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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 to sit more than one 10-day course at a time. A duplicate application will not be processed.
NOTE: the waitlist status is not updated automatically, it might lag behind the actual status by a day or so.
Please check you spam folder if you do not receive email messages from us after you apply. 

 

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2016 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 21 May Children's 1-day course, boys and girls  Open Burnaby, BC For children ages 8-15
Apply 17 Aug - 19 Aug Overnight course for children aged 8-12 Open Merritt For children, boys and girls, aged 8 to 12 at the start of the course.
Apply 21 Aug - 23 Aug Overnight course for Teens aged 13-17 Open Merritt For teenagers, boys and girls, aged 13 to 17 at the start of the course.
 
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 (no pre-registration) are now offered on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Saturday 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 3-day courses, scheduled for May and June 2016 at Dhamma Modana, near Lake Cowichan.

 

2016 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
21 May 1-Day Open Vancouver, BC For old students
05 Jun 1-Day Open Vancouver, BC For old students
18 Jun 1-Day Open Vancouver, BC For old students
03 Jul 1-Day Open Vancouver, BC For old students
16 Jul 1-Day Open Vancouver, BC For old students
Apply 25 Aug - 29 Aug 3-Day Open Merritt For old students
02 Nov - 06 Nov 3-Day Applications accepted starting 06 May 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.
2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
02 May - 10 May Work Period In Progress Merritt For old students
Apply 11 May - 22 May 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Merritt
Apply 22 May - 25 May Work Period Open Merritt For old students
Apply 25 May - 05 Jun 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Merritt

Female servers needed

 

Apply 05 Jun - 08 Jun Work Period Open Merritt For old students
Apply 08 Jun - 19 Jun 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Merritt
Apply 19 Jun - 22 Jun Work Period Open Merritt For old students
Apply 22 Jun - 03 Jul 10-day Farsi/English
Persian / English
Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Open Merritt
Apply 03 Jul - 06 Jul Work Period Open Merritt For old students
Apply 06 Jul - 17 Jul 10-day Punjabi/English Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Merritt

Punjabi speakers are given priority until 6 weeks before the start of the course. Non-Punjabi speakers are waitlisted until that time.

 

Apply 20 Jul - 31 Jul 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Wait List Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Open Merritt
Apply 03 Aug - 14 Aug 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Merritt
Apply 30 Aug - 06 Sep Work Period Open Merritt For old students
Apply 07 Sep - 18 Sep 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Merritt
Apply 21 Sep - 02 Oct 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Merritt
Apply 05 Oct - 16 Oct 10-Day Open Merritt
Apply 19 Oct - 30 Oct 10-Day Open Merritt
09 Nov - 20 Nov 10-day Mandarin/English Applications accepted starting 13 May Merritt

Mandarin/Chinese/Cantonese speakers are given priority until 6 weeks before the start of the course. English speakers are waitlisted until that time.

 

23 Nov - 04 Dec Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 May Merritt For old students
For old students Minimum of five 10-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and regular practice at least 2 years.
07 Dec - 18 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Jun Merritt
21 December, 2016 - 01 January, 2017 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Jun Merritt
 
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2016 Courses in the Yukon and at the Vancouver Vipassana Hall
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 21 May Children's 1-day course, boys and girls  Open Burnaby, BC For children ages 8-15
21 May 1-Day Open Vancouver, BC For old students
Apply 01 Jun - 12 Jun 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Yukon - Brook's Brook Cultural Camp New Course!!
IMPORTANT: When you apply, please indicate, in the Other Comments section, YES or NO, if you are willing to bring, and sleep in,  a tent or camper
05 Jun 1-Day Open Vancouver, BC For old students
18 Jun 1-Day Open Vancouver, BC For old students
03 Jul 1-Day Open Vancouver, BC For old students
16 Jul 1-Day Open Vancouver, BC For old students
 
 

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.

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.

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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