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Padhana
Dhamma Padhāna, Herefordshire, United Kingdom
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Padhāna is situated in Herefordshire in the west of England, next to Dhamma Dipa. Dhamma Padhāna means 'Foremost in Dhamma'.
 
It is the first Vipassana centre in the West that has been specially designed for long courses for returning students. The European long-course centre offers ideal facilities for more serious meditation. Each student lives and meditates separately with single en-suite accommodation and a small private meditation room.
 
Between the long courses the centre offers shorter old student courses and also courses for executives.
  1. Access the application form for sitting 3-day, 10-day and Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta courses or for serving all courses by clicking 'Apply' in the left hand column. Note that for sitting 20-day, 30-day, 45-day and 10-day Special courses you need to apply using the Long Course Application form.
  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 email if you give an email 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
Registered office: Dhamma Dipa, Pencoyd, St Owens Cross, Hereford HR2 8NG
Tel:  01989 730234
Website: www.padhana.dhamma.org

For regular 10-day courses for both old and new students in the UK, Herefordshire or Suffolk, please see the UK Schedule.

 
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.
2018 Ten Day & Other Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 07 Dec - 16 Dec Satipatthana Sutta In Progress Herefordshire For old students
Apply 20 December, 2018 - 20 January, 2019 30-Day Women - Filling Up Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Herefordshire For old students
Female and male and servers needed.
2019 Ten Day & Other Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 20 Jan - 25 Jan Service Period Open Herefordshire For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome. Applicants must have sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
Apply 25 Jan - 15 Feb 20-Day Open Herefordshire For old students
Apply* 15 Feb - 19 Feb General Service Period Open Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a 10-day course or a 3 day course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
Apply 20 Feb - 23 Mar 30-Day Women - Filling Up Men - Wait List Servers - Filling Up Herefordshire For old students
23 Mar - 03 Apr General Service Period Applications accepted starting 23 Dec Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a 10-day course or a 3 day course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
30 Mar - 31 Mar Trust Meeting Open Herefordshire Saturday: Sit at 1pm. Committee meetings from 2pm.
Sunday: Sit at 7:45am. Trust meeting from 9am.
All old students are welcome
Apply 04 Apr - 25 Apr 20-Day Open Herefordshire For old students
25 Apr - 07 May General Service Period and EATM Open Herefordshire For old students
The European Assistant Teacher's Meeting will be held between April 27 - May 5. Servers are needed to help in the kitchen at that time.
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
This is a joint Dipa/Padhana service period so please apply on the Dhamma Dipa listed GSP.
Apply* 07 May - 18 May Executive Course New Women - Filling Up Old Women - Wait List New Men - Open Old Men - Wait List Servers - Open Herefordshire
18 May - 24 May General Service Period Applications accepted starting 17 Feb Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a 10-day course or a 3 day course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
24 May - 02 Jun Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 24 Jan Herefordshire For old students
Apply* 05 Jun - 16 Jun Executive Course Women - Open New Men - Open Old Men - Wait List Servers - Open Herefordshire
16 Jun - 26 Jun General Service Period Applications accepted starting 18 Mar Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a 10-day course or a 3 day course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
27 Jun - 28 Jul 30-Day Applications accepted starting 12 Dec Herefordshire For old students
31 Jul - 31 Aug 30-Day Applications accepted starting 29 Jan Herefordshire For old students
31 Aug - 10 Sep General Service Period Applications accepted starting 02 Jun Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a 10-day course or a 3 day course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
07 Sep - 08 Sep Trust meeting and AGM Open Herefordshire Saturday: Sit at 1pm. Committee meetings from 2pm.
Sunday: Sit at 7:45am. Trust meeting from 9am.
All old students are welcome
11 Sep - 02 Oct 20-Day Applications accepted starting 12 Mar Herefordshire For old students
02 Oct - 09 Oct General Service Period Applications accepted starting 04 Jul Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a 10-day course or a 3 day course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
09 Oct - 20 Oct Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Apr Herefordshire For old students
20 Oct - 29 Oct General Service Period Applications accepted starting 22 Jul Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a 10-day course or a 3 day course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
30 Oct - 15 Dec 45-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Apr Herefordshire For old students
15 Dec - 19 Dec General Service Period Applications accepted starting 16 Sep Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a 10-day course or a 3 day course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
19 Dec - 22 Dec 3-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Aug Herefordshire For old students
23 Dec - 26 Dec General Service Period Open Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
This is a joint Dipa/Padhana service period so please apply on the Dhamma Dipa listed GSP.
27 December, 2019 - 27 January, 2020 30-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Jun Herefordshire For old students
 
 

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.padhana.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 Executive Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation especially for business executives and government officials where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. For more information please visit the Executive course website. 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 7:30am.

Special 10-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Dhamma service on long courses is open to old students who are committed to this technique of Vipassana meditation, who have successfully completed three 10-day Vipassana courses in this tradition, who have served one 10-day course, who practice two hours a day and maintain the five precepts.

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.

20-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses , one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Dhamma service on long courses is open to old students who are committed to this technique of Vipassana meditation, who have successfully completed three 10-day Vipassana courses in this tradition, who have served one 10-day course, who practice two hours a day and maintain the five precepts.

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.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Dhamma service on long courses is open to old students who are committed to this technique of Vipassana meditation, who have successfully completed three 10-day Vipassana courses in this tradition, who have served one 10-day course, who practice two hours a day and maintain the five precepts.

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.

45-day Courses are open only to persons involved in Dhamma Service and Assistant Teachers who have completed a minimum of seven 10-day courses (one since their first 30-day course), two 30-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least three years.

Dhamma service on long courses is open to old students who are committed to this technique of Vipassana meditation, who have successfully completed three 10-day Vipassana courses in this tradition, who have served one 10-day course, who practice two hours a day and maintain the five precepts.

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.

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.