Welcome to the Canmore Theravada Buddhist Community
We provide a space to share the teachings of the Buddha and a space to practice Buddhist meditation for the public at large. Our long term goal is to provide a residence for Buddhist nuns, who will guide us in our meditation practice.
Meditation group sessions take place at 518 2 St, Canmore, Alberta (map) twice weekly:
Tuesday evenings, 7:30 – 9 pm
Friday mornings, 8:30 am – 10 am
If you are new to meditation, please come 30 minutes early for initial instructions and to have any questions answered. It’s also a good idea to review the Meditation Group Orientation (PDF)
Also, on the last Tuesday of every month, there is a social hour from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the library. Come and chat with your fellow practitioners about Buddhism, meditation, or anything else!
About the Resident Teacher
The group is hosted by Sanghamitta (Mary Dumka), a retired psychiatrist who has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1991 and has done several years of training as a meditation teacher.
Sanghamitta’s first teacher was Mechele Calvert, a student of Bhante Piyadassi of Sri Lanka. Her current teacher is Ajahn Sona of Sitavana/Birken Forest Monastery near Kamloops, BC. She has also done retreats with Bhante Piyadassi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Bhante Gunaratana, Bhikkhu Thanissaro, Ayya Santacitta and Ayya Medhanandi. She spent the 3 month Rains Retreat of 2016 with Ajahn Brahm of Bodhinyana Monastery.