Wheel of Dhamma

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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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C O R O N A V I R U S : The center resumed its courses with a limited number of participants.  Public Health Direction guidelines were put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not register if :

  • You have travelled abroad within 14 days prior to the course.
  • You have symptoms related to COVID-19 or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive or has symptoms.
  • You have health problems that put you at greater risk..

Rideshare:

  • There is no rideshare service organized by the centre, but you can travel with someone else. In case you present symptoms while at the centre, you must be self-sufficient in terms of transportation and be able to return home on your own or be sure to be able to reach someone who will pick you up the same day.

The following measures are applied due to COVID-19:

  • Wearing a mask is mandatory for all movements within the centre. Please bring a sufficient number of masks for the course duration.
  • In the meditation room, the mask must be removed only when you are seated and you must put it back on before getting up to leave.
  • Despite wearing the mask, the distance of 2 meters must be respected inside the centre; gatherings are not permitted.
  • When you take off your mask, you must put it in a bag (zyploc type).
  • You can walk outside while respecting the distance of 2 m.
  • There will be no lending of shawls or other clothing.
  • Cushions, chairs and headphones will be available as usual.

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  Virtual Vipassana Activities page.  

 
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.

2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 23 Sep - 04 Oct 10-day course for old students only In Progress Montebello If necessary, the course may be cancelled, even at the last minute.

The team of servers is now complete. Thanks to everyone!
Apply 04 Oct - 14 Oct Work Period Servers - Open Montebello For old students
Apply 14 Oct - 04 Nov 20-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello For old students
If necessary, the course may be cancelled, even at the last minute.
Apply 04 Nov - 11 Nov Work Period Servers - Open 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/
Apply 11 Nov - 22 Nov 10-Day Women - Course Full New Men - Course Full Old Men - Wait List Servers - Open 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/
 
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
27 Sep Teenager's Course in English CANCELLED Montebello Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 years old in English - SeeCourse Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, September 20, 2020.
Registration for SERVERS closes Sunday, Septembre 6.
27 Sep Teenager's Course in French CANCELLED Montebello Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 years old in French - SeeCourse Timetable. Registration closes Sunday, September 20, 2020.
Registration for SERVERS closes Sunday, Septembre 6.
 
 

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.

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.