granite arches, gives birth to a pond,
Rain drops delight: falling, filling, bubbling,
Rising back to an endless sky.
Innen Ray Parchelo has studied and practiced Buddhism for over 40 years
and acts as both the Dharma Instructor to the Red Maple Sangha
and National Director of Tendai Canada. He began his formal dharma practice
in 1974 and has been a member of several Buddhist centres, including The
Montreal Zen Centre, The Rochester Zen Centre and the White Wind Zen Community.
He worked in Sri Lanka in 1980 with the Buddhist development group, Sarvodaya
Shramadana, and had a short period in a Theravada monastery. He has
done training with Pure Land teacher, Dharmavidya David Brazier of the
Amida Trust. He first took refuge in 1994 and received his Dharma-name,
2002, Innen founded the first permanent rural Buddhist practice environment
in the Upper Ottawa Valley, the first in the Eastern Ontario region.(
For more on RMS History). He functioned as kanin
(administrator) to ensure a regular and appropriate practice environment,
to maintain a resource room and sustain forms which allow practitioners
to strengthen their practice and the sangha.
2008, he renewed his refuge-taking and became a student of Tendai priest,
Ven. Monshin Paul Naamon. He began
formal ordination training and, in 2010, was appointed as a Tendai priest
he does not accept formal students, Innen offers informal individual practice
instruction and interviews for those new to their practice.
has a B.A., Hon. in Comparative Religion (Carleton Univ.), an MSW (Carleton
SSW) with his thesis on the use of meditation in social work groups, a
Certificate of Buddhist Psychology (Amida Trust) and is a Certified Mindfulness
Professional ( University of Toronto).
is an accomplished writer and speaker in the Buddhist field. In 2012 he
published Walk Like A Mountain: The Handbook of Buddhist Walking
Practice (Sumeru Books). For more on this, visit http://www.realperson.com/TendaiCanada/padakun/walk-like-a-mountain-home.htm
has published general and scholarly articles on dharma topics and has
presented at international conferences. He is a contributor to the Ottawa
Citizen's Ask the Religion Experts column. (To
view past columns click here) He delivers the RMS introductory
workshops, Entering the Dharma Path, and is available to speak
on Dharma or the RMS to local groups.
is a clinical social work therapist and community developer and has lived
and worked in the Ottawa Valley since 1975. He regularly uses mindfulness
techniques, Morita and Naikan therapies and Buddhist concepts in his social
work sessions. He has received extensive training in the clinical use
of meditation techniques in a social work setting and regularly leads
mindfulness-based group programs.
special note is Innen's wife, Ven. Tenjin Judy LeClair, who was formerly
an ordained Zen monk. Her primary practice at Red Maple
is to act as tenzo, the individual, who assures proper 'care and
feeding' of the members of the community during all gatherings. She supervises
and maintains the RM Centre's gardens, especially the vegetable garden.
also has her MSW and is clinical social worker who currently works in
the Petawawa area. She is a certified Constructive Living Instructor and
has lead workshops on Morita and Naikan practices.
who visits the Red Maple Centre will meet our three resident
Havanese dogs, Joshu, Annie-B and Bella. While not formal students of
any recognizable Dharma path or teacher, they both provide daily instruction
and inspiration in living in the present moment. They exemplify the paramitas
of metta or loving kindness, muditha or empathetic joy
and upeksha or equanimity.
Havanese breed is known for its high energy, loyalty and friendliness.
Our three roam freely on the property and pose no risk to any visitor,
apart from excessive affection and a loud announcement of any visitors.
Havanese are non-shedding and their coat is hypo-allergenic, so those
with allergies or asthma need not be concerned over contact. All are neutered
and always up-to-date with all shots and protective treatments.