Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
Atala
Dhamma Aṭala, Lutirano, Firenze, Italy
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Italian / English

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

Address: Località Veriolo, Strada Prov.le 29, Lutirano - 50034 Marradi (FI), Italy

Email: info@atala.dhamma.org

Phone: +39 055 804818

Fax: +39 049 8591249

IMPORTANT NOTE: due to organizational reasons it's not possible to apply for more than a 10 day course at a time.

NOTE FOR FOREIGNERS: indications about availability of places apply only to Italians, Slovenians, Croatians and foreign long-term residents of these countries; places for other foreign applicants are limited by a quota system.

Dhamma service at the meditation center (for old students only)

Click on the icon below for further information on Dhamma service periods at the meditation center:

Application form for Dhamma service at the meditation center
 
Ten Day & Other 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 Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 05 Aug - 16 Aug 10-Day In Progress Lutirano
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 21 Aug - 30 Aug Satipatthana Sutta Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Lutirano For old students
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 02 Sep - 13 Sep 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Lutirano
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 16 Sep - 27 Sep 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Lutirano
19 Sep - 20 Sep Trust Meeting Open Lutirano For old students
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 30 Sep - 11 Oct 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Lutirano
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 14 Oct - 25 Oct 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Long Wait List Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Lutirano
26 Oct - 03 Nov Work Period Open Lutirano For old students
Click here for further information (please use the old student web site username/password)
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 30 Oct - 01 Nov Children / Teens
Italian
Open Lutirano Only for boys (8 - 17 yr)
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 04 Nov - 08 Nov 3-Day Open Lutirano For old students
This course will end on Sunday afternoon at 5 pm
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 04 Nov - 15 Nov 10-Day Open Belmonte This course will take place in Belmonte Calabro at the Villaggio Albergo Belmonte (VAB)
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 14 Nov - 29 Nov Teacher's Self Course Open Lutirano For old students
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 18 Nov - 29 Nov 10-Day Open Belmonte This course will take place in Belmonte Calabro at the Villaggio Albergo Belmonte (VAB)
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 02 Dec - 13 Dec 10-Day Open Lutirano
16 Dec - 20 Dec 3-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Aug Lutirano For old students
This course will end on Sunday morning at 9 am
26 December, 2015 - 06 January, 2016 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Aug Lutirano
 
 

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

Questions may be addressed to Email: info@atala.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.

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.

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.

Teacher's Self-Courses are open only to serious Old Students playing or likely to play an important role in the spread of Dhamma who are practicing Vipassana exclusively (not practicing any other meditation techniques), maintaining a daily practice of two hours per day, abstaining from killing, sexual misconduct, intoxicants and keeping other precepts to the best of one's ability. These requirements may change annually and admission subject to the discretion of S.N. Goenka.

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.

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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