About This Center
The Dharma Centre of Canada is a non-sectarian charitable organization dedicated to awakening awareness, compassion, and wisdom through the instruction and practice of meditation, the study of philosophy and religion, and the performance of charitable works.The Centre was founded in Toronto in 1966 by the Venerable Ananda Bodhi, a Canadian Teacher of Meditation, later ordained again as Namgyal Rinpoche. It hosts programs of meditation, study, and exploration in the quiet natural environment of its rural retreat facility in Kinmount, Ontario. It also co-sponsors talks and courses by qualified teachers in Toronto and the surrounding area. The teachers associated with the Dharma Centre represent various traditions, and a teacher is often in residence at Kinmount to support groups or individual retreats.
Our Kinmount facility can be rented by groups for retreats or workshops, and by individual practitioners of meditation. All approaches to meditation and faith traditions are welcome. There is a temple with a large teaching and meeting space, a kitchen and dining room in the Main House, a tea-room and washrooms in a separate building nearby, and residences accommodating up to 40 people. The property covers 400 acres of beautiful woodlands and meadows with walking trails, a river with its beaver dams, marshes, and lakes.