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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

In response to the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, we have now cancelled all courses that were open for applications and suspended all future courses until further notice.

All other activities at Dhamma Surabhi and the Vancouver Vipassana Hall are also suspended. 
We will resume normal activities when it is deemed safe to do so. 

Please watch this page for updates.  

 

 

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
04 Jul Children Closed Vancouver Vipassana Hall All courses are temporarily suspended
12 Aug - 14 Aug Children Closed Merritt All courses are temporarily suspended
16 Aug - 18 Aug Teen Closed Merritt All courses are temporarily suspended
 
Short Courses

All short courses and 1-day courses are temporarily suspended at Dhamma Surabhi and the Vancouver Vipassana Hall

 

2020 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
25 May - 29 May 3-Day CANCELLED Merritt For old students
16 Sep - 20 Sep 3-Day Closed Merritt For old students
16 Dec - 20 Dec 3-Day Closed 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

2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
25 Mar - 05 Apr 10-Day CANCELLED Merritt
08 Apr - 19 Apr 10-Day CANCELLED Merritt
19 Apr - 22 Apr In Between Work Period Course CANCELLED Merritt For old students


22 Apr - 03 May 10-Day CANCELLED Merritt
06 May - 17 May Bilingual 10-day course in Farsi/English
English / Persian (Farsi)
CANCELLED 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.
18 May - 25 May In Between Work Period Course CANCELLED Merritt For old students


29 May - 31 May Trust Retreat CANCELLED Merritt For old students
03 Jun - 14 Jun 10-Day CANCELLED Merritt
17 Jun - 28 Jun 10-Day Closed Merritt
01 Jul - 12 Jul 10-Day Closed Merritt
15 Jul - 26 Jul 10-Day Closed Merritt
29 Jul - 09 Aug 10-Day Closed Merritt
20 Aug - 30 Aug In Between Work Period Course Closed Merritt For old students


29 Aug - 30 Aug Trust Retreat Closed Merritt For old students
Trust Retreat
02 Sep - 13 Sep 10-Day Closed Merritt
23 Sep - 04 Oct Bilingual 10-day course Vietnamese/English
English / Vietnamese
Closed Merritt Male and female Assistant Teachers fluent in Vietnamese and English.
Priority will be given to Vietnamese speaking students. Other students will be waitlisted initially.
07 Oct - 18 Oct 10-Day Closed Merritt
21 Oct - 01 Nov Bilingual 10-day course Mandarin/English
English / Mandarin
Closed Merritt Priority is given to those students who speak Mandarin/Cantonese. Other students are initially waitlisted.
04 Nov - 15 Nov 10-Day Closed Merritt
16 Nov - 19 Nov In Between Work Period Course Closed Merritt For old students


20 Nov - 29 Nov Satipatthana Sutta Closed Merritt For old students
Please click on link to the left for requirements
02 Dec - 13 Dec 10-Day Closed Merritt
23 December, 2020 - 03 January, 2021 10-Day Closed Merritt
 
 

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]mma.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.

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.

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.

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.