Wheel of Dhamma

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Dhamma Aloka, Woori Yallock, Victoria, Australia
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Aloka (Light of Dhamma) was purchased in 1995 after years of searching for a site. The property is at Woori Yallock (“running stream” in the local Aboriginal language), one hour’s drive east of Melbourne and only ten kilometres from the renowned Healesville wildlife sanctuary.

The centre is on a hill which adjoins a reserve on the banks of the Yarra river, with an outlook across lush river flats towards mountain ranges. The eighteen acre site has a Dhamma Hall with 22 meditation cells, kitchen and dining room complex, accommodation with single rooms and dormitories, a toilet-shower block. It is mostly cleared with a fringe of ti-tree and eucalypt forest. The impression is one of seclusion and tranquillity.

How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course
  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course. Old students will be given the option to serve.
  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. An application is required to register for all courses.
  4. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  5. If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
Additional information

Vipassana Centre Victoria
Dhamma Aloka
PO Box 11, Woori Yallock VIC 3139

Email: info@aloka.dhamma.org

Tel: +61 (03) 5961 5722

Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day and end on the early morning of the last day.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
23 Sep - 04 Oct 10-Day Completed Woori Yallock
Apply* 07 Oct - 18 Oct 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Woori Yallock
Apply* 21 Oct - 01 Nov 10-Day Open Woori Yallock
Apply* 05 Nov - 08 Nov 3-Day Open Woori Yallock For old students
Apply* 11 Nov - 22 Nov 10-Day Open Woori Yallock
Apply* 25 Nov - 06 Dec 10-Day Open Woori Yallock
Apply* 09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day Open Woori Yallock
Apply* 26 December, 2015 - 06 January, 2016 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Woori Yallock
2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
09 Jan - 20 Jan 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Oct Woori Yallock
22 Jan - 25 Jan 3-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Oct Woori Yallock For old students
27 Jan - 07 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 29 Oct Woori Yallock
07 Feb - 19 Feb Work Period Applications accepted starting 09 Nov Woori Yallock For old students
19 Feb - 28 Feb Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 21 Nov Woori Yallock For old students
02 Mar - 13 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Dec Woori Yallock
17 Mar - 20 Mar 3-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Dec Woori Yallock For old students
26 Mar - 06 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Dec Woori Yallock
07 Apr - 10 Apr 3-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Jan Woori Yallock For old students
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2015 Dhamma Aloka Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
04 Oct 1-Day Completed Elwood For old students
Apply* 01 Nov 1-Day Open Elwood For old students
2016 Dhamma Aloka Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
07 Feb 1-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Nov Elwood For old students
06 Mar 1-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Dec Elwood For old students
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
No courses are currently scheduled.

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.au.dhamma.org/os/. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: info@aloka.dhamma.org

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.

Satipatthana Sutta Courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. The difference is that in the taped evening discourses the Satipatthana Sutta is carefully examined. This is the principal text in which the technique of Vipassana is systematically explained. These courses are open to serious old students who have sat (not including courses served) at least three 10-day courses, have not been practising any other meditation techniques since last 10-day course, have been practising this technique of Vipassana for at least one year, and who are trying to maintain their meditation practice and the five precepts in their daily lives, at the very minimum from the time of applying to the course.

Work 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.

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