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Sumeru
Dhamma Sumeru, Mont Soleil, Switzerland
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** 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.
2014 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* 28 Nov - 30 Nov 2 days course for children
French
Open Mont Soleil
2015 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 02 Jan - 04 Jan Children
German / English
Open Mont Soleil 2 Day Course
27 Mar - 29 Mar Children
French / English
Applications accepted starting 27 Nov Mont Soleil
11 Sep - 13 Sep Children
German / English
Applications accepted starting 12 May Mont Soleil 2 Day Course
20 Nov - 22 Nov Children
French / English
Applications accepted starting 20 Jul Mont Soleil
 
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
20 Aug - 31 Aug 10 days course (for new and old students)
German / English
Completed Mont Soleil
02 Sep - 13 Sep 10 days course (for new and old students)
French / English
Completed Mont Soleil
Apply* 17 Sep - 28 Sep 10 days course (for new and old students)
German / English
In Progress Mont Soleil
Apply* 30 Sep - 11 Oct 10 days course (for new and old students)
French / English
Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Mont Soleil
12 Oct Meeting of Meditators Open Mont Soleil
Apply* 15 Oct - 26 Oct 10 days course (for new and old students)
German / English
Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Mont Soleil
Apply* 30 Oct - 02 Nov 3 days course (for old students only)
French / English
Women - Closed Men - Open Servers - Open Mont Soleil For old students
Apply* 07 Nov - 16 Nov Satipatthana course (for old students only)
German / English
New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Open Mont Soleil For old students
17 Nov - 24 Nov Sit & Serve program for old students Open Mont Soleil
Apply* 01 Dec - 12 Dec 10 days course (for new and old students)
French / English
Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Mont Soleil
Apply* 13 Dec 1 day course (for old students)
French / English
Open Mont Soleil For old students
14 Dec Meeting of Meditators Open Mont Soleil
Apply* 22 December, 2014 - 02 January, 2015 10 days course (for new and old students)
German / English
Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Filling Up Mont Soleil
2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 08 Jan - 11 Jan 3-Day
French / English
Open Mont Soleil For old students
21 Jan - 01 Feb 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 21 Sep Mont Soleil
01 Feb Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
04 Feb - 15 Feb 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 04 Oct Mont Soleil
18 Feb - 01 Mar 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 18 Oct Mont Soleil
04 Mar - 15 Mar 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 04 Nov Mont Soleil
19 Mar - 22 Mar 3-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 19 Nov Mont Soleil For old students
01 Apr - 12 Apr 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 01 Dec Mont Soleil
12 Apr Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
17 Apr - 26 Apr Satipatthana Sutta
French / English
Applications accepted starting 17 Dec Mont Soleil For old students
27 Apr - 03 May Sit & Serve (Program for old students) Applications accepted starting 27 Dec Mont Soleil For old students
06 May - 17 May 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 06 Jan Mont Soleil
22 May - 25 May 3-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 22 Jan Mont Soleil For old students
26 May - 02 Jun Sit & Serve (Program for old students) Applications accepted starting 26 Jan Mont Soleil For old students
30 May 1-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 30 Jan Mont Soleil For old students
31 May Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
03 Jun - 14 Jun 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 03 Feb Mont Soleil
17 Jun - 28 Jun 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 17 Feb Mont Soleil
01 Jul - 12 Jul 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 01 Mar Mont Soleil
15 Jul - 26 Jul 10-Day
Italian / English
Applications accepted starting 15 Mar Mont Soleil
29 Jul - 09 Aug 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 29 Mar Mont Soleil
12 Aug - 23 Aug 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 12 Apr Mont Soleil
23 Aug Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
26 Aug - 06 Sep 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 26 Apr Mont Soleil
17 Sep - 20 Sep 3-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 18 May Mont Soleil For old students
21 Sep - 28 Sep Sit & Serve (Program for old students) Applications accepted starting 21 May Mont Soleil For old students
29 Sep - 10 Oct 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 29 May Mont Soleil
10 Oct 1-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Jun Mont Soleil For old students
11 Oct Meeting of meditators Open Mont Soleil For old students
14 Oct - 25 Oct 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 14 Jun Mont Soleil
30 Oct - 08 Nov Satipatthana Sutta
German / English
Applications accepted starting 30 Jun Mont Soleil For old students
12 Nov - 15 Nov 3-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 12 Jul Mont Soleil For old students
25 Nov - 06 Dec 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 25 Jul Mont Soleil
09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day
German / English
Applications accepted starting 09 Aug Mont Soleil
23 December, 2015 - 03 January, 2016 10-Day
French / English
Applications accepted starting 23 Aug Mont Soleil
 
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
No courses are currently scheduled.
 
 

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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