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Karuna
Dhamma Karuṇā, Youngstown, Alberta, Canada
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Karuṇā means "Compassion of Dhamma" in Pali. The centre is located on 8.5 acres on the outskirts of Youngstown, Alberta – a small farming village in the Canadian Badlands. This area is noted for its wildlife including waterfowl, deer, antelope and moose. It is also famous for some of the most important fossil deposits in the world, including the Bearpaw Shale. Youngstown is three to five hours by car from four major cities: Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta, and Regina and Saskatoon in the neighboring province of Saskatchewan.

How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course
  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course. Old students will be given the option to serve.
  2. Please carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course.
  3. Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. An application is required to register for all courses.
  4. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  5. If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
Additional information
 
Alberta Vipassana Meditation Centre
Dhamma Karuṇā
Tel: [1](403) 457-7842
Fax: [1](877) 230-9484
 
Mailing address:
Alberta Vipassana Foundation
PO Box 84124 Market Mall
Calgary, AB, T3A 5C4

 

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WARNING! Applications submitted via cell phone may not go through. Follow-up call or email is recommended.

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 01 Jun Children Open Edmonton Call 403 457 7842 for more info
Apply 02 Jun Teen Open Edmonton Call 403 457 7842 for more info
 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day and end on the early morning of the last day.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 12 May - 29 May Centre Work and Maintenance Service Period In Progress Youngstown For old students
Part Time welcome
Apply 29 May - 09 Jun 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Youngstown One male and two female servers needed.
Apply 09 Jun - 12 Jun In Between Service Course Part-time Welcome Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
Apply 12 Jun - 16 Jun 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
Servers required
Apply 16 Jun - 03 Jul Centre Work and Maintenance Service Period Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
Part-Time Welcome
Apply 03 Jul - 14 Jul 10 day for Old Students New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first Vipassana course taught by S. N. Goenka.
Apply 14 Jul - 17 Jul In between Service period Part-Time Welcome Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
Apply 17 Jul - 28 Jul 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Youngstown
Apply 28 Jul - 31 Jul In Between Service Period Part-Time Welcome Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
Apply 31 Jul - 11 Aug 10-Day Open Youngstown
Apply 11 Aug - 21 Aug Centre Work and Maintenance Service Period Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
Part Time welcome
17 Aug Open House Open Youngstown New Course!!
Open House Schedule - 11am to 5pm
Tours of the centre
Refreshments
Screening of “Dhamma Brothers” at Noon and 2 p.m.
Activities for kids
Apply 21 Aug - 01 Sep 10-Day Open Youngstown
Apply 01 Sep - 04 Sep In Between Service Course Part-time Welcome Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
Apply 04 Sep - 13 Sep Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
Please check link to the left for course requirements
Apply 15 Sep - 18 Sep In Between Service Period Course - Part Time Welcome Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
Apply 18 Sep - 22 Sep 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
22 Sep - 25 Sep In Between Service Period Course - PartTime Welcome Applications accepted starting 25 May Youngstown For old students
25 Sep - 06 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 May Youngstown
06 Oct - 15 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 08 Jun Youngstown For old students
16 Oct - 27 Oct 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Applications accepted starting 01 Jul Youngstown Priority is given to Vietnamese students. 
Others may be put on the wait list depending on availability.
27 Oct - 13 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 07 Jul Youngstown For old students
13 Nov - 24 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Jul Youngstown
24 Nov - 27 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 27 Jul Youngstown For old students
27 Nov - 08 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Jul Youngstown
08 Dec - 18 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 10 Aug Youngstown For old students
18 Dec - 29 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Aug Youngstown
 
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2019 Dhamma Karuṇā Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
31 Mar 1-Day Completed Conrich For old students
28 Apr 1-Day CANCELLED Conrich For old students
05 May 1-Day Completed Edmonton For old students

3228 -26 Ave, NW, Edmonton 

Please contact Rabi and Romie at 780-454-4595 as space is limited.

26 May 1-Day Open Conrich For old students
Apply 01 Jun Children Open Edmonton Call 403 457 7842 for more info
Apply 02 Jun Teen Open Edmonton Call 403 457 7842 for more info
 
 

The online application form encrypts your information before it is sent from your computer to our application server. However, it may not be totally secure even though encryption is used. If you are concerned about the possibility of security risks of your confidential information while it is on the Internet, do not use this form and instead download an application. Print and complete it. Then please send the form to the course organizers. By faxing or posting your application form it may delay the registration process by one to two weeks.


To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://www.karuna.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: [email protected]

All courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who serve the courses volunteer their time. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialisation.

Old students are those who have completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers. Old students have the opportunity to provide Dhamma Service at the courses listed.

Bilingual courses are courses which are taught in two languages. All students will hear daily meditation instructions in both languages. The evening discourses will be heard separately.

Meditation courses are held at both center and non-center locations. Meditation centers are dedicated facilities where courses are held regularly throughout the year. Before meditation centers were established in this tradition, all courses were held at temporary sites, such as campgrounds, religious retreat centers, churches and the like. Today, in regions where centers have not yet been established by local students of Vipassana who live in the area, 10 Day meditation courses are held at non-center course sites.


10-day Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. The courses begin after a 2 - 4 pm registration period and orientation, followed by 10 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 11th day by 7:30 am.

Children's Courses are open for all children aged 8-12 years old who wish to learn to meditate. Their parents/guardians do not have to be meditators.

Open Days are held between meditation courses. All are welcome to attend and learn about Vipassana Meditation and the Centre.

Satipatthana Sutta Courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. The difference is that in the taped evening discourses the Satipatthana Sutta is carefully examined. This is the principal text in which the technique of Vipassana is systematically explained. These courses are open to serious old students who have sat (not including courses served) at least three 10-day courses, have not been practising any other meditation techniques since last 10-day course, have been practising this technique of Vipassana for at least one year, and who are trying to maintain their meditation practice and the five precepts in their daily lives, at the very minimum from the time of applying to the course.

Work Periods have been set aside to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. On selected evenings, there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

Teenagers' Anapana Courses are available for teens in different age ranges from 13-18 years old. Their parents/guardians do not have to be Vipassana meditators.

Old Student Short Courses (1-3 days) are for any student who has completed the 10-day course with S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers. All old students are welcome to apply to attend these courses, including those where it has been some time since their last course.