Wheel of Dhamma

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Dhamma Madhurā, Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram, Tamil Nadu, India
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Madhurā, meaning 'Sweetness of Dhamma', is just beside Sirumalai hills, known for its herbs with a lot of medicinal value. The land is surrounded by the hill on one side, the road on another and a canal of natural water, streaming down the hill during rainy seasons, on the third side. The centre is located 10 km before Dindigul City, 160 km from Coimbatore, 100 km from Tiruchirapalli, 64 km from Madurai, 75 km from Karur and 84 km from Kodaikanal hills. Dhamma Madhurā is be able to comfortably accommodate 100 students for Vipassana 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
Madurai Mrs. Renuka Mehta, Mobile: 9443728116, 9442603490 
Mr. Mahesh Bhansal, Mobile: 9843451153 
Mr. Lalji Vora, Mobile: 9843052465
Chennai Mr. Vinayagam (Dhamma Setu), Mobile: 9444021622 
Mr. Arvind Dixit, Mobile: 9445391295, 
Mr. Ramkumar, Mobile: 9884166199
Kovai Mr. Bharat Shah, Mobile: 9842347244, 9843451153
E-mail [email protected]


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.
2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
14 Nov - 25 Nov 10-Day Completed Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
28 Nov - 09 Dec 10-Day Completed Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
Apply 19 Dec - 30 Dec 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open Men - Closed Female Server - Open Male Server - Closed Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 03 Jan - 06 Jan 3-Day Open Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram For old students
Apply 16 Jan - 27 Jan 10-Day Open Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
Apply 06 Feb - 17 Feb 10-Day Open Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
Apply 20 Feb - 03 Mar 10-Day Open Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
Apply 06 Mar - 17 Mar 10-Day Open Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
20 Mar - 31 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Dec Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
03 Apr - 14 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Jan Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
17 Apr - 28 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Jan Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
01 May - 12 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Feb Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
05 Jun - 16 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Mar Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
19 Jun - 30 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Mar Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
03 Jul - 14 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Apr Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
17 Jul - 28 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Apr Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
01 Aug - 04 Aug 3-Day Applications accepted starting 01 May Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram For old students
14 Aug - 25 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 14 May Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
31 Aug - 08 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 31 Jan Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram For old students
18 Sep - 29 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Jun Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
02 Oct - 13 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Jul Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
17 Oct - 20 Oct 3-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Jul Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram For old students
06 Nov - 17 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Aug Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
20 Nov - 01 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Aug Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
04 Dec - 15 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Sep Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram
18 Dec - 29 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Sep Chettiyapatti, Gandhigram

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.setu.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.

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.