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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 if you give an e-mail address in your application. Allow two weeks for response.

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

6.   Please do not apply for more than one course at a time, even if you're waitlisted - Request registration to transfer to an open course.

 

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

Courses now open for applications around 7 AM on the morning of the opening dates shown on the schedule below

Please do not apply to sit more than one 10-day course at a time.

SPAM ISSUES: Please put VIPASSANA in the subject line of any email you send to us. If you do not do this, your email might go to our spam folder and not be read. 

Dhamma Modana, on Vancouver Island, now offers, 1-day, 3-day and 10-day courses. See https://www.dhamma.org/en/schedules/schmodana

 

 
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.  1-Day courses begin at 8:30am and finish at 4:30pm, on the same day.
1-Day courses (no pre-registration) are now offered on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Saturday of every month at the Vancouver Vipassana Hall. Details at http://www.surabhi.dhamma.org/os/vvh.html. .

 

2020 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
27 May - 31 May 3-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Feb Merritt For old students
16 Sep - 20 Sep 3-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Jun Merritt 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 (known as Day 11).
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.

If there is a waitlist for a course with the dates you prefer, please check the schedule for Dhamma Karuna, in Youngstown Alberta.They often have openings, especially for servers, when there are no openings here. 
https://www.dhamma.org/en/schedules/schkaruna

2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 04 Dec - 15 Dec 10-Day In Progress Merritt
Apply 15 Dec - 18 Dec In Between Work Period
Part-Time Welcome
Servers - Open Merritt For old students



Apply 18 Dec - 29 Dec 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Closed Male Server - Wait List Merritt
Apply 29 December, 2019 - 01 January, 2020 In Between Work Period Course
Part-Time Welcome.

Servers - Open Merritt For old students

2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 01 Jan - 12 Jan 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Merritt
Apply 12 Jan - 15 Jan In Between Work Period Course
Part-Time Welcome.
Servers - Open Merritt For old students
Apply 15 Jan - 26 Jan 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Merritt Male servers required
Apply 26 Jan - 29 Jan In Between Work Period Course
Part-Time Welcome.
Servers - Open Merritt For old students
Apply 29 Jan - 09 Feb 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Merritt
Apply 09 Feb - 12 Feb In Between Work Period Course
Part-Time Welcome.
Servers - Open Merritt For old students
Apply 12 Feb - 23 Feb Special 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Merritt For old students
Please click the link to the left for course requirements
Apply 23 Feb - 26 Feb In Between Work Period Course
Part-Time Welcome.
Servers - Open Merritt For old students
Apply 26 Feb - 08 Mar 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Merritt
Apply 08 Mar - 11 Mar In Between Work Period Course
Part-Time Welcome.
Servers - Open Merritt For old students
11 Mar - 22 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 12 Dec Merritt
25 Mar - 05 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Dec Merritt
08 Apr - 19 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Jan Merritt
22 Apr - 03 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Jan Merritt
06 May - 17 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Feb Merritt
18 May - 25 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 18 Feb Merritt For old students
23 May - 24 May Trust Retreat Applications accepted starting 23 Feb Merritt For old students
Trust Retreat
03 Jun - 14 Jun 10-Day
English / Persian (Farsi)
Applications accepted starting 05 Mar Merritt Priority is given to those students who speak Farsi. Three weeks before the course starts, any remaining seats will be given to non-Farsi speaking students.
17 Jun - 28 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Mar Merritt
01 Jul - 12 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Apr Merritt
15 Jul - 26 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Apr Merritt
29 Jul - 09 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Apr Merritt
20 Aug - 30 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 22 May Merritt For old students
29 Aug - 30 Aug Trust Retreat Applications accepted starting 31 May Merritt For old students
Trust Retreat
02 Sep - 13 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Jun Merritt
23 Sep - 04 Oct 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Applications accepted starting 25 Jun Merritt Male and female Assistant Teachers fluent in Vietnamese and English.
Priority will be given to Vietnamese speaking students. Three weeks before the course starts, any remaining seats will be available to non-Vietnamese speaking students.
07 Oct - 18 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Jul Merritt
21 Oct - 01 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Jul Merritt
04 Nov - 15 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Aug Merritt
16 Nov - 19 Nov Short Work Period Applications accepted starting 18 Aug Merritt For old students

20 Nov - 29 Nov Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 22 Aug Merritt For old students
Please click on the link to the left for course requirements
02 Dec - 13 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Sep Merritt
23 December, 2020 - 03 January, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Sep Merritt
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
01 Jan Work Period Open Merritt For old students
 
 

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.

Old Student Programs are similar to Service Periods where there is time to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects, but have a more full and structured program, an opportunity to meet with assistant teachers, and possibly committee and trust meetings. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods and in the evening there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

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.

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.