Who We Are

Our History


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.  To this end, she has offered her home to become a vihara (monastic residence) for Theravada monastics, under the auspices of the CTBC. This became a reality June 1, 2020.  For six months Ajahn Subharo was in residence.  As of Dec 1, 2020 we are searching for another monastic to take his place.



Our Mission


CTBC's main goal is to spread the Dhamma, the teachings of the Buddha, by providing a space to practice meditation and to hear the teachings. The teachings are best provided by Buddhist monastics: nuns and monks. They have a dedicated practice, so can teach us from their direct experience rather than from theoretical knowledge. To this end, CTBC's long term goal is to provide a living space for Buddhist monastics.  As a community, we will support them in their practice and they will provide us with teachings.  

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Contact Us

We are located in south Canmore. You are welcome to drop in for our group meditation practice on Tuesday and Friday. For other times please contact us for an appointment or view our event calendar for public talks, teachings, and retreats. 

     518 2nd St, Canmore, Alberta
   T1W 2K5

     403 678-2034

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