A forested and secluded 137 acre property in the Cowichan Valley was purchased in July 2006 as the site for the development of a Vipassana meditation centre. S.N. Goenka, the Principal Teacher, named the prospective centre Dhamma Modana, which means Joy of Dhamma.
The purchase of Dhamma Modana was made possible by a donation from a Vipassana meditator who wished to support the establishment of a meditation centre on the Island. British Columbia is fortunate in having a dedicated Vipassana centre, Dhamma Surabhi in Merritt. The Vancouver Island Vipassana Association (VIVA) was formed to proceed with building the second BC centre in Lake Cowichan, to serve the greater population areas of Vancouver, Victoria and Western Canada.
VIVA has been active organizing the myriad of details necessary for the development of a new centre, including the application to the regional authority (Cowichan Valley Regional District) for the rezoning of 13 acres of the property’s northeast corner to allow for public assembly. We are heartened by the enthusiasm and strong support from our neighbors in Lake Cowichan and Duncan. Businesses and individuals submitted over 100 letters of support for the rezoning application to the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD).
The successful rezoning allows us to build a meditation centre which can accommodate 75 people, along with a caretaker’s residence.
Dhamma Modana is currently offering one day courses for old students. At present, we do not have the facilities to offer 10-day courses at Dhamma Modana. Occasionally we rent a facility to offer a ten-day course on Vancouver Island. See ANNOUNCEMENTS below.