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

Dhamma Setu, meaning 'Bridge of Dhamma', is situated amid paddy fields and open farmland on the outskirts of the major South Indian metropolis of Chennai (formerly Madras), about 10 kms from the Chennai Airport. The 18 sq acres of land, previously used for rice cultivation, was purchased from 1991 onwards. The long and painstaking process of making the plot suitable for construction bore fruit in May 2000 with Goenkaji’s visit in September of the same year, when Dhamma Setu was formally established.
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 Meditation Centre - Dhamma Setu
533 Pazhan Thandalam Road, Thiruneermalai Via, Thirumudivakkam
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 044
India

 Phone (Landlines): [91] 94442 80952, [91] 94442 90953 (Office timings: 10 am - 1 pm, 2 pm - 5 pm)
 For Enquiries and Registration: [91] 9444462583, [91] 9442287592, [91] 9042632889, [91] 8015756339, [91] 9940467453
 E-Mail: info@setu.dhamma.org

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2016 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 16 Oct Children / Teens Open Chennai Open to children of age group 10 to 16 years only
Apply* 20 Nov Children / Teens Open Chennai Open to children of age group 10 to 16 years only
Apply* 18 Dec Children / Teens Open Chennai Open to children of age group 10 to 16 years only.
2017 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 29 Jan Children / Teens Open Chennai
Apply* 26 Feb Children / Teens Open Chennai
Apply* 16 Apr Children / Teens Open Chennai
Apply* 07 May Children / Teens Open Chennai
Apply* 21 May Children / Teens Open Chennai
Apply* 09 Jul Children / Teens Open Chennai
Apply* 06 Aug Children / Teens Open Chennai
Apply* 10 Sep Children / Teens Open Chennai
14 Oct Children / Teens Applications accepted starting 13 Oct Chennai
19 Nov Children / Teens Applications accepted starting 18 Nov Chennai
17 Dec Children / Teens Applications accepted starting 16 Dec Chennai
31 Dec Children / Teens Applications accepted starting 30 Dec Chennai
 
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.
2016 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
03 Jul 1-Day Completed Chennai For old students
19 Jul 1-Day Completed Chennai For old students
Guru Purnima
07 Aug 1-Day Completed Chennai For old students
25 Aug - 28 Aug 3-Day Completed Chennai For old students
04 Sep 1-Day Completed Chennai For old students
Apply 03 Nov - 06 Nov 3-Day Open Chennai For old students
Apply 06 Nov 1-Day Open Chennai For old students
Apply 04 Dec 1-Day Open Chennai For old students
2017 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 30 Mar - 02 Apr 3-Day Open Chennai For old students
Apply 04 May - 07 May 3-Day Open Chennai For old students
Apply 25 May - 28 May 3-Day Open Chennai For old students
Apply 24 Aug - 27 Aug 3-Day Open Chennai For old students
02 Nov - 05 Nov 3-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Nov Chennai 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.
2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
29 Jun - 10 Jul 10-Day Completed Chennai
13 Jul - 24 Jul 10-Day Completed Chennai
27 Jul - 07 Aug 10-Day Completed Chennai
10 Aug - 21 Aug 10-Day Completed Chennai
31 Aug - 11 Sep 10-Day Completed Chennai
15 Sep - 23 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Completed Chennai For old students
15 Sep - 06 Oct 20-Day In Progress Chennai For old students
15 Sep - 16 Oct 30-Day In Progress Chennai For old students
Apply 19 Oct - 30 Oct 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 09 Nov - 20 Nov 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 23 Nov - 04 Dec 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 07 Dec - 18 Dec 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 21 December, 2016 - 01 January, 2017 10-Day Open Chennai
2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 04 Jan - 15 Jan 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 18 Jan - 29 Jan 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 01 Feb - 09 Feb Satipatthana Sutta Open Chennai For old students
Apply 15 Feb - 26 Feb 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 01 Mar - 12 Mar 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 15 Mar - 26 Mar 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 05 Apr - 16 Apr 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 19 Apr - 30 Apr 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 10 May - 21 May 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 31 May - 11 Jun 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 17 Jun - 25 Jun Satipatthana Sutta Open Chennai For old students
Apply 28 Jun - 09 Jul 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 12 Jul - 23 Jul 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 26 Jul - 06 Aug 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 09 Aug - 20 Aug 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 30 Aug - 10 Sep 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 13 Sep - 21 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Open Chennai For old students
13 Sep - 04 Oct 20-Day Open Chennai For old students
13 Sep - 14 Oct 30-Day Open Chennai For old students
20 Oct - 31 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Oct Chennai
08 Nov - 19 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Nov Chennai
22 Nov - 03 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Nov Chennai
06 Dec - 17 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Dec Chennai
20 Dec - 31 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Dec Chennai
 
 

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: info@setu.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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 
 
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