The Canmore Theravada Buddhist Community (CTBC) grew out of what was originally called the Bow Valley Sangha meditation group. Sanghamitta (Mary Dumka) started this Theravada Forest Tradition mediation group in 1994, and has hosted it weekly since that time.

In 2016, the group’s name was changed to the CTBC Meditation Group because we learned that “sangha” refers to monastic communities, or to the group of enlightened beings, but not to lay meditation groups.

The CTBC organization itself, run by a volunteer board, was created in 2014 because Sanghamitta wished to see the teachings of this tradition continue to be easily available in the Bow Valley after she dies. To this end, she has willed her home to become a hermitage for Theravada Buddhist nuns, under the auspices of the CTBC.

As well, a relationship has been forged with Ayya Medhanandi, the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Saraniya Hermitage near Perth, Ontario. They are a Theravada Buddhist monastery for bhikkhunis (nuns), the first of its kind in Canada. The CTBC hopes that two nuns will eventually take up permanent residence in Canmore. In the meantime, we offer the opportunity for individual nuns to come for extended personal retreats.


Donations will be used for the following purposes:

  1. The CTBC hosts retreats with monastics each year. These retreats are offered free of charge. Donations will be used to pay for the airfare of the monastics so individual retreatants do not have to be asked to contribute to this expense.
  2. A reserve fund is being built up so that, on Sanghamitta’s passing, there will be funds available to pay for utilities and other expenses required to run the new hermitage. This will be bridge financing until regular donations are being received, once there are nuns in residence.  Should circumstances not allow this dream to become a reality, any donations received will be disbursed according to the rules for Charitable organizations, i.e. other charitable organizations will receive the funds, with preference given to Theravada Buddhist monasteries. No monies will be given to any CTBC officers or members.

If you would like to donate to us, please use the form below.  Tax receipts will be issued for donations greater than $25.

Canmore Theravada Buddhist Community (CTBC) donation form (PDF)

Anumodana – “we rejoice in this act of generosity!”