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In The Beginning
In June 1982, BC was the site for the first Vipassana meditation course outside of India to be led by assistant teachers of S.N. Goenka. After the first course in 1982, courses were held regularly at rented sites, mainly church camps at White Rock and Shawnigan Lake. In August 1997 a 56-acre property was purchased just above the Coldwater River, near Merritt.
Construction of the Centre began in spring 1999. Following clearing and excavation of the centre building site, a small crew of carpenters and labourers framed the footings and concrete for the foundation was poured. The Centre was built in several phases with the first phase completed in April 2002.
In the Present
The Centre consists of a building of approximately 9300 sq. ft., which includes the following facilities: