Dharma Centre of Canada

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.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

My last retreat at SMC was so inspiring and so relaxing. But i'd love to have more time there to spend at the Stupa, visit the Kami shrine, and generally interact with the beautiful enlightened society happening on that entire land. Brett

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.