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

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 1 600 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: Dhamma Sobhana, Holmen 1, S-599 93 Ödeshög, Sweden

Email: [email protected]

Phone: [46](0) 143 - 211 36

Applications are accepted from 8 pm (9 pm with daylight savings time) on the day the course opens for registration.

Sweden 1-day courses

Norway

Denmark

Finland


 
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
30 Nov - 02 Dec Teen
Swedish
Completed Ödeshög For teenage boys 13-18 years. The course is held in Swedish only.
 
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
07 Nov - 18 Nov 10-Day Completed Ödeshög
21 Nov - 25 Nov 3 Day Course for Old Students Completed Ödeshög For old students
25 Nov - 04 Dec Work Period Completed Ödeshög For old students
Apply* 04 Dec - 15 Dec 10-Day In Progress Ödeshög
Apply* 15 Dec - 16 Dec Trust Meeting Weekend Open Ödeshög For old students
Saturday: Committee meetings
Sunday 9.15-12.30: Trust meeting
All old students welcome!
Apply* 15 Dec - 26 Dec Work Period Open Ödeshög For old students
Apply* 26 December, 2018 - 06 January, 2019 10-Day Women - Closed New Men - Wait List Old Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Ödeshög
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 09 Jan - 20 Jan 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Open Ödeshög
Apply* 23 Jan - 03 Feb 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Ödeshög
Apply* 05 Feb - 16 Feb 10-Day
English / Danish
New Women - Closed Old Women - Filling Up Men - Wait List Servers - Open Ödeshög Course languages: Danish and English.
Apply* 16 Feb - 17 Feb Trust Meeting Weekend Open Ödeshög For old students
Saturday: Committee meetings
Sunday 9.15-12.30: Trust meeting
All old students welcome!
Apply* 20 Feb - 03 Mar 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Filling Up New Men - Wait List Old Men - Filling Up Servers - Open Ödeshög
Apply* 06 Mar - 17 Mar 10-Day New Women - Wait List Old Women - Open New Men - Wait List Old Men - Open Servers - Open Ödeshög Registration opens at 8 pm on December 6.
17 Mar - 26 Mar Work Period Applications accepted starting 17 Dec Ödeshög For old students
26 Mar - 06 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Dec Ödeshög
06 Apr - 07 Apr Trust Meeting Weekend Applications accepted starting 06 Jan Ödeshög For old students
Saturday: Committee meetings
Sunday 9.15-12.30: Trust meeting
All old students welcome!
11 Apr - 22 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Jan Ödeshög
24 Apr - 28 Apr 3 Day Course for Old Students Applications accepted starting 24 Jan Ödeshög For old students
28 Apr - 08 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 28 Jan Ödeshög For old students
08 May - 19 May 10-Day
English / Persian (Farsi)
Applications accepted starting 07 Jan Ödeshög Course languages: Farsi and English. Farsi speakers will have priority until April 8.
22 May - 02 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Feb Ödeshög
05 Jun - 16 Jun 10-Day
English / Finnish
Applications accepted starting 07 Mar Ödeshög Course languages: Finnish and English. Finnish speakers will have priority until May 5.
16 Jun - 26 Jun Work Period Applications accepted starting 18 Mar Ödeshög For old students
22 Jun - 23 Jun Trust Meeting Weekend Applications accepted starting 24 Mar Ödeshög For old students
Saturday: Committee meetings
Sunday 9.15-12.30: Trust meeting
All old students welcome!
26 Jun - 07 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Mar Ödeshög
10 Jul - 21 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Apr Ödeshög
24 Jul - 04 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Apr Ödeshög
07 Aug - 18 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 May Ödeshög
22 Aug - 31 Aug Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 24 May Ödeshög For old students
31 Aug - 01 Sep Trust Meeting Weekend Applications accepted starting 02 Jun Ödeshög For old students
Saturday: Committee meetings
Sunday 9.15-12.30: Trust meeting
All old students welcome!
01 Sep - 11 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 03 Jun Ödeshög For old students
11 Sep - 15 Sep 3 Day Course for Old Students Applications accepted starting 13 Jun Ödeshög For old students
18 Sep - 29 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Jun Ödeshög
02 Oct - 13 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Jul Ödeshög
15 Oct - 26 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Jul Ödeshög
26 Oct - 27 Oct Trust Meeting Weekend Applications accepted starting 28 Jul Ödeshög For old students
Saturday: Committee meetings
Sunday 9.15-12.30: Trust meeting
All old students welcome!
30 Oct - 10 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Aug Ödeshög
13 Nov - 24 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Aug Ödeshög
27 Nov - 01 Dec 3 Day Course for Old Students Applications accepted starting 29 Aug Ödeshög For old students
03 Dec - 14 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Sep Ödeshög
14 Dec - 15 Dec Trust Meeting Weekend Applications accepted starting 15 Sep Ödeshög For old students
Saturday: Committee meetings
Sunday 9.15-12.30: Trust meeting
All old students welcome!
15 Dec - 26 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 16 Sep Ödeshög For old students
26 December, 2019 - 06 January, 2020 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Sep Ödeshög
 
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2018 Sweden 1-day courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
10 Nov 1-Day Completed Stockholm Södermalm For old students
11 Nov 1-Day Completed Gothenburg For old students
08 Dec 1-Day Completed Stockholm Södermalm For old students
2019 Sweden 1-day courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 20 Jan 1-Day Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Uppsala For old students
2019 Denmark Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
05 Feb - 16 Feb 10-Day
English / Danish
Open Ödeshög, Sweden New Course!!
This bilingual English/Danish course will be held at the Nordic Vipassana Meditation Centre Dhamma Sobhana, Sweden. Please apply via Dhamma Sobhana schedule.
2018 Finland Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
24 Nov 1-Day Completed Tampere New Course!!For old students
Only in English
09 Dec 1-Day Completed Helsinki New Course!!For old students
Only in English
2019 Finland Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
05 Jun - 16 Jun 10-Day
English / Finnish
Applications accepted starting 07 Mar Ödeshög, Sweden This bilingual English/Finnish course will be held at the Nordic Vipassana Meditation Centre Dhamma Sobhana, Sweden. Please apply via Dhamma Sobhana schedule.
 
 

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: [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.

Old Student Programs are similar to Service Periods where there is time to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects, but have a more full and structured program, an opportunity to meet with assistant teachers, and possibly committee and trust meetings. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods and in the evening there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

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.