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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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Weekly Meditation Sessions on Friday Evenings

(New Program)

Buddha in Samādhi posture.

Toronto Mahavihara is pleased to announce weekly meditation sessions on every Friday evenings starting from 29th of September 2017 at 7.00pm. It will be conducted by Bhante Atulo and will last for about 1 ½ hours.

The general program would consist of initial chanting followed by an hour of meditaion. After the meditation, there would be a Dhamma Talk and possibly a Q & A session. The program will close around 8:30pm.


Next Sil Observance Day (Vap Poya) - Sunday 1st October 2017

Binara Full Moon Day marks the establishment
of Bhikkhuni Order on the initiative
of the Maha Prajapati Gotami
the step-mother of the Buddha.

Next Sil Observance Day at Mahavihara is Sunday, the 1st of October 2017, to mark Vap Poya Full-moon day which falls on the same day. The Sil Program starts at 8.30am and terminates at 5.00pm. Devotees are kindly requested to be present in the Dhamma Hall at least by 8.15am.

For the annual Poya Program and other details, please click the "Poya Calendar" button on the right.

Ayan Vassāna Kālo This is the Rainy Retreat Season


Inviting the Venerable monks to
participate in the Rainy Retreat.

Toronto Mahavihara Resident Bhikkhus were invited to participate in the Rainy Retreat (Vas) on 9th of July 2017. The Rainy Retreat will terminate on 1st of October 2017 and the Katina Ceremony will take place on 7th and 8th of October 2017. 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).

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

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


Inviting the Venerable monks to
participate in the Rainy Retreat.

The Vas Committee 2017:

  • Kavishvara Hissella and Manuja Perera Family. Tel. (905) 686-1043
  • Channa and Disna Seneviratne Family. Tel. (416) 701-0047
  • Kusal and Chandima Perera Family. Tel. (416) 609-1085

Vas season will terminate on 1st October 2017. Kathina Ceremony is scheduled for 7th October (Pirith chanting in the evening) and 8th October 2017 (Kathina Pooja).

Katina Ceremony Schedule
Saturday 7th October, Evening:
(All Night Pirith Chanting)
7.00pm: Gilan Pasa Buddha Pooja
7.30 - 8.30pm: Refreshments
8.30pm: Arrival of Venerable Monks and
              start of Pirith Chanting.
6.00am  Following Day: Concluding Pirith and  
          distribution  of holy water and Pirith
Sunday, 8th October
 9.00am - Katina Procession 
                 starts from Lido Motel 
9.30am - Procession enters Viharage
10.30am - Offering of Katina robe to
                    Maha Sangha
10.35am - Administartion of Pansil (5 Precepts)
10.40am - Introduction of Katina Ceremony    
                   and Transfer of the proprietary of
                   Katina Robe
11.00am - Buddha Pooja
11.15am - Sanghika Dana
12.00 Noon - Atapirikara and Pirikara Pooja
12.30pm - Katinanisansa  Desana 
1.30pm - Lunch for visitors (Dan Sela)

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.

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. 27th of September, 2017:  The Suttas listed in "Old Age Illness and Death" Sub-section in "Dispelling the World's Enchantment" Section: Suttas Nos:3:36, 3:39, 3:51-52, 3:62, 4:113, 4:119, 4:182 {digits before the colon indicates Book Number (Book of Ones, Book of Twos etc.) and digits after the colon refer to the Sutta number}

English translation is available here: Sigalovada Sutta
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.

Elementary Pali Course - Every Monday at 7.00pm
Temperorily Suspended.

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).

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.