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4698 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1E 2P9, Canada.,
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Next Sil Observance Day (Binara Poya)
Sunday 23rd of September 2018

The Buddha consented to the
establishment of Bhikkuni Order
(Admission of Nuns to the Buddhist Order)
on a Binara Poya Fullmoon Day on the
initiative of the Maha Prajapati Gotami.


Next Sil Observance Day at Mahavihara is Sunday, the 23rd of September 2018, to mark Binara Poya Full-Moon day which falls on 24th of September.

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.


Meditation Retreat Conducted By Bhante Atulo
Saturday 29th September 2018 - 9.00am To 5.00pm

Bhante Atulo


Half day meditation retreat will be held at Toronto Mahavihara on September 29th, 2018 from 9.00am 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 idea 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
  • 9.00 - 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 (aaprox.): Dhamma Talk and closing homage



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.
Minor Variance Application approved on 19 July 2018

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

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.

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. 12th of Sept., 2018:  The Suttas listed in "The Spirings of bad Conduct" Sub Sections of "The Defilements of the Mind" Section: Suttas Nos: 5:206, 9:72, 10:14, 7:61 {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.