Dhamma Karuṇā is one of more than 120 centres worldwide offering courses in Vipassana Meditation, as taught by S.N.Goenka and his assistant teachers in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. It is based in Youngstown, Alberta and is centrally located between Edmonton, Calgary and Saskatoon of the neighbouring province Saskatchewan.
We will be running courses for a very small numbers of students beginning January 20, 2021.
See the 2021 schedule at https://www.dhamma.org/en/schedules/schkaruna.
Applications will be accepted beginning on the date specificed in the on-line course schedule at about 8:00 am Mountain time.
Courses will be cancelled or curtailed, at short notice if Alberta cautions against gatherings (currently 15% of our regular capacity) and/or if servers/teachers are unavailable.
Before applying, please note the following changes in procedures that will be in place at the centre:
- The menu choices will be far fewer than previously and we cannot accommodate special diet needs.
- Until further notice, we can only accept applications from people who have been in Alberta for 14 days before the start of the course.
- Ride sharing is not encouraged, so the RideBoard will NOT be available.
- Students and servers will be required to wear face coverings while at the Centre.
- Face coverings are mandatory while meditating in the meditation hall. If you have a hard time breathing through a face covering please consult with your healthcare practitioner or reconsider submitting an application at this time.
- You are permitted to remove your face covering anytime you are outdoors, in your private room, or eating/drinking.
- We can only accommodate a small number of students and waitlists will also be short.
- All acceptances are provisional until students complete an on-line Covid-19 Screening Form three days before the start of the course.
Vipassana at a glance
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient meditation techniques. It is a process of self-purification by self-observation. The technique is a universal remedy for universal problems and has nothing to do with any organized religion or sect. It can be freely practiced by anyone without conflict due to race, community or religion, and will prove equally beneficial to one and all. For more information, please see the introduction to Vipassana.
To learn Vipassana Meditation one needs to develop one’s own experience during a residential ten-day course. A description and timetable of a typical ten-day course may be found in the Code of Discipline. If you are interested in attending a ten-day course, please review the application sections for basic information and guidelines, then proceed to the course schedule to select a course and apply.