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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

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

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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.

2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 10 Dec - 13 Dec Work Period In Progress Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 13 Dec - 24 Dec 10-Day Women - Course Full New Men - Wait List Old Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Wait List Montebello
Apply 24 Dec - 27 Dec Work Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Montebello For old students
Apply 27 December, 2017 - 07 January, 2018 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Closed Montebello
2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 07 Jan - 10 Jan Work Period Open Montebello For old students
Apply 10 Jan - 21 Jan 10-Day New Women - Course Full Old Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Montebello For new students and old students
Apply 21 Jan - 24 Jan Work Period Open Montebello For old students
Apply 24 Jan - 04 Feb 10-Day New Women - Course Full Old Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
Apply* 27 Jan 1-Day Open Ottawa For old students
Apply* 28 Jan 1-Day Open Quebec City For old students
Apply 04 Feb - 07 Feb Work Period Open Montebello For old students
Apply 07 Feb - 18 Feb 10-Day New Women - Wait List Old Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
Apply 18 Feb - 20 Feb Work Period Open Montebello For old students
Apply 20 Feb - 24 Feb 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Starts on TUESDAY
Apply 24 Feb - 25 Feb

Foundation Week-End

Open Montebello For old students
Please apply only if you plan to sleep over at the centre. To participate to only one of the two days, please notify dhamma-service@suttama.dhamma.org
Apply* 25 Feb 1-Day Open Quebec City For old students
Apply 26 Feb - 13 Mar Seasonal Service Period for old students Open Montebello For old students
Apply 28 Feb - 11 Mar 10-Day New Women - Wait List Old Women - Open Men - Closed Servers - Open Montebello For women only
Apply 11 Mar - 14 Mar Work Period Open Montebello For old students
Apply 14 Mar - 25 Mar 10-Day Open Montebello
Apply 25 Mar - 28 Mar Work Period Open Montebello For old students
Apply 28 Mar - 08 Apr 10-Day Open Montebello
Apply 08 Apr - 11 Apr Work Period Open Montebello For old students
Apply 11 Apr - 22 Apr 10-Day Open Montebello
Apply 22 Apr - 24 Apr Work Period Open Montebello For old students
Apply 24 Apr - 28 Apr 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Starts on TUESDAY
Apply 30 Apr - 02 May Work Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Apply 02 May - 13 May 10-Day Women - Open Men - Closed Servers - Open Montebello Parallel course
Apply 02 May - 13 May 10-Day Open Montebello This course will be conducted by Vietnamese-speaking teachers and is reserved for Vietnamese-speaking students; other students are requested to register for the English / French parallel course
13 May - 16 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 14 Dec Montebello For old students
16 May - 27 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Dec Montebello
27 May

Open House Day

Applications accepted starting 28 Dec Montebello Welcome All 
27 May - 30 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 28 Dec Montebello For old students
30 May - 10 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 31 Dec Montebello
10 Jun - 13 Jun Work Period Applications accepted starting 11 Jan Montebello For old students
13 Jun - 17 Jun 3-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Jan Montebello For old students
17 Jun - 20 Jun Work Period Applications accepted starting 18 Jan Montebello For old students
20 Jun - 01 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Jan Montebello Parallel course for women only
22 Jun - 01 Jul Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 23 Jan Montebello For old students
01 Jul - 04 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 01 Feb Montebello For old students
04 Jul - 15 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Feb Montebello
15 Jul - 18 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 15 Feb Montebello For old students
18 Jul - 29 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Feb Montebello
29 Jul - 01 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 01 Mar Montebello For old students
01 Aug - 12 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Mar Montebello
12 Aug - 15 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 15 Mar Montebello For old students
15 Aug - 26 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Mar Montebello
26 Aug - 29 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 29 Mar Montebello For old students
29 Aug - 02 Sep 3-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Apr Montebello For old students
02 Sep

Open House Day

Applications accepted starting 05 Apr Montebello Welcome All
02 Sep - 05 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 05 Apr Montebello For old students
05 Sep - 16 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Apr Montebello Parallel course for women only
05 Sep - 26 Sep 20-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Mar Montebello For old students
26 Sep - 28 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 29 Apr Montebello For old students
01 Oct - 15 Oct Seasonal Service Period for old students Applications accepted starting 04 May Montebello For old students
14 Oct - 17 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 17 May Montebello For old students
17 Oct - 28 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 May Montebello
28 Oct - 31 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 31 May Montebello For old students
31 Oct - 11 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Jun Montebello
11 Nov - 14 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 14 Jun Montebello For old students
14 Nov - 18 Nov 3-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Jun Montebello For old students
18 Nov - 21 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 21 Jun Montebello For old students
21 Nov - 02 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Jun Montebello
02 Dec - 05 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 05 Jul Montebello For old students
05 Dec - 16 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Jul Montebello
16 Dec - 19 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 19 Jul Montebello For old students
19 Dec - 23 Dec 3-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Jul Montebello For old students
23 Dec - 26 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 26 Jul Montebello For old students
26 December, 2018 - 06 January, 2019 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Sep 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.
2018 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
28 Apr Children Applications accepted starting 15 Feb Montebello Course for Children ages 8-12  in FrenchSee Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, 22 April, 2018
28 Apr Children Applications accepted starting 15 Feb Montebello Course for Children ages 8-12  in English- See Course TimetableRegistration closes Sunday, 22 April, 2018
29 Apr Teen Applications accepted starting 15 Feb Montebello Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 in English - See Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, 22 April, 2018
29 Apr Teen Applications accepted starting 15 Feb Montebello Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 in French - See Course TimetableRegistration closes Sunday, 22 April, 2018
29 Sep Children Applications accepted starting 15 Jul Montebello

For Children ages 8-12 in FrenchSee Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday September 23.

29 Sep Children Applications accepted starting 15 Jul Montebello For Children ages 8-12 in English -  See Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday September 23.
30 Sep Teen Applications accepted starting 15 Jul Montebello

For Teenagers ages 13-17 in French - See Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, September 23.

30 Sep Teen Applications accepted starting 15 Jul Montebello For Teenagers ages 13-17 in EnglishSee Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, September 23.
 
 

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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