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Toronto Maha Vihara Buddhist Meditation Centre,
4698 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1E 2P9, Canada.,
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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 Venerable
Uda Iriyagama Dhammajiva Thero

The 10-day meditation retreat conducted by Ven. Uda Iriyagama Dhammajeeva Thero during the period of 7th to 16th June 2017 has now beenconcluded. In total 85 yogis participated in the retreat including 45 yogis who took residence in the Knights Inn Motel for the period.

Lunch for the Yogis was provided by generous noble friends who took immense effort and spent their valuable time and money so that the yogis could devote their time entirely to spiritual development.

The recordings of all Sermons and Q & A Sessions during the period are available for listening and downloading in the "Dhamma Talk" page.

Visit Toronto Mahavihara Facebook for more images of the Retreat.

Next Sil Observance Day (Esala Poya)
9th of July 2017.

Buddha's first Sermon after enlightenment,
the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, was
delivered to the five ascetics at the "Deer Park",
near Benares, India on an Esala poya day.

Next Sil Observance Day at Mahāvihāra is 9th of July 2017, to mark Esala Poya full-moon day which falls on Thursday, 8th of July.

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.

A ceremony for inviting monks to participate in the Rainy Retreat (Vas) will also be held on this day eveining prior to termination of Sil program.

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

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 or Gamini by e-mail: 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.

Sutra Discussion is temporarily suspended until September. Next discussion date will be announced in due course.

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.