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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. 

 

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

Because of the return to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines in British Columbia, all courses at the Vipassana Meditation Centre of BC, near Merritt are cancelled until further notice.

The situation will be monitored, week by week. 

When we are able to reopen the centre for courses, a notice will be posted here, with at least 4 days notice of the date when the first course will open for applications.

We are very sorry for the inconveniences that this will cause, but everyone's safety, and helping to reduce the spread of this virus, are our major concerns. 

 

 
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.
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
25 Nov - 06 Dec 10-Day CANCELLED Merritt NOTE: This course has been cancelled, because of the updated restrictions for gatherings and limiting travel to essential travel only
06 Dec - 09 Dec Between Courses Service Period CANCELLED Merritt For old students
NOTE: This service period has been cancelled, because of the updated restrictions for gatherings and limiting travel to essential travel only
09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day CANCELLED Merritt NOTE: This course has been cancelled, because of the updated restrictions for gatherings and limiting travel to essential travel only
20 Dec - 23 Dec Between Courses Service Period CANCELLED Merritt For old students
NOTE: This service period has been cancelled, because of the updated restrictions for gatherings and limiting travel to essential travel only
23 December, 2020 - 03 January, 2021 10-Day CANCELLED Merritt NOTE: This course has been cancelled, because of the updated restrictions for gatherings and limiting travel to essential travel only
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
03 Jan - 06 Jan Between Courses Service Period Closed Merritt For old students
Servers need to arrive before 4 pm on Sunday.
06 Jan - 17 Jan 10-Day Closed Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
17 Jan - 20 Jan Between Courses Service Period Closed Merritt For old students
Servers need to arrive before 4 pm on Sunday.
20 Jan - 31 Jan 10-Day Closed Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
31 Jan - 03 Feb Between Courses Service Period Closed Merritt For old students
Servers need to arrive before 4 pm on Sunday.
03 Feb - 14 Feb 10-Day Closed Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
14 Feb - 17 Feb Between Courses Service Period Closed Merritt For old students
Servers need to arrive before 4 pm on Sunday.
17 Feb - 28 Feb 10-Day Closed Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
28 Feb - 03 Mar Between Courses Service Period Closed Merritt For old students
Servers need to arrive before 4 pm on Sunday.
03 Mar - 14 Mar 10-Day Closed Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
14 Mar - 17 Mar Between Courses Service Period Closed Merritt For old students
Servers need to arrive before 4 pm on Sunday.
17 Mar - 28 Mar 10-Day Closed Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
28 Mar - 31 Mar Between Courses Service Period Closed Merritt For old students
Servers need to arrive before 4 pm on Sunday.
31 Mar - 11 Apr 10-Day Closed Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
14 Apr - 25 Apr 10-Day Closed Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
28 Apr - 09 May 10-Day Closed Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
26 May - 06 Jun 10-Day Closed Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
09 Jun - 20 Jun 10-Day Closed Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
23 Jun - 04 Jul 10-Day Closed Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
07 Jul - 18 Jul 10-Day Closed Merritt NOTE: This course could be cancelled, or curtailed, at short notice, if BC returns to Covid-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
21 Jul - 01 Aug 10-Day Closed 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://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.

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.