Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

Dhamma Cakka, Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Cakka, meaning ‘Wheel of Dhamma’, is located 3.5 km from where the Buddha gave his first discourse Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (Turning of the Wheel of the Dhamma) at the Deer Park. The exact spot marked by The Dhammeka stupa in the Deer Park, the Moolgandh Kuti Vihar with the paintings depicting the Buddha’s life and numerous monasteries established by various countries enhance the sacred atmosphere of the region. With its first course in September 2004, Dhamma Cakka offers two ten-day courses a month and also Satipatthana courses.
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: Sarnath Vipassana Centre -- Dhamma Cakka
Village Khargipur, P.O. Piyari (Chaubepur), Sarnath, Varanasi, India

Email: info@cakka.dhamma.org 
Phone: [91] 993.623.4823


Dhawal Agarwal



Short Courses
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
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2016 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 28 Aug 1-Day Open Sarnath For old students
Apply 25 Sep 1-Day Open Sarnath For old students
Apply 23 Oct 1-Day Open Sarnath For old students
Apply 27 Nov 1-Day Open Sarnath For old students
Apply 25 Dec 1-Day Open Sarnath For old students
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.
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2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
18 Aug - 29 Aug 10-Day In Progress Sarnath
Apply 03 Sep - 14 Sep 10-Day Open Sarnath
Apply 18 Sep - 29 Sep 10-Day Open Sarnath
Apply 02 Oct - 10 Oct Satipatthana Sutta Open Sarnath For old students
Apply 18 Oct - 29 Oct 10-Day Open Sarnath
Apply 03 Nov - 14 Nov 10-Day Open Sarnath
Apply 18 Nov - 29 Nov 10-Day Open Sarnath
Apply 03 Dec - 14 Dec 10-Day Open Sarnath
Apply 18 Dec - 29 Dec 10-Day Open Sarnath

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

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

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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