Wheel of Dhamma

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Dhamma Modana, Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
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** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Vancouver Island is situated off the west coast of British Columbia, north of Seattle and west of Vancouver. In September 2018, the Dhamma Modana moved to a lovely 12,000 sq ft building nestled on 13.5 acres near the city of Duncan, a 45 min drive from Victoria BC. The first  3-day and 10-day took place at the new Centre in October 2018. 
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

Vancouver Island Vipassana Center -- Dhamma Modana
2359 Calais Rd, Duncan, BC V9L 5V5

Registration Voicemail: 778-974-8482
Registration Fax: 778-974-8483
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.modana.dhamma.org

Under BC's Phase 3 - Reopening Guidelines we are now able to run small test courses to develop the new policies and procedures needed during this pandemic.

See details in the schedule below.

Before applying, please note the following changes in procedures that will be in place for these courses.

  • The menu choices will be far fewer than previously and we cannot accommodate special diet needs.
  • We can only accept applications from people who have resided on Vancouver Island for the past 14 days.
  • Ride sharing is not encouraged, so the RideBoard will NOT be available.
  • Students will be required to wear face masks.
  • We can only accommodate a small number of students and waitlists will also be short. 
  • Courses can only be offered under Phase 3 Re-opening Guidelines in BC. Courses will be cancelled or curtailed suddenly if BC reverts to Phase 2 guidelines.
  • All acceptances are provisional until students complete an on-line Covid-19 Screening Form three days before the start of the course.
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.
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.
2020 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
12 Aug - 16 Aug 3-Day CANCELLED Duncan For old students
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day (known as Day 0) and end on the early morning of the last day.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 21 Aug - 30 Aug Satipatthana Sutta Course Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Duncan For old students
Please click on link to the left for requirements

Due to COVID-19 response we are accepting those who are from Vancouver Island Only
16 Sep - 27 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Aug Duncan Course is pending, thus depending on the COVID-19 situation this course is tentative.

If there is a course, due to COVID-19 response we are accepting those who are from Vancouver Island Only

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.modana.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.

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.