Wheel of Dhamma

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Dhamma Gaṅgā, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English / Bengali

Dhamma Gaṅgā, meaning ‘Ganges of Dhamma’, is located on the bank of the river Ganges, and is about 25 kms north from the Centre of Kolkata (Calcutta). The Centre was acquired in 1988, and began functioning the next year in a 150 year old historical three storied building surrounded with flower and fruit trees. The Centre is easily approachable from Kolkata by local train, bus, and taxi and from Howrah by bus and taxi. Local trains are available from Sealdah station upto Sodepur station and buses upto Panihati Municipality. From there, one can walk to the Centre or take a rickshaw. From airport hire a pre paid taxi for Baro Mandir Ghat Sodepur. From airport one can hire a taxi & reach to center.
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 Kendra - Dhamma Ganga

 Email: [email protected]

Centre's Address :-

Vipassana Kendra




KOLKATA - 700 114

Tele- [91] 033- 2553-2855 / 033- 2583-3910

[91] 9748740697


22 Bonfield Lane, 2nd floor, Room No. 10
Kolkata, West Bengal 700 001
 Tel: [91](033) 2242-3225
 Tel: (91)(033) 2242-4561


Short Courses
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2019 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
03 Feb 1-Day Completed Kolkata For old students


17 Feb 1-Day Completed Kolkata For old students
Apply 03 Mar 1-Day Open Kolkata For old students
Apply 19 Mar - 22 Mar 3-Day Open Kolkata For old students
Apply 05 May 1-Day Open Kolkata For old students
30 Jun 1-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Apr Kolkata 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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2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
23 Jan - 03 Feb 10-Day Completed Kolkata
06 Feb - 17 Feb 10-Day Completed Kolkata
20 Feb - 03 Mar 10-Day In Progress Kolkata
Apply 06 Mar - 17 Mar 10-Day Open Kolkata
Apply 22 Mar - 30 Mar Satipatthana Sutta Open Kolkata For old students
Apply 10 Apr - 21 Apr 10-Day Open Kolkata
Apply 24 Apr - 05 May 10-Day Open Kolkata
Apply 08 May - 19 May 10-Day Open Kolkata
Apply 22 May - 02 Jun 10-Day Open Kolkata
19 Jun - 30 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Mar Kolkata
Apply 20 Jun - 01 Jul 10-Day Open Kolkata This course will be conducted in Dhaka Bangladesh. Date is tentative. In the mean time student can apply.
03 Jul - 14 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Apr Kolkata
24 Jul - 04 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Apr Kolkata
21 Aug - 01 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 May Kolkata
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
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No courses are currently scheduled.
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
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2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
17 Feb Children Completed Kolkata Eligiblity age 8 to 18 years. Report for course by 9.30 AM & course ends by 3.30 PM.
31 Mar Children Open Kolkata As above
21 Apr Children Open Kolkata As above
05 May Children Open Kolkata As above
30 Jun Children Applications accepted starting 01 Apr Kolkata As above
14 Jul Children Applications accepted starting 15 Apr Kolkata As above
04 Aug Children Applications accepted starting 06 May Kolkata As above
15 Sep Children Applications accepted starting 17 Jun Kolkata As above
27 Oct Children Applications accepted starting 29 Jul Kolkata As above
24 Nov Children Applications accepted starting 26 Aug Kolkata As above
22 Dec Children Applications accepted starting 23 Sep Kolkata As above

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.ganga.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.

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.

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.