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Dhamma Sarana, Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo, Brazil
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** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Portuguese / English

Dhamma Sarana is located in Santana de Parnaíba, 45 kilometers (28 miles) from downtown São Paulo. The property covers a total of 196 hectares (484 acres). Environmental legislation protects most of this land from development, leaving around five hectares (12 acres) available for construction. The protected land helps to make the center a true refuge.
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

Associação Vipassana de São Paulo

Physical Address: Rua Nhambu s/n, Fazenda Santa Helena, Rancho Tucsons, Santana de Parnaíba- São Paulo- CEP 06511-050

Postal Address: Caixa Postal, 54 - - Santana de Parnaíba - São Paulo, Brasil

e-mail: info@sao-paulo.br.dhamma.org / www.sarana.dhamma.org
Mobile: +55 (35) 9219-4184 TIM / 9890-7474 VIVO / (11) 998271-1728 VIVO

Students may apply to up to 2 courses at this center, if both courses have waiting lists. If the student is later accepted into a course, the other application will be deleted. Any additional applications will not be processed. These criteria are valid for all courses in Brazilian locations and regards applications for all Latin American locations. There is no limit for applications to serve.

Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
No courses are currently scheduled.
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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2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
02 Sep - 13 Sep 10-Day Completed Recanto do Sauá in Monteiro Lobato, São Paulo 10-day course at Recanto do Sauá in Monteiro Lobato, São Paulo
Apply 10 Oct - 15 Dec Work Period Open Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
Período de Serviço em Dhamma Sarana - Santana de Parnaíba/SP. Serviços de reformas, construções, jardinagem, limpeza, cozinha, manutenção e construção da sala de meditação entre outros. Possível se inscrever para servir por longos períodos, em tempo parcial e intercalado. 
2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
23 Mar - 03 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Dec Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo

Neste momento estamos construindo a Sala de Meditação e fazendo reformas nas instalações no Centro Dhamma Sarana em Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo (www.sarana.dhamma.org). A previsão é que o primeiro curso de 10 dias seja oferecido em março de 2016.  


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

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

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.

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