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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 (Poson Poya)
4th of June 2017.

Sri Lanka received the Buddhist
Missionary led by Arahant Mahinda
on a Poson Full Moon Day

Next Sil Observance Day at Mahāvihāra is 4th of June 2017, to mark Poson Poya full-moon day which falls on Thursday, 8th of June.

Devotees will spend this day in the temple away from normal household activities, fully engaged in spiritual development and contemplation of the doctrine of the Buddha. Sil Program will start at 8.30am and terminate at 5.00pm.

Lunch and Tea/Coffee will be provided to the Sil participants by noble friends.

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

Construction of a new 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.

Meditation Retreat By Ven. Uda Iriyagama Dhammajiva Thero
From 7th to 16th of June 2017

Ven. Uda Iriyagama Dhammajiva Thero

Most Ven. Uda Iriyagama Dhammajiva Thero

Toronto Mahavihara would like to make an announcement of a 10-day meditation retreat to be conducted by Ven. Uda Iriyagama Dhammajeeva Thero during the period of 7th to 16th June 2017 from 5.00am to 9.00pm daily. Medium of instructions and sermons will be in Sinhala language but questions and answers could be conducted in English and Burmese as well.

The retreat is mainly residential and the accommodation for the residential Yoghis will be arranged in a near-by motel.

As the Meditation Hall space is limited with a maximum accommodation capacity of 80, the intending Yogis are required to register. The registration will be closed when the full capacity is reached. The participation will be determined on the "first-come first-serve" basis. To meet the expenses involved in the intial arrangements, please deposit $50.00 in the Bank Account given below. The Registration Form is available at the following link.

Residential Yogis
The Motel accommodation has not yet been arranged and as such the total cost for residential yoghis is not available at this time. This information will be conveyed in due course.

Alternate Accommodation
The donation expected from Yogis who arrange alternate accommodation (non-resident) will be $150.00 per person for the full period.

Yogis in both above groups are requested to pay $50.00 prior to registration and the balance anytime on or before 30th of May 2017. The payments may be made by cheques or direct deposits. For direct deposits please use the Bank Account information given below and notify us your name, date deposited and the Bank Transit Number, to enable us to identify the payment.
The cheques should be drawn payable to "Dhamma Retreat" and mailed to: Upali Weerapura, 30 Wingarden Court #89, Scarborough, ON M1B 2K2.

    Bank Account Information at TD Bank of Canada
  • Bank Account No: 1074-5038282
  • Account Holders Name: Dhamma Retreat
  • Bank Address: TD Bank, 10381 BAYVIEW AVENUE, RICHMOND HILL , ON L4C0R9

For further information please contact the organizing committee by e-mail:

Tenth Global Conference on Buddhism
June 17 and 18, 2017
Buddhism, Neuroscience and Mental Health-Making a Mindful Connection

10th Global Conference on Buddhism

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Tenth Global Conference on Buddhism will be held in Toronto, at the Ontario Science Centre on June 17 and 18, 2017. Experts in both the Buddhist and the scientific communities will participate in this conference. This year, the goal of the conference is to elucidate the connections between Buddhism and Neuroscience in improving the mental well-being through mindfulness. For more information and registration please visit:

Please click on the image on the left to view a list of the speakers and the details of the program.

Two Day Meditation Retreat (in Sinhala) By Dr. Lalith Ranatunga
9th & 10th of August 2017

Dhamma Hall

Toronto Mahavihara
Dhamma Hall

A two-day Buddhist meditation retreat will be held at Toronto Maha Vihara, on 9th & 10th of August 2017 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Retreat will be conducted by Dr Lalith Ranatunga a renown Meditation Master from Sri Lanka on invitation by Sudharma and Gamini Jayatillake.

Participation is free of charge but please register to confirm your participation. For registration please contact Sudharma and Gamini, telephone: (289) 597 0589. Registration will be closed when the Dhamma Hall capacity is reached. Participants will be provided with meals and refreshments throughout the day.

Dr. Ranatunga conducts meditation retreats all around the world including Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, UK and North America in both Sinhala and English. This year it will be conducted at Toronto Mahavihara in Sinhala medium.


Elementary Pali Course - Every Monday at 7.00pm

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

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

The New Pali
By Prof. A.P.
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).

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 Sutra that is scheduled for the next Wednesday is indicated below.

Next discussion on Wed. 24th of May, 2017:  The Suttas listed in "Faith, Confidence and Reverence" and "Spiritual Friendship" Sub-sections in "The WAy Leading Upward" Section: Suttas Nos:9:27, 11:14, 1:70-71, 1:110-111, 1:126:127, 3:24, 3:26-27 {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 (Meditative) 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.