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Siri
Dhamma Sirī, Kaufman, Texas, United States
Center Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Sirī, also known as the Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center, means 'Prosperity of Dhamma' in Pali. Established in 1990, the center sits on 20 acres of land near the end of a quiet rural road, 45 minutes from downtown Dallas, Texas. The Center is also less than four hours from Austin, Houston, and Oklahoma City. Dhamma Sirī holds 12-14 courses annually serving over 1000 students. Instructions and discourses can be provided in over 40 languages.

How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course

  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course.  
  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.
  4. An application is required to register for all courses.
  5. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application.
  6. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  7. If your application is accepted you must confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course. You will receive an email requesting you to confirm when it is time.
Additional information
     
Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center
General Information
[email protected]
General Course Registration
Voice Mail and Fax: [1] (972) 346-8020
[email protected]
Dhamma Service Registration
Voice Mail and Fax: [1] (972) 346-8020
[email protected]
Children / Teenager's Course Registration
Voice Mail and Fax: [1] (972) 692-3244
[email protected]
Executive Course Registration
Voice Mail and Fax: [1] (815) 301-9321
[email protected]
Long Course Registration
Fax: [1] (815) 301-9196
[email protected]

 

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Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Nov 16 Boys only - ages 8 to 17 Girls - Closed Boys - Wait List Female Server - Closed Male Server - Open Dallas
Apply Nov 30 Boys & Girls (ages 8 to12) Girls - Wait List New Boys - Open Old Boys - Wait List Servers - Open Dallas
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jun 27 - Jun 28 Teen Applications accepted starting Mar 29 Kaufman
 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

Click the 'Apply' link to complete an application. Enrollment opens approximately 6 months prior to the course.

Students are expected at the center between 1 and 5 pm for the registration period and the orientation. The course ends the morning of the last day by 7:00 am.

2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Oct 16 - Nov 16 30-Day In Progress Kaufman For old students
Oct 16 - Dec 01 45-Day In Progress Kaufman For old students
Apply Nov 02 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Dallas For old students
Dec 01 Trust Meeting Open Kaufman For old students
Monthly Center Trust Meeting.
Old students are welcome to observe.
Apply Dec 01 - Dec 04 Between Course Service
Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Dec 04 - Dec 15 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Kaufman
Dec 07 1-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 03 Dallas For old students
Apply Dec 15 - Dec 18 Between Course Service
Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Dec 18 - Dec 29 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Wait List Kaufman
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 01 - Jan 12 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Kaufman
Apply Jan 04 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Dallas For old students
Apply Jan 12 - Jan 15 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Jan 15 - Jan 26 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Kaufman
Apply Jan 26 - Jan 29 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Jan 29 - Feb 09 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Kaufman
Apply Feb 01 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Dallas For old students
Apply Feb 09 - Feb 12 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Feb 12 - Feb 23 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Kaufman
Apply Feb 23 - Feb 26 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Feb 26 - Mar 08 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Kaufman
Apply Mar 07 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Dallas For old students
Apply Mar 08 - Mar 13 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Mar 13 - Mar 22 Satipatthana Sutta
English / Thai
New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Note to Female Course Applicants: Spots are available only for Thai speakers. Speakers of other languages are currently being waitlisted.
Apply Mar 22 - Mar 25 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Mar 25 - Apr 05 10-Day Open Kaufman
Apply Apr 04 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Dallas For old students
Apply Apr 05 - Apr 08 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Apply Apr 08 - Apr 19 10-Day Open Kaufman
Apply Apr 19 - Apr 24 Between Course Service Servers - Open Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome! Registration required.
Apr 24 - Apr 26 2-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 27 Kaufman For old students
Apr 26 - May 06 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Oct 29 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome! Registration required.
May 02 Open House Applications accepted starting Nov 04 Kaufman All are Welcome.
May 06 - May 17 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 08 Kaufman
May 09 1-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 11 Dallas For old students
May 17 - May 20 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Nov 19 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome! Registration required
May 20 - May 31 Executive Course Applications accepted starting Nov 22 Kaufman
May 31 - Jun 05 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Jan 01 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome! Registration required
Jun 07 - Jun 10 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Dec 10 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Jun 10 - Jun 21 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Applications accepted starting Dec 13 Kaufman Priority is given to Vietnamese speakers.
Speakers of other languages may be put on the wait list depending on availability.
Jun 13 1-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 16 Dallas For old students
Jun 21 - Jun 26 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Jan 01 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome! Registration required.
Jun 29 - Jul 02 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Jan 01 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Jul 02 - Aug 02 30-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 04 Kaufman For old students
Jul 04 1-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 06 Dallas For old students
Aug 01 1-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 03 Dallas For old students
Aug 02 - Aug 05 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Feb 04 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Aug 05 - Aug 16 10-Day
Hindi / English
Applications accepted starting Feb 07 Kaufman Priority is given to Hindi speakers.
Speakers of other languages may be put on the wait list depending on availability.
Aug 16 - Aug 19 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Feb 18 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Aug 19 - Aug 30 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 21 Kaufman
Aug 30 - Sep 02 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Mar 03 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Sep 02 - Sep 13 10-Day
English / Chinese
Applications accepted starting Mar 06 Kaufman Priority is given to Chinese/Mandarin speakers.
Speakers of other languages may be put on the wait list depending on availability.
Sep 05 1-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 09 Dallas For old students
Sep 13 - Sep 16 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Mar 17 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Sep 16 - Sep 27 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 20 Kaufman
Sep 27 - Sep 30 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Mar 31 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Sep 30 - Oct 11 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 03 Kaufman
Oct 03 1-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 06 Dallas For old students
Oct 11 - Oct 16 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Apr 14 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Oct 16 - Oct 18 2-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 19 Kaufman For old students
Oct 19 - Oct 21 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Apr 22 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Oct 21 - Nov 21 30-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 24 Kaufman For old students
Oct 21 - Dec 06 45-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 24 Kaufman For old students
Nov 07 1-Day Applications accepted starting May 11 Dallas For old students
Dec 05 1-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 08 Dallas For old students
Dec 06 - Dec 09 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Jun 09 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
Dec 09 - Dec 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 12 Kaufman
Dec 20 - Dec 23 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Jun 23 Kaufman For old students
Part-time welcome!Registration required
December 23, 2020 - January 03, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 26 Kaufman
 
 

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.siri.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.

10-day Executive Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation especially for business executives and government officials where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. For more information please visit the Executive course website. 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 7:30am.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

45-day Courses are open only to persons involved in Dhamma Service and Assistant Teachers who have completed a minimum of seven 10-day courses (one since their first 30-day course), two 30-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least three years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

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.

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 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 Houses are held between meditation courses. All are welcome to attend and learn about Vipassana Meditation and the Center.

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.