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Annual General Meeting of Toronto Mahavihara Society
Sunday 24th of March 2019 at 5.30pm


Annual General Meeting of the Toronto Mahavihara Society is scheduled to be held on Sunday the 24th March 2019 at 5.30pm in the Dhamma Hall of Mahavihara. All members are earnestly requested to keep this day and time free of other engagements and attend the meeting. In the event you are unable to attend, please send a signed "Proxy Form" with another member. Please click here for the AGM Notice, Proxy Form and the minutes of last AGM (2018).

    The main items of the A.G.M. Agenda are given below:
  • To receive the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2017 and the auditor's report which can be viewed/downloaded at this link.
  • To receive the annual reports
  • To receive an update of the new Building Project
  • To provide authority to the Building Project Committee to enter into contracts, approve and disburse funds as necessary to complete the phases 1 and 2 of the TMV building project.
  • To elect a new management committee for the Toronto Mahavihara Society
  • To elect a new management committee for the Toronto Mahavihara Scholarship Foundation
  • To appoint an auditor/s
  • To discuss other businesses properly brought before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.

Those members who are unable to attend the meeting may use a proxy form to authorise another member to take suitable decisions on his behalf. Please click here to download the Proxy Form.




Next Sil Observance Day (Medin Poya)
Sunday 24th of March 2019

Medin poya is the day when the Buddha
visited his father King Suddodhana
for the first time, seven years
after enlightenment accompanied
by 20,000 Bhikkhus.


Next Sil Observance Day at Mahavihara is Sunday, the 24th of March, 2019, to mark Medin Poya Full-Moon day which falls on Wednesday, 20th of March.

Sil Program starts at 8.30am and concludes at 5.00pm. Participants are kindly requested to be in the Dhamam Hall by 8.15am. The program gives an opportunity to practice morality and spend the day in physical and mental awareness away from usual household responsibilities. Devottees will listen, observe and discuss Buddha's teachings throughout the day. Please make use of this opportunity to develop spirituality.

For the annual Poya Program and other details, please click the "Poya Calendar" button on the right.


Hima Aruna 2019 - Talent Contest
Presented By Ruksevana Cultural Association

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Hima Aruna 2019 Talent Contest in Dancing and Singing has been organized by Ruksevana Cultural Association which is the cultural arm of Toronto Mahavihara Society. This is an opportunity to test your skills and realize your the dreams.

Preliminary contests will be held on 23rd and 30th of March 2019.

Final Contest Date and Venue: Saturday the 6th of April 2019, 5.00pm. At Dante Alighieri Academy, 60 Playfair Ave, North York, ON M6B 2P9.

    Contest is open to 3 groups of contestants according to their ages as follows:

  • 4 - 10 years
  • 10 - 18 years
  • 18 and above

GUIDE LINES AND APPLICATION FORMS
If you wish to participate in the contest, please follow the guide lines given in the "Rules and Regulations" document, a link to which is given below together with links to the Application Forms in Sinhala and English. You can download the Application Form, fill and submit it as detailed in the guide lines. Contest Entrance Fee is $20.00. For contact telephone numbers please click on the poster shown above. Applications will be accepted until 12.00 midnight on 10th of March 2019.


FURTHER INFORMATION VIDEO (Courtesy: Cinnamon Media Inc.)



Meditation Retreat Conducted By Bhante Atulo
Saturday 13th April 2019 - 8.30am To 5.00pm

Bhante Atulo


A meditation retreat is scheduled at the Toronto Mahavihara on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 from 8.30am until approximately 5.00pm and it will be conducted by Bhante Atulo. The retreat is open to meditators of all levels of experience. Whole program will be in English.

No registration is necessary but it will be helpful to have a rough estimate of the number of participants intending to attend so that Dhamma Hall can be suitably arranged. Therefore, if you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to: bhantejoe@gmail.com.

LUNCH ARRANGEMENT
Participants are welcome to participate in a potluck meal or to bring their own lunches as they wish. Irfan Pirbhai has kindly offered to co-ordinate the potluck for those who wish to participate. There is a signup sheet for the potluck at this link for those who wish to participate.

    GENERAL TIME TABLE
  • 8.30 - 10.00am: Welcome, meditation, and chanting

  • 10.00 - 10:30am: Walking meditation

  • 10:30am: Meet in the Dhamma Hall --> Organising lunch dana and piṅdapāta

  • 11.15am: piṅdapāta

  • 11:30am: Lunch (dāna)

  • 1.00 - 1:30pm: Dhamma Discussion (can be longer or shorter if more questions)

  • 1.45 - 2:30pm: Walking meditation

  • 2.30 - 3.15pm: Sitting meditation

  • 3.15 - 4.00pm: Walking meditation

  • 4.00 - 4:30pm: Sitting meditation

  • 4.30 - 5:00pm (approx.): Dhamma Talk and closing homage



Meditation Retreat By Ven. Uda Iriyagama Dhammajiva Thero - June 2019
Retreat Registration Closing Date: 31st Jan. 2019.

Ven. Uda Iriyagama Dhammajeeva Thero

Most Venerable Uda Iriyagama
Dhammajiva Thero

Toronto Mahavihara would like to make an advance announcement of a 10-day meditation retreat to be conducted by Ven. Uda Iriyagama Dhammajeeva Thero during the period of Tuesday the 18th to Thursday the 27 of June 2019. Attendance registration and discussion of of retreat instructions is scheduled for 17th of June at 5.00pm. Those devotees who opted to stay in the motel may check in after 2.00pm on 17th of June.

The retreat will be held in Toronto Mahavihara Dhamma Hall and the participating Yogis can be accommodated at the Motel: Knights Inn, adjoining the temple. The organizing Committee is in touch with the Motel management to reserve the required rooms. More information will be made available after confirming the reservation.

Retreat registarion closing date is 31st of Jan. 2019. Registration link: Click Here.




Weekly Meditation Sessions every Tuesday evenings
Conducted By Bhante Atulo

Buddha in Samādhi posture.


Meditation sessions are conducted on every Tuesday Evenings starting from approximately 7.00pm until 8.30pm. at Toronto Mahavihara Dhamma Hall. These sessions are conducted by Bhante Atulo.


The general program consists of chanting, followed by about 50 minutes of meditation. The program closes with a Dhamma talk, after which, the floor is opened for questions. The Dhamma Talks delivered during these sessions are available for listening and downloading at the "Dhamma Talk" Page.


A Note About Dress
It is recommended to wear loose fitting clothing such as T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and loose-fitting pants during meditation. In general, it is best to avoid tank tops and other tight-fitting or form-revealing clothing.

ALL THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN MEDITATION ARE WELCOME.



Construction of a new Building for Monks' Residence.
Tentatice construction Schedule.

PROPOSED BUILDING FOR MONKS' RESIDENCE


A 3-D model of the new building was unveiled
at the Launching Ceremony
held on 17th of April 2016

As approved at the AGM of the Toronto Mahavihara Society held on 15th of March 2015, the construction of a new Building for the residence of monks is presently in its planning stage. The Construction Project Launching Ceremony was held on 17th of April 2016 in the presence of a large gathering of especial invitees, members and friends.

The new building will mainly provide additional space for accommodation of monks. In addition it will also benefit the entire Buddhist community including children as a place of religious veneration of the monks.

A 3-d Model of the new building was unveiled by Venerable Udupihille Wimalabuddhi Thero and Dr. Sumithra Peiris while Jayamangala Gatha were being chanted.

Latest Progress News

Committee of Adjustment of City of Toronto unconditionally approved all minor variances on proposed design of New Monastery phase 1 and 2 on 19th of July 2018. The phase 1 is the construction of main residence building and the phase 2 includes repurposing the upper level of Dhamma Hall as a temporary residence for the monks during construction of the residence.

    Tentative Dates for the Project:
  • Building Permit (Phase 1 & 2) Submission: Feb.18, 2019
  • Phase 1 - Construction Duration:5 weeks. To be completed by end of March 2019.
  • Phase 2 - Construction will commence in April 2019
  • Demolition of present Avasage: Mid-May 2019.


Sutra Discussion Sessions - every Wednesday 7.00pm

Toronto Mahavihara conducts Sutra Discussions to enable our Dhamma friends to gain and share the Buddha's teachings. The discussions are held once a week on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 8.30pm and normally one Sutra is taken up each day. The discussion are conducted in English. This is a very beneficial opportunity to reassess what you already know, enlarge upon your current understanding and explore new areas of Dhamma knowledge. Those who are interested are most welcome for these discussions.

The Sutra group will assemble in the Dhamma Hall at 7.00pm prior to the discussion time and spend half an hour on meditation. Please join this group sitting meditation and practice what you have learnt from the Suttas so far.

The Sutras that are being taken up for discussion currently are listed in the "Thematic Guide to the Anguttara Nikaya" chapter (page 75) in the English Translation done by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

The Sutra that is scheduled for the next Wednesday is indicated below.

Next discussion on Wed. 31st of Oct., 2018:  The Suttas listed in "The Spirings of bad Conduct" Sub Sections of "The Defilements of the Mind" Section: Suttas Nos: 4:199, 4:257, 6:61-62, 6:106, 9:23, 10:61-62 {digits before the colon indicates Book Number (Book of Ones, Book of Twos etc.) and digits after the colon refer to the Sutta number}

Please click here for Anguttara Nikaya Part I, English translation.
Please click here for Anguttara Nikaya Part II, English translation
Please click here for Anguttara Nikaya Part III, English translation

Please click here for a list of previously discussed Suttas.



Sunday Meditation Program

Samadhi Buddha Statue

Samadhi (Meditation) Buddha Statue
at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka


Meditation sessions are conducted on Sundays, from 8.30 to 10.00am except on Poya (Sil) Sundays. Please check the Poya Calendar in the right column for Poya (Sil) days on which devotees will observe Eight or Ten Precepts and this Meditation program is not held.