Satipatthana Meditation Society of Canada
Strive with Diligence
Live in Mindfulness
Rejoice in Heedfulness


SMSC conducts and teaches the Pure Vipassana meditation in the Mahasi tradition. This method is based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, taught by the Buddha in the Satipatthana Discourse, and was developed by the Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw of Myanmar who popularized it in the world in 1960's and 70's. Vipassana, which means "to see things as they really are", is also known as Insight Meditation or Insight Through Mindfulness. Even those with no previous meditation experience can experience results in a relatively short period of time if they are earnest and diligent in their practice.

The SMSC operates on a year-around basis, conducting weekly meditation classes and retreats. Classes are divided into series: Level 1 (4-6 weeks) Level 2 (4-6 weeks), Level 3 (6-8 weeks), Level 4 (50 weeks) and Level 5 (year around). Level 1-3 series is offered several times a year. Residential Retreats are 2 to 4 days long and holds every month. Longer residential retreats of 8 to 28 days are held one or two times per year.

  • All classes are offered free of charge.
  • Regular attendance is requested.
  • Ability to sit on the floor on a cushion is requested.
  • To register, please use the on-line registration form.
Note: Exceptions to the rules and requirements can always be made upon the teacher's permission.

Mindfulness-Insight Course for Beginners Classes are an introduction to the meditation practice, to both beginners and the experienced practitioners with no previous exposure to the Pure Vipassana Meditation method (Mahasi tradition). The program consists of six weekly sessions, 2-hour long, involving guided meditation and lectures about the practice with questions and answers.
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Intermediate Weekly Class This class is 2-hour long, involving a 60-minute meditation time and a Dhamma talk (lecture about the practice with a Q and A period).
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Residential Retreat are usually held once a month, mostly on long weekends of the month at Chanmyay Yeiktha (Peaceful Abode) Retreat Center, at 19640 Silver Hope Rd, Hope, BC. It is announced on the Events page. You may also send an email request to sign up for e-mail notifications.

Annual Retreat are held in summer of each year for 9 to 17 days, at Chanmyay Yeiktha Retreat Center. Pre-registration and acceptance is required. Limited space.