Wheel of Dhamma

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Torana
Dhamma Toraṇa, Egbert, Ontario, Canada
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Torana (Auspicious Gateway of Dhamma) is aptly named. The nearest major city, Toronto has been recognized by the United Nations as the most diverse city in the world, with more cultures and religions represented there than anywhere else. The centre has over 140 acres of beautiful woods, open spaces and ravines. A variety of wildlife shares the land with the meditators. The surrounding countryside is mostly agricultural, but a number of small towns and the city of Barrie are nearby.
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
Ontario Vipassana Centre -- Dhamma Torana
6486 Simcoe County Road 56
Egbert, Ontario, L0L 1N0, Canada
Email: registration@torana.dhamma.org
Phone: [1](416) 342-6229
Fax: [1](866) 691-5214 (Toll-Free in North America)
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses

Dhamma Torana only offers Teen courses age from 13-15 and Children courses from 8-12.

2015 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 24 Oct Children(Age 8-12) Open Egbert Serving opportunity for old students is available from Oct 23rd to Oct 25th. In the comment section of the online application, please indicate which days you want to serve and fill out only one application.
Apply 25 Oct Teen(Age 13-15) Open Egbert
 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

See Comments for any special instructions for each course in this section.

All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day, continue for ten full days and end on the early morning of the last day.

If you have any serious food allergies, or due to medical issues, need a 5 pm meal or some other special consideration, please be sure to include this information in your application. If we receive this information after your application has been processed this may affect your status on the course and we may not be able to serve you  properly.

During the registration process, you will be receiving few Emails from us. If you don't, please check your Spam/Junk Mail box.

2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 02 Sep - 13 Sep 10-Day In Progress Egbert
Apply 13 Sep - 15 Sep Service period between courses Open Egbert For old students
Part-time welcome.
Apply 15 Sep - 26 Sep 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Egbert

Male servers needed.

Note: This course starts on Tue and ends on Sat

Apply 26 Sep - 30 Sep Service period between courses Open Egbert For old students
Apply here if you want to serve in open house. Part-time welcome.
27 Sep Open House Open Egbert Open to Public (1 - 4pm) There will be a tour of the centre, two introductory talks (at 2:15pm and 3:15pm) with short video explaining the technique and a time for questions with the teachers.
Apply 30 Sep - 11 Oct 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Egbert
Apply 14 Oct - 18 Oct 3-Day Open Egbert For old students
Apply 18 Oct - 23 Oct 6-Day Work Period Open Egbert For old students
Part-time welcome.
Apply 26 Oct - 30 Oct Service period between courses Open Egbert For old students
Part-time welcome.
Apply 30 Oct - 20 Nov 20-Day Open Egbert For old students
Apply 20 Nov - 25 Nov Service period between courses Open Egbert For old students
Part-time welcome.
Apply 25 Nov - 06 Dec 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Egbert
Apply 06 Dec - 09 Dec Service period between courses Open Egbert For old students
Part-time welcome.
Apply 09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Egbert
Apply 20 Dec - 23 Dec Service period between courses Open Egbert For old students
Part-time welcome.
Apply 23 December, 2015 - 03 January, 2016 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Egbert
2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
03 Jan - 06 Jan Service period between courses Applications accepted starting 05 Sep Egbert For old students
Part-time welcome.
06 Jan - 17 Jan 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Sep Egbert
17 Jan - 20 Jan Service period between courses Applications accepted starting 19 Sep Egbert For old students
Part-time welcome.
20 Jan - 31 Jan 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Sep Egbert
31 Jan - 03 Feb Service period between courses Applications accepted starting 03 Oct Egbert For old students
Part-time welcome.
03 Feb - 14 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Oct Egbert
17 Feb - 28 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Oct Egbert
02 Mar - 13 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Nov Egbert
18 Mar - 27 Mar Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 19 Nov Egbert For old students
 
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2015 Dhamma Torana Non Centre Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 12 Sep 1-Day Open Toronto For old students
One Day Course Timetable
 
 

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

Questions may be addressed to Email: info@torana.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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