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Dhamma Sobhana, Ödeshög, Östergötlands Län [Se 05], Sweden
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Swedish / English

Dhamma Sobhana means "Beauty of Dhamma" in Pali language and is the first Vipassana centre to be established in the Nordic area. It's located in central Sweden, near Ödeshög, Vadstena and Linköping. By car it's about two and a half hours from Stockholm and Gothenburg (Göteborg), and about three and a half hours from Malmö. The centre was established in 2007 to serve mainly the Nordic area but students come from all over the world. Dhamma Sobhana offers 20-25 courses a year, with about 1 400 students.
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
Address: Föreningen Vipassana Sverige, Dhamma Sobhana, Lyckebygården , 599 93 Ödeshög Email: info@sobhana.dhamma.org Phone: [46](0) 143 - 211 36
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2014 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 29 Aug - 31 Aug Course for Teenagers, 13-18 years old, girls
Open Ödeshög In Swedish
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 10 Oct - 12 Oct Childrens Course 8-12 years old
Open Ödeshög In Swedish
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
29 Jun - 08 Jul Satipatthana Sutta
Completed Ödeshög For old students
10 Jul - 14 Jul European Trustees and Dhamma Servers Meeting
Completed Ödeshög
16 Jul - 27 Jul 10-Day Completed Ödeshög
Apply* 30 Jul - 10 Aug 10-Day In Progress Ödeshög
Apply* 13 Aug - 24 Aug 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Ödeshög
Apply* 25 Aug - 02 Sep House and Garden Period Open Ödeshög For old students
Apply* 31 Aug Open Day Open Ödeshög Open Day 1 pm - 5 pm. All welcome!
Apply* 02 Sep - 13 Sep 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Ödeshög
Apply* 13 Sep - 14 Sep Trust Meeting Weekend Open Ödeshög
Apply* 18 Sep - 21 Sep 3-Day Open Ödeshög For old students
Apply* 24 Sep - 05 Oct 10-Day Women - Short Wait List New Men - Short Wait List Old Men - Open Servers - Open Ödeshög
Apply* 06 Oct - 15 Oct House and Garden Period Open Ödeshög For old students
Apply* 15 Oct - 26 Oct 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Ödeshög
Apply* 29 Oct - 09 Nov 10-Day New Women - Wait List Old Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Ödeshög
Apply* 12 Nov - 23 Nov 10-Day Open Ödeshög
Apply* 24 Nov - 03 Dec House and Garden Period Open Ödeshög For old students
Apply* 29 Nov - 30 Nov Trust Meeting Weekend Open Ödeshög
03 Dec - 14 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Aug Ödeshög
18 Dec - 21 Dec 3-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Aug Ödeshög For old students
26 December, 2014 - 06 January, 2015 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Aug Ödeshög

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

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

Open Days are held between meditation courses. All are welcome to attend and learn about Vipassana Meditation and the Centre.

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.

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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