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Surabhi
Dhamma Surabhi, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Surabhi, which means the Fragrance of Dhamma, is one of many Vipassana centers around the world taught by S.N. Goenka. In August 1997 a 56-acre property was purchased just above the Coldwater River, near Merritt. Construction of the Centre began in spring 1999 and the first course was conducted in 2002. The Centre consists of a building of approximately 9300 sq. ft. with accommodations for 60 people and a meditation hall that holds 70 people.

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 for the course.

3.   Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. Every student must have an application.

4.   All correspondence will be through e-mail. Please give an e-mail address in your application. Allow two weeks for response.

5    If your application is accepted, please confirm your attendance when asked before the course to secure your place.

6.   During BC's Phase 3 Covid-19 guidelines, ALL acceptences are PROVISIONAL. To be accepted, you must successfully complete a Covid-19 Screening Form. three days before the start of the course. 

7.   Please do not apply for more than one 10-day course at a time, even if you're waitlisted.

 

Additional information

Vipassana Meditation Centre of BC -- Dhamma Surabhi

P.O. Box 699, Merritt, B.C. V1K 1B8, Canada

Email: [email protected]

Phone: [1] 778-785-4080 (Vancouver), [1] 250-412-5372 (Victoria), [1] 250-469-7180 (Kelowna) Fax: (toll free) [1] (866) 259-6088

Under BC's Phase 3 - Reopening Guidelines we are now able to run courses for very small numbers of students. 

Courses open for applications on a Sunday, at about 8:00 AM,  31 days before the start of the course. 

Courses will be cancelled or curtailed, at short notice, if BC reverts to Phase 2 guidelines.

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 been in British Columbia for 14 days before the start of the course.
  • Ride sharing is not encouraged, so the RideBoard will NOT be available.
  • Students and servers will be required to wear face masks.
  • We can only accommodate a small number of students and waitlists will also be short. 
  • 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.
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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.
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2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 17 Aug - 26 Aug Satipatthana Sutta Women - Open Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Merritt For old students
NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
Apply 02 Sep - 13 Sep 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
16 Sep - 27 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Aug Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
30 Sep - 11 Oct Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Aug Merritt For old students
NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
14 Oct - 25 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Sep Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
28 Oct - 08 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Sep Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
11 Nov - 22 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Oct Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
25 Nov - 06 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Oct Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Nov Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
23 December, 2020 - 03 January, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Nov Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
 
 

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.surabhi.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.

Special 10-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.

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.