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 and are conducted by assistant teachers of S.N. Goenka

using audio and video tapes of Mr. Goenka's instructions and discourses.

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If you are on a wating list for a 10-day cours, you can register for a second course. If a place becomes available in any of these courses, you will be informed that you have been registered and your registration in the other course will be cancelled.

Registrations open at 6 AM on the date indicated.

 
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.

2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 11 Dec - 22 Dec 10-Day In Progress Montebello The men team of servers is now complete, but we are still missing 2 women servers in order to complete the service team of this course.
Apply* 14 Dec 1-Day Open Montreal For old students
Apply 22 Dec - 25 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 25 December, 2019 - 05 January, 2020 10-Day New Women - Long Wait List Old Women - Wait List New Men - Short Wait List Old Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Montebello waiting list for servants males or females
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 05 Jan - 08 Jan Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Apply 08 Jan - 19 Jan 10-Day Women - Course Full Men - Wait List Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Open Montebello The team of women servers is complete. There is a short waitlist. The team of men servers is incomplete, welcome to part time or full time men servers.
19 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 19 Jan - 22 Jan Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Apply 22 Jan - 02 Feb 10-Day New Women - Course Full Old Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Montebello
Apply* 26 Jan 1-Day Open Quebec For old students
Apply* 01 Feb 1-Day Open Montreal For old students
Apply 05 Feb - 16 Feb 10-Day New Women - Course Full Old Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
Apply 16 Feb - 04 Mar Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Apply* 23 Feb 1-Day Open Quebec For old students
29 Feb - 01 Mar Foundation WeekEnd Open Montebello All Old students are enthusiastically invited to participate to the Foundation Weekend.
01 Mar 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 01 Mar - 04 Mar Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Apply 04 Mar - 15 Mar 10-Day New Women - Course Full Old Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
Apply 15 Mar - 18 Mar Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Apply 18 Mar - 29 Mar 10-Day New Women - Course Full Old Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
Apply* 21 Mar 1-Day Open Montreal For old students
Apply* 22 Mar 1-Day Open Quebec For old students
Apply 29 Mar - 01 Apr Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Apply 01 Apr - 05 Apr 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Apply 05 Apr - 08 Apr Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Apply 08 Apr - 19 Apr 10-Day New Women - Wait List Old Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
Apply* 19 Apr 1-Day Open Quebec For old students
19 Apr - 22 Apr Work Period Applications accepted starting 21 Dec Montebello For old students
22 Apr - 03 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Dec Montebello
Apply* 25 Apr 1-Day Open Montreal For old students
03 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/
03 May - 06 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 04 Jan Montebello For old students
06 May - 17 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Jan Montebello
17 May - 22 May Spring cleaning Applications accepted starting 18 Jan Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time for the seasonnal service period.
24 May - 27 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 25 Jan Montebello For old students
27 May - 07 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Jan Montebello
07 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/
07 Jun - 10 Jun Work Period Applications accepted starting 08 Feb Montebello For old students
10 Jun - 14 Jun 3-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Feb Montebello For old students
14 Jun 1-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Jan Quebec For old students
14 Jun - 17 Jun Work Period Applications accepted starting 15 Feb Montebello For old students
17 Jun - 28 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Feb Montebello
20 Jun 1-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Jan Montreal For old students
28 Jun - 03 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 29 Feb Montebello For old students
03 Jul - 12 Jul Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 05 Mar Montebello For old students
12 Jul - 15 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 14 Mar Montebello For old students
15 Jul - 26 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Mar Montebello
26 Jul - 29 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 28 Mar Montebello For old students
29 Jul - 09 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 31 Mar Montebello
09 Aug - 12 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 11 Apr Montebello For old students
12 Aug - 23 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Apr Montebello
23 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/
23 Aug - 26 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 25 Apr Montebello For old students
26 Aug - 30 Aug 3-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Apr Montebello For old students
30 Aug - 02 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 02 May Montebello For old students
02 Sep - 13 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 May Montebello
13 Sep - 25 Sep Seasonal service period Applications accepted starting 16 May Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time for the seasonnal service period.
28 Sep - 30 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 31 May Montebello For old students
30 Sep - 11 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Jun Montebello
11 Oct - 14 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 13 Jun Montebello For old students
14 Oct - 25 Oct For women only Applications accepted starting 16 Jun Montebello Concurrent course
14 Oct - 04 Nov 20-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Jun Montebello For old students
08 Nov 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 Nov - 11 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 11 Jul Montebello For old students
11 Nov - 22 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Jul Montebello
22 Nov - 25 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 25 Jul Montebello For old students
25 Nov - 06 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Jul Montebello
06 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/
06 Dec - 09 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 08 Aug Montebello For old students
09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Aug Montebello
20 Dec - 23 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 22 Aug Montebello For old students
23 December, 2020 - 03 January, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 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.
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
23 May Children's course in English Applications accepted starting 23 Feb Montebello Course for Children ages 8-12 years old in English- See Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, May 17, 2020
23 May Children's course in French
Applications accepted starting 23 Feb Montebello Course for Children ages 8-12 in French - SeeCourse Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, May 17, 2020.
24 May Teenager's course in French Applications accepted starting 23 Feb Montebello Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 years old in French- See course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, May 17, 2020
24 May Teenager's course in English Applications accepted starting 23 Feb Montebello Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 in English- See Course Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, May 17, 2020
 
 

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 at the address listed under the “Contact Us” Tab above. 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.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.

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.