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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 / 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

 

   

 

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2015 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
23 Aug mixed age from 8 to 18 years
French
Completed Martigny
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 11 Sep - 13 Sep Children
German
Open Mont Soleil Mixed 8-13 years and girls 14-18 years
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 26 Sep Teen
German
Open Zurich Mixed 13-18 years
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 20 Nov - 22 Nov Children
French
Open Mont Soleil Mixed 8-13 years and girls 14-18 years
2016 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
05 May - 07 May Children
French
Applications accepted starting 04 Jan Mont Soleil
12 Jul - 14 Jul Children
French
Applications accepted starting 12 Mar Mont Soleil
15 Jul - 17 Jul Children
German
Applications accepted starting 15 Mar Mont Soleil 2 Day Course
17 Oct - 19 Oct Children
German
Applications accepted starting 17 Jun 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.
2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
29 Jul - 09 Aug 10-Day
German / English
Completed Mont Soleil
12 Aug - 23 Aug 10-Day
French / English
Completed Mont Soleil
23 Aug Meeting of meditators Completed Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 9411670, if you wish to attend.
Apply* 26 Aug - 06 Sep 10-Day
German / English
In Progress Mont Soleil
Apply* 15 Sep - 26 Sep 10-Day
German / English
Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Open Mont Soleil
Apply* 27 Sep Open Day Open Mont Soleil
Apply* 29 Sep - 10 Oct 10-Day
French / English
Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Short Wait List Mont Soleil
Apply* 10 Oct 1-Day Open Mont Soleil For old students
11 Oct Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 9411670, if you wish to attend.
Apply* 14 Oct - 25 Oct 10-Day
French / English
Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Wait List Mont Soleil
Apply* 30 Oct - 08 Nov Satipatthana Sutta
German / English
Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Mont Soleil For old students
Apply* 12 Nov - 15 Nov 3-Day
German / English
Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Mont Soleil For old students
Apply* 25 Nov - 06 Dec 10-Day
German / English
Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Mont Soleil
Apply* 09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day
German / English
Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Mont Soleil
Apply* 23 December, 2015 - 03 January, 2016 10-Day
French / English
Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Mont Soleil
2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
06 Jan - 17 Jan 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 06 Sep Mont Soleil
18 Jan - 09 Feb Sit & Serve program for old students Applications accepted starting 18 Sep Mont Soleil For old students
Construction
06 Feb 1-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 07 Oct Mont Soleil For old students
07 Feb Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 9412676, if you wish to attend.
10 Feb - 21 Feb 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 11 Oct Mont Soleil
24 Feb - 06 Mar 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 25 Oct Mont Soleil
09 Mar - 20 Mar 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 08 Nov Mont Soleil
23 Mar - 03 Apr 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 22 Nov Mont Soleil
06 Apr - 17 Apr 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 06 Dec Mont Soleil
10 Apr Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 9412676, if you wish to attend.
20 Apr - 01 May 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 20 Dec Mont Soleil
02 May - 12 May Sit & Serve program for old students Applications accepted starting 01 Jan Mont Soleil For old students
Household
13 May - 16 May 3-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 12 Jan Mont Soleil For old students
18 May - 29 May 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 17 Jan Mont Soleil
30 May - 05 Jun Sit & Serve program for old students Applications accepted starting 29 Jan Mont Soleil For old students
04 Jun 1-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 03 Feb Mont Soleil For old students
05 Jun Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 9412676, if you wish to attend.
08 Jun - 19 Jun 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 07 Feb Mont Soleil
22 Jun - 25 Jun 3-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 21 Feb Mont Soleil For old students
27 Jun - 06 Jul Satipatthana Sutta
French / English
Applications accepted starting 26 Feb Mont Soleil For old students
07 Jul Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 9412676, if you wish to attend.
20 Jul - 31 Jul 10-Day
Italian / English
Applications accepted starting 20 Mar Mont Soleil
31 Jul Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 9412676, if you wish to attend.
03 Aug - 14 Aug 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 03 Apr Mont Soleil
17 Aug - 28 Aug 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 17 Apr Mont Soleil
31 Aug - 11 Sep 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 01 May Mont Soleil
15 Sep - 18 Sep 3-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 16 May Mont Soleil For old students
19 Sep - 02 Oct Sit & Serve program for old students Applications accepted starting 20 May Mont Soleil For old students
Household
25 Sep Open Day Applications accepted starting 26 Aug Mont Soleil
01 Oct 1-Day
English
Applications accepted starting 01 Jun Mont Soleil For old students
02 Oct Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 9412676, if you wish to attend.
04 Oct - 15 Oct 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 04 Jun Mont Soleil
21 Oct - 30 Oct Satipatthana Sutta
German / English
Applications accepted starting 21 Jun Mont Soleil For old students
02 Nov - 13 Nov 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 03 Jul Mont Soleil
16 Nov - 27 Nov 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 17 Jul Mont Soleil
27 Nov Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
The meeting is for old students only. Please contact the center, on 032 9412676, if you wish to attend.
01 Dec - 04 Dec 3-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 01 Aug Mont Soleil For old students
07 Dec - 18 Dec 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 07 Aug Mont Soleil
21 December, 2016 - 01 January, 2017 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 21 Aug Mont Soleil
 
 

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.

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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