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4698 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1E 2P9, Canada.,
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Next Sil Observance Day (Poson Poya)
16th of June 2019.

Poson Poya marks arrival of Buddhism
in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC
when Arahat Mahinda,
son of Emperor Asoka of India,
converted King Devanampiyatissa
of Sri Lanka to Buddhism.


    Next Sil Observance Day at Mahāvihāra is 16th of June 2019, to mark Poson Poya full-moon day which also falls on the same day.

Devotees will spend this day in the temple away from normal household activities, fully engaged in spiritual development, Dhamma discussion and contemplation of the teachings of the Buddha. Sil Program will start at 8.30am and terminate at 5.00pm.

Please click the "Poya Calendar" button on the right column to see the details of monthly Poya Day Programs.


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.



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.