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Sobha
Dhamma Sobhā, Kosgama, Kŏḷamba, Sri Lanka
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / Sinhala

Dhamma Sobhā, meaning 'Radiance of Dhamma', is the second Vipassana Centre in Sri Lanka. Being established in Kosgama village, about 47 kms from Colombo on the Colombo-Ratnapura Road, the Centre is to be built on six acres of land in picturesque surroundings, encircled by a range of mountains. The Centre is easily accessible by road and rail. On a clear day, one can see the sacred Adam’s Peak commonly referred to as Sri Pada, with the imprint of the footprint of the Buddha at its summit. 
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 Sobha
Balika Vidyala Road
Pahala Kosgama, Sri Lanka

Email: [email protected]
Phone: [94] (36) 225-3955

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2018 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
25 Aug Children / Teens Completed Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
24 Sep Children / Teens Completed Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
30 Sep Children / Teens Completed Kosgama Goenkaji Memorial Programme. This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
24 Oct Children / Teens Completed Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
22 Nov Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
22 Dec Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
20 Jan Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
19 Feb Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
20 Mar Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
19 Apr Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
18 May Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
16 Jun Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
 
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.
2018 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
25 Aug 1-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English/ Sinhala
30 Aug - 02 Sep 3-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
24 Sep 1-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
30 Sep 1-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
Goenkaji Memorial Programme. 
24 Oct 1-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
22 Nov 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English/ Sinhala
22 Dec 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
Apply 27 Dec - 30 Dec 3-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
2019 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
20 Jan 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
19 Feb 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
20 Mar 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
19 Apr 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
18 May 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
16 Jun 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
 
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
13 Aug - 24 Aug 10-Day Completed Kosgama English / Sinhala
08 Sep - 19 Sep 10-Day CANCELLED Kosgama English / Sinhala
11 Sep - 14 Sep Other Completed Kosgama Workshop for Children's Course Teachers (CCTs). Old Students interested in providing dhamma service at Children's Courses are welcome. Please call the Centre for more details.
12 Sep - 15 Sep Other Completed Kosgama Workshop for Assistant Teachers (ATs). 
14 Sep - 15 Sep Other Completed Kosgama Workshop for Dhamma Servers and Trustees. Old Students are welcome. Please call the Centre for more details.
16 Sep Other Completed Kosgama ATs, CCTs, Trustees, Dhamma Seva Meeting 
02 Oct - 13 Oct 10-Day Completed Kosgama

English / Sinhala. 

16 Oct - 21 Oct Work Period Completed Kosgama For old students

Open to all Old Students to render free service at the Centre. Please call the Centre for more details.

25 Oct - 05 Nov 10-Day Completed Kosgama English / Sinhala
09 Nov - 20 Nov 10-Day In Progress Kosgama English / Sinhala. Course reserved for Males Only (80% reserved for Sri Lanka Army personnel).
Apply 24 Nov - 05 Dec 10-Day Open Kosgama English / Sinhala
Apply 10 Dec - 21 Dec 10-Day Open Kosgama English / Sinhala
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 05 Jan - 16 Jan 10-Day Open Kosgama English / Sinhala
Apply 22 Jan - 02 Feb 10-Day Open Kosgama English / Sinhala
Apply 07 Feb - 18 Feb 10-Day Open Kosgama

English / Sinhala

22 Feb - 25 Feb Work Period Open Kosgama For old students
Work Period is open to all Old Students to render free service at the Centre. Please call or send us an email with your name, contact details and dates attending.
Apply 02 Mar - 13 Mar 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Open Servers - Closed Kosgama English / Sinhala. For Bhikkhu / Monks Only
30 Mar - 10 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Nov Kosgama English / Sinhala
24 Apr - 05 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Dec Kosgama English / Sinhala. Course reserved for Males Only (80% reserved for Sri Lanka Army personnel).
20 May - 31 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Jan Kosgama English / Sinhala
03 Jun - 14 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Feb Kosgama English / Sinhala
22 Jun - 03 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Feb Kosgama English / Sinhala
 
 

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.sobha.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.

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.

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.