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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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Next Sil Observance Day (Esala Poya)
Sunday 22nd of July 2018

Esala Poya day commemorates the Buddha's
first sermon:Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta
delivered to the five ascetics and it took
place at the "Deer Park", near Benares, India.


Next Sil Observance Day at Mahavihara is Sunday, the 22nd of July 2018, to mark Esala Poya Full-Moon day which falls on 27th of July.

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.

Vassaradhana (Inviting monks for the rainy season retreat) will also be held on this day evening.

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


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 208

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. 18th of July, 2018:  The Suttas listed in "The Spirings of bad Conduct" Sub Sections of "The Defilements of the Mind" Section: Suttas Nos: 6:13, 10:51, 1:11-21, 4:61, 5:23, 5:51-52 {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
Buddha

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

The New Pali
Course
By Prof. A.P.
Buddhadatta
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.