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Surabhi
Dhamma Surabhi, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Surabhi, which means the Fragrance of Dhamma, is one of many Vipassana centers around the world taught by S.N. Goenka. In August 1997 a 56-acre property was purchased just above the Coldwater River, near Merritt. Construction of the Centre began in spring 1999 and the first course was conducted in 2002. The Centre consists of a building of approximately 9300 sq. ft. with accommodations for 60 people and a meditation hall that holds 70 people.

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 for the course.

3.   Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. Every student must have an application.

4.   All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application. Allow two weeks for response.

5    If your application is accepted, please confirm your attendance four weeks before the course to secure your place..

6.   Please do not apply for more than one course at a time, even if you're waitlisted - Request registration to transfer to an open course.

 

Additional information

Vipassana Meditation Centre of BC -- Dhamma Surabhi

P.O. Box 699, Merritt, B.C. V1K 1B8, Canada

Email: registration@surabhi.dhamma.org

Phone: [1] 778-785-4080 (Vancouver), [1] 250-412-5372 (Victoria), [1] 250-469-7180 (Kelowna) Fax: (toll free) [1] (866) 259-6088

Please do not apply for more than one course at a time.
NOTE: the waitlist status is not updated automatically, it might lag behind the actual status by a day or so. 

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2015 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
23 Aug - 25 Aug Children Applications accepted starting 24 Feb Merritt
26 Aug - 27 Aug Teen Applications accepted starting 27 Feb Merritt
05 Sep - 06 Sep Teen Applications accepted starting 09 Mar Merritt
 
Short Courses

1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.  1-Day courses begin at 8:30am and finish at 4:30pm, on the same day.
1-Day courses are now offered on the 1st Saturday and 3rd Sunday of every month at the Vancouver Vipassana Hall. Details at http://www.surabhi.dhamma.org/os/vvh.html

See https://www.dhamma.org/en/schedules/schmodana for 1-day courses on Vancouver Island

 

2014 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
05 Oct 1-Day Open Vancouver, BC For old students
18 Oct 1-Day Open Vancouver, BC For old students
02 Nov 1-Day Open Vancouver, BC For old students
Apply 03 Dec - 07 Dec 3-Day Open Merritt For old students
2015 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
28 Apr - 02 May 3-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Oct Merritt For old students
18 Aug - 22 Aug 3-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Feb Merritt For old students
02 Dec - 06 Dec 3-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Jun Merritt For old students
 
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.
2014 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 28 Aug - 07 Oct

Contruction Work Period

 

In Progress Merritt For old students

This Service Period is for contruction work related to the expansion project.  In your application please describe your skills and the tools you might be able to bring.

Apply 08 Oct - 19 Oct Mandarin/English 10-Day
Mandarin / English
Women - Long Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Merritt Dual language course in Mandarin/English;
Non-Mandarin students will be initially waitlisted.
Apply 22 Oct - 02 Nov 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Merritt There are open courses in Hawaii from July through November. For schedule see here.
Apply 05 Nov - 16 Nov Special 10-Day Open Merritt For old students
Apply 19 Nov - 30 Nov 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Merritt
Apply 10 Dec - 21 Dec 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Merritt
Apply 24 December, 2014 - 04 January, 2015 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Merritt
2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 07 Jan - 18 Jan 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Merritt
Apply 21 Jan - 01 Feb 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Merritt
Apply 04 Feb - 15 Feb 10-Day Open Merritt
Apply 18 Feb - 01 Mar 10-Day Open Merritt
Apply 04 Mar - 15 Mar 10-Day Open Merritt
Apply 18 Mar - 29 Mar 10-Day Open Merritt
01 Apr - 12 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Oct Merritt
15 Apr - 26 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Oct Merritt
03 May - 12 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 04 Nov Merritt For old students
13 May - 24 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Nov Merritt
27 May - 07 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Nov Merritt
10 Jun - 21 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 12 Dec Merritt
24 Jun - 05 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Dec Merritt
08 Jul - 19 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Jan Merritt
22 Jul - 02 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Jan Merritt
05 Aug - 16 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Feb Merritt
28 Aug - 04 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 01 Mar Merritt For old students
11 Sep - 20 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 15 Mar Merritt For old students
23 Sep - 04 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Mar Merritt
07 Oct - 18 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Apr Merritt
21 Oct - 01 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Apr Merritt
04 Nov - 15 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 May Merritt
18 Nov - 29 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 May Merritt
09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 12 Jun Merritt
23 December, 2015 - 03 January, 2016 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Jun Merritt
 
 

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.surabhi.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: info@surabhi.dhamma.org

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.

Special 10-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

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.

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.

 
 
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