Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
Suttama
Dhamma Suttama, Montebello, Quebec, Canada
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following languages: French and English

The Québec Vipassana Centre, also called in Pali, Dhamma Suttama, meaning “the best of Dhamma,” is located halfway between Montréal and Ottawa/Gatineau, five kilometers north of Montebello. On this exceptional property, in a tranquil, open valley surrounded by forest, the centre can accommodate more than 100 students per course. Purchased in February 2011, the new centre continues to uphold the mission of the former Sutton centre established in 1999.
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
Québec Vipassana Meditation Centre - Dhamma Suttama
  • Registration Office for information (answering machine): [1] 514-481-3504
  • Fax (Registration to sit a course): [1] 514-879-3437,
  • Fax (Registration to serve a course): [1] 514-879-8981
  • Centre’s address: Québec Vipassana Meditation Centre, 810, Côte Azelie, Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, Montebello (Québec), Canada J0V 1L0

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Unless otherwise noted, all courses are bilingual English and French and are conducted by assistant teachers of S.N. Goenka

using audio and video tapes of Mr. Goenka's instructions and discourses.

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Since September 4, 2017: if you have applied for a 10-day course and you are put on the waiting list, you are permitted to also apply for a second course. If a place on either one of those two courses then becomes available for you, you will be informed that you have been enrolled in that course and your application for the other course will be cancelled.

 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

Students are expected at the centre between 2 and 4 pm for the registration period and the orientation. The course ends the morning of the 11th day by 6:30 am.

Click the 'Apply' link to complete an application. Old students will have the option to serve or to sit the course.

2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 19 Jun - 30 Jun 10-Day In Progress Montebello
Apply* 29 Jun 1-Day Open Montreal For old students
30 Jun Board meeting Open Montebello All old students are welcomed to attend, as observers, the Board meetings held at the Center near Montebello. Meditation at 9h. Meeting at 10:15. Lunch at 12:00. Meeting at 1:00. https://www.suttama.dhamma.org/en/os/about-the-vipassana-foundation/
Apply* 30 Jun 1-Day Open Quebec For old students
Apply 30 Jun - 03 Jul Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 03 Jul - 12 Jul Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello For old students
We are still missing 4 men and 2 women servers in order to complete the service team of this course. Men and women servers are welcome, full-time and part-time.
Apply 12 Jul - 13 Jul Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply* 14 Jul 1-Day Open Quebec For old students
Apply 14 Jul 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Course offered in gratitude for Goenkaji on the occasion of the jubilee of his first 10 days taught in India in July 1969
Apply 15 Jul - 17 Jul Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 17 Jul - 28 Jul 10-Day New Women - Long Wait List Old Women - Wait List New Men - Wait List Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Montebello
Apply 28 Jul - 31 Jul Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 31 Jul - 11 Aug 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Montebello
Apply 11 Aug - 14 Aug Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 14 Aug - 25 Aug 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Wait List Old Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
Apply* 18 Aug 1-Day Open Quebec For old students
25 Aug Board meeting Open Montebello All old students are welcomed to attend, as observers, the Board meetings held at the Center near Montebello. Meditation at 9h. Meeting at 10:15. Lunch at 12:00. Meeting at 1:00. https://www.suttama.dhamma.org/en/os/about-the-vipassana-foundation/
Apply 25 Aug - 28 Aug Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 28 Aug - 01 Sep 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Apply 01 Sep - 04 Sep Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 04 Sep - 15 Sep 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Wait List Old Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
15 Sep

Open House Day

Open Montebello Welcome All 
Apply 15 Sep - 18 Sep Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 18 Sep - 29 Sep 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open Men - Closed Servers - Open Montebello Parallel course for women only
Apply 18 Sep - 09 Oct 20-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Long course for old students only
Apply 09 Oct - 11 Oct Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
13 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 12 Aug Montebello For old students
Apply 14 Oct - 16 Oct Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 16 Oct - 27 Oct 10-Day New Women - Course Full Old Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
28 Oct - 08 Nov Seasonal service period Applications accepted starting 30 Jun Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time for the seasonnal service period.
09 Nov - 10 Nov Foundation Weekend Open Montebello

All Old students are enthusiastically invited to participate to the Foundation Weekend.

On the agenda: Open space, inspirational sessions, workshops, 3 meditation periods per day...

09 Nov - 13 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 12 Jul Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
13 Nov - 24 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Jul Montebello
24 Nov - 27 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 27 Jul Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
27 Nov - 08 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Jul Montebello
08 Dec Board meeting Open Montebello All old students are welcomed to attend, as observers, the Board meetings held at the Center near Montebello. Meditation at 9h. Meeting at 10:15. Lunch at 12:00. Meeting at 1:00. https://www.suttama.dhamma.org/en/os/about-the-vipassana-foundation/
08 Dec - 11 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 10 Aug Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
11 Dec - 22 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Aug Montebello
22 Dec - 25 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 24 Aug Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
25 December, 2019 - 05 January, 2020 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Aug Montebello
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for ages 8-17 years old:  please ensure that we receive your application form 5 days before the start date of the course. See "Comments" for any special instructions for these courses.
2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
12 Oct Children's course in French Applications accepted starting 12 Aug Montebello Course for Children ages 8-12 in French- SeeCourse Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, October 6, 2019
12 Oct Children's course in English Applications accepted starting 12 Aug Montebello Course for Children ages 8-12 in English- SeeCourse Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, October 6, 2019
13 Oct Teen course in English Applications accepted starting 12 Aug Montebello Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 in English - See Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, October 6, 2019.
13 Oct Teen course in French Applications accepted starting 12 Aug Montebello Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 in French - See Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, October 6, 2019
 
 

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 at the address listed under the “Contact Us” Tab above. 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.suttama.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.

20-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.

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.