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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.
2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 14 Aug - 16 Aug Children Open Merritt
Apply 18 Aug - 20 Aug Teen Open Merritt
 
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. .

 

2019 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 22 Aug - 26 Aug 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Merritt For old students
Male & Female servers required
27 Nov - 01 Dec 3-Day Applications accepted starting 29 Aug 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 17 Jul - 28 Jul 10-Day In Progress Merritt
Apply 28 Jul - 31 Jul In Between Work Period Course
Part-Time Welcome.
Servers - Open Merritt For old students
Apply 31 Jul - 11 Aug 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Merritt
Apply 11 Aug - 14 Aug In Between Work Period Course
Part-Time Welcome
Servers - Open Merritt For old students
Apply 27 Aug - 04 Sep Work Period Servers - Open Merritt For old students

Apply 04 Sep - 15 Sep 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Merritt
Apply 15 Sep - 18 Sep In Between Work Period Course
Part-Time Welcome
Servers - Open Merritt For old students
Apply 18 Sep - 29 Sep 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Merritt
Apply 29 Sep - 02 Oct In Between Work Period Course
Part-Time Welcome
Servers - Open Merritt For old students
Apply 02 Oct - 13 Oct 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Merritt
Apply 13 Oct - 16 Oct In Between Work Period Course
Part-Time Welcome
Servers - Open Merritt For old students

Apply 16 Oct - 27 Oct 10-Day Open Merritt
27 Oct - 30 Oct In Between Work Period Course
Part-Time Welcome.
Applications accepted starting 29 Jul Merritt For old students

30 Oct - 10 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Aug Merritt
13 Nov - 24 Nov Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Aug Merritt For old students
04 Dec - 15 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Sep Merritt
18 Dec - 29 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Sep 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]

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.

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.

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.