Wheel of Dhamma

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Dhamma Suttama, Montebello, Quebec, Canada
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** 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

Vers le calendrier français

Courses resume in June with reduced participation and in compliance with the sanitary instructions issued by the Public Health.

    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.

    Registration opens on the specified date at 5:00 a.m. during Standard Time and 6:00 a.m. during Daylight Savings Time.

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

    Students may apply to sit no more than one 10-day course. Any additional applications will not be processed.

    Virtual Vipassana Meditation Program for old students

    A Virtual Vipassana Meditation Program of weekly group sittings & half-day sittings for old students only - and the links to join - can be found at the Dhamma Suttama's Old Student website, on the Vipassana Activities page

    2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
    Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
    Apply 13 Jun - 16 Jun Work Period In Progress Montebello For old students
    Apply 16 Jun - 27 Jun 10-Day In Progress Montebello For old women students only.
    Open to new men.

    There is still a shortage of servers to complete the service team. Men and women servers are welcome.
    Apply 27 Jun - 30 Jun Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
    30 Jun - 11 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Jun Montebello
    11 Jul - 14 Jul Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
    14 Jul - 25 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Jul Montebello
    25 Jul - 28 Jul Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
    28 Jul - 08 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Jul Montebello
    08 Aug - 13 Aug Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
    13 Aug - 22 Aug Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 22 Jul Montebello For old students
    Starts on Friday.
    22 Aug - 25 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 23 Jul Montebello For old students
    25 Aug - 05 Sep 10-Day Open Montebello
    05 Sep - 08 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 06 Aug Montebello For old students
    08 Sep - 19 Sep 10-Day Open Montebello
    19 Sep - 22 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 20 Aug Montebello For old students
    22 Sep - 03 Oct 10-Day Open Montebello
    03 Oct - 06 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 03 Sep Montebello For old students
    06 Oct - 17 Oct 10-Day Open Montebello
    17 Oct - 20 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 17 Sep Montebello For old students
    20 Oct - 31 Oct 10-Day Open Montebello
    31 Oct - 05 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 01 Oct Montebello For old students
    05 Nov - 26 Nov 20-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Jul Montebello For old students
    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.
    No courses are currently scheduled.

    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://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.

    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.