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Spiritual Destinations

Osho : Gurdjieff Sacred Dances

Gurdjieff has prepared a group of dancers. The dancers created such a meditative energy, such a great wave of energy, that those who had come just to see the dance, suddenly forgot the dance completely. Something else was there by the side, a door...

Dhamma Visuddhi

One of more than 160 centers worldwide where the technique of Vipassana meditation is taught and practiced, Dhamma Visuddhi is situated on 15 acres of forested property on the bluffs overlooking the Red Cedar river and the town of Menomonie, Wisconsin. The site is within the city limits, and yet very quiet and secluded. Dhamma Visuddhi, a name that means ‘Purity of Dhamma’, is a little more than one hour east of the Minneapolis/ Saint Paul airport in a traditional dairy farming area of western Wisconsin, and is easily reached by regularly scheduled public transportation.About Vipassana Vipassana is an ancient technique of India, as old as 2500 years and it means to see things as they really are. It aims at the total eradication of mental impurities, resulting into the highest happiness of full liberation. Its main purpose is healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering. Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. Its focus is on the deep interconnection between mind and body, that can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body. They also continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. The mental impurity can thus be dissolved through this observation based, self-explanatory journey to the common root of mind and body, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. The nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood through direct experience. Increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace characterize life.What Vipassana is not:It is not a rite or ritual based on blind faith. It is neither an intellectual nor a philosophical entertainment. It is not a rest cure, a holiday, or an opportunity for socializing. It is not an escape from the trials and tribulations of everyday life.What Vipassana is:It is a technique that will eradicate suffering. It is a method of mental purification, which allows one to face life’s tensions and problems in a calm, balanced way. It is an art of living that one can use to make positive contributions to society.It aims at the highest spiritual goals of total liberation and full enlightenment. Its purpose is not to cure physical disease. However, many psychosomatic diseases are eradicated as a by-product of mental purification. In fact, Vipassana eliminates the three causes of all unhappiness: craving, aversion and ignorance. Students Accommodation Several Dorm Style accommodation is available in the campus for students. There are separate rooms for men and women all with shared rooms and some with bunk beds. Per course upto 45 students can seek accommodation at the centre. The Mansion The mansion is the visual centerpiece of the campus. It was built in the 19th Century. It houses the kitchen and dining halls along with some student accommodations.The Meditation Hall Originally built as a conference center, this structure functions efficiently and comfortably as the Meditation Hall complete with separate entrances for men and women.The Course The technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants follow a prescribed Code of Discipline as mentioned above, learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. The entire practice is actually a mental training. Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind. Because it has been found genuinely helpful, great emphasis is put on preserving the technique in its original, authentic form. It is not taught commercially, but instead is offered freely. There are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to benefit from it also.Ten days is certainly a very short time to penetrate in the deepest levels of the unconscious mind and learn how to eradicate the complexes lying there. Continuity of the practice in seclusion is the secret of this technique’s success. Rules and regulations have been developed keeping this practical aspect in mind. These rules are based on the practical experience of thousands of meditators over the years and are both scientific and rational. Abiding by the rules creates a very conducive atmosphere for meditation; breaking them pollutes it. A student once entered will have to stay for the entire period of the course. The other rules should also be carefully read and considered. Only those who feel that they can honestly and scrupulously follow the discipline should apply for admission. A prospective student should also understand that it would be both disadvantageous and inadvisable to leave without finishing the course upon finding the discipline too difficult. Likewise, it would be most unfortunate if, in spite of repeated reminders, a student does not follow the rules and has to be asked to leave. Course size varies ranging from 20 to 45 students. For information on course schedule visit THE COURSE TIMETABLE The following timetable for the course has been designed to maintain the continuity of practice. For best results students are advised to follow it as closely as possible.4:00 am   Morning wake-up bell4:30-6:30 am   Meditate in the hall or in your room6:30-8:00 am   Breakfast break8:00-9:00 am   Group meditation in the hall9:00-11:00 am   Meditate in the hall or in your room according to the teacher’s instructions11:00-12:00 noon   Lunch break12noon-1:00 pm   Rest and interviews with the teacher1:00-2:30 pm   Meditate in the hall or in your room2:30-3:30 pm   Group meditation in the hall3:30-5:00 pm   Meditate in the hall or in your own room according to the teacher’s instructions5:00-6:00 pm   Tea break6:00-7:00 pm   Group meditation in the hall7:00-8:15 pm   Teacher’s Discourse in the hall8:15-9:00 pm   Group meditation in the hall9:00-9:30 pm   Question time in the hall9:30 pm   Retire to your own room–Lights outCourse Finances According to the tradition of pure Vipassana, courses are run solely on a donation basis. Donations are accepted only from those who have completed at least one ten-day course with S.N. Goenka or one of his assisting teachers. Someone taking the course for the first time may give a donation on the last day of the course or any time thereafter. The Code of Discipline The foundation of the practice is sīla — moral conduct. Sīla provides a basis for the development of samādhi — concentration of mind; and purification of the mind is achieved through paññā — the wisdom of insight. The Precepts All who attend a Vipassana course must conscientiously undertake the following five precepts for the duration of the course:to abstain from killing any being; to abstain from stealing; to abstain from all sexual activity; to abstain from telling lies; to abstain from all intoxicants.There are three additional precepts which old students (that is, those who have completed a course with S.N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers) are expected to follow during the course:to abstain from eating after midday; to abstain from sensual entertainment and bodily decorations; to abstain from using high or luxurious beds.Old students will observe the sixth precept by having tea without milk or fruit juice at the 5 p.m. break, whereas new student may have tea with milk and some fruit. The teacher may excuse an old student from observing this precept for health reasons. All the old students will observe the seventh and eighth precept. Acceptance of the Teacher and the Technique Students must declare themselves willing to comply fully. The students must observe discipline and meditate exactly as the teacher asks, without ignoring or adding any part of the instruction. This acceptance should be one of discrimination and understanding, not blind submission. Only with an attitude of trust can a student work diligently and thoroughly. Such confidence in the teacher and the technique is essential for success in meditation. Other Techniques, Rites, and Forms of Worship During the course it is absolutely essential that all forms of prayer, worship, or religious ceremony — fasting, burning incense, counting beads, reciting mantras, singing and dancing, etc. — be discontinued. All other meditation techniques and healing or spiritual practices should also be suspended. This is not to condemn any other technique or practice, but to give a fair trial to the technique of Vipassana in its purity. Interviews With the Teacher The teacher is available to meet students privately between 12 Noon and 1:00 p.m. Questions may also be asked in public between 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. in the meditation hall. The interview and question times are for clarifying the technique and for questions arising from the evening discourses. Noble Silence All students must observe Noble Silence from the beginning of the course until the morning of the last full day. Noble Silence means silence of body, speech, and mind. No form of communication with fellow student, whether by gestures, sign language, written notes, etc., should be done. Students may, however, speak with the teacher whenever necessary and they may approach the management with any problems related to food, accommodation, health, etc. But even these contacts should be kept to a minimum. Students should cultivate the feeling that they are working in isolation. Separation of Men and Women Complete segregation of men and women is to be maintained. Couples married or otherwise should not contact each other in any way during the course. The same applies to friends, members of the same family, etc. Physical Contact It is important that throughout the course there be no physical contact whatsoever between persons of the same or opposite sex. Yoga and Physical Exercise Although physical yoga and other exercises are compatible with Vipassana, they should be suspended during the course because proper secluded facilities are not available at the course site. Jogging is also not permitted. Students may exercise during rest periods by walking in the designated areas.  

Dhamma Siri – Southwest Vipassana Meditation Centre

Dhamma Sirī, also known as the Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center, means the prosperity of dhamma in Pali. It is one of numerous centers worldwide dedicated to the teaching of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. Vipassana Meditation Vipassana is an ancient technique of India, as old as 2500 years and it means to see things as they really are. It aims at the total eradication of mental impurities, resulting into the highest happiness of full liberation. Its main purpose is healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering. Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. Its focus is on the deep interconnection between mind and body, that can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body. They also continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. The mental impurity can thus be dissolved through this observation based, self-explanatory journey to the common root of mind and body, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. The nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood through direct experience. Increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace characterize life. The Course The technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants follow a prescribed Code of Discipline as mentioned above, learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. The entire practice is actually a mental training. Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind. Because it has been found genuinely helpful, great emphasis is put on preserving the technique in its original, authentic form. It is not taught commercially, but instead is offered freely. There are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to benefit from it also. Ten days is certainly a very short time to penetrate in the deepest levels of the unconscious mind and learn how to eradicate the complexes lying there. Continuity of the practice in seclusion is the secret of this technique’s success. Rules and regulations have been developed keeping this practical aspect in mind. These rules are based on the practical experience of thousands of meditators over the years and are both scientific and rational. Abiding by the rules creates a very conducive atmosphere for meditation; breaking them pollutes it. A student once entered will have to stay for the entire period of the course. The other rules should also be carefully read and considered. Only those who feel that they can honestly and scrupulously follow the discipline should apply for admission. A prospective student should also understand that it would be both disadvantageous and inadvisable to leave without finishing the course upon finding the discipline too difficult. Likewise, it would be most unfortunate if, in spite of repeated reminders, a student does not follow the rules and has to be asked to leave. THE COURSE TIMETABLE The following timetable for the course has been designed to maintain the continuity of practice. For best results students are advised to follow it as closely as possible.4:00 am   Morning wake-up bell4:30-6:30 am   Meditate in the hall or in your room6:30-8:00 am   Breakfast break8:00-9:00 am   Group meditation in the hall9:00-11:00 am   Meditate in the hall or in your room according to the teacher’s instructions11:00-12:00 noon   Lunch break12noon-1:00 pm   Rest and interviews with the teacher1:00-2:30 pm   Meditate in the hall or in your room2:30-3:30 pm   Group meditation in the hall3:30-5:00 pm   Meditate in the hall or in your own room according to the teacher’s instructions5:00-6:00 pm   Tea break6:00-7:00 pm   Group meditation in the hall7:00-8:15 pm   Teacher’s Discourse in the hall8:15-9:00 pm   Group meditation in the hall9:00-9:30 pm   Question time in the hall9:30 pm   Retire to your own room–Lights outAbout Dhamma SiriOverview Dhamma Sirī, which means “Prosperity of Dhamma”, is situated on thirty four acres of agricultural land near the end of a quiet rural road, 45 minutes from downtown Dallas, Texas. The centre is also about four hours from other Austin and Houston, two other large Texas cities.An average of 20 courses are held annually. Presently the centre serves over a 1000 students a year. Course are conducted primarily in English, with bi-lingual courses in Spanish / English, Hindi / English, and Vietnamese / English offered each year. Course instructions and discourses are also available in over 40 languages. Meditation Hall Completed in 2012, the new Meditation Hall is a grand building with a seating capacity of 150 students. The main hall is surrounded by interview rooms where students can meet with the teacher in private, as well additional multi-use rooms. Students, volunteers and teachers all enter the hall through separate entrances, allowing for minimal disturbance to students during the course.Pagoda At the rear of the property is the Dhamma Sirī Pagoda. This building is similar in design to the Pagoda at Dhamma Giri, the main international center in Igatpuri, India. The Dhamma Sirī Pagoda is a round 2-story building , with 94 individual private meditation rooms where students go to practice the mediation techniques learned in solitude. The rooms are arranged in a series of concentric rings, with 3 rings containing 63 individual rooms on the ground floor and 2 rings with 31 individual rooms on the upper floor. Additional rings of cells will be added according to future needs. Men’s Residence There are comfortable individual rooms for 75 men, with 50 of these rooms having a private, attached bath. The remaining rooms share a large bath-block with 6 private showers, 6 private commodes, and 3 counters of shared sinks. Women’s Residence The women’s residence has individual rooms for 50 women, each with an attached private bath. The master plan calls for an additional 25 rooms with private bath to be constructed as part of the women’s residence. Dining Men and Women dine separately at the centre. The men’s dining is located in a stand-alone building that was once the mediation hall. Women’s dining is located in the adjacent building, which also houses the kitchen and administrative offices for the centre. Directions Dhamma Siri is located approximately 40 miles southeast of Dallas, Texas and a few miles south of the city of Kaufman, Texas. The address of the Center is: 10850 County Road 155-A, Kaufman, Texas 75142. From AustinI 35 North I-35 North splits into East and West. Take I 35 E – North. Right on HWY 34 going East (exit 386 on I-35E) to FM 1388 (near the town of Kaufman) and turn RIGHT. Continue on FM 1388 approximately 2.9 miles to FM 2860 East and turn LEFT. This is a small intersection, look carefully for the signs for FM 2860. Continue on FM 2860 approximately 2.5 miles to Kaufman County Road 155-A and turn RIGHT. This is a small intersection, look for a green “Vipassana” sign and a small Kaufman County Road 155A sign. Continue approximately 1.2 miles on County Road 155-A. This road alternates paved and gravel and you will go past a Dead End sign for a turn off road to the RIGHT. There is a white wooden sign for the Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center that marks the driveway to the Center. Turn right at the sign into the driveway. Park in the parking area to the right of the driveway.From DallasSouth on Interstate 45 East on U.S. 175 East toward Kaufman (at the southeast edge of downtown Dallas) Drive toward Kaufman on U.S. 175 for approximately 34 miles. When you near Kaufman, stay on U.S. 175 toward Athens (go past the exit for TX243 into the city of Kaufman). Take the Oak Grove exit and turn RIGHT at the stop sign onto FM 1388. Continue on FM 1388 approximately 2.9 miles to FM 2860 East and turn LEFT. This is a small intersection, look carefully for the signs for FM 2860. Continue on FM 2860 approximately 2.5 miles to Kaufman County Road 155-A and turn RIGHT. This is a small intersection, look for a green “Vipassana” sign and a small Kaufman County Road 155A sign. Continue approximately 1.2 miles on County Road 155-A. This road alternates paved and gravel and you will go past a Dead End sign for a turn off road to the RIGHT. There is a white wooden sign for the Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center that marks the driveway to the Center. Turn right at the sign into the driveway. Park in the parking area to the right of the driveway.From HoustonI-45 North to Exit 251B (Highway 34 – Kaufman/Italy) Take right onto TX-34. Go about 25 miles to Kaufman. Take a sharp right onto FM 1388. Continue on FM 1388 approximately 2.9 miles to FM 2860 East and turn LEFT. This is a small intersection, look carefully for the signs for FM 2860. Continue on FM 2860 approximately 2.5 miles to Kaufman County Road 155-A and turn RIGHT. This is a small intersection, look for a green “Vipassana” sign and a small Kaufman County Road 155A sign. Continue approximately 1.2 miles on County Road 155-A. This road alternates paved and gravel and you will go past a Dead End sign for a turn off road to the RIGHT. There is a white wooden sign for the Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center that marks the driveway to the Center. Turn right at the sign into the driveway. Park in the parking area to the right of the driveway.From Oklahoma CityI 35 South I-35 South splits into East and West. Take I 35 E – South. 635 East for approx 30-40 miles Highway 175 East toward Kaufman. When you near Kaufman, stay on U.S. 175 toward Athens (go past the exit for TX243 into the city of Kaufman). Take the Oak Grove exit and turn RIGHT at the stop sign onto FM 1388. Continue on FM 1388 approximately 2.9 miles to FM 2860 East and turn LEFT. This is a small intersection, look carefully for the signs for FM 2860. Continue on FM 2860 approximately 2.5 miles to Kaufman County Road 155-A and turn RIGHT. This is a small intersection, look for a green “Vipassana” sign and a small Kaufman County Road 155A sign. Continue approximately 1.2 miles on County Road 155-A. This road alternates paved and gravel and you will go past a Dead End sign for a turn off road to the RIGHT. There is a white wooden sign for the Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center that marks the driveway to the Center. Turn right at the sign into the driveway. Park in the parking area to the right of the driveway.

Oregon Vipassana Association

The Oregon Vipassana Association organizes courses at rented sites in different locations around Oregon. There are one or two 10-day courses per year as well as short 1 to 3-day refresher courses for “Old Students” (those who have already completed the 10-day course as taught by S.N. Goenka). Courses are also regularly held at the Northwest Vipassana Center in Onalaska, WA located 1.5 hours north of Portland.Vipassana Meditation Vipassana is an ancient technique of India, as old as 2500 years and it means to see things as they really are. It aims at the total eradication of mental impurities, resulting into the highest happiness of full liberation. Its main purpose is healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering. Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. Its focus is on the deep interconnection between mind and body, that can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body. They also continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. The mental impurity can thus be dissolved through this observation based, self-explanatory journey to the common root of mind and body, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. The nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood through direct experience. Increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace characterize life. What Vipassana is not:It is not a rite or ritual based on blind faith. It is neither an intellectual nor a philosophical entertainment. It is not a rest cure, a holiday, or an opportunity for socializing. It is not an escape from the trials and tribulations of everyday life.What Vipassana is:It is a technique that will eradicate suffering. It is a method of mental purification, which allows one to face life’s tensions and problems in a calm, balanced way. It is an art of living that one can use to make positive contributions to society.It aims at the highest spiritual goals of total liberation and full enlightenment. Its purpose is not to cure physical disease. However, many psychosomatic diseases are eradicated as a by-product of mental purification. In fact, Vipassana eliminates the three causes of all unhappiness: craving, aversion and ignorance.   The Course The technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants follow a prescribed Code of Discipline as mentioned above, learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. The entire practice is actually a mental training. Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind. Because it has been found genuinely helpful, great emphasis is put on preserving the technique in its original, authentic form. It is not taught commercially, but instead is offered freely. There are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to benefit from it also. Ten days is certainly a very short time to penetrate in the deepest levels of the unconscious mind and learn how to eradicate the complexes lying there. Continuity of the practice in seclusion is the secret of this technique’s success. Rules and regulations have been developed keeping this practical aspect in mind. These rules are based on the practical experience of thousands of meditators over the years and are both scientific and rational. Abiding by the rules creates a very conducive atmosphere for meditation; breaking them pollutes it. A student once entered will have to stay for the entire period of the course. The other rules should also be carefully read and considered. Only those who feel that they can honestly and scrupulously follow the discipline should apply for admission. A prospective student should also understand that it would be both disadvantageous and inadvisable to leave without finishing the course upon finding the discipline too difficult. Likewise, it would be most unfortunate if, in spite of repeated reminders, a student does not follow the rules and has to be asked to leave.   THE COURSE TIMETABLE The following timetable for the course has been designed to maintain the continuity of practice. For best results students are advised to follow it as closely as possible.4:00 amMorning wake-up bell4:30-6:30 amMeditate in the hall or in your room6:30-8:00 amBreakfast break8:00-9:00 amGroup meditation in the hall9:00-11:00 amMeditate in the hall or in your room according to the teacher’s instructions11:00-12:00 noonLunch break12noon-1:00 pmRest and interviews with the teacher1:00-2:30 pmMeditate in the hall or in your room2:30-3:30 pmGroup meditation in the hall3:30-5:00 pmMeditate in the hall or in your own room according to the teacher’s instructions5:00-6:00 pmTea break6:00-7:00 pmGroup meditation in the hall7:00-8:15 pmTeacher’s Discourse in the hall8:15-9:00 pmGroup meditation in the hall9:00-9:30 pmQuestion time in the hall9:30 pmRetire to your own room–Lights outLocations Cedar Ridge Cedar Ridge Retreat and Conference Center is located at 18062 Keasey Rd, in Vernonia, Oregon. It is nestled in the Oregon Coast Range on the banks of Rock Creek, about 45 miles west of downtown Portland. For accommodations, the upper grounds, including the Lodge and House on the hill, offers large and small bedrooms with single and double bunk beds and full bathrooms in the hallways. Lodging at the lower grounds consists of simple but comfortable dorm-style heated cabins with heated bathhouses nearby. A nice spacious conference hall at the upper grounds serves as a meditation hall. Mattresses are provided in all of the sleeping areas. Students bring their own bedding supplies including sleeping pillow (not the same as your meditation cushion), sheets and blankets/sleeping bags. Sleeping supplies can be provided to students flying in if they notify the registrar in advance. Cedar ridge area wildlife includes deer, elk, eagles, great blue herons, fox and coyotes. Winter temperatures range from possible lows of 25 degrees at night to highs in the 50s during the day with high probability of rain. For public transportation options from Portland to Cedar Ridge, please see Columbia County Rider and Trimet.Bar L Ranch The Bar L Ranch is a beautiful and rustic 20 acre site in the mountains of Camp Sherman, in Central Oregon. The setting of the course is next to a large meadow that is surrounded by Ponderosa pines, Tamarac trees, a lovely creek, and many walking trails. The ranch is a private residence that is used as a meditation retreat center once a year. It also serves several one-day meditation courses throughout the year. The meditation hall is a yurt, accommodation is individual tenting, the dining hall is an outdoor tent, and showers are outdoors (and private). Temperatures fluctuate greatly in Central Oregon. On summer nights, sub 30 degree weather is possible and during the day 80 or 90 degree heat is common. Participants must bring their own tents, and warm sleeping bags (0 degree bags are recommended), and should bring plenty of clothing to layer throughout the day and night. This course is for the more hearty student, as it set in a natural environment, with large temperature fluctuations and which is mostly without indoor accommodations. The Bar L Ranch is a peaceful place to meditate.

Montana Vipassana Association

Since the 70’s Montanans have been attending Vipassana courses in India and around the world. The first two 10-day courses in Montana were held in the early 90’s. Group meditations and 1-day courses for old students were occasionally organized to help support people in their practice over the years. S.N. Goenka came to Montana during his 2002 tour of North America, when he gave a public talk at the University of Montana in Missoula to nearly 400 people. This visit coincided with a 1-day course for old students of Vipassana, where Goenkaji gave Vipassana instructions and answered questions about the practice. This trip then inspired old students to organize four more 10-day courses that held annually every summer between the years 2002-2005. Currently, they are not organizing any 10-day courses in Montana due to the need for a suitable location and insufficient help in organizing a course from old students. With growing interest and the volition from old students to make it happen, 10-day courses will again be offered in Montana in the future. Children and Teens Courses in Montana Every year Montanans organize and offer 1-day courses for children and teens ages 8-15, and they are usually offered in the fall. These courses are designed for kids, and they include instruction in Anapana meditation and breaks for art, games, outdoor activities, and meals.To receive announcements about upcoming children and teens courses fill out the subscription form: Subscribe to Children and Teens Course Announcements Be sure to select the MONTANA box and any other states of interest to you or others you know. For more information and videos go to www.children.dhamma.org. For course dates or to apply go to: Montana Vipassana Course Schedule and Applications Vipassana Meditation Vipassana is an ancient technique of India, as old as 2500 years and it means to see things as they really are. It aims at the total eradication of mental impurities, resulting into the highest happiness of full liberation. Its main purpose is healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering. Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. Its focus is on the deep interconnection between mind and body, that can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body. They also continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. The mental impurity can thus be dissolved through this observation based, self-explanatory journey to the common root of mind and body, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. The nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood through direct experience. Increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace characterize life. The Tradition Since the time of Buddha, Vipassana has been handed down, to the present day, by an unbroken chain of teachers. Although Indian by descent, the current teacher in this chain, Mr. S.N. Goenka, was born and raised in Burma (Myanmar). While living there he had the good fortune to learn Vipassana from his teacher, Sayagyi U Ba Khin who was at the time a high Government official. After receiving training from his teacher for fourteen years, Mr. Goenka settled in India and began teaching Vipassana in 1969. Since then he has taught tens of thousands of people of all races and all religions in both the East and West. In 1982 he began to appoint assistant teachers to help him meet the growing demand for Vipassana courses. Meditation and Self-discipline The process of self-purification by introspection is certainly never easy. Students arrive at their own realizations through their own efforts only. No one can do this for them. Therefore, the meditation will suit only those willing to work seriously and observe the discipline, which is there for the benefit and protection of the meditators and is an integral part of the meditation practice. The Code of Discipline The foundation of the practice is sīla — moral conduct. Sīla provides a basis for the development of samādhi — concentration of mind; and purification of the mind is achieved through paññā — the wisdom of insight. The Precepts All who attend a Vipassana course must conscientiously undertake the following five precepts for the duration of the course:to abstain from killing any being; to abstain from stealing; to abstain from all sexual activity; to abstain from telling lies; to abstain from all intoxicants.There are three additional precepts which old students (that is, those who have completed a course with S.N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers) are expected to follow during the course:to abstain from eating after midday; to abstain from sensual entertainment and bodily decorations; to abstain from using high or luxurious beds.Old students will observe the sixth precept by having tea without milk or fruit juice at the 5 p.m. break, whereas new student may have tea with milk and some fruit. The teacher may excuse an old student from observing this precept for health reasons. All the old students will observe the seventh and eighth precept. Acceptance of the Teacher and the Technique Students must declare themselves willing to comply fully. The students must observe discipline and meditate exactly as the teacher asks, without ignoring or adding any part of the instruction. This acceptance should be one of discrimination and understanding, not blind submission. Only with an attitude of trust can a student work diligently and thoroughly. Such confidence in the teacher and the technique is essential for success in meditation. Other Techniques, Rites, and Forms of Worship During the course it is absolutely essential that all forms of prayer, worship, or religious ceremony — fasting, burning incense, counting beads, reciting mantras, singing and dancing, etc. — be discontinued. All other meditation techniques and healing or spiritual practices should also be suspended. This is not to condemn any other technique or practice, but to give a fair trial to the technique of Vipassana in its purity. Interviews With the Teacher The teacher is available to meet students privately between 12 Noon and 1:00 p.m. Questions may also be asked in public between 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. in the meditation hall. The interview and question times are for clarifying the technique and for questions arising from the evening discourses. Noble Silence All students must observe Noble Silence from the beginning of the course until the morning of the last full day. Noble Silence means silence of body, speech, and mind. No form of communication with fellow student, whether by gestures, sign language, written notes, etc., should be done. Students may, however, speak with the teacher whenever necessary and they may approach the management with any problems related to food, accommodation, health, etc. But even these contacts should be kept to a minimum. Students should cultivate the feeling that they are working in isolation. Separation of Men and Women Complete segregation of men and women is to be maintained. Couples married or otherwise should not contact each other in any way during the course. The same applies to friends, members of the same family, etc. Physical Contact It is important that throughout the course there be no physical contact whatsoever between persons of the same or opposite sex. Yoga and Physical Exercise Although physical yoga and other exercises are compatible with Vipassana, they should be suspended during the course because proper secluded facilities are not available at the course site. Jogging is also not permitted. Students may exercise during rest periods by walking in the designated areas. Course Finances According to the tradition of pure Vipassana, courses are run solely on a donation basis. Donations are accepted only from those who have completed at least one ten-day course with S.N. Goenka or one of his assisting teachers. Someone taking the course for the first time may give a donation on the last day of the course or any time thereafter.The Course The technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants follow a prescribed Code of Discipline as mentioned above, learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. The entire practice is actually a mental training. Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind. Because it has been found genuinely helpful, great emphasis is put on preserving the technique in its original, authentic form. It is not taught commercially, but instead is offered freely. There are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to benefit from it also. Ten days is certainly a very short time to penetrate in the deepest levels of the unconscious mind and learn how to eradicate the complexes lying there. Continuity of the practice in seclusion is the secret of this technique’s success. Rules and regulations have been developed keeping this practical aspect in mind. These rules are based on the practical experience of thousands of meditators over the years and are both scientific and rational. Abiding by the rules creates a very conducive atmosphere for meditation; breaking them pollutes it. A student once entered will have to stay for the entire period of the course. The other rules should also be carefully read and considered. Only those who feel that they can honestly and scrupulously follow the discipline should apply for admission. A prospective student should also understand that it would be both disadvantageous and inadvisable to leave without finishing the course upon finding the discipline too difficult. Likewise, it would be most unfortunate if, in spite of repeated reminders, a student does not follow the rules and has to be asked to leave. THE COURSE TIMETABLE The following timetable for the course has been designed to maintain the continuity of practice. For best results students are advised to follow it as closely as possible.4:00 amMorning wake-up bell4:30-6:30 amMeditate in the hall or in your room6:30-8:00 amBreakfast break8:00-9:00 amGroup meditation in the hall9:00-11:00 amMeditate in the hall or in your room according to the teacher’s instructions11:00-12:00 noonLunch break12noon-1:00 pmRest and interviews with the teacher1:00-2:30 pmMeditate in the hall or in your room2:30-3:30 pmGroup meditation in the hall3:30-5:00 pmMeditate in the hall or in your own room according to the teacher’s instructions5:00-6:00 pmTea break6:00-7:00 pmGroup meditation in the hall7:00-8:15 pmTeacher’s Discourse in the hall8:15-9:00 pmGroup meditation in the hall9:00-9:30 pmQuestion time in the hall9:30 pmRetire to your own room–Lights out     

Michigan Vipassana Centre, USA

In 2002, the first 10-day course in Michigan was organised by a small group of old students from Michigan. They were inspired by the Dr. Bhogilal and Dr. (Mrs.) Kamala Gandhi, who encouraged and supported this endeavor. Before they moved to the United States in February 2002, the Gandhis were responsible for conducting and organizing courses held all over Europe for 20 years. A suitable site was found near Brighton, Michigan where the course was held from 17th to 28th April 2002. Thirty-three new students, five old students and nine full-time dhamma servers attended the course. The course was conducted by Dr. and Mrs. Gandhi, Vipassana teachers appointed as acharyas by Goenkaji. On July 19, 2002, during the 2002 tour of North America, Goenkaji honored the MVA by visiting the group in Brighton, Michigan. Goenkaji decided to give Anapana to the students attending the course. Goenkaji was very keen on the prospects for developing a Vipassana meditation center in Michigan. During the brief visit he recommended that the site be secured for conducting courses and establishing a center. The Michigan Vipassana Association (MVA) is a registered non-profit, charitable organization whose sole purpose is to provide Vipassana courses to the public. It attempts to fulfill this obligation by organizing meditation courses for adults and children on a continued basis. Vipassana Meditation Vipassana is an ancient technique of India, as old as 2500 years and it means to see things as they really are. It aims at the total eradication of mental impurities, resulting into the highest happiness of full liberation. Its main purpose is healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering.Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. Its focus is on the deep interconnection between mind and body, that can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body. They also continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. The mental impurity can thus be dissolved through this observation based, self-explanatory journey to the common root of mind and body, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. The nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood through direct experience. Increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace characterize life. What Vipassana is not:It is not a rite or ritual based on blind faith. It is neither an intellectual nor a philosophical entertainment. It is not a rest cure, a holiday, or an opportunity for socializing. It is not an escape from the trials and tribulations of everyday life.What Vipassana is:It is a technique that will eradicate suffering. It is a method of mental purification, which allows one to face life’s tensions and problems in a calm, balanced way. It is an art of living that one can use to make positive contributions to society.It aims at the highest spiritual goals of total liberation and full enlightenment. Its purpose is not to cure physical disease. However, many psychosomatic diseases are eradicated as a by-product of mental purification. In fact, Vipassana eliminates the three causes of all unhappiness: craving, aversion and ignorance.   The Code of Discipline The foundation of the practice is sīla — moral conduct. Sīla provides a basis for the development of samādhi — concentration of mind; and purification of the mind is achieved through paññā — the wisdom of insight. The Precepts All who attend a Vipassana course must conscientiously undertake the following five precepts for the duration of the course:to abstain from killing any being; to abstain from stealing; to abstain from all sexual activity; to abstain from telling lies; to abstain from all intoxicants.There are three additional precepts which old students (that is, those who have completed a course with S.N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers) are expected to follow during the course:to abstain from eating after midday; to abstain from sensual entertainment and bodily decorations; to abstain from using high or luxurious beds.Old students will observe the sixth precept by having tea without milk or fruit juice at the 5 p.m. break, whereas new student may have tea with milk and some fruit. The teacher may excuse an old student from observing this precept for health reasons. All the old students will observe the seventh and eighth precept.Acceptance of the Teacher and the Technique Students must declare themselves willing to comply fully. The students must observe discipline and meditate exactly as the teacher asks, without ignoring or adding any part of the instruction. This acceptance should be one of discrimination and understanding, not blind submission. Only with an attitude of trust can a student work diligently and thoroughly. Such confidence in the teacher and the technique is essential for success in meditation. Interviews With the Teacher The teacher is available to meet students privately between 12 Noon and 1:00 p.m. Questions may also be asked in public between 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. in the meditation hall. The interview and question times are for clarifying the technique and for questions arising from the evening discourses. The Course The technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants follow a prescribed Code of Discipline as mentioned above, learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. The entire practice is actually a mental training. Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind. Because it has been found genuinely helpful, great emphasis is put on preserving the technique in its original, authentic form. It is not taught commercially, but instead is offered freely. There are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to benefit from it also.Ten days is certainly a very short time to penetrate in the deepest levels of the unconscious mind and learn how to eradicate the complexes lying there. Continuity of the practice in seclusion is the secret of this technique’s success. Rules and regulations have been developed keeping this practical aspect in mind. These rules are based on the practical experience of thousands of meditators over the years and are both scientific and rational. Abiding by the rules creates a very conducive atmosphere for meditation; breaking them pollutes it. A student once entered will have to stay for the entire period of the course. The other rules should also be carefully read and considered. Only those who feel that they can honestly and scrupulously follow the discipline should apply for admission. A prospective student should also understand that it would be both disadvantageous and inadvisable to leave without finishing the course upon finding the discipline too difficult. Likewise, it would be most unfortunate if, in spite of repeated reminders, a student does not follow the rules and has to be asked to leave. THE COURSE TIMETABLE The following timetable for the course has been designed to maintain the continuity of practice. For best results students are advised to follow it as closely as possible.4:00 amMorning wake-up bell4:30-6:30 amMeditate in the hall or in your room6:30-8:00 amBreakfast break8:00-9:00 amGroup meditation in the hall9:00-11:00 amMeditate in the hall or in your room according to the teacher’s instructions11:00-12:00 noonLunch break12noon-1:00 pmRest and interviews with the teacher1:00-2:30 pmMeditate in the hall or in your room2:30-3:30 pmGroup meditation in the hall3:30-5:00 pmMeditate in the hall or in your own room according to the teacher’s instructions5:00-6:00 pmTea break6:00-7:00 pmGroup meditation in the hall7:00-8:15 pmTeacher’s Discourse in the hall8:15-9:00 pmGroup meditation in the hall9:00-9:30 pmQuestion time in the hall9:30 pmRetire to your own room–Lights outWhat to BringBringDo Not BringCLOTHING: Enough comfortable, modest, non-binding clothing for the duration of your stay. No washing machines or dryers are available, so students should bring sufficient clothing. Small items can be hand-washed. Warm clothing will be necessary for mornings and evenings. Bathing and laundry may be done only in the break periods and not during meditation hours.EATING UTENCILSPlates, a mug or a cup, water bottle, bowls, silverware, flatware, chopsticks, etc.ESSENTIAL OBJECTS Tent, tarp, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, clock, umbrella, flash light, lantern, raincoat, rain boots. Bring large enough tent to be able to sit up and meditate in, but not a huge tent. Tent space is limited. (the site is in the middle of the rainforest…if you do not bring necessary items you will have to do without.)NECESSARY OBJECTS Towels and all needed toiletries, non-scented personal hygiene articles and feminine sanitary protection (the site is in the middle of the rainforest…if you do not bring necessary items you will have to do without.)SUGGESTED ITEMS Sunglasses, flip flops, easy slip-ons e.g clogs,A shawl or light blanket other than your sleeping blanket for use in the meditation hall REVEALING CLOTHING: Modest dress is required for both men and womenTight, transparent, revealing or otherwise striking clothing (such as low risers, shorts, short skirts, tights, leggings, sleeveless, tank or skimpy tops) should not be worn at the center.OTHER Cell phones Tobacco in any form Non-prescribed drugs Perfumes or strongly scented toiletries >ELECTRONICS: These may not be used as alarm clocks during the course. No musical instrumentsFOOD: Personal food itemsJEWLRY Jewelry or other unnecessary valuablesRELIGIOUS OR SPIRITUAL OBJECTS.BOOKS or diaries, journals and other reading/writing materials.For course application visit  

Idaho-Utah : Intermountain Vipassana, Lava Hot Springs

A 256 acre property with a house in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho has just been purchased to be used as a Dhamma house and permanent site for courses in the Intermountain region. The Intermountain Vipassana Association, Inc. (IVA) is a new Trust serving the region, which covers Idaho, Northern Utah,and parts of Wyoming, Montana, Nevada and Eastern Oregon.Vipassana Meditation Vipassana is a technique to see things as they really are and is as old as 2500 years. It was taught in India as the universal remedy for universal illness. Since the time of Buddha, Vipassana has been handed down, to the present day, by an unbroken chain of teachers. The current teacher in this chain, Mr. S.N. Goenka, was born and raised in Burma (Myanmar). While living there he had the good fortune to learn Vipassana from his teacher, Sayagyi U Ba Khin. An introduction about Vipassana can be better understood by watching the video as shown in the link belowLearning Vipassana Vipassana can be learnt by attending the 10 day residential course in which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. No previous experience of meditation is required.Ten days is certainly a very short time to penetrate the deepest levels of the unconscious mind and learn how to eradicate the complexes lying there. Continuity of the practice in seclusion is the secret of this technique’s success. Rules and regulations have been developed keeping this practical aspect in mind. They are not primarily for the benefit of the teacher or the course management, nor are they negative expressions of tradition, orthodoxy or blind faith in some organized religion. Rather, they are based on the practical experience of thousands of meditators over the years and are both scientific and rational. Abiding by the rules creates a very conducive atmosphere for meditation; breaking them pollutes it. The day at the centre begins at 4:00 a.m. with a wakeup bell and continues until 9:00 p.m. There are about ten hours of meditation throughout the day, interspersed with regular breaks and rest periods. Every evening at 7:00 p.m. there is a videotaped lecture by the Teacher, S.N. Goenka, which provides a context for meditators to understand their experience of the day. Course Cost Each student who attends a Vipassana course is given this gift by a previous student. There is no charge for either the teaching, or for room and board. All Vipassana courses worldwide are run on a strictly voluntary donation basis. At the end of your course, if you have benefited from the experience, you are welcome to donate for the coming students, according to your volition and your means.Items to be carried by Students Personal food, cell phones, pagers, laptop computers, palm pilots, music, reading materials, journals to write in, or art supplies are not allowed. BeddingWarm blankets or sleeping bag Pillow (not the same as your meditation cushion) A pillow case 2 sheets (one bottom sheet to keep mattress clean) Even if you are using a sleeping bag, please bring a sheet to keep the mattress clean.Meditation Cushions Please bring your own meditation cushions, as cushions at the course sites are limited. You will be very happy that you brought some! Meditation floor mats will be supplied for each student, but you will certainly want additional cushions. Students will also want to bring a shawl or blanket to use in the meditation hall (most students like a light shawl even if the weather is warm) that is separate from their sleeping blankets. Clothing Please bring enough warm and comfortable clothing for the entire duration of your stay. Most people find that loose clothing is more comfortable for meditation. For laundry there are no washing machines, only limited hand washing facilities and clothes lines for drying. All students should observe the rules for modest dress as outlined in the Code of Discipline. Shorts, tank tops, transparent, tight or revealing clothing, etc. are not permitted. Tights or leggings should be worn only under a knee length top or skirt/dress. For those unfamiliar with Rocky Mountain weather, it is usually unpredictable, quickly changeable, and sometimes extreme. Therefore, please bring clothing for both warm and cool, as well as rainy conditions, regardless of the time of year or weather reports. As the saying goes, “if you don’t like the weather just wait an hour!”Jacket Raincoat Warm hat Umbrella Warm socks Comfortable walking shoes, with good traction for uneven walking trails House slippers and/or quiet slip-on shoes are useful insideToiletries For the comfort of the other students, please do not bring any perfumes or scented creams, powders, shaving lotions, etc. Some students are very sensitive to smells during a course and this can become a source of irritation.Towel Toothbrush and Toothpaste Bath soap Unscented deodorant Shampoo Shower sandals (flip-flops) Shaving supplies Feminine hygiene suppliesOther Articles There are only limited hand washing facilities for doing laundry, and only clotheslines for drying. Please bring enough clothes for the entire course, and/or laundry detergent for hand washing your clothes.Flashlight Unscented mosquito repellent Small travel alarm clock Laundry soap Sunglasses, sunblock lotion and sun hat Nalgene type water bottle with your name on itFor Course Schedule visitFor any further details visit

Hawaii Vipassana

Hawaii Vipassana is a group of people who offer meditation courses at a non-center site and old student group sits that are dedicated to the teaching of Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.The Technique Vipassana is an ancient technique of India, as old as 2500 years and it means to see things as they really are. It aims at the total eradication of mental impurities, resulting into the highest happiness of full liberation. Its main purpose is healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering. Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace. The Tradition Since the time of Buddha, Vipassana has been handed down, to the present day, by an unbroken chain of teachers. Although Indians by descent, the current teacher in this chain, Mr. S.N. Goenka, was born and raised in Burma (Myanmar). While living there he had the good fortune to learn Vipassana from his teacher, Sayagyi U Ba Khin who was at the time a high Government official. After receiving training from his teacher for fourteen years, Mr. Goenka settled in India and began teaching Vipassana in 1969. Since then he has taught tens of thousands of people of all races and all religions in both the East and West. In 1982 he began to appoint assistant teachers to help him meet the growing demand for Vipassana courses.The Course The technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants follow a prescribed Code of Discipline, learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. The course requires hard, serious work. There are three steps to the training. The first step is, for the period of the course, to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual activity, speaking falsely, and intoxicants. This simple code of moral conduct serves to calm the mind, which otherwise would be too agitated to perform the task of self-observation. The next step is to develop some mastery over the mind by learning to fix one’s attention on the natural reality of the ever changing flow of breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. By the fourth day the mind is calmer and more focused, better able to undertake the practice of Vipassana itself: observing sensations throughout the body, understanding their nature, and developing equanimity by learning not to react to them. Finally, on the last full day participants learn the meditation of loving kindness or goodwill towards all, in which the purity developed during the course is shared with all beings.The entire practice is actually a mental training. Just as we use physical exercises to improve our bodily health, Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind. Because it has been found to be genuinely helpful, great emphasis is put on preserving the technique in its original, authentic form. It is not taught commercially, but instead is offered freely. No person involved in its teaching receives any material remuneration. There are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to benefit from it also. Of course, the results come gradually through continued practice. It is unrealistic to expect all problems to be solved in ten days. Within that time, however, the essentials of Vipassana can be learned so that it can be applied in daily life. The more the technique is practiced, the greater the freedom from misery, and the closer the approach to the ultimate goal of full liberation. Even ten days can provide results which are vivid and obviously beneficial in everyday life.  All sincere people are welcome to join a Vipassana course to see for themselves how the technique works and to measure the benefits. All those who try it will find Vipassana to be an invaluable tool with which to achieve and share real happiness with others. You can apply for the course on Course Location The course site is located near Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii (19.3 miles from Hilo International Airport.) Detailed direction will be emailed out once you are confirmed for the course. The course is hosted on a 3.2-hectare (8-acre) farm located in a quiet area with views of the Pacific Ocean. Accommodation The accommodations offered are bungalow rooms & canopy covered camping sites. A larger tent serves as the meditation hall. Hot water propane showers are available for students and servers.        Arrival & DepartureArrival time: Please arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 pm on the day the course begins. This allows time for you to check in, set up your tent, and unpack prior to the 6:00 pm evening meal and following Pre-Course Orientation. Late arrivals make it difficult for volunteers to serve everyone efficiently and to start the course on time. If you have an emergency and are unable to arrive between 2:00 and 4:00pm, please notify us as soon as possible. Departure time:You are expected to stay until the course is completed, which ends at approximately 7:00 am on the last day of the course. Although the course ends at 7:00 am, please allow enough time to pack your gear and help with the clean up of the meditation hall before you leave. We rely on students to prepare for the next course.Flight Planning Information Arrival Location and Time: We strongly suggest that you fly into the Hilo Airport because there is limited to no rideshare support for the Kona Airport. When making travel arrangements, please allow sufficient time for travel from the airport to the Vipassana site. For those using the Rideshare program or taking Public Transportation it is best to come into Hilo prior to 2pm on the day of the course. If you cannot find a flight that arrives by 2 pm (Hilo Airport) please plan to arrive the day before and arrange to stay at a hotel or hostel in the Hilo/Pahao area the night before the course begins. Public Transportation Students or Servers can take the “Hele-On Bus” to Pahoa. From the Pahoa 7-Eleven bus stop we can shuttle you to the Vipassana Course Site. You must request a shuttle ride on the Ride-Share board stating you need a ride from Pahoa. Those arriving at the Hilo airport can take a taxi to the nearest bus stop, which is close to “Prince Kuhio Plaza”, approximately 2 miles from the Hilo International Airport. Note: Many students arrive on the same flight so we suggest you try to find each other and share a taxi ride. Hele-On-Bus: Visit “Hele-On-Bus” website to get routes, schedules, and fares. (Note: there are not many scheduled buses and the schedules do change so be sure to check the schedule close to your travel dates.) Taxi Info You may also take a taxi to the site. You may also take a taxi to the site. Please let them know you are visiting Hawaii Vipassana. * WJJ Taxi and Tours 808.938.8786 * Stan Taxi 808.443.8810 The cost from Hilo airport is approximately $75 for one person and $85 for a multi-person trip. Ride Share Start of Course: We host a ride share board where you can offer or find a ride to the site. Once you are accepted to the course you will receive a website link that gives you access to the rideshare board for your course. End of Course: At the end of the course we will organize all the ride shares at the course site so there is no real need to request ride share on the ride share board for end of course travel. It is normally very easy to arrange all the rides on the last day of the course. Additional Help: For additional help you may contact the Rideshare Coordinator at rides@hi.us.dhamma.org   Health A Vipassana meditation course is very demanding both physically and mentally. It is important that you are prepared for the rigorous nature of the course. After you have completed the application process if anything related to your physical or mental health changes, please contact the center prior to the course. For the health and safety of all the students, it is important that you are in good health when you arrive at the center. If you are sick, or should become ill close to the start of your course, we ask that you reschedule for a future date. If you should need to cancel from the course because of illness, your next course application will be given priority.BringDo Not BringCLOTHING: Enough comfortable, modest, non-binding clothing for the duration of your stay. No washing machines or dryers are available, so students should bring sufficient clothing. Small items can be hand-washed. Warm clothing will be necessary for mornings and evenings. Bathing and laundry may be done only in the break periods and not during meditation hours.EATING UTENCILSPlates, a mug or a cup, water bottle, bowls, silverware, flatware, chopsticks, etc.ESSENTIAL OBJECTS Tent, tarp, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, clock, umbrella, flash light, lantern, raincoat, rain boots. Bring large enough tent to be able to sit up and meditate in, but not a huge tent. Tent space is limited. (the site is in the middle of the rainforest…if you do not bring necessary items you will have to do without.)NECESSARY OBJECTS Towels and all needed toiletries, non-scented personal hygiene articles and feminine sanitary protection (the site is in the middle of the rainforest…if you do not bring necessary items you will have to do without.)SUGGESTED ITEMS Sunglasses, flip flops, easy slip-ons e.g clogs, A shawl or light blanket other than your sleeping blanket for use in the meditation hall REVEALING CLOTHING: Modest dress is required for both men and women. Tight, transparent, revealing or otherwise striking clothing (such as low risers, shorts, short skirts, tights, leggings, sleeveless, tank or skimpy tops) should not be worn at the center.OTHER Cell phones Tobacco in any form Non-prescribed drugs Perfumes or strongly scented toiletries >ELECTRONICS: These may not be used as alarm clocks during the course. No musical instrumentsFOOD: Personal food itemsJEWELRY Jewelry or other unnecessary valuablesRELIGIOUS OR SPIRITUAL OBJECTS.BOOKS or diaries, journals and other reading/writing materials.If you arrive with any of these items you will be asked to leave them with the management until the end of the course. 

Rocky Mountain Vipassana Association: Elbert, Colorado

Vipassana was introduced to Colorado in 1982 by the students of S.N Goenka. The first course was held at a retreat center in Cedaredge, Colorado. The Cedaredge courses continued every summer for many years. At present, courses are conducted at a retreat center in Elbert, Colorado, about 90 minutes south-east of Denver.From the time of the initial course up until now, the development of the practice of Vipassana has grown greatly in the Rocky Mountain area and continues to do so. Current efforts are ongoing in the search for a property in order to establish a permanent meditation center for the region.Learning VipassanaVipassana meditation is a technique to see things as they are, without any judgment. Vipassana was taught in India more than 2500 years ago. An intensive ten day residential course is to be undertaken by new students for learning the technique. Instructions are provided by S.N Goenka via Audio-Visual tapes. Assistant Teachers are also present to provide guidance and answer the questions. It is recommended to apply 1 – 2 months in advance due to huge waiting list. For registering check the course schedule for knowing the available dates and register for the course either online, by fax, or by mail. To request an application packet by mail, please contact . Course Cost Each student who attends a Vipassana course is given this gift by a previous student. There is no charge for either the teaching, or for room and board. All Vipassana courses worldwide are run on a strictly voluntary donation basis. At the end of your course, if you have benefited from the experience, you are welcome to donate for the coming students, according to your volition and your means. Course Period, Accommodation, Food and Class Strength The ten-day course is the minimum as it provides an essential introduction and foundation to the technique. To develop in the practice is a lifetime job. Experience over generations has shown that if Vipassana is taught in periods of less than ten days, the student does not get a sufficient experiential grasp of the technique.Most Courses have 50 – 70 participants As the courses runs on the rented sites at present, most rooms are of dormitory style with shared bathrooms and basic amenities. Women and Men are housed separately. The menu is a tasty and nutritious vegetarian menu. Special diets due to medical conditions and serious allergies can be accommodated with advance notice. Please discuss any dietary issues with the Registrar during the registration process. Confirmation for Enrolled Students Due to limited accommodation and long waiting lists, students are requested to seek confirmation of registration 3-4 weeks before the course begins. Also, if the student is unable to attend the course, then he or she is requested to inform the registrar as soon as possible in order to provide chance to another person in the waiting list. Arrival and Departure for Enrolled Students All students are asked to arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. on the day the course begins. After registration is completed, a light meal and orientation will precede the start of the course. The course will end at approximately 7:30 a.m. on the last day, day 11 of the course. IMPORTANT: All new students, as well as old (returning) students, are required to remain until the very end of the course. When silence ends on the 10th day (metta day) the course is still in progress, and all students are required to remain until the next morning. Items to be carried by Students Personal food, cell phones, pagers, laptop computers, palm pilots, music, reading materials, journals to write in, or art supplies are not allowed. BeddingWarm blankets or sleeping bag Pillow (not the same as your meditation cushion) A pillow case 2 sheets (one bottom sheet to keep mattress clean) Even if you are using a sleeping bag, please bring a sheet to keep the mattress clean.Meditation Cushions Please bring your own meditation cushions, as cushions at the course sites are limited. You will be very happy that you brought some! Meditation floor mats will be supplied for each student, but you will certainly want additional cushions. Students will also want to bring a shawl or blanket to use in the meditation hall (most students like a light shawl even if the weather is warm) that is separate from their sleeping blankets. Clothing Please bring enough warm and comfortable clothing for the entire duration of your stay. Most people find that loose clothing is more comfortable for meditation. For laundry there are no washing machines, only limited hand washing facilities and clothes lines for drying. All students should observe the rules for modest dress as outlined in the Code of Discipline. Shorts, tank tops, transparent, tight or revealing clothing, etc. are not permitted. Tights or leggings should be worn only under a knee length top or skirt/dress. For those unfamiliar with Rocky Mountain weather, it is usually unpredictable, quickly changeable, and sometimes extreme. Therefore, please bring clothing for both warm and cool, as well as rainy conditions, regardless of the time of year or weather reports. As the saying goes, “if you don’t like the weather just wait an hour!”Jacket Raincoat Warm hat Umbrella Warm socks Comfortable walking shoes, with good traction for uneven walking trails House slippers and/or quiet slip-on shoes are useful insideToiletries For the comfort of the other students, please do not bring any perfumes or scented creams, powders, shaving lotions, etc. Some students are very sensitive to smells during a course and this can become a source of irritation.Towel Toothbrush and Toothpaste Bath soap Unscented deodorant Shampoo Shower sandals (flip-flops) Shaving supplies Feminine hygiene suppliesOther Articles There are only limited hand washing facilities for doing laundry, and only clotheslines for drying. Please bring enough clothes for the entire course, and/or laundry detergent for hand washing your clothes.Flashlight Unscented mosquito repellent Small travel alarm clock Laundry soap Sunglasses, sunblock lotion and sun hat Nalgene type water bottle with your name on it  For Directions to the Centre visit For Ride Sharing visit  

Dhamma Dhara : Massachusetts

One of India’s oldest meditation technique is Vipassana. Gautam Buddha rediscovered this long lost technique 2500 years ago. It purely means to see things they really are. It is the process of self- purification by self-observation. One begins by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. With a sharpened awareness one proceeds to observe the changing nature of body and mind and experiences the universal truths of impermanence, suffering and egolessness. This truth-realization by direct experience is the process of purification. The entire path has nothing to do with any organized religion or sectarianism and rather it is a universal remedy for universal problems. This is the main reason why it can be freely practiced by anyone or everyone at any time at any place and will prove equally beneficial to all. Vipassana focusses on self transformation through self observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. The mental impurity of the body is dissolved through the observation based, self explanatory journey to the common root of mind and body, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace. About the Course The courses offered at the Vipassana meditation centre are conducted by assisstant teachers of Shri S N Goenka using audio visual tapes of Mr. Goenka’s instructions and discourses. The ten day course begins from the evening of the date of arrival and ends in the morning of the day of departureThe Vipassana Meditation Center has been offering meditation courses since 1982. Courses are made possible by volunteers who serve the courses and by donations made by students who participate in them. The teachers conducting the course, the course managers and all those who work in the kitchen are all volunteers.All courses at the Vipassana Meditation Center are run solely on a donation basis. Donations are accepted only from students who have completed at least one ten-day course with S.N. Goenka or one of his assisting teachers and have experienced for themselves the benefits of Vipassana. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialism. About the Centre The Shelburne center, founded in 1982, was the first center in North America. The original facility was merely a roomy, comfortable two-story house and barn on eight acres of meadowland. In 1989, a group of meditators donated an adjoining seventy acres of land. Today the center consists of 108 acres and many new buildings have been added, including a bathhouse, two dining rooms, meditation hall for 200, a 140 cell pagoda, separate residences for men and women and a center manager’s house.The men’s and women’s residences have single, double and triple rooms with bathrooms. Single rooms cannot be be reserved.In the summer months, some male students may be housed in outdoor tents and cabins. Indoor accommodations are first reserved for students who must be inside due to physical or health limitations, so please come prepared to be accommodated outdoors.Tents are on platforms measuring 8′ x 10′ and 10′ x 12′ and are large enough to stand up in. Cabins are partitioned to accommodate four people. They are unheated and have no source of electricity.Dhamma Dharā is located in the town of Shelburne, Massachusetts, approximately 6 miles west of the the town of Greenfield, 6 miles east of the village of Shelburne Falls, in the western part of the state. Our address is: 386 Colrain-Shelburne Road, Shelburne, MA 01370, USA For students already enrolled in a course, or considering applying for a course: Ride Share information will be included in your acceptance letter. By Car MapQuest directions to the Vipassana Meditation Center (fill in your starting location and press “Get Directions”) From BOSTON: (2 hours) Either take Interstate 90 West (Mass. Turnpike) to Interstate 91 and head north on I-91 to Exit 26 (Mohawk Trail), or take Route 2 West to I-91 and head south to Exit 26. Then follow the map below. From NEW YORK: (4 hours) Take Interstate 95 North, then Interstate 91 North to Exit 26 in Massachusetts, and then follow the map below. By bus, take Peter Pan to Springfield, then switch over to Vermont Transit, to Greenfield. See below for additions information. MapQuest directions from New York City to the Vipassana Meditation Center From MONTREAL: (5 hours) Cross the Champlain Bridge and take the Eastern Townships Autoroute 10 to Exit 22. Then follow Autoroute 35 South through St. Jean and the Philipsburg border-crossing to U.S. Interstate 89 South. At White River Junction, switch to Interstate 91 South, and in Massachusetts get off at Exit 26 onto Route 2 West (Mohawk Trail) and follow the map below. From BRADLEY AIRPORT [BDL](Hartford/Springfield): MapQuest directions from Bradley Airport to the Vipassana Meditation Center From I-91 EXIT 26 in Massachusetts: Follow Route 2 West (Mohawk Trail) towards North Adams. After about three miles you will see a Greenfield Co-operative Bank ATM on your left. Take the very next right-hand turn onto Colrain-Shelburne Road, approximately 100 feet after the ATM. (Signs point to Colrain and Jacksonville, VT.) Follow this road for about two miles until you see the Vipassana Meditation Center sign on your left. Website: Course Schedule:

Dhamma Pakasa: Illinois, Pecatonica

Vipassana is an ancient Indian technique to see what things really are. More than 2500 years ago it was taught as a universal remedy for universal illness. The technique is taught during a ten day residential course where in students learn the basics of the method and practice sufficiently to experience beneficial results. The course are free of cost and are run on donation basis. Even the donation is accepted after completing the 10 day course. All the expenses of food and accommodation is met through the donations received. About the Centre The centre provides a supportive atmosphere where one can live and practice vipassana meditation. It is surrounded by trees, grass and spring fed ponds. This technique, discovered by Buddha twenty-five centuries ago, uses the breath and one’s own body as the basis for developing concentration and insight. The courses provide a unique opportunity to direct one’s attention inward, and set about a process of inner discovery through direct experience. An year old tradition of open house is carried out at dhamma pakasa. The open house is a wonderful time to introduce yourself and others to the campus and learn more about Vipassana Meditation. Dhamma Pakasa provides a sanctuary for students seeking to enter onto a path of Dhamma or in deepening their personal practice. Virtually every course has a waiting list of applicants indicating that the priceless teachings of the Buddha continue to serve as a beacon of hope for masses of people. In order meet the growing demand of students wanting to attend courses, plans for expansion of Dhamma Pakasa are underway The first phase of expansion includes the following: A new Dhamma Hall with a capacity for at least 80 students and 40 individual meditation cells, and residences for Assistant Teachers. A new 35 person Dormitory Expansion of the present Dining Hall and Kitchen A conversion of the present Dhamma Hall into center manager and server residences. An important requirement for this first phase are necessary upgrades to the campus’ infrastructure; the new septic field system as described above, a fire access road surrounding the perimeter of the new building locations, upgrades to the existing electrical systems; and a firewater protection system along with a new well. Website: Course Schedule:

Dhamma Patapa : Southeast Vipassana Centre

Vipassana is a 2500 year old Indian technique of meditation to see things as they really are. It is taught as a Universal remedy for Universal illness in the form of Art of Living. The techniques is aimed to eradicate mental impurities and results in greatest happiness of full liberation.Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. Its focus is to deepen the connection between mind and body. This can be experienced...

Dhamma Delaware : Claymont, Delaware, United States

Vipassana has been handed down, to the present day, by an unbroken chain of teachers since the time of Buddha. Mr. S.N. Goenka, an indian by descent was born and raised in Burma (Myanmar). Living there he had the good fortune to learn Vipassana from his teacher, Sayagyi U Ba Khin who was at the time a high Government official. After receiving training from his teacher for fourteen years, Mr. Goenka settled in India and began teaching Vipassana in 1969. Since then he has taught tens of thousands of people of all races and all religions in both the East and West. In 1982 he began to appoint assistant teachers to help him meet the growing demand for Vipassana courses. Vipassana is technique to see what things really are and is as old as 2500 years ago. This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. The Vipassana is way of self transformation and self observation and focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and soul. About the Course In order to learn the technique, the participants need to follow a prescribed code of discipline, learn the basics of the method and practice sufficiently to experience the benefits of the technique. This technique is taught at the ten day residential course.Intense hard work is required at the course. It is a 03 step procedure. The first step is to abstain one self from killing, stealing, sexual activity, speaking falsely, and intoxicants during the period of the course. This simple code of moral conduct serves to calm the mind, which otherwise would be too agitated to perform the task of self-observation. Moving forward, the other step involves developing mastery over the mind by learning to fix one’s attention on the natural reality of the ever changing flow of breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. From the fourth day the mind gets calmer and focused. It can now undertake the practice of Vipassana by itself through observing sensations throughout the body, understanding their nature, and developing equanimity by learning not to react to them. Finally, on the last full day participants learn the meditation of loving kindness or goodwill towards all, in which the purity developed during the course is shared with all beings.The entire practice is actually a mental training. Just as we use physical exercises to improve our bodily health, Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind. About the centre Since 2002, Mid-Atlantic Vipassana Association has been organizing Vipassana Meditation courses in Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, and various other locations in the Mid-Atlantic States. The first 10-Day Vipassana course was held in Virginia in 2002 at Camp Virginia Jaycee near Blue Ridge, Virginia. In 2005 a 10-Day Vipassana course was organized at Camp Fairlee Manor in Chestertown, Maryland, near Washington DC. Dhamma Delaware was purchased in October, 2013 and the first 10-Day course was offered in November, 2014.Website: Course Schedule:  

California, Occidental – Northern California Vipassana Center

Vipassana is an age old method to get an insight of the true reality. It uses the combination of mindfulness of breathing and the contemplation of impermanence to gain the insight. Observation of breath gradually leads to awareness of perpetual changes involved in breathing and the arising and passing away of mindfulness. About the Course The course is held once in a year during holidays which makes it easier to attend. The course has the same curriculum as any other 10 day course. The only difference is that this course is held on a rental facility in Occidental, CA at the CYO Camp. The course is offered to around 240 students. Heated Comfortable cabins are provided at the course facility with 6 bunk beads in each cabin making it accommodable for 12 people. No private cabins are offered. Mattresses are provided along with the beds. Bathrooms are in a separated heated buildings. Students are supposed to bring their own bed-sheet, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags etc or they can rent the same from the facility at the rate of $15 for each set or $5 per item. The course site in Occidental is rugged, with uneven and sometimes steep terrain, gravel/dirt roads, etc. Simple vegetarian food is provided and most people with vegan diets or gluten sensitivities find there is enough variety to choose from during the course. Course Finances All courses are offered free of charge and are run on a voluntary donation basis only. Donations are accepted only from those who have completed at least one ten-day course. Someone taking the course for the first time may give a donation on the last day of the course or any time thereafter. In this way courses are supported by those who have realized for themselves the benefits of the practice. Wishing to share these benefits with others, one gives a donation according to one’s means and volition. Such donations are the only source of funding for course in this tradition around the world. There is no wealthy foundation or individual sponsoring them. Neither the teachers nor the organizers receive any kind of payment for their service. Thus, the spread of Vipassana is carried out with purity of purpose, free from any commercialism. Website: Course Schedule:  

Dhamma Mahavana : North Fork, California Vipassana Center

Vipassana is a 2500 year old Indian technique of meditation to see things as they really are. It is taught as a Universal remedy for Universal illness in the form of Art of Living. The techniques is aimed to eradicate mental impurities and results in greatest happiness of full liberation. Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. Its focus is to deepen the connection between mind and body. This can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that forms the life of the body, and that continuously interconnects and conditions the life of the mind. This observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgement and sensations become clearer. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one suffers or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life is characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace. About Dhamma Mahavana The California Vipassana Center, in North Fork, CA, is dedicated to the practice of Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka. Situated in the Sierra Foothills in the south of Yosemite, the centre is a 04 hour drive from San Francisco and 05 hour drive from Los. Angeles via Bus, Rail. The Air Connection is an hour away in Fresno. Directions will be sent to you along with a list of physical requirement and suggestions, once your course applications gets approved. It stands amidst the shadows of oak, pine, cedar, and manzanita occupying the bulk of the 109-acre site, and are complemented by a tranquil pond and a broad meadow.A few recent additions includes a meditation hall that can accommodate 120 students at a time, a Teacher’s residence and accommodations for meditators who work for longer terms at the centre. Planning is in pipeline to build a complex of individual meditation cells known as PAGODA. Course Information Vipassna is a 10 day course. A student will have to stay for the entire period of the course. A student should carefully read and consider all the rules of the centre. Only those who honestly feel that they can scrupulously follow the discipline should apply for admission. Website: www.mahavana.dhamma.org Course Schedule: www.dhamma.org/en-US/schedules/schmahavana

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