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Pubbananda
Dhamma Pubbananda, Claymont, Delaware, United States
Center Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Pubbananda (Joy of the East), is the first urban center in North America. Situated on 13 acres in a quiet residential neighborhood, it is owned and operated by the Mid-Atlantic Vipassana Association. Since its purchase in 2013, it has undergone extensive renovations and we are able to provide 30 of our 60 students with private rooms and en suite bathrooms in addition to a small pagoda with 30 cells. The master plan includes completion of another 30 private rooms and cells as well as a larger Dhamma Hall and Teacher’s residence. 

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

Dhamma Pubbananda

2901 Green Street, Claymont, DE 19703, USA

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 202-556-3882 (202-55-METTA)  

Due to high demand, students will be accepted using a lottery-style admission system.

Courses will open for 12 hours from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST on the day specified.

Applicants will be informed of their status within two weeks after they apply.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Check this link for the latest updates on how the center is responding.

 

A student may apply to only one course at a time in this region regardless of the center location or waiting list status. 

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
No courses are currently scheduled.
 
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.
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Mar 03 - Mar 14 10-Day In Progress Claymont For new and old students.

  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
Apply Mar 14 - Mar 17 Service Period Servers - Open Claymont For old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
Apply Mar 17 - Mar 21 3-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Claymont For old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
Apply Mar 21 - Mar 24 Service Period Servers - Open Claymont For old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
Apply Mar 24 - Apr 04 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Closed Male Server - Open Claymont For new and old students.

  1. Applications will be received from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST on the open date.
  2. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  3. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
Apply Apr 04 - Apr 07 Service Period Servers - Open Claymont For old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
Apply Apr 07 - Apr 18 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Claymont For new and old students.

  1. Applications will be received from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST on the open date.
  2. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  3. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
Apply Apr 18 - Apr 21 Service Period Servers - Open Claymont For old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
Apply Apr 21 - May 02 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Claymont For new and old students.

  1. Applications will be received from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST on the open date.
  2. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  3. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
Apply May 02 - May 12 Service Period Servers - Open Claymont For old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
May 12 - May 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 13 Claymont For new and old students.

  1. Applications will be received from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST on the open date.
  2. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  3. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
May 23 - May 26 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 24 Claymont For old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
May 26 - Jun 04 Satipatthana Sutta
English / Khmer
Applications accepted starting Mar 27 Claymont For old students
  1. Applications will be received from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST on the open date.
  2. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  3. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
Jun 04 - Jun 09 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 05 Claymont For old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
Jun 09 - Jun 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 10 Claymont For new and old students.

  1. Applications will be received from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST on the open date.
  2. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  3. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
Jun 20 - Jun 23 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 21 Claymont For old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
Jun 23 - Jul 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 24 Claymont For new and old students.

  1. Applications will be received from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST on the open date.
  2. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted.
  3. No public transportation to the Center is permitted.
 
 

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://pubbananda.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.

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.