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4698 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1E 2P9, Canada.,
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Rainy Retreat 2023
30th of July - 29th of October

The Vas Season 2023 commenced with the Vassārādhanā held on 30th of July and will terminate on 29th of October. The Katina Ceremony is scheduled for 4th and 5th of November. Following Venerable monks are participating in the Vas Retreat:

  • Most Ven. Ahangama Rathanasiri Nāyaka Thero
  • Ven. Udupihille Wimalabuddhi Thero
  • Ven. Lunugamvehere Rewatha Thero
  • Ven. Ahangama Damitha Thero
  • Ven. Angunakolapalesse Muditha Thero
  • Ven. Bangladeshaye Triratana
  • Ven. Chandrabodhi

Following families have kindly undertaken to sponsor the Vas Retreat and the Katina Ceremony:

  • Thusitha and Sanjeevanee Weerasuriya
  • Darsana and Nuradhi Epasinghe
  • Saman and Nilmini Handunduwa
  • Kavishwara and Manuja Hissella

During this period there will be a special sermon every Sunday evening. Sermon will commence at 7.00pm except on the Sil Poya Days, on which days it will be 4.00pm. Please click here for the list of scheduled sermons including respective sponsors.

Construction of a new Building for Monks' Residence.
Tentative Construction Schedule.


Ground Plan of the New Avasage (Click to Enlarge)

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.

A Building and Demolition Permits (Application Numbers: 21 207541 BLD 00 NB and 21 207559 DEM 00 DM respectively) were applied on 2nd September 2021. Presently the respective Permits are awaited to begin the next step i.e selection of contarctor and negotiating a loan/mortgage.

Non-Receipt of Temple E-mails

There are a few reports of some members not receiving e-mails from the temple. We regret very much this situation and offer our apology to the members. In case if you do not receive e-mails, please first check the "Junk Mail" Folder in Yahoo, Hotmail and Gmail, and also the "Promotions" folder in the Gmail. If you do not see them in those folders, please send a message with your name and e-mail address using this link.

Sutra Discussion Sessions - every Wednesday 7.00pm
(Note: Currently Temporarily Suspended)

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. (Currently suspended)

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.

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