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!

Buddha statue at Canmore Theravada Buddhist Community

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.