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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): Sinhala / English

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: info@sobha.dhamma.org
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.
2017 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
07 Aug Children / Teens Completed Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-17.
05 Sep Children / Teens Completed Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
05 Oct Children / Teens Completed Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
03 Nov Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 to 13-18.
03 Dec Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
2018 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
01 Jan Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
31 Jan Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
01 Mar Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
31 Mar Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
29 Apr Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
29 May Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
27 Jun Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
27 Jul Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
25 Aug Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
24 Sep Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
30 Sep Children / Teens Open 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 Open 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.
 
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.
2017 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
07 Aug 1-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
05 Sep 1-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
23 Sep - 26 Sep 3-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
05 Oct 1-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
03 Nov 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
Apply 25 Nov - 28 Nov 3-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
03 Dec 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
2018 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
01 Jan 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
31 Jan 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
01 Mar 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
31 Mar 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
29 Apr 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
29 May 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
01 Jun - 04 Jun 3-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Dec Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
27 Jun 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English/ SInhala
27 Jul 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
25 Aug 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English/ Sinhala
30 Aug - 02 Sep 3-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Feb Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
24 Sep 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
30 Sep 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
Goenkaji Memorial Programme. 
24 Oct 1-Day Open 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
27 Dec - 30 Dec 3-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Jun 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.
2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
12 Jul - 23 Jul 10-Day Completed Kosgama English / Sinhala. Course open for Males Only (80% reserved for Sri Lanka Army personnel).
28 Jul - 31 Jul Work Period Completed Kosgama For old students
Dhamma Sewa Workshop
09 Aug - 20 Aug 10-Day Completed Kosgama English / Sinhala
23 Aug - 03 Sep 10-Day Completed Kosgama Engslih / Sinhala. 
09 Sep - 20 Sep 10-Day Completed Kosgama English / Sinhala
07 Oct - 18 Oct 10-Day Completed Kosgama English / Sinhala
22 Oct - 02 Nov 10-Day In Progress Kosgama English / Sinhala
Apply 08 Nov - 19 Nov 10-Day Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Female Server - Closed Male Server - Open Kosgama English / Sinhala. Course open for Males Only (80% reserved for Sri Lanka Army personnel)
Apply 06 Dec - 14 Dec Satipatthana Sutta Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala. For Qualified Old Students Only.
Apply 20 Dec - 31 Dec 10-Day Open Kosgama English / Sinhala
2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 07 Jan - 18 Jan 10-Day Open Kosgama English / Sinhala
23 Jan - 28 Jan Work Period Open Kosgama For old students
Open to all Old Students to render free service at the Centre. Please call the Centre for more details.
Apply 01 Feb - 12 Feb 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Open Female Server - Closed Male Server - Open Kosgama English / Sinhala. Reserved for Bhikku / Monks Only
Apply 17 Feb - 28 Feb 10-Day Open Kosgama English / Sinhala
03 Mar - 14 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Nov Kosgama

English / Sinhala. Course reserved for Males Only (80% reserved for Sri Lanka Army personnel).

18 Mar - 29 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Nov Kosgama English / Sinhala
Apply 01 Apr - 09 Apr Satipatthana Sutta Open Kosgama For old students
English / SInhala
17 Apr - 28 Apr 10-Day
Tamil
Applications accepted starting 17 Dec Kosgama English / Tamil
04 May - 15 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Jan Kosgama English / Sinhala
19 May - 24 May Work Period Open Kosgama For old students

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

14 Jun - 17 Jun Other Open 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.
15 Jun - 19 Jun Other Open Kosgama Workshop for Assistant Teachers (ATs). 
22 Jun - 24 Jun Other Open Kosgama Workshop for Dhamma Servers and Trustees. Old Students are welcome. Please call the Centre for more details.
29 Jun - 10 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Feb Kosgama English / Sinhala
15 Jul - 26 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Mar Kosgama English / Sinhala
29 Jul - 09 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 29 Mar Kosgama

English / Sinhala. Course reserved for Males Only (80% reserved for Sri Lanka Army personnel).

13 Aug - 24 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Apr Kosgama English / Sinhala
08 Sep - 19 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 May Kosgama English / Sinhala
02 Oct - 13 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Jun Kosgama

English / Sinhala. Course reserved for Males Only (80% reserved for Sri Lanka Army personnel).

16 Oct - 21 Oct Work Period Open 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 Applications accepted starting 25 Jun Kosgama English / Sinhala
09 Nov - 20 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Jul Kosgama English / Sinhala.
24 Nov - 05 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Jul Kosgama English / Sinhala
10 Dec - 21 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Aug 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: info@sobha.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.

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.

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.

 
 
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