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Dhamma Pāla (Dhammapāla), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English

Dhamma Pāla, meaning 'Protector of Dhamma', is 60 km away from the famous Sanchi Stupa built by Emperor Asoka. The Centre is under construction in Bhopal, the city of lakes and the capital of India's biggest state Madhya Pradesh in central India. The Centre is behind Kerwa Dam, on 27 acres of land. The first phase, to allow for a capacity of 100 students, will use five acres with construction starting in 2005. The second phase will provide for a Dhamma Hall to seat 225 students and 75 cells. Dhamma P±la plans to conduct 12 courses a year at the completion of phase 1. As added attraction, students might be taken on a visit to Sanchi Stupa at the end of the course.
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
Bhopal Vipassana Centre - Dhamma Pala
c/o Mr. Ashok Kela
Vipassana Samiti, E-1/82 Arera Colony
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462 016
Centre Tel: [91] (0755) 280 8627, [91](0755) 246 8053, [91](0755) 246-2351, [91](0755) 246-1243
Res. Tel: [91](0755) 2463-113
Fax: [91](0755) 246-8197
Email: info@pala.dhamma.org
Website: http://www.pala.dhamma.org
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2015 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
06 May - 14 May Teenager Boys Completed Bhopal
Apply 23 Dec - 31 Dec Teenage Girls Open Bhopal
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.
2014 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
25 Oct - 27 Oct 2-Day Completed Bhopal For old students
2015 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
18 Feb - 20 Feb 2-Day Completed Bhopal For old students
02 Apr - 05 Apr 3-Day Completed Bhopal For old students
03 May 1-Day Completed Bhopal For old students
15 May - 17 May 2-Day CANCELLED Bhopal For old students
16 Jul - 19 Jul 3-Day Completed Bhopal For old students
26 Aug - 28 Aug 2-Day Completed Bhopal For old students
Apply 13 Nov - 15 Nov 2-Day Open Bhopal 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.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2014 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
12 Oct - 20 Oct Satipatthana Sutta Completed Bhopal For old students
2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
22 Feb Parichay Sammelan Completed Bhopal
24 Feb - 04 Mar Satipatthana Sutta Completed Bhopal For old students
09 Mar - 20 Mar 10-Day Completed Bhopal
21 Mar - 01 Apr 10-Day Completed Bhopal
08 Apr - 19 Apr 10-Day Completed Bhopal
22 Apr - 03 May 10-Day Completed Bhopal
20 May - 31 May 10-Day Completed Bhopal
03 Jun - 14 Jun 10-Day Completed Bhopal
17 Jun - 28 Jun 10-Day Completed Bhopal
01 Jul - 12 Jul 10-Day Completed Bhopal
22 Jul - 02 Aug 10-Day Completed Bhopal
05 Aug - 16 Aug 10-Day Completed Bhopal
19 Aug - 20 Aug Workshop on Dhammaseva Completed Bhopal
20 Aug - 23 Aug CCT Workshop Completed Bhopal
02 Sep - 13 Sep 10-Day In Progress Bhopal
Apply 16 Sep - 27 Sep 10-Day Open Bhopal
Apply 30 Sep - 11 Oct 10-Day Open Bhopal
Apply 17 Oct - 25 Oct Satipatthana Sutta Open Bhopal For old students
Apply 28 Oct - 08 Nov 10-Day Open Bhopal
Apply 18 Nov - 29 Nov 10-Day Open Bhopal
Apply 02 Dec - 13 Dec 10-Day Open Bhopal
Apply 17 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day Open Bhopal

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

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

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 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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