Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
Atala
Dhamma Aṭala, Lutirano, Firenze, Italy
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / Italian

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

Address: Località Veriolo, Strada Prov.le 29, Lutirano - 50034 Marradi (FI), Italy

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +39 055 804818

 

We are reopening courses on 19 May to a limited number of students who meet certain requirements:

- they must be currently living in Italy and able to use the Italian language (therefore only Italian registration forms will be accepted)

- they must either have been vaccinated (with both doses where appropriate) or recovered from Covid or have a negative Covid test within 48 hours before arrival at the centre

- they must be able to arrive and leave the centre with your own means of  transport or be able to leave by way of a contact who is available to pick you up on the same day in case you develop symptoms.

Each participant will be asked to carefully read the health protocol in force at the centre and to complete and carry a self-certification form with them; acceptance of these requirements will be essential in order to continue the registration process.

In addition, those who are confirmed on the course must bring sheets and masks.

In case of cancellation of the course, always a possibility should the situation worsen, students and servers will be informed by e-mail.

In this case, we will not be able to offer a replacement or alternative course.

We thank you for your understanding.

 

 


Dhamma service at the meditation center (for old students only)

Click on the icon below for further information on Dhamma service periods at the meditation center:

 
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.
2021 Ten Day & Other Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
04 May - 15 May 10-Day CANCELLED Lutirano
15 May - 16 May Association Meeting Open Lutirano For old students
Apply* 16 May 1-Day
English
Women - Filling Up Men - Open Servers - Closed ONLINE 1-DAY COURSE For old students
Apply* 16 May 1 day self course Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Online New Course!!

For old students

Apply* 16 May 1-Day
English
Open Jesenice For old students
Apply* 19 May - 30 May 10-Day Women - Short Wait List New Men - Long Wait List Old Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Lutirano

Only candidates currently living in Italy in Italy who know the Italian language, and meet the requirements described at the top of the page.

If you meet these requirements and want to apply, go to the page in Italian, application forms in English will not be considered.

Apply* 02 Jun - 13 Jun 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Lutirano

Only candidates currently living in Italy in Italy who know the Italian language, and meet the requirements described at the top of the page.

If you meet these requirements and want to apply, go to the page in Italian, application forms in English will not be considered.

06 Jun 1-Day
English
Applications accepted starting 23 May Ajdovščina For old students
Apply* 16 Jun - 20 Jun 3-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Lutirano For old students

Only candidates currently living in Italy in Italy who know the Italian language, and meet the requirements described at the top of the page.

If you meet these requirements and want to apply, go to the page in Italian, application forms in English will not be considered.

21 Jun - 27 Jun Work Period Open Lutirano For old students

Click here for further information (please use the old student web site username/password)

28 Jun - 07 Jul Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 12 May Lutirano For old students

N.B.: please, see the requirements for the participation at the bottom of this page.

Only candidates currently living in Italy in Italy who know the Italian language, and meet the requirements described at the top of the page.

If you meet these requirements and want to apply, go to the page in Italian, application forms in English will not be considered.

Apply* 08 Jul - 12 Jul European Trustees and Dhamma Servers Meeting (ETDM) Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Closed Lutirano

For old students

14 Jul - 25 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 May Lutirano

Only candidates currently living in Italy in Italy who know the Italian language,  and meet the requirements described at the top of the page.

If you meet these requirements and want to apply, go to the page in Italian, application forms in English will not be considered.

28 Jul - 08 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Jun Lutirano

Only candidates currently living in Italy in Italy who know the Italian language,  and meet the requirements described at the top of the page.

If you meet these requirements and want to apply, go to the page in Italian, application forms in English will not be considered.

11 Aug - 22 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Jun Lutirano

Only candidates currently living in Italy in Italy who know the Italian language, who do not have health conditions making them at risk.

If you meet these requirements and want to apply, go to the page in Italian, application forms in English will not be considered.

25 Aug - 05 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Jul Lutirano

Only candidates currently living in Italy in Italy who know the Italian language, who do not have health conditions making them at risk.

If you meet these requirements and want to apply, go to the page in Italian, application forms in English will not be considered.

06 Sep - 13 Sep Work Period Open Lutirano For old students

Click here for further information (please use the old student web site username/password)

12 Sep 1-Day
English
Applications accepted starting 29 Aug Jesenice For old students
14 Sep - 25 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 31 Jul Lutirano

Only candidates currently living in Italy in Italy who know the Italian language, who do not have health conditions making them at risk.

If you meet these requirements and want to apply, go to the page in Italian, application forms in English will not be considered.

25 Sep - 26 Sep Association Meeting Open Lutirano For old students
28 Sep - 02 Oct 3-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Aug Lutirano For old students
06 Oct - 17 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Aug Lutirano

Only candidates currently living in Italy in Italy who know the Italian language, who do not have health conditions making them at risk.

If you meet these requirements and want to apply, go to the page in Italian, application forms in English will not be considered.

10 Oct 1-Day
English
Applications accepted starting 26 Sep Ajdovščina For old students
20 Oct - 31 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Sep Lutirano

Only candidates currently living in Italy in Italy who know the Italian language, who do not have health conditions making them at risk.

If you meet these requirements and want to apply, go to the page in Italian, application forms in English will not be considered.

03 Nov - 14 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Sep Lutirano

Only candidates currently living in Italy in Italy who know the Italian language, who do not have health conditions making them at risk.

If you meet these requirements and want to apply, go to the page in Italian, application forms in English will not be considered.

17 Nov - 28 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Oct Lutirano

Only candidates currently living in Italy in Italy who know the Italian language, who do not have health conditions making them at risk.

If you meet these requirements and want to apply, go to the page in Italian, application forms in English will not be considered.

01 Dec - 05 Dec 3-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Oct Lutirano For old students
07 Dec - 18 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Oct Lutirano

Only candidates currently living in Italy in Italy who know the Italian language, who do not have health conditions making them at risk.

If you meet these requirements and want to apply, go to the page in Italian, application forms in English will not be considered.

12 Dec 1-Day
English
Applications accepted starting 28 Nov Ljubljana For old students
18 Dec - 19 Dec Association Meeting Open Lutirano For old students
20 Dec - 24 Dec Work Period Open Lutirano For old students

Click here for further information (please use the old student web site username/password)

26 December, 2021 - 06 January, 2022 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Nov Lutirano

Only candidates currently living in Italy in Italy who know the Italian language, who do not have health conditions making them at risk.

If you meet these requirements and want to apply, go to the page in Italian, application forms in English will not be considered.

 
 

As a privacy measure, the online application form encrypts the information you provide us with before it is sent from your computer to our application server.


To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://atala.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.

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.