Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

Dhamma Pasava, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, United States
Center Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Pasava, also known as the Intermountain Vipassana Meditation Center, means 'Spring of Dhamma' in Pali. Established in 2016, the center sits on 256 acres of land just 2 minutes from the small resort town of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho and 30 minutes from Pocatello Idaho. The center is centrally located in the Intermountain Region, less than 2 hours from Salt Lake City. Currently the center is holding approximately 4 ten-day courses per year. Additionally, shorter courses and work periods for old student are being held throughout the year as the center gets the necessary facilities build for year round courses.
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

Intermountain Vipassana Meditation Center
Mailing Address: 8414 South Blaser Highway, Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246
Physical Address: 8414 South Blaser Highway, Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246

Email: [email protected]

Registration office: [email protected]

Phone: [1](208)917-3202

In order to maintain social distancing and adhere to the protocols advised by the Southeast Idaho Health District, course numbers will be limited.

Because of this, students from the Intermountain region (ID, UT, WY, MT) who can drive to the Center will be given priority. Courses still may be cancelled at any point. Please watch this page for updates. If you are unable to arrange private means of transportation to the Center, please wait to apply. 

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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.
Weekly group sittings are also offered for old studentsEmail us for more info. 
2021 Ten Day & Other Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
May 05 - May 16 10-Day In Progress Lava Hot Springs SERVERS NEEDED
Apply May 16 - Jun 08 Service Period Servers - Open Lava Hot Springs For old students
Apply Jun 09 - Jun 20 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Lava Hot Springs
Apply Jun 23 - Jul 04 10-Day Women - Course Full Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Lava Hot Springs
Apply Jul 09 - Jul 18 Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Lava Hot Springs For old students
Jul 26 - Aug 10 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 26 Lava Hot Springs For old students
Aug 11 - Aug 22 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 11 Lava Hot Springs
Sep 01 - Sep 12 10-Day
English / Thai
Applications accepted starting Jun 01 Lava Hot Springs
Sep 15 - Sep 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 15 Lava Hot Springs
Sep 29 - Oct 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 29 Lava Hot Springs
Oct 13 - Oct 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 13 Lava Hot Springs
Oct 24 - Nov 09 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 24 Lava Hot Springs For old students
Nov 10 - Nov 21 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 10 Lava Hot Springs
Nov 25 - Nov 28 3-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 25 Lava Hot Springs For old students
Dec 01 - Dec 12 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 01 Lava Hot Springs
December 23, 2021 - January 01, 2022 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Sep 23 Lava Hot Springs For old students

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://pasava.dhamma.org/os/index.html. 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.

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.

Service 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.