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Ayan Vassāna Kālo This is the Rainy Retreat Season.
14th July to 13th October 2019


Inviting the Venerable monks to
participate in the Rainy Retreat.

Toronto Mahavihara Resident Bhikkhus were invited to participate in the Rainy Retreat (Vas) on 14th of July 2019. The Rainy Retreat will terminate on 13th of October 2019 and the Katina Ceremony will take place on 19th and 20th of October 2019. During this period, the venerable Bhikkhus will dedicate all of their time to spiritual development and lay community will take special care and attention to their needs. On all Sundays evenings during this period there will be special Dhamma Sermons. If you wish to sponsor any of these Dhamma Talks please contact the temple (tel. 416 208-9276). There is also a Sponsor List in the Viharage Notice Borad where you can reserve a date.

The venerable Bhikkhus who were invited to participate in the Rainy Retreat were:

  • Most Ven. Ahangama Rathanasiri Nayaka Thero, Viharadhipathy.
  • Ven. Dickwelle Upatissa Thero
  • Ven. Chandaar Bodhi Thero
  • Ven. Lunugamvehere Rewatha Thero
  • Ven. Tirirathana.


Inviting the Venerable monks to
participate in the Rainy Retreat.

The Vas program this year will be conducted by the general membership of Toronto Mahavihara Society led by its Committee of Management. Thus all memembers and friends of the Society are kindly requested to get actively involved in the Vas Retreat customs and the Kathina Ceremony.

Next Sil Observance Day (Vap Poya)
13th of October 2019.

Lay devotees, in procession, carry the Katina
Cheevaraya to the temple on the occassion
of the end of Rainy Retreat (Vas Season)
traditionally on the Vap Poya Ful Moon day

    Next Sil Observance Day at Mahāvihāra is 13th of October 2019, to mark Vap 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.

As this is the Vas Season, the Vas Sermon will be delivered at 4.00pm on thiis day.

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

Meditation Retreat Conducted By Bhante Atulo
Saturday 21st September 2019 - 8.30am To 5.00pm

Bhante Atulo

A meditation retreat is scheduled at the Toronto Mahavihara on Saturday, September 21st, 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:

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.

  • 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

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.


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


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.