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Dhamma Upavana, Bara Chakia, East Chapmaran 845412, Bihar, India
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English

Dhamma Upavan meaning "Dhamma Garden" is located at Bara Chakia in Northern Bihar about 50 km from Muzaffarpur, 56 km from Vaishali, and 85 km. from Raxaul (Nepal Border). The Center can accommodate about 20 male and 12 female students at present and courses are offered in all major foreign languages.

Bara Chakia is such a sacred place where Pujya Guruji had taken three gypsy courses between 1970 to 1972, in his early days after coming to India. During these courses, the land of present center was offered to built a center here.

Kesaria Stupa, the one of the largest stupas in the world, is located about 23 km from here. Huen Tsang has mentioned in his travelogue about this stupa. Some important aspects of Lord Buddha's Life are associated with Kesaria. It is known that Buddha spent a night at this place before his Mahaparinirvana and gave his bowl to the people of Vaishali.
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
Ten Day & Other 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.
2019 Ten Day & Other Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
01 Apr - 12 Apr 10-Day Completed Bara Chakia, East Chapmaran 845412
01 May - 12 May 10-Day Completed Bara Chakia, East Chapmaran 845412
01 Jun - 12 Jun 10-Day Completed Bara Chakia, East Chapmaran 845412
01 Jul - 12 Jul 10-Day Completed Bara Chakia, East Chapmaran 845412
01 Aug - 12 Aug 10-Day Completed Bara Chakia, East Chapmaran 845412
01 Sep - 12 Sep 10-Day Completed Bara Chakia, East Chapmaran 845412
Apply 05 Oct - 16 Oct 10-Day Open Bara Chakia, East Chapmaran 845412
Apply 01 Nov - 12 Nov 10-Day Open Bara Chakia, East Chapmaran 845412
Apply 01 Dec - 12 Dec 10-Day Open Bara Chakia, East Chapmaran 845412
2020 Ten Day & Other Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
01 Jan - 12 Jan 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Oct Bara Chakia, East Chapmaran 845412

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.upavana.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.