and “Freeing the Buddha“. Brian has been teaching Buddhism and meditation in the Vancouver area since 1996 and trains in the Theravada Forest Tradition Brian’s teacher is Ajahn Sona at the Birken Forest Monastery. Their website is birken.ca .
He offers weekend meditation retreats in other areas. Brian also leads a weekly meditation group and a Sunday retreat once a month.
Buddhist practices cannot always be taught in a group setting because each individual is unique and has different needs. Some people prefer a one-on-one meeting over a group setting. Brian is available for spiritual coaching for $45 – $65 / hour on a sliding scale.
Brian can be reached through email, telephone or regular mail through the Contact page. If you would like to support Brian Ruhe’s work and You Tube videos, please send a donation (dana) here.
“Brian Ruhe is a long-time Vancouver teacher of authentic Buddhism, not the sugar-coated sentimental kind often marketed in North America. He is clear and engaging, not to mention a nice guy.”
Douglas Todd, Spirituality and Philosophy, Vancouver Sun
Apr 30th, 2013 by Brian Ruhe
I led a retreat in Aldergrove April 26-28. The group we had was a really nice bunch of people- warm and friendly. We had some good meditations over those many hours. I have over 60 photos and a video on the Picasa photo album website, you can see at:
The abbot of Wat Lao, Ajahn Santy is very supportive of me bringing meditators to retreat there and I’m thankful to him. People love his presence at these retreats. For the first time at this location, I started it on a Friday night. We arrived around 6pm, had tea and met at 7:30 pm for a talk and meditation. This was a good start and everyone was ready at 6:00 am to get up and practice Saturday morning.
We did another “all nighter” on Saturday from 8 – 11 pm and we had questions and discussion about many philosophical questions and this was a special part of the retreat for the half that chose to stay up. It is encouraging that some younger people joined us which is always good to see. There was sometimes too much chatting for a silent retreat. I feel that I wasn’t reminding people enough and being vigilant enough and asking people to maintain the silence which supports everyone’s meditation. I’ll resolve to maintain the silence better at future retreats.
We’re looking forward to the next retreat at the Laotian monastery, hopefully in June! I’ll let you know. It was special to be with everybody there.
Don’t forget that you can come to my other courses, one day retreat on May 12, or the Monday night group meditation, all listed on this website.
Apr 17th, 2013 by Brian Ruhe
Come and join Brian for this longer retreat near Nelson, BC this summer. The details are linked below on the poster. Call Brian for any questions at 604-738-8475. This will be a peaceful time in a beautiful valley in the mountains!
Johnson’s Landing retreat 2013 PosterJOhns