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Brian RuheCourses and Retreats on Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation are humbly provided by Brian Ruhe. Brian has been a practicing Buddhist for twenty-three years and spent seven months as a Buddhist monk in Thailand in 1996. Brian has been teaching Buddhism and meditation in the Vancouver area since 1996 and trains in the Theravada Forest Tradition. If you would like to support Brian Ruhe’s work and You Tube videos, you can 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

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“. There are also guest teachers and visiting monks. If you would like to be on the email list please email Brian.

Some people prefer a one-on-one meeting over a group setting. Brian is available for spiritual coaching for $50 / hour, in person, by phone or Skype.

Brian can  be reached through email, telephone or regular mail through the Contact page.

Contact Your Spirit Guides Weekend Retreat
with Brian Ruhe and Ajahn Santy
March 20 – 22, 2015

Friday March 20th 7:30 pm
to Sunday March 22nd 4:00 pm, 2015
at Vipassana Bhavana Retreat Centre
Address: 4214 Wilson Road, Chilliwack, BC  (1.5 hours from Vancouver)
On this silent retreat you will learn Buddhist meditations on the breath, walking, loving kindness and “the recollection of deities,” which is a meditation on the higher realms devas (angels). The Buddha taught to contemplate upon five qualities that are in the devas which you also possess. The qualities of virtue, generosity, faith, learning and wisdom. You can develop these qualities and take rebirth as a deva yourself. Learn about spirit guides, guardian angels and protectors, in Buddhist cosmology and how to get intuitions from them and bring them closer to your life. Do guided visualization meditations. Deepen your meditation practice with periods of silence, in the right environment.


Based on the instructor’s book, Freeing the Buddha, chapter 9 “How to Invoke Devas,” which is freely included as optional reading.

Use chants and a guided visualization meditation to train yourself to channel and develop your intuition, psychic power and protect yourself from negative influences. Use Buddhist cosmology to see the world with new eyes.

Discover the Buddha’s extensive teachings on devas – heavenly beings. Chant Theravada Buddhist deva invocation chants from the Buddha, then follow a guided visualization up to Tavatimsa heaven. Learn to use this practice to actually “make contact” with the higher realms. Look through a window to another world.


During this remarkable weekend retreat you will learn:

What are devas in Buddhist cosmology.
How your life can be transformed by contacting your spirit guides.
How to create an environment to bring down these blessings.
How to synchronize your body, speech and mind to connect with this sacred energy.
Catching and containing these channeled energies and inspirations.
The road ahead – opportunities and precautions with these powerful teachings.

Note, the Buddha did not teach channeling and you don’t have to do it but he did teach the recollection of deities practice, which we will do.

I have Youtube videos on this practice beginning at:

Contact Your Spirit Guides 1 of 5

“Channeling to the higher realms is a natural experience which many people spontaneously feel. I am deeply grateful to these teachings because they explain the technical process regarding how this communication happens, and how you can make it happen.”
– Brian Ruhe


“I merged right into the deva during Brian’s guided visualization practice. When he guided us back down to Earth I was so absorbed in rapture that I was thinking “No! No! I don’t want to come back yet!” – Jamie Fraser


For questions or to reserve please contact Brian Ruhe:
email: brian@theravada.ca
Phone: 604-738-8475


Go anytime on Friday. Evening meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Wake up at 6:00 am. There will be talks, discussions and guided meditations. This will be an ‘eight precept retreat’ meaning no food after lunch, unless you have health reasons.
Dress should be modest, not being too revealing and you’re encouraged to wear white if you like. Meditation cushions are supplied and can be used as a pillow. Retreat ends 4:00 pm Sunday. Meals will be arranged. Retreat schedule is available. The retreat committee will arrange vegetarian meals for the group. We have a full kitchen; participants will take turns to cook and clean up.
A silent retreat means no talking, unless it is during dhamma talks. People can talk outside if they really need to.
The sleeping conditions in the two houses are dorm rooms for three or four. Retreatants need to bring a foam mattress or some kind of cushion for their bed, a sleeping bag or blankets, a pillow case, towel and toiletries . You may be sleeping on a hard wooden board or the rug. Our maximum is about 15 people overnight but more people can join us for the day. Please be prepared for snoring and bring ear plugs if you need them.
The Vipassana Bhavana Retreat Centre is located at 4214 Wilson Road at Majuba Hill Road, Chilliwack, near Cultas Lake. It is two houses and a hall. The location on Google Maps is:
The Google photo album website holds photos of about a dozen retreats which I have led, including two at this location. Please take a look at: https://plus.google.com/photos/111270685064751504177/albums?banner=pwa
I also have a Youtube video of the retreat centre below:


This retreat is by donation. There will be one donation box for the retreat centre which is tax deductible. And one donation box for Brian. The suggested donation for Brian is $85 which includes the food costs. There is no suggested donation for the retreat centre.
Donations are essential and gratefully accepted to support the continuation of these retreats in the future and Brian’s work supporting the dhamma. The retreat is offered in accord with the tradition from the time of the Buddha that those who offer the teachings do not charge for their teaching. Dana, which means generosity, is the Buddhist practice of extending generosity in gratitude for the teachings.
A car pool is being arranged. Contact Brian if you need a ride or can offer a ride.
Please let me know if you would like to help organizing rides, getting food, preparing meals or encouraging silence at the retreat.
The instructor, Brian Ruhe has taught Buddhism and meditation for 20 years. He follows the Theravada Forest tradition at forestsangha,org . He is the author of two Buddhist books and guided meditation CDs, which will be available. Our host, Ajahn Santy is a Laotian monk and abbot of the Laotian temple in Aldergrove.
Brian Ruhe’s address: #104 – 1960 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1T1. Tel. 604-738-8475. Cell. 778-232-2282. Email: brian@theravada.ca .
Ajahn Santy’s cell is 604-309-8235.

5 Day Vipassana Retreat. April 17 – 21, 2015 on Bowen Island at Rivendell Retreat Centre

  • Friday, April 17 2015 3:00 PM


  • Join Brian Ruhe for a five day silent Vipassana Meditation retreat.

    Rivendell Retreat is…                          a place of peace and quiet away from the noise, distractions and pressures of the city, with magnificent views of mountains, forests and seas…a sanctuary with a network of trails that offer the opportunity for discovering  new intimacy with God while exploring forest
    paths and the wonders of creation…

    located on 6 1/2 acres atop Cates Hill on Bowen Island; a short ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay and West Vancouver…

    hosted by a volunteer Christian community, rooted in the gospel values of Jesus and the practiced traditions of prayer, silence, simplicity and hospitality.  Rivendell offers a welcome to small groups and individuals who are seeking spiritual renewal, respite and growth, and is accessible to people with limited resources and special needs.

    Visit the Rivendell Hermitage Blog



    Details to be posted soon. Email Brian at brian@brianruhe.ca if you want to reserve.

    Much metta,
    Brian Ruhe

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