Vipassana Meditation Centre
Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka
in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin
Welcome to the Quebec Vipassana Meditation Centre
The centre is dedicated to the practice of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S. N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. Vipassana means "to see things as they really are". It is a logical process of mental purification through self-observation. Although springing from the teachings of the Buddha, this non-sectarian technique is open to everyone regardless of background or belief.
The Québec Vipassana Centre, also called in Pali, Dhamma Suttama, meaning "the best of Dhamma", is one of the 118 International Vipassana meditation centres devoted to the teaching and practice of Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka. It is located halfway between Montréal and Ottawa/Gatineau, five kilometers north of Montebello.
On this exceptional property, in a tranquil, open valley surrounded by forest, the centre can accommodate more than 100 students per course. Purchased in February 2011, this new centre at Montebello continues to uphold the mission of the former Sutton centre established in 1999.
To learn the basics of Vipassana meditation, one needs to take an introductory residential ten-day course. Before applying, you will have to read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline. You may first have a look at the Schedule of Courses to choose the most convenient dates for you and fill in an on-line application form.
Attending a Course?
Here is some important information about coming to the centre for a course. Note that you must have received an acceptance letter from us before you arrive at the centre.
Directions to the Centre and Rideshare : Travelling time by car is 90 minutes from Montreal, 60 minutes from Gatineau/Ottawa, and approximately four hours from Quebec City.
Introduction to Vipassana Meditation
Vipassana, which means seeing things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient meditation techniques. Long lost to humanity, it was rediscovered more than 2500 years ago by Gotama the Buddha who has taught it as a universal remedy for universal problems. We recommend to those not familiar with Vipassana Meditation to read the text based upon a public talk given by Mr. S.N. Goenka in Berne, Switzerland, 1980.
For more information, leave a message on the answering machine of the Foundation. Someone will call you back as soon as possible. You may also write to the following address:
810 Côte Azélie,
Open House at Dhamma Suttama in Montebello
Sunday September 27th, 2015
Information evening in Montreal
Videos about Vipassana meditation
Overview of a 10-days course (3 min)
Video S.N. Goenka
S.N. Goenka explains Vipassana meditation in this video (20 minutes)
Children's and teenagers' course
Children (8 to 12)
Teenagers (13 to 15)
Printable 10-Day course registration form