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Karuna
Dhamma Karuṇā, Youngstown, Alberta, Canada
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Karuṇā means "Compassion of Dhamma" in Pali. The centre is located on 8.5 acres on the outskirts of Youngstown, Alberta – a small farming village in the Canadian Badlands. This area is noted for its wildlife including waterfowl, deer, antelope and moose. It is also famous for some of the most important fossil deposits in the world, including the Bearpaw Shale. Youngstown is three to five hours by car from four major cities: Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta, and Regina and Saskatoon in the neighboring province of Saskatchewan.

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
 
Alberta Vipassana Meditation Centre
Dhamma Karuṇā
Tel: [1](403) 457-7842
Fax: [1](877) 230-9484
 
Mailing address:
Alberta Vipassana Foundation
PO Box 84124 Market Mall
Calgary, AB, T3A 5C4

 

Applications will be accepted beginning on the date specificed at about 8:00 am Mountain time. 

Courses may be cancelled with limited notice should the Governament of Alberta public health measures require cancellation or if within 5 days before start of a course, a sufficient number of servers or Assistant teachers are unavailable to support the course. 

During the registration process, you will be receiving a number of e-mails from us. If you don't receive these emails, please check your Spam/Junk Mail box.


COVID PROTOCOL - Until further notice, for the safety and benefit of all participants at Dhamma Karuna:

  • only individuals who are fully inoculated against COVID-19 (i.e. received two doses of a vaccine approved by Canadian public health authorities) as of start of the course(Day 0) will be accepted to participate in the course,

The Alberta Vipassana Foundation continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 public health guidance and will move to unrestricted enrollment (i.e. no vaccination requirement) as soon as AVF believes that it is able to do so in a safe and beneficial manner for all.  

Before applying for a course, please note the following changes in procedures that apply to courses until further notice:

  • menu choices will be limited as the center cannot accommodate special diet needs,

  • face coverings are not mandatory but are recommended at the centre,

  • The Centre will continue to offer small-sized courses at this time (10 male students and 10 female students), so please note that waitlists will be limited at this time, 

  • an applicants acceptance to participate in a course is provisional until the applicant completes an on-line Covid-19 Screening Form at least three days before the start of the course(Day 0).

  • if you have a medical health condition that puts you at greater risk of illness if you contract COVID-19, please consider applying for a course at a later date.

 

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
No courses are currently scheduled.
 
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.
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
18 Jul - 28 Jul Service Period - Part Time Welcome Completed Youngstown For old students
As part of COVID preventative measures - All servers who take part in Work periods are expected to bring their own Eggless Vegetarian Meals.
28 Jul - 08 Aug 10-Day In Progress Youngstown
Vaccination Requirement : Please apply only if you are to be fully inoculated against COVID-19 by the start of the course.
Apply 08 Aug - 18 Aug Service Period - Part Time Welcome Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
As part of COVID preventative measures - All servers who take part in Work periods are expected to bring their own Eggless Vegetarian Meals.
Apply 18 Aug - 29 Aug 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Open Youngstown 6 Full time Servers are Needed for this course to happen

Servers are asked to arrive on AUG17th 2021

Vaccination Requirement : Please apply only if you are to be fully inoculated against COVID-19 by the start of the course.
Apply 29 Aug - 08 Sep Service Period - Part Time Welcome Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
As part of COVID preventative measures - All servers who take part in Work periods are expected to bring their own Eggless Vegetarian Meals.
08 Sep - 19 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Aug Youngstown Servers are asked to arrive on Sep 7th 2021

Vaccination Requirement : Please apply only if you are to be fully inoculated against COVID-19 by the start of the course.
19 Sep - 29 Sep Service Period - Part Time Welcome Applications accepted starting 19 Aug Youngstown For old students
As part of COVID preventative measures - All servers who take part in Work periods are expected to bring their own Eggless Vegetarian Meals.
29 Sep - 10 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Aug Youngstown Servers are asked to arrive on Sep 28th 2021

Vaccination Requirement : Please apply only if you are to be fully inoculated against COVID-19 by the start of the course.
10 Oct - 20 Oct Service Period - Part Time Welcome Applications accepted starting 10 Sep Youngstown For old students

20 Oct - 31 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Aug Youngstown Servers are asked to arrive on Oct 19th 2021

Vaccination Requirement : Please apply only if you are to be fully inoculated against COVID-19 by the start of the course.
31 Oct - 10 Nov Service Period - Part Time Welcome Applications accepted starting 30 Sep Youngstown For old students

10 Nov - 21 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 12 Sep Youngstown Servers are asked to arrive on Nov9th 2021

Vaccination Requirement : Please apply only if you are to be fully inoculated against COVID-19 by the start of the course.
21 Nov - 03 Dec Service Period - Part Time Welcome Applications accepted starting 21 Oct Youngstown For old students

03 Dec - 12 Dec Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 04 Sep Youngstown For old students
  • Please click on link to the left for requirements
12 Dec - 22 Dec Service Period - Part Time Welcome Applications accepted starting 12 Nov Youngstown For old students

22 December, 2021 - 02 January, 2022 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Oct Youngstown
 
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
No courses are currently scheduled.
 
 

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://karuna.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.

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.