Vassäna Special Retreat Season - 2016

July 19 - October 15, 2016

What is Vassäna Retreat

Vassäna is the most fruitful season for both Monks and Lay practitioners. Having adequate  time, they dedicate the life for true practice. During this period they highly focus on meditation, dhamma discussions, sermons, chanting, offerings etc. Spending time together for numerous wholesome activities, they gain enormous merits and wholesomeness in order to reach the supermundane stages and final liberation of this samsaric journey. 

Alberta Buddhist Vihara Association offers a series of special programs during 2016 Vassäna season at the Samatha Vipassana Meditation Centre. A summary of these programs and the program schedule is given in this page. 

Sponsor, Vouchsafe and Patronize  

Buddhism is not self-centred. The Buddha’s guidance is that always one should practice and realize the teachings and share and spread it among the society. 

Sponsoring is not always about spending money. It is an honourable dedication on behalf of fellow followers. Therefore, we request and encourage you to take a part in this opportunity and help bring forward the other people and let us make a way them to accumulate this great occasion.

There are multiple programs that you can choose and organize with your fellows at SVMC.

Program Details

Satipatthäna Dhamma Sermon
Fridays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm (Sinhala medium)

Satipatthäna is the heart of  the teachings. It is the only way for liberation.  "Bhikkhus, this is the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of pain and grief, for the attainment of the true way, for the realization of Nibbāna - namely, the four foundations of mindfulness".

This is a series of sermons in sinhala medium. We will describe each part of this great teaching and show the way (Samatha & Vipassanā) that we can practice our daily life. 

Dhamma Related Q&A Discussion (Sinhala)
Every other Saturdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

This is an open session for daily basis questions. We will kindly and wilfully  help to find the best and correct answers from the original teachings. The questions can be from your daily life and your practice. You may present your questions at the session, drop off into the box that located at SVMC or submit questions online prior to the program. This is a biweekly session. 

Dhamma Däna Sermon (Sinhala)
Every Sundays from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM 

There are 84,000 original teachings of the Buddha. Listening is the beginning of our practice and it is the best way to learn. We deliver sermons according to the original teachings. This is a Sinhala medium session with Q&A. 

Kids' Retreat (English/Sinhala)
Once a month on Sundays from 9:00am to 1:00pm

We might help our next generation to practice and carry over this great traditions for the future. We have organized a Kid retreat once a month for few hours. We will guide them to practice mindfulness, meditation, traditional customs and mores. The dates are given on the schedule in this page.

Meditation for Beginners (Sinhala) 
Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 7:00pm to 8:30pm

This is for beginners those who wants to learn basic methods such as mindfulness for day to day life, short meditations prior to your working schedules, how to handle or deal with pressure.  

Sath Budddha Puja (Sinhala) 
Every other Saturdays at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

“They who go for refuge to the Buddha shall not go to evil state of existence; but will quit the human body and fill the ranks of the devas." The all the past Buddhas are deserve to have our venerations. There are different categories of the past Buddha’s like 28 Buddhas and 7 Buddhas. Without despite of the numbers we honourably offer to the Buddha’s great qualities to pay our gratitude and honour in order to accumulate merits.  

Guided Meditation (English) 
Every Tuesday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

We offer a refreshed version of this regular program for this special season. 

We are an open tradition who share our great practices with the entire world. Let’s live freely in this short term of life. Right View leads us to Right Mindfulness. Right Mindfulness leads us to Purification. Pure mind is the way of Awakening. This is a guided meditation session conducted in English for those who want to awake.

Sutta Discussion (English) 
Every Saturday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm 

This is also a refreshed version of this regular program for this special season. 

Buddhism does not mean just sitting-meditation. Listening, reading and discussing are also main methods of practice. We are a discussion group that follows the original teachings (secret) of the Buddha. English speakers are welcome.

Program Schedule

The program schedule is as follows. To sponsor any of these sessions, please submit the details using the form at the bottom of this page. Thank you.

Sponsor a Session
Please note it may take up to a day to add your name to the sponsor list shown above. Thank you for your patience. More than one family can sponsor an event.