Satipatthana Meditation Society of Canada
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Past Activities

Two Day Dhamma Workshop, August 6 and 7, 2016 (In English and Chinese)

Four Day Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat, July 29 to August 1, 2016

First Quarterly Meeting of the Financial Year 2016-17, July 25, 2016

One Day Dhamma Workshop, July 23, 2016

One Day Dhamma Workshop, July 16, 2016

One Day Dhamma Workshop, July 4, 2016

9th Annual Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat, June 20 to 30, 2016

Four Day Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat, May 20 to 23, 2016

Four Day Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat, May 20 to 23, 2016

Ninth Annual General Meeting, April 24, 2016

Fourth Quarterly Meeting of the Financial Year 2015-16, April 24 2016

Three Day Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat, April 15 to 17, 2016

Level 1 Satipatthana Vipassana Class, April 5 to May 3, 2016 (5 weeks)

Five Day Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat, March 24 to 28, 2016

Level 3 Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation Class, March 22 to 29 (2 weeks)

Level 2 Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation Class, March 1 to 15 (3 weeks)

Three day Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat, February 19 to 21, 2016

Level 1 Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation Class, Jan 19 to Feb 23 (6 weeks)

Third Quarterly meeting of the financial year 2015-16; January 16, 2016

Twenty Five Day Satipatthana Vipassana Winter Retreat, Dec 20, 2015 to Jan 14, 2016

Weekend 1 Day Dhamma Workshop, November 28, 2015

Weekend 1 Day Dhamma Workshop, Novemeber 21, 2015

Three Day Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat, November 13 to 16, 2015

Weekend 2 day Dhamma Workshop, November7 and 8, 2015

Six Day Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat (in Chinese), October 20 to 25, 2015

Weekend 1 day Dhamma Workshop, October 17, 2015

Four Day Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat, October 9 to 12, 2015

Second Quarterly meeting of the financial year 2015-16, Oct 4, 2015

Weekend 1 day Dhamma Workshop, October 3, 2015

Special Board Meeting, September 27, 2015

Weekend 2 day Dhamma Workshop, September 26, 2015

Weekend 2 day Dhamma Workshop, September 19 and 20, 2015

Two Day Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat (in Chinese), September 17 and 18, 2015

Six Day Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat, September 5 to 11, 2015

Weekend Abhidhamma class, August 29 and 30, 2015

Two day Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat( in Chinese), August 10 and 11, 2015

Six Day Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat, August 1 to 6, 2015

1st Quarterly meeting of the financial year 2015-16, July 19, 2015

8th Annual General Meeting July 19, 2015

One Day Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat (in Chinese), July 12, 2015

8th Annual Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat, June 16 to 27, 2015

4th Quarterly meeting of the financial year 2014-15, May 12, 2015

Level 1 Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation Weekend Workshop, May 9 and 10, 2015

Level 1 Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation Class, May 6, 2015 (5 weeks)

Level 3 Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation Class, April 9, 2015 (4 weeks)

5 Day Satipatthana Vipassana Residential Retreat, April 2, 2015

Level 2 Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation Class, March 5, 2015 (5 weeks)

Level 1 Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation Class, March 3, 2015 (5 weeks)

2 Day Satipatthana Vipassana Residential Retreat, Feb 28, 2015

Level 1 Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation Class, Feb 5, 2015 (4 weeks)

3rd Quarterly meeting of the financial year 2014-15, Feb 1, 2015

2 Day Satipatthana Vipassana Residential Retreat, Jan 24, 2015

2 Day Satipatthana Vipassana Residential Retreat, Nov 29, 2014

2 Day Satipatthana Vipassana Residential Retreat, Oct 25, 2014

2nd Quarterly Meeting of the financial year 2014-15, Oct 5, 2014

2 Day Satipatthana Vipassana Residential Retreat, Sept 27, 2014

Level 1 Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation Class, Sept 9, 2014 (6 weeks)

3 Day Satipatthana Vipassana Residential Retreat, Aug 30, 2014

1st Quarterly Meeting of the financial year 2014-15, July 20, 2014

7th Annual General Meeting & Election of 7 Boards of Directors, July 13, 2014

7th Annual Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat, June 30 to July 9, 2014

Retreat conducted by Chanmyay Sayadawgyi at Chanmyay Yeiktha, Hope, BC, Canada. 14 yogis attended the retreat and 8 completed.

Chanmyay Yeiktha Opening Ceremony, June 29, 2014

Chanmyay Sayadawgyi Ashin Janaka Bhivamsa of Myanmar conducted the opening ceremony of Chanmyay Yeiktha, Hope, BC, Canada. Two monks from Laos Buddhist Temple and two monks from Cambodian Buddhist Temple joined Sayadawgyi for the opening ceremony.

One Day Satipatthana Vipassana Retreat, April 7, 2014

Meditation Classes 2013

Beginner Vipassana Classes: 2 Series, 21 attended
Intermediate Weekly Class: ongoing, 6-15 yogis in attendance

6th Annual Vipassana Retreat, July 21 to 28, 2013

12 yogis registered and completed the annual retreat. The retreat was held at the Lao Canadian Buddhist Temple in Aldergrove, BC. We are grateful towards Venerable Sayadaw U Nandasiddhi for conducting the retreat. Thank you to Ajahn Santi and all resident monks as well as the Lao Canadian Buddhist Temple Society for making our annual retreat possible. SMSC would like to give a special thank you to all who donated their time and effort to donating food and services throughout the retreat. In regards to daily volunteering, we thank Tommy, Jennifer and Sayalay Pannacari- without your help, this retreat would not have been possible.

Public Dhamma Talk by Venerable Sayadaw U Nandasiddhi, July 20, 2013

A Burmese lunch was donated to all who attended. The lunch was followed by a Dhamma Talk with emphasis on cultivating five powers. Thank you for all who donated time and food towards the day.

One Day Mindfulness, July 7th, 2013

Conducted by Sean Pritchard at Chanmyay Yeiktha Hermitage, Hope, BC. 9 attended.

Vesak One Day Mindfulness, May 25th, 2013

Conducted by Jennifer Chew at Chanmyay Yeiktha Hermitage, Hope, BC. 5 attended.

One Day Mindfulness, April 28th, 2013

Conducted by Sean Pritchard at Chanmyay Yeiktha Hermitage, Hope, BC. 11 attended.

One Day Mindfulness, March 17th, 2013

Conducted by Sean Pritchard at Chanmyay Yeiktha Hermitage, Hope, BC. 14 attended.

Meditation Classes 2012

Level 1: 2 Series, 39 in attendance
Level 2: 2 Series, 24 in attendance
Level 3: 3 Series, 17 in attendance
Level 5/Intermediate Weekly Classes:
                                                                 ongoing, 6-15 yogis in attendance

5th Annual retreat, August 11 to 19, 2012

11 yogis registered and 1 completed the retreat. SMSC is grateful to Ajhan Bud and Lao Canadian Buddhist Temple Society for graceouly allowing SMSC to conduct the retreat at the Temple. Also, our gratitude goes to U Win Nyunt and family, Daw Kyu Kyu and Dan, U San Myint and family, U Kyaw Kyaw and San San, Tommy and Jenifer, and Daw Baby for offering lunches for the Monk and practicing yogis. Special thanks go to Tommy and Jennifer for managing the whole retreat.

One-day Workshop, May 26, 2012

8 yogis attended.

3-Day Residential Retreat, April 2012

A three-day residential retreat was conducted by Sayar Myat on April 6-8, 2012 at the Han Seok Buddhist Foundation in Surrey, BC. Eighteen yogis attended the retreat and seven completed it. SMSC would like to express appreciation of the Han Seok Foundation for allowing us to use their facilities, and to Moon Young Shin for making this retreat possible. Also, our thanks go to Jooran and Andreas, Myo Min Tun and family, and Win Nyunt & Khin Mar Lay, for donating food for lunch, with special gratitude to Tommy Man for his persistent help with coordinating meals and taking care of other necessities.

1-Day Non-residential Retreat, March 2012

A one-day non-residential retreat was conducted by Sayar Myat on March 10, 2012 at the Han Seok Buddhist Foundation in Surrey, BC. Thirteen yogis attended the retreat. SMSC would like to express appreciation of the Han Seok Foundation for allowing us to use their facilities, and to Moon Young Shin for making this retreat possible. Also, our thanks go to Hyo-Chan Jung, Sumi Kim, Anitya Jung and Annie Hsuing for donating some food for lunch.

Meditation Classes 2011

Workshops: 5 series - 178 attended
Level 1 Classes: 4 series - 84 attended
Level 2 Classes: 4 series - 53 attended
Level 3 Classes: 1 series - 21 attended
Level 4 Classes: year around - up to 15 yogis in attendance

1-Day Non-residential Retreat, September 2011

A one-day non-residential retreat was conducted by Sayar Myat on September 3, 2011 at SMSC Center, West Vancouver, BC. Ten yogis registered and three attended the retreat.

3-Day Non-residential Retreat, July 2011

A three-day non-residential retreat was conducted by Sayar Myat from July 1 to 3, 2011 at SMSC Center, West Vancouver, BC. Thirteen yogis attended the retreat. Myo Min Tun and Moe Moe donated food for the retreat.

4-Day Residential Retreat, April 2011

A four-day retreat was conducted by Sayar Myat from April 22 to 25, 2011 at Laotian Buddhist Monastery in Aldergrove, BC. Seventeen yogis attended the retreat. Tommy Man, Annie Hsiung, Kyu Kyu, Win Nyunt, Khin Mar Lay, Myo Min Tun, Moe Moe, Sayar Myat and Becky Brechin donated food for the retreat.

Meditation Classes 2010

Workshops: 2 series - 58 attended
Level 1 Classes: 2 series - 35 attended
Level 2 Classes: 2 series - 23 attended
Level 3 Classes: 1 series - 9 attended
Level 4 Classes: year around - up to 20 yogis in attendance

Third Annual Vipassana Retreat, August 22 to October 25, 2010

The SMSC facilated its third annual retreat at Chanmyay Satipatthana Vihara in Springfield, Illinois, USA. Chanmyay Sayadawgyi Ashin Janakabhivamasa of Myanmar spent his rain retreat at the vihara and conducted Satipatthana-Vipassana retreat. Nine yogis attended from SMSC, five for 10 to 14 days and four for 64 days. The SMSC wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the Board of Directors of the Satipatthana Vipassana Association of Springfield for making this event a reality so that many could benefit from Buddha-Dhamma.

Speicial Programs 2010

The SMSC conducted a Buddhist education course special program on "The Wheel of Life" at the Laotian Monastery in Aldergrove, British Columbia, on July 31 and August 1, 2010. Our teacher, Sa-yar Myat, led the program attended by 14 yogis. We would like to express our appreciation to Bhante Santi, abbot of the Laotian monastery and its Board of Directors for graciously permitting us to use the facilities at their Monastery for two days.

Vipassana Retreat, May 2010

The SMSC conducted a 1-day retreat in West Vancouver on May 2nd. Our teacher, Sa-yar Myat, led the retreat attended by 6 yogis. We would like to express our appreciation to Becky Brechin for graciously allowing the Society to use her residence as a venue for the retreat.

Vipassana Retreat, March 2010

The SMSC conducted a 2-day residential retreat in Lao-Canadian Buddhist Temple in Aldergrove, BC, on March 20-21, 2010. Our teacher, Sa-yar Myat, led the retreat attended by 7 yogis. We would like to express our gratitude to Bhante Buddhathon, the Lao-Canadian Buddhist Temple Society of Canada and five Myanmar-Canadian families for their hospitality and generosity that made our retreat possible.

Vipassana Retreat, January 2010

The SMSC conducted a three day residential retreat in West Vancouver from January 1 to 3, 2010. Our teacher, Sa-yar Myat, led the retreat attended by five yogis. We would like to express our appreciation to Becky Brechin for graciously allowing the Society to use her residence as a venue for the retreat.

Vipassana Retreat, October 2009

The SMSC conducted a three day residential retreat in Port Moody from October 10 to 12, 2009. Our teacher, Sa-yar Myat, led the retreat attended by 10 yogis. We would like to express our appreciation to Kim Yeung for graciously allowing the Society to use her residence as a venue for the retreat.

Second Annual Vipassana Retreat, August 2009

The SMSC conducted its Second Annual Residential Retreat at the Laotian Monastery in Aldergrove, British Columbia, in early August 2009. Bhante Santi, abbot of the Laotian Monastery, and its Board of Directors graciously permitted us to use the facilities at their Monastery for eight days. Although the Monastery was currently undergoing a construction project, all activities were halted during the retreat so as to avoid any disrupting noise. In addition, a number of members of the Laotian community generously assisted with the provision of some of the food for the monks and practicing yogis during the retreat.

The SMSC wishes to express its sincere gratitude to Bhante Santi, the Lao-Canadian Buddhist Temple Society of Canada and ten Myanmar-Canadian families for their hospitality and generosity that made our retreat possible.

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