Wheel of Dhamma

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Siri
Dhamma Sirī, Kaufman, Texas, United States
Center Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Sirī, also known as the Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center, means 'Prosperity of Dhamma' in Pali. Established in 1990, the center sits on 20 acres of land near the end of a quiet rural road, 45 minutes from downtown Dallas, Texas. The Center is also less than four hours from Austin, Houston, and Oklahoma City. Dhamma Sirī holds 12-14 courses annually serving over 1000 students. Instructions and discourses can be provided in over 40 languages.

How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course

  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course.  
  2. Please carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course.
  3. Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it.
  4. An application is required to register for all courses.
  5. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application.
  6. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  7. If your application is accepted you must confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course. You will receive an email requesting you to confirm when it is time.
Additional information
     
Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center
General Information
[email protected]
General Course Registration
Voice Mail and Fax: [1] (972) 346-8020
[email protected]
Dhamma Service Registration
Voice Mail and Fax: [1] (972) 346-8020
[email protected]
Children / Teenager's Course Registration
Voice Mail and Fax: [1] (972) 692-3244
[email protected]
Executive Course Registration
Voice Mail and Fax: [1] (815) 301-9321
[email protected]
Long Course Registration
Fax: [1] (815) 301-9196
[email protected]

 

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Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

Click the 'Apply' link to complete an application. Enrollment opens approximately 6 months prior to the course.

Students are expected at the center between 1 and 5 pm for the registration period and the orientation. The course ends the morning of the last day by 7:00 am.

2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Apr 17 - Apr 28 Executive Course In Progress Kaufman
Apr 28 Trust Meeting Open Kaufman Monthly Center Trust Meeting.
Old students are welcome to observe.
Apply Apr 28 - May 01 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply May 01 - May 12 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Women - Long Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Kaufman Both Male and Female Servers needed urgently
Apply May 04 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Dallas For old students
Apply May 12 - May 15 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply May 15 - May 26 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Kaufman
May 26 Trust Meeting Open Kaufman Monthly Center Trust Meeting.
Old students are welcome to observe.
Apply May 26 - May 29 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply May 29 - Jun 09 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Kaufman
Apply Jun 09 - Jun 12 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Jun 12 - Jun 23 10-Day
English / Chinese
Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Kaufman New Course!!
Priority is given to Chinese speakers.
Chinese languages include: Mandarin, Cantonese, and Taiwanese.
Others may be put on the wait list depending on availability.
Jun 23 Trust Meeting Open Kaufman Monthly Center Trust Meeting.
Old students are welcome to observe.
Apply Jun 23 - Jun 28 Summer Service Period Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome! Registration required
Apply Jun 30 - Jul 03 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Jul 03 - Jul 14 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Kaufman
Apply Jul 14 - Jul 21 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Jul 21 - Aug 11 20-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Aug 11 Trust Meeting Open Kaufman Monthly Center Trust Meeting.
Old students are welcome to observe.
Apply Aug 11 - Aug 14 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Aug 14 - Aug 25 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Kaufman
Apply Aug 25 - Aug 28 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Aug 28 - Sep 08 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Kaufman
Sep 08 Trust Meeting Open Kaufman Monthly Center Trust Meeting.
Old students are welcome to observe.
Apply Sep 08 - Sep 11 Between Course Service
Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Sep 11 - Sep 22 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Kaufman
Apply Sep 22 - Sep 25 Between Course Service
Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Sep 25 - Oct 06 10-Day
Hindi / English
Open Kaufman Priority is given to Hindi speakers.
Others may be put on the wait list depending on availability.
Oct 06 Trust Meeting Open Kaufman Monthly Center Trust Meeting.
Old students are welcome to observe.
Apply Oct 06 - Oct 09 Service Period Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Apply Oct 09 - Oct 15 Latin American AT Conference
English / Spanish
Open Kaufman For old students
If you will be participating in the meeting, please write 'I am participating in the meetings' in the comments.
Apply Oct 16 - Nov 16 30-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Apply Oct 16 - Dec 01 45-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Dec 01 Trust Meeting Open Kaufman Monthly Center Trust Meeting.
Old students are welcome to observe.
Dec 01 - Dec 04 Between Course Service
Applications accepted starting Jun 04 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Dec 04 - Dec 15 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 07 Kaufman
Dec 15 - Dec 18 Between Course Service
Applications accepted starting Jun 18 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Dec 18 - Dec 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 21 Kaufman
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jun 15 Boys & Girls Age 8-12 Girls - Wait List Boys - Open Servers - Open Austin
Apply Jun 29 - Jun 30 Boys & Girls (Ages 9 to 13) Open Kaufman " students below age 9 or above 13, please do not apply, as the application will not be accepted"
 
 

The online application form encrypts your information before it is sent from your computer to our application server. However, it may not be totally secure even though encryption is used. If you are concerned about the possibility of security risks of your confidential information while it is on the Internet, do not use this form and instead download an application. Print and complete it. Then please send the form to the course organizers. By faxing or posting your application form it may delay the registration process by one to two weeks.


To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://www.siri.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: [email protected]

All courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who serve the courses volunteer their time. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialisation.

Old students are those who have completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers. Old students have the opportunity to provide Dhamma Service at the courses listed.

Bilingual courses are courses which are taught in two languages. All students will hear daily meditation instructions in both languages. The evening discourses will be heard separately.

Meditation courses are held at both center and non-center locations. Meditation centers are dedicated facilities where courses are held regularly throughout the year. Before meditation centers were established in this tradition, all courses were held at temporary sites, such as campgrounds, religious retreat centers, churches and the like. Today, in regions where centers have not yet been established by local students of Vipassana who live in the area, 10 Day meditation courses are held at non-center course sites.


10-day Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. The courses begin after a 2 - 4 pm registration period and orientation, followed by 10 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 11th day by 7:30 am.

10-day Executive Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation especially for business executives and government officials where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. For more information please visit the Executive course website. The courses begin after a 2-4 pm registration period and orientation, followed by 10 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 11th day by 7:30am.

20-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses , one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

45-day Courses are open only to persons involved in Dhamma Service and Assistant Teachers who have completed a minimum of seven 10-day courses (one since their first 30-day course), two 30-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least three years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

Children's Courses are open for all children aged 8-12 years old who wish to learn to meditate. Their parents/guardians do not have to be meditators.

Teenagers' Anapana Courses are available for teens in different age ranges from 13-18 years old. Their parents/guardians do not have to be Vipassana meditators.

Old Student Programs are similar to Service Periods where there is time to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects, but have a more full and structured program, an opportunity to meet with assistant teachers, and possibly committee and trust meetings. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods and in the evening there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

Open Houses are held between meditation courses. All are welcome to attend and learn about Vipassana Meditation and the Center.

Service Periods have been set aside to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. On selected evenings, there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

Old Student Short Courses (1-3 days) are for any student who has completed the 10-day course with S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers. All old students are welcome to apply to attend these courses, including those where it has been some time since their last course.