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Dhamma Karuṇā, Youngstown, Alberta, Canada
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Karuṇā means "Compassion of Dhamma" in Pali. The centre is located on 8.5 acres on the outskirts of Youngstown, Alberta – a small farming village in the Canadian Badlands. This area is noted for its wildlife including waterfowl, deer, antelope and moose. It is also famous for some of the most important fossil deposits in the world, including the Bearpaw Shale. Youngstown is three to five hours by car from four major cities: Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta, and Regina and Saskatoon in the neighboring province of Saskatchewan.

How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course
  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course. Old students will be given the option to serve.
  2. Please carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course.
  3. Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. An application is required to register for all courses.
  4. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  5. If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
Additional information
Alberta Vipassana Meditation Centre
Dhamma Karuṇā
Tel: [1](403) 457-7842
Fax: [1](877) 230-9484
Mailing address:
Alberta Vipassana Foundation
PO Box 84124 Market Mall
Calgary, AB, T3A 5C4


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WARNING! Applications submitted via cell phone may not go through. Follow-up call or email is recommended.

Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
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No courses are currently scheduled.
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day and end on the early morning of the last day.
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2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
17 Jul - 28 Jul 10-Day Completed Youngstown
28 Jul - 31 Jul In Between Service Period Part-Time Welcome Completed Youngstown For old students
31 Jul - 11 Aug 10-Day Completed Youngstown
11 Aug - 21 Aug Centre Work and Maintenance Service Period Completed Youngstown For old students
Part Time welcome
17 Aug Open House Completed Youngstown New Course!!
Open House Schedule - 11am to 5pm
Tours of the centre
Screening of “Dhamma Brothers” at Noon and 2 p.m.
Activities for kids
21 Aug - 01 Sep 10-Day Completed Youngstown
01 Sep - 04 Sep In Between Service Course Part-time Welcome Completed Youngstown For old students
04 Sep - 13 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Completed Youngstown For old students
Please check link to the left for course requirements
15 Sep - 18 Sep In Between Service Period Course - Part Time Welcome Completed Youngstown For old students
18 Sep 1-Day Completed Youngstown For old students
18 Sep - 22 Sep 3-Day In Progress Youngstown For old students
Apply 22 Sep - 25 Sep In Between Service Period Course - PartTime Welcome Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
Apply 25 Sep - 06 Oct 10-Day Open Youngstown
Apply 06 Oct - 15 Oct Work Period Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
Apply 16 Oct - 27 Oct 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Open Youngstown Priority is given to Vietnamese students. 
Others may be put on the wait list depending on availability.
Apply 27 Oct - 13 Nov Work Period Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
Apply 13 Nov - 24 Nov 10-Day Open Youngstown
Apply 24 Nov - 27 Nov Work Period Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
Apply 27 Nov - 08 Dec 10-Day Open Youngstown
Apply 08 Dec - 18 Dec Work Period Servers - Open Youngstown For old students
Apply 18 Dec - 29 Dec 10-Day Open Youngstown
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
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No courses are currently scheduled.

The online application form encrypts your information before it is sent from your computer to our application server. However, it may not be totally secure even though encryption is used. If you are concerned about the possibility of security risks of your confidential information while it is on the Internet, do not use this form and instead download an application. Print and complete it. Then please send the form to the course organizers. By faxing or posting your application form it may delay the registration process by one to two weeks.

To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://www.karuna.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: [email protected]

All courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who serve the courses volunteer their time. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialisation.

Old students are those who have completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers. Old students have the opportunity to provide Dhamma Service at the courses listed.

Bilingual courses are courses which are taught in two languages. All students will hear daily meditation instructions in both languages. The evening discourses will be heard separately.

Meditation courses are held at both center and non-center locations. Meditation centers are dedicated facilities where courses are held regularly throughout the year. Before meditation centers were established in this tradition, all courses were held at temporary sites, such as campgrounds, religious retreat centers, churches and the like. Today, in regions where centers have not yet been established by local students of Vipassana who live in the area, 10 Day meditation courses are held at non-center course sites.

10-day Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. The courses begin after a 2 - 4 pm registration period and orientation, followed by 10 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 11th day by 7:30 am.

Open Days are held between meditation courses. All are welcome to attend and learn about Vipassana Meditation and the Centre.

Satipatthana Sutta Courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. The difference is that in the taped evening discourses the Satipatthana Sutta is carefully examined. This is the principal text in which the technique of Vipassana is systematically explained. These courses are open to serious old students who have sat (not including courses served) at least three 10-day courses, have not been practising any other meditation techniques since last 10-day course, have been practising this technique of Vipassana for at least one year, and who are trying to maintain their meditation practice and the five precepts in their daily lives, at the very minimum from the time of applying to the course.

Work Periods have been set aside to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. On selected evenings, there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

Old Student Short Courses (1-3 days) are for any student who has completed the 10-day course with S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers. All old students are welcome to apply to attend these courses, including those where it has been some time since their last course.