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Toronto Maha Vihara Buddhist Meditation Centre,
4698 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1E 2P9, Canada.,
Tel: (416) 208 9276   Fax:(647) 349-0444

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Meditation Retreat (In Sinhala) by Ven. Aluthgamgoda Gnanaweera Thero
21st afternoon to 24th of May 2018

Aluthgamgoda Gnanaweera Thero

Four-day meditation retreat will be conducted at Toronto Mahavihara from the afternoon of Monday the 21st to Thursday the 24th of May, 2018.

The retreat will be conducted by Ven. Aluthgamgoda Gnanaweera Thero from Sri Lanka Buddhist Monastery, Brisbane, Australia.

The intending Yogis are required to register before the 30th of April 2018. Registration will be closed when the full capacity is reached. The Registration Form is available at this link.

This is a non-residential retreat. However Yogis who wish to stay out of their homes are kindly requested to arrange accommodation at a motel near the temple by contacting it direct.

A donation of $50.00 is expected from all participating Yogis to meet the utility expenses of Toronto Mahavihara and the Air Ticket of Ven. Gnanaweera Thero from USA. This donation may be paid at the start of the treat on 21st of May.

  • Retreat will commence in the afternoon of 21st of May.
  • Meditation Instructions, Sermons and Q & A will be conducted in Sinhala only.
  • Organizers will arrange lunch for all yogis.
  • Retreat Time Table and other details will be sent to the registered participants in due course.

For further information please contact:
Ven. Lunugamvehere Rewatha Thero: (416) 208-9276

About the Meditation Teacher
Ven Aluthgamgoda Gnanaweera Thero has been ordained at the Subhodaramaya at Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and has mastered meditation guiding skills at the feet of Late Most Venerable Katukurunde Gnananada Thero and Most Venerable Uda Iriyagama Dhammajiva Thero. He has also learnt meditation in Burma for some time.


Next Sil Observance Day (Vesak Poya)
Saturday 26th (for Adults) and Sunday 27th (for Children) May 2018

Vesak Poya day commemorates the three
most significant events in Buddha's Life:
Birth, Enlightenment and Demise.
Buddhist devotees spend this day in spiritual
development activities all over the world.

Next Sil Observance Day at Mahavihara is Saturday, the 26th and Sunday, the 27th of May 2018, to mark Vesak Poya Full-Moon day which falls on 29th of May.

Saturday, the 26th May is reserved for adults and Sunday the 27th May is for children. The programs for the two days have been e-mailed to all members and friends of Toronto Mahavihara.

Sil Program gives an opportunity to practice virtues and spend the day in physical and mental rest. Devottees will also listen 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.

Weekly Meditation Sessions on Friday Evenings
Conducted By Bhante Atulo

Buddha in Samādhi posture.

Meditation sessions are conducted on Friday evenings from approximately 7.00pm - 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.

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.


Construction of a new Building for Monks' Residence.
Latest News


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

Meeting with the City Councillor
on 23rd of January 2018

As of now Building design has met city wide zoning by-Laws in the proposed development. However a zonal by-law (900.34.10.(53)-Exception IPW53 which applies to this site only, limit the scope of virtually any future developments, subjected to restrictions on Parking, plot coverage, building height and set backs. On 16th of February 2018, our architect submitted documentations (Minor Variance Application) requesting the Committee of Adjustment, City of Toronto to waive the site specific by Laws as the design fulfills general city wide zonal by laws.

A group of our members and the architect met and discussed the project with Jim Hart, the City Councillor of Ward 44, Scarborough on 23rd of Jan. 2018 in the TMV Library. He indicated his support for this project.

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. 11th of April, 2018:  The Suttas listed in "The Spirings of bad Conduct" Sub Sections of "The Defilements of the Mind" Section: Suttas Nos: 6:47-48, 6:107, 10:174 4:17-20 {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.

Elementary Pali Course - Every Monday at 7.00pm
Temporarily Suspended.

New Course in Reading Pali Entering the Word of the Buddha Author : Gair, James W and Karunatillake, W S

New Course in
Reading Pali
Entering the
Word of the

The New Pali Course ( Part 1 & 2)By Prof.A.P. Buddhadatta Maha NayakaThera

The New Pali
By Prof. A.P.
Maha Thera

Toronto Mahavihara is pleased to offer an elementary course in Pāli Grammer and Vocabulary to those who are seriously interested in learning the basics of Pāli Language. Pāli is the language of the scriptures of Theravada Buddhism, which were written in Sri Lanka during the 1st century BC. Therefore the familiarity with Pāli language is an essential part of studying Buddha's discourses in their original form.

The course is conducted by Venerable Ahangama Rathanasiri Nayaka Thero, on every Monday from 7.00pm. The first class was held on 15th Aug. 2012. A text book titled "The New Pāli Course Parts 1 and 2" authored by Ven. Polwatte Buddhadattha Mahathera was used to guide the participants through the program. You can download the .pdf version of this book at this link or clicking on the image on the right above.

Having completed the entire Book 1 and first two chapters of Book 2 of The New Pāli Course mentioned above, the study program has now moved to the use of "A New Course in Reading Pali: Entering the Word of the Buddha" by James W. Gair and W.S. Karunatillake, with effect from 2nd of November 2015. (See image on the left above).

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.