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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): English / German / French / Italian

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

 

   

 

Important message regarding Coronavirus
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, all our activities are suspended until the 8th of June; this includes all courses, work periods and meetings at Dhamma Sumeru.

For later courses, students and servers living outside Switzerland are not accepted, until further notice.

Please apply in your mother tongue by selecting the language on the top right of this page.

Course registration opens on Sundays at 10am (9am during winter time).
Please refresh your web browser from time to time (use F5) while waiting for registration to open so that the apply link will appear.

Note for new students:
If you have already successfully applied for another course. please understand that we won't accept multiple applications.
If you're just waitlisted for other courses so far, please feel free to apply again. 

 
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.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 01 Jan - 31 Dec 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
02 Jun - 13 Jun 10-Day
English / French
CANCELLED Mont Soleil Cancelled. There is an extra 3 day course starting 10th of June. Old students from this cancelled course are given preference. Please reapply and mention it in your form ("Anything you want to add").
Apply* 10 Jun - 13 Jun 3-Day
English / French
Short Wait List Mont Soleil For old students

Open only for residents of Switzerland.

Extra course after cancellation of the 10 day course starting 2nd June. Old students from the cancelled course are given preference. Please mention it in your form ("Anything you want to add").
Apply* 16 Jun - 27 Jun 10-Day
English / Italian
New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Mont Soleil

This course gives priority to Italian native speaking students . All other participants will be placed on a waiting list. One month before the beginning of the course, participants on the waiting list will be admitted, as long as there are places available.

Open only for residents of Switzerland.

28 Jun - 29 Jun Open Door Day
English
CANCELLED Mont Soleil
Apply* 29 Jun - 08 Jul Satipatthana Sutta
English / French
Women - Short Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Mont Soleil For old students

Open only for residents of Switzerland.

09 Jul - 13 Jul European Dhamma Servers Meeting
English
CANCELLED Mont Soleil

Replaced by an alternative one-day online event (8:30am-5pm, see below).

Apply* 09 Jul - 20 Jul 10-Day
English / German
Women - Short Wait List New Men - Short Wait List Old Men - Filling Up Servers - Open Mont Soleil
Apply* 11 Jul Online European Dhamma Servers Meeting
English
Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Mont Soleil

The Online European Dhamma Servers Meeting (English) is an opportunity for Dhamma Servers to share experience and gain inspiration. The in-person meeting is cancelled for 2020 due to the current situation. However, this alternative one-day online event (8:30am-5pm) will be held for experienced servers, for example those involved in committees, teams and trusts.

All participants should APPLY AS SERVERS.

Apply* 22 Jul - 02 Aug 10-Day
English / German
New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Mont Soleil

Open only for residents of Switzerland.

Apply* 04 Aug - 15 Aug 10-Day
English / French
New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Long Wait List Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Mont Soleil

Open only for residents of Switzerland.

15 Aug - 16 Aug meeting of the association
English
Open Mont Soleil For old students
All old students are warmly welcome to attend the meeting of the association. Please inform the centre about your attendance by calling 032 941 16 70
Apply* 19 Aug - 30 Aug 10-Day
English / German
Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Mont Soleil

Open only for residents of Switzerland.

Apply* 02 Sep - 05 Sep 3-Day
English / French
Open Mont Soleil For old students

Open only for residents of Switzerland.

06 Sep - 10 Sep Sit & Serve Garden
English
Applications accepted starting 07 Jun Mont Soleil For old students
16 Sep - 27 Sep 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 14 Jun Mont Soleil
08 Oct - 17 Oct Satipatthana Sutta
English / German
Applications accepted starting 21 Jun Mont Soleil For old students
21 Oct - 01 Nov 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 28 Jun Mont Soleil
03 Nov - 14 Nov 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 05 Jul Mont Soleil
14 Nov - 15 Nov meeting of the association
English
Open Mont Soleil For old students
All old students are warmly welcome to attend the meeting of the association. Please inform the centre about your attendance by calling 032 941 16 70
18 Nov - 29 Nov 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 19 Jul Mont Soleil
02 Dec - 05 Dec 3-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 02 Aug Mont Soleil For old students
09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 09 Aug Mont Soleil
23 December, 2020 - 03 January, 2021 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 30 Aug Mont Soleil
 
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Dhamma Sumeru Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 13 Jun 1-Day
English / German
Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Berne For old students

Open only for residents of Switzerland.

20 Jun 1-Day
English / German
CANCELLED Zurich For old students

cancelled

21 Jun 1-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 07 Jun Dornbirn For old students
12 Sep 1-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 08 Aug Berne For old students
31 Oct 1-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 26 Sep Berne For old students
26 December, 2020 - 06 January, 2021 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 16 Sep St. Arbogast
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
17 Jul - 19 Jul Children
German
CANCELLED Mont Soleil Cancelled
Apply* 11 Sep - 13 Sep Children
German
Open Mont Soleil German course
02 Oct - 04 Oct Children
French
Applications accepted starting 13 Jun Mont Soleil Boys from 8 to 18 years. Girls from 8 to 13 years.
 
 

As a privacy measurement, the online application form encrypts the information you provide us with before it is sent from your computer to our application server.


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: [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.

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.

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.

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.