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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

Accès au calendrier français

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are bilingual English and French.

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
For ages 8-15 years old: see "Comments" for any special instructions for these courses.
2015 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 03 Oct Children Open Montebello Course for children ages 8 -12 - English/French
Apply* 04 Oct Teen Open Montebello Course for Teenagers ages 13-15 - English/French
2016 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
23 Apr Children Applications accepted starting 26 Oct Montebello Course for children ages 8 -12 - English/French
24 Apr Teen Applications accepted starting 27 Oct Montebello Course for Teenagers ages 13-15 - English/French
01 Oct Children Applications accepted starting 04 Apr Montebello
Course for Teenagers ages 13-15 - English/French
02 Oct Teen Applications accepted starting 05 Apr Montebello
Course for Teenagers ages 13-15 - English/French
 
Short Courses
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2015 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 26 Aug - 30 Aug 3-Day Open Montebello For old students
Full-time or part-time servers welcome
Apply 29 Sep - 03 Oct 3-Day Open Montebello For old students
Starts on TUESDAY. 
2016 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
16 Feb - 20 Feb 3-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Aug Montebello For old students
Starts on TUESDAY
19 Apr - 23 Apr 3-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Oct Montebello For old students
Starts on TUESDAY
14 Jun - 18 Jun 3-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Dec Montebello For old students
Starts on TUESDAY
27 Sep - 01 Oct 3-Day Applications accepted starting 31 Mar Montebello For old students
Starts on TUESDAY
02 Nov - 06 Nov 3-Day Applications accepted starting 06 May Montebello For old students
20 Dec - 24 Dec 3-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Jun Montebello For old students
Starts on TUESDAY
 
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.

2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 29 Jul - 09 Aug 10-Day In Progress Montebello Full-time or part-time servers welcome
Apply 09 Aug - 12 Aug service period between courses Open Montebello For old students
Apply 12 Aug - 23 Aug 10-Day New Women - Course Full Old Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Montebello Full-time or part-time servers welcome
23 Aug Meeting of the Trust Open Montebello All old students are welcome to attend Trust meetings, in an observer capacity: group sitting from 9h00 to 10h00 am followed by the meeting which usually last 3 hours. Meal served at noon.
Apply 23 Aug - 26 Aug service period between courses Open Montebello For old students
Apply 30 Aug - 02 Sep service period between courses Open Montebello For old students
Apply 02 Sep - 13 Sep 10-Day New Women - Course Full Old Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello Concurrent course French-English
Apply 02 Sep - 13 Sep 10-Day
Khmer
Open Montebello Concurrent course English/Khmer
Apply 13 Sep - 16 Sep service period between courses Open Montebello For old students
Apply 16 Sep - 27 Sep 10-Day New Women - Course Full Old Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello Full-time or part-time servers welcome
27 Sep Open House Day Open Montebello Welcome to all
Apply 27 Sep - 29 Sep service period between courses Open Montebello For old students
04 Oct Meeting of the Trust Open Montebello All old students are welcome to attend Trust meetings, in an observer capacity: group sitting from 9h00 to 10h00 am followed by the meeting which usually last 3 hours. Meal served at noon.
Apply 05 Oct - 13 Oct Work Period Open Montebello For old students
Seasonal Service Period
Apply 14 Oct - 25 Oct 10-Day New Women - Long Wait List Old Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
Apply 25 Oct - 28 Oct service period between courses Open Montebello For old students
Apply 28 Oct - 08 Nov 10-Day New Women - Short Wait List Old Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
Apply 08 Nov - 11 Nov service period between courses Open Montebello For old students
Apply 11 Nov - 22 Nov 10-Day Open Montebello
22 Nov Meeting of the Trust Open Montebello All old students are welcome to attend Trust meetings, in an observer capacity: group sitting from 9h00 to 10h00 am followed by the meeting which usually last 3 hours. Meal served at noon.
Apply 22 Nov - 25 Nov service period between courses Open Montebello For old students
Apply 25 Nov - 06 Dec 10-Day Open Montebello
Apply 06 Dec - 09 Dec service period between courses Open Montebello For old students
Apply 09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day Open Montebello
Apply 20 Dec - 23 Dec service period between courses Open Montebello For old students
23 December, 2015 - 03 January, 2016 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Sep Montebello
2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 06 Jan - 17 Jan 10-Day Open Montebello
Apply 20 Jan - 31 Jan 10-Day Open Montebello
03 Feb - 14 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Aug Montebello
22 Feb - 06 Mar

Seasonal service period for old students - Men only

Applications accepted starting 26 Aug Montebello For old students
Women who are available to serve during these dates are invited to apply to serve the concurrent meditation course for women, because all the work projects will take place in the men's residence.
24 Feb - 06 Mar 10-day for women only Applications accepted starting 28 Aug Montebello There will be no course for men due to construction going on in the men's residence
09 Mar - 20 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Sep Montebello
23 Mar - 03 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Sep Montebello
27 Apr - 08 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Oct Montebello
11 May - 22 May 10-D for Women only Applications accepted starting 13 Nov Montebello Concurrent course
13 May - 22 May Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 15 Nov Montebello For old students
Concurrent course
22 May Open House Day Open Montebello Welcome to all
23 May - 31 May Seasonal service period for old students Applications accepted starting 25 Nov Montebello For old students
01 Jun - 12 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Dec Montebello
22 Jun - 03 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Dec Montebello
06 Jul - 17 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Jan Montebello
20 Jul - 31 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Jan Montebello
03 Aug - 14 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Feb Montebello
17 Aug - 28 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Feb Montebello
31 Aug - 11 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Mar Montebello
14 Sep - 25 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Mar Montebello
25 Sep Open House Day Open Montebello Welcome to all
03 Oct - 10 Oct Seasonal service period for old students Applications accepted starting 06 Apr Montebello For old students
11 Oct - 22 Oct 10-D for Women only Applications accepted starting 14 Apr Montebello Concurrent course - Starts on TUESDAY
11 Oct - 01 Nov 20-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Apr Montebello For old students
Concurrent course - Starts on TUESDAY
09 Nov - 20 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 May Montebello
23 Nov - 04 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 May Montebello
07 Dec - 18 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Jun Montebello
28 December, 2016 - 08 January, 2017 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Sep Montebello
 
 

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: info@suttama.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.

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.

 
 
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