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Sumeru
Dhamma Sumeru, Mont Soleil, Switzerland
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): German / French / Italian / English

The Swiss Vipassana Centre, also called in Pali, Dhamma Sumeru, meaning “the heavenly mountain of the Dhamma” is located on the Mont-Soleil ("Mount Sun") in a village of the Swiss Jura mountains on an altitude of 3600 feet surrounded by pastures and forests. Mont-Soleil means in English "Mount Sun" as it is one of the sunniest places in Switzerland and is situated near St.Imier, between Biel and La Chaux-de-Fonds. It was founded in November 1999.

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.
  • Note: Courses are also available throughout the World.
Additional information

Vipassana Meditation Centre - Dhamma Sumeru

 

  • Registration Office for information:
    Tel  +41 32 941 16 70  (answering machine)
    Fax +41 32 941 16 50
  • Centre’s address:
    Vipassana Meditation Centre 
    No. 140
    2610 Mont-Soleil
    Switzerland

 

   

 

Course registration opens at 10am
 
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
15 Sep - 17 Sep Children
French / English
Completed Mont Soleil Girls 8-18 years old - Boys 8-13 years old
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 24 Nov - 26 Nov Children
German / English
Open Mont Soleil 8-13 years boys and girls mixed - boys 14-18 years old
2018 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 19 Jan - 21 Jan Children
French / English
Open Mont Soleil
04 May - 06 May Children
German / English
Applications accepted starting 07 Jan Mont Soleil 2 Day Course
 
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
Apply 01 January, 2016 - 31 December, 2020 Service in between courses In Progress Mont Soleil For old students
Service IN BETWEEN courses ONLY no long term server - only students who already completed at least one course
2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
23 Aug - 26 Aug 3-Day
German / English
Completed Mont Soleil For old students
30 Aug - 10 Sep 10-Day
French / English
Completed Mont Soleil
11 Sep - 14 Sep Sit & Serve Household and Garden
English
Completed Mont Soleil For old students
19 Sep - 30 Sep 10-Day
German / English
In Progress Mont Soleil
01 Oct Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 941 16 70, if you wish to attend.
Apply 04 Oct - 15 Oct 10-Day
French / English
New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Mont Soleil
Apply 16 Oct - 26 Oct Sit & Serve Household & Garden
English
Open Mont Soleil For old students
Apply 22 Oct 1-Day
French / English
Open Mont Soleil For old students
Apply 27 Oct - 05 Nov Satipatthana Sutta
German / English
Women - Long Wait List Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Closed Male Server - Filling Up Mont Soleil For old students
Apply 08 Nov - 19 Nov 10-Day
German / English
Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Closed Male Server - Short Wait List Mont Soleil
Apply 29 Nov - 02 Dec 3-Day
German / English
Women - Closed Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Filling Up Male Server - Open Mont Soleil For old students
02 Dec - 03 Dec Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 941 16 70, if you wish to attend.
Apply 06 Dec - 17 Dec 10-Day
French / English
Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Closed Male Server - Filling Up Mont Soleil
Apply 21 December, 2017 - 01 January, 2018 10-Day
German / English
Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Closed Male Server - Short Wait List Mont Soleil
2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 03 Jan - 14 Jan 10-Day
Italian / English
Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Mont Soleil Women: ONLY PLACES available for participants with ITALIAN MOTHER TONGUE. Waitlist complete/closed.
Apply 24 Jan - 04 Feb 10-Day
French / English
Women - Filling Up Men - Open Servers - Open Mont Soleil
07 Feb - 10 Feb 3-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 08 Oct Mont Soleil For old students
10 Feb - 11 Feb Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 941 16 70, if you wish to attend.
14 Feb - 25 Feb 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 15 Oct Mont Soleil
28 Feb - 11 Mar 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 29 Oct Mont Soleil
14 Mar - 25 Mar 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 12 Nov Mont Soleil
29 Mar - 07 Apr Satipatthana Sutta
French / English
Applications accepted starting 26 Nov Mont Soleil For old students
08 Apr Meeting of meditators - General assembly Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 941 16 70, if you wish to attend.
10 Apr - 21 Apr 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 10 Dec Mont Soleil
25 Apr - 28 Apr 3-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 24 Dec Mont Soleil For old students
10 May - 21 May 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 07 Jan Mont Soleil
23 May - 03 Jun 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 21 Jan Mont Soleil
05 Jun - 16 Jun 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 04 Feb Mont Soleil
16 Jun - 17 Jun Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 941 16 70, if you wish to attend.
20 Jun - 01 Jul 10-Day
Italian / English
Applications accepted starting 18 Feb Mont Soleil
11 Jul - 22 Jul 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 11 Mar Mont Soleil
25 Jul - 05 Aug 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 25 Mar Mont Soleil
07 Aug - 18 Aug 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 08 Apr Mont Soleil
19 Aug Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 941 16 70, if you wish to attend.
22 Aug - 02 Sep 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 22 Apr Mont Soleil
05 Sep - 16 Sep 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 06 May Mont Soleil
20 Sep - 23 Sep 3-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 20 May Mont Soleil For old students
26 Sep - 07 Oct 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 27 May Mont Soleil
13 Oct 1-Day
English
Applications accepted starting 10 Jun Mont Soleil For old students
13 Oct - 14 Oct Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 941 16 70, if you wish to attend.
26 Oct - 04 Nov Satipatthana Sutta
German / English
Applications accepted starting 24 Jun Mont Soleil For old students
07 Nov - 18 Nov 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 08 Jul Mont Soleil
22 Nov - 25 Nov 3-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 22 Jul Mont Soleil For old students
27 Nov - 08 Dec 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 29 Jul Mont Soleil
09 Dec Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 941 16 70, if you wish to attend.
12 Dec - 23 Dec 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 12 Aug Mont Soleil
26 December, 2018 - 06 January, 2019 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 26 Aug Mont Soleil
 
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2017 Dhamma Sumeru Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
17 Sep 1-Day
German / French / English
Completed Berne For old students
17 Sep 1-Day
German / English
Completed Dornbirn For old students
Region Lake Constance
Apply 08 Oct 1-Day
German / English
Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Dornbirn For old students
Region Lake Constance
Apply 12 Nov 1-Day
German / English
Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Dornbirn For old students
Region Lake Constance
Apply 18 Nov 1-Day
French / German / English
Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Berne For old students
Apply 17 Dec 1-Day
German / English
Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Dornbirn For old students
Region Lake Constance
 
 

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

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

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.

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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