Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
Suttama
Dhamma Suttama, Montebello, Quebec, Canada
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following languages: French and English

The Québec Vipassana Centre, also called in Pali, Dhamma Suttama, meaning “the best of Dhamma,” is located halfway between Montréal and Ottawa/Gatineau, five kilometers north of Montebello. On this exceptional property, in a tranquil, open valley surrounded by forest, the centre can accommodate more than 100 students per course. Purchased in February 2011, the new centre continues to uphold the mission of the former Sutton centre established in 1999.
How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course
  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 which you will be asked to follow during your course.
  3. Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. An application is required to register for all courses.
  4. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  5. If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
Additional information
Québec Vipassana Meditation Centre - Dhamma Suttama
  • Registration Office for information (answering machine): [1] 514-481-3504
  • Fax (Registration to sit a course): [1] 514-879-3437,
  • Fax (Registration to serve a course): [1] 514-879-8981
  • Centre’s address: Québec Vipassana Meditation Centre, 810, Côte Azelie, Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, Montebello (Québec), Canada J0V 1L0

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Unless otherwise noted, all courses are bilingual English and French.

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Since September 4, 2017: if you have applied for a 10-day course and you are put on the waiting list, you are permitted to also apply for a second course. If a place on either one of those two courses then becomes available for you, you will be informed that you have been enrolled in that course and your application for the other course will be cancelled.

 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

Students are expected at the centre between 2 and 4 pm for the registration period and the orientation. The course ends the morning of the 11th day by 6:30 am.

Click the 'Apply' link to complete an application. Old students will have the option to serve or to sit the course.

2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 14 Nov - 18 Nov 3-Day In Progress Montebello For old students
Apply* 17 Nov 1-Day Open Montréal For old students
Apply 18 Nov - 21 Nov Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 21 Nov - 02 Dec 10-Day Women - Course Full New Men - Course Full Old Men - Wait List Servers - Open Montebello There is still a shortage of servers to complete the service team. Men and women servers are welcome, full-time and part-time.
Apply* 25 Nov 1-Day Open Quebec City For old students
02 Dec Board meeting Open Montebello All old students are welcomed to attend, as observers, the Board meetings held at the Center near Montebello. Meditation at 9h. Meeting at 10:15. Lunch at 12:00. Meeting at 1:00. https://www.suttama.dhamma.org/en/os/about-the-vipassana-foundation/
Apply 02 Dec - 05 Dec Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 05 Dec - 16 Dec 10-Day New Women - Course Full Old Women - Closed New Men - Wait List Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Montebello
Apply* 15 Dec 1-Day Open Montréal For old students
Apply 16 Dec - 19 Dec Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 19 Dec - 23 Dec 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Apply 23 Dec - 26 Dec Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 26 December, 2018 - 06 January, 2019 10-Day New Women - Course Full Old Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Montebello There is a short waitlist for female servers for this course.
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 06 Jan - 09 Jan Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 09 Jan - 20 Jan 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Montebello
20 Jan Board meeting Open Montebello All old students are welcomed to attend, as observers, the Board meetings held at the Center near Montebello. Meditation at 9h. Meeting at 10:15. Lunch at 12:00. Meeting at 1:00. https://www.suttama.dhamma.org/en/os/about-the-vipassana-foundation/
Apply 20 Jan - 23 Jan Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 23 Jan - 03 Feb 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
Apply 03 Feb - 06 Feb Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 06 Feb - 17 Feb 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
Apply 18 Feb - 01 Mar Seasonal service period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time for the seasonal service period.
02 Mar - 03 Mar Foundation Weekend Open Montebello

All committee members and members of the Board of Directors are enthusiastically invited to participate to the Foundation Weekend.

On the agenda: Open space, inspirational sessions, workshops in between committees, 3 meditation periods per day...

Apply 02 Mar - 06 Mar Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 06 Mar - 17 Mar 10-Day New Women - Wait List Old Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
17 Mar - 20 Mar Work Period Applications accepted starting 17 Nov Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
20 Mar - 31 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Nov Montebello
31 Mar - 03 Apr Work Period Applications accepted starting 01 Dec Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
03 Apr - 07 Apr 3-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Dec Montebello For old students
07 Apr Board meeting Open Montebello All old students are welcomed to attend, as observers, the Board meetings held at the Center near Montebello. Meditation at 9h. Meeting at 10:15. Lunch at 12:00. Meeting at 1:00. https://www.suttama.dhamma.org/en/os/about-the-vipassana-foundation/
07 Apr - 09 Apr Work Period Applications accepted starting 08 Dec Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
09 Apr - 20 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Dec Montebello Starts on Tuesday
21 Apr 1-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Dec Montebello For old students
22 Apr - 26 Apr Big Spring cleaning Applications accepted starting 23 Dec Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
29 Apr - 01 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 30 Dec Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
01 May - 12 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Jan Montebello
12 May - 15 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 12 Jan Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
15 May - 26 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Jan Montebello Course Vietnamese/English
This course is reserved for students who speak Vietnamese; the other students are asked to register for the parallel course French / English.
15 May - 26 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Jan Montebello Parallel course French/English
26 May Board meeting Open Montebello All old students are welcomed to attend, as observers, the Board meetings held at the Center near Montebello. Meditation at 9h. Meeting at 10:15. Lunch at 12:00. Meeting at 1:00. https://www.suttama.dhamma.org/en/os/about-the-vipassana-foundation/
26 May - 29 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 26 Jan Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
29 May - 02 Jun 3-Day Applications accepted starting 29 Jan Montebello For old students
02 Jun

Open House Day

Open Montebello Welcome All
02 Jun - 05 Jun Work Period Applications accepted starting 02 Feb Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
05 Jun - 16 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Feb Montebello
16 Jun - 19 Jun Work Period Applications accepted starting 16 Feb Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
19 Jun - 30 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Feb Montebello
30 Jun Board meeting Open Montebello All old students are welcomed to attend, as observers, the Board meetings held at the Center near Montebello. Meditation at 9h. Meeting at 10:15. Lunch at 12:00. Meeting at 1:00. https://www.suttama.dhamma.org/en/os/about-the-vipassana-foundation/
30 Jun - 03 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 02 Mar Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
03 Jul - 12 Jul Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 05 Mar Montebello For old students
12 Jul - 13 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 14 Mar Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
14 Jul 1-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Mar Montebello For old students
15 Jul - 17 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 17 Mar Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
17 Jul - 28 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Mar Montebello
28 Jul - 31 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 30 Mar Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
31 Jul - 11 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Apr Montebello
11 Aug - 14 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 13 Apr Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
14 Aug - 25 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Apr Montebello
25 Aug Board meeting Open Montebello All old students are welcomed to attend, as observers, the Board meetings held at the Center near Montebello. Meditation at 9h. Meeting at 10:15. Lunch at 12:00. Meeting at 1:00. https://www.suttama.dhamma.org/en/os/about-the-vipassana-foundation/
25 Aug - 28 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 27 Apr Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
28 Aug - 01 Sep 3-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Apr Montebello For old students
01 Sep - 04 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 04 May Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
04 Sep - 15 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 May Montebello STARTS ON TUESDAY
15 Sep

Open House Day

Open Montebello Welcome All 
15 Sep - 18 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 18 May Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
18 Sep - 29 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 21 May Montebello Concurrent course for women only
18 Sep - 09 Oct 20-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Mar Montebello For old students
Long course for old students only
09 Oct - 11 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 11 Jun Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
14 Oct - 16 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 16 Jun Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
16 Oct - 27 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Jun Montebello
28 Oct - 08 Nov Seasonal service period Applications accepted starting 30 Jun Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time for the seasonnal service period.
09 Nov - 10 Nov Foundation Weekend Open Montebello

All Old students are enthusiastically invited to participate to the Foundation Weekend.

On the agenda: Open space, inspirational sessions, workshops, 3 meditation periods per day...

09 Nov - 13 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 12 Jul Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
13 Nov - 24 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Jul Montebello
24 Nov - 27 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 27 Jul Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
27 Nov - 08 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Jul Montebello
08 Dec Board meeting Open Montebello All old students are welcomed to attend, as observers, the Board meetings held at the Center near Montebello. Meditation at 9h. Meeting at 10:15. Lunch at 12:00. Meeting at 1:00. https://www.suttama.dhamma.org/en/os/about-the-vipassana-foundation/
08 Dec - 11 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 10 Aug Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
11 Dec - 22 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Aug Montebello
22 Dec - 25 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 24 Aug Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
25 December, 2019 - 05 January, 2020 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Aug Montebello
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for ages 8-17 years old:  please ensure that we receive your application form 5 days before the start date of the course. See "Comments" for any special instructions for these courses.
2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
27 Apr Children
French
Applications accepted starting 27 Jan Montebello Course for Children ages 8-12 in French- See Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, 21 April, 2019
27 Apr Children
English
Applications accepted starting 27 Jan Montebello Course for Children ages  8-12 in English- See Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, April 21, 2019
28 Apr Teen
French
Applications accepted starting 27 Jan Montebello Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 in French - See Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, April 21, 2019
28 Apr Teen
English
Applications accepted starting 27 Jan Montebello Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 in English - See Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, April 21, 2019.
12 Oct Children
French
Applications accepted starting 12 Jun Montebello For Children ages 8-12 in French -  See Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday October 6.
12 Oct Children
English
Applications accepted starting 12 Jun Montebello Course for Children ages 8-12 in English- SeeCourse Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, October 6, 2019
13 Oct Teen
English
Applications accepted starting 12 Jun Montebello Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 in English - See Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, October 6, 2019.
13 Oct Teen
French
Applications accepted starting 12 Jun Montebello Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 in French - See Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, October 6, 2019
 
 

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To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://www.suttama.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.

20-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.

Open Days are held between meditation courses. All are welcome to attend and learn about Vipassana Meditation and the Centre.

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.