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

 

Meditation courses will start again from the end of June, ONLY FOR OLD STUDENTS, for the time being.

Due to the new conditions dictated by Covid, for the moment, we will be able to open courses only to a few students who meet certain requirements:

- resident in Italy and able to use the Italian language (therefore only Italian registration forms will be accepted)

- do not fall into  risk categories (i.e. do not suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, respiratory problems, autoimmune diseases or tumour, or any other disease that may expose you to a higher risk and not to take any immunosuppressant drugs, not being pregnant, not having come into contact, as far as they know, with any person who has been ill or self-isolated or tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 30 days or has tested positive themselves , except in the case of two successive negative tests)

- not having participated in another course in 2020

- to 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, meditation shawls 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.
2020 Ten Day & Other Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 12 Aug - 23 Aug 10-Day In Progress Lutirano

Number of students limited and ONLY OLD STUDENTS.

Only candidates resident in Italy who know the Italian language, who do not have health conditions making them at risk, and who have not already attended a course in 2020 can be accepted.

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

Apply* 26 Aug - 06 Sep 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Lutirano

Number of students limited and ONLY OLD STUDENTS.

Only candidates resident in Italy who know the Italian language, who do not have health conditions making them at risk, and who have not already attended a course in 2020 can be accepted.

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

Apply* 30 Aug 1-Day
English
Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Dolenjska For old students
08 Sep - 12 Sep 3-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Aug Lutirano For old students

Number of students limited and ONLY OLD STUDENTS.

Only candidates resident in Italy who know the Italian language, who do not have health conditions making them at risk, and who have not already attended a course in 2020 can be accepted.

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

12 Sep - 13 Sep Association Meeting Open Lutirano For old students
Apply* 13 Sep 1-Day
English
Open Jesenice For old students
16 Sep - 27 Sep 10-Day Closed Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

The green light doesn't guarantee an available place in the course

27 Sep - 05 Oct Work Period Open Lutirano For old students

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

02 Oct - 04 Oct Children / Teens
Italian
Closed Lutirano
04 Oct 1-Day
English
Applications accepted starting 04 Sep Ajdovščina For old students
06 Oct - 17 Oct 10-Day Closed Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

The green light doesn't guarantee an available place in the course

21 Oct - 01 Nov 10-Day Closed Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

The green light doesn't guarantee an available place in the course

04 Nov - 15 Nov 10-Day Closed Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

The green light doesn't guarantee an available place in the course

19 Nov - 28 Nov Satipatthana Sutta Closed Lutirano For old students
N.B.: please, see the requirements for the participation at the bottom of this page.
28 Nov - 29 Nov Association Meeting Open Lutirano For old students
02 Dec - 13 Dec 10-Day Closed Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

The green light doesn't guarantee an available place in the course

13 Dec 1-Day
English
Applications accepted starting 13 Nov Ljubljana New Course!!For old students
13 Dec - 18 Dec Work Period Open Lutirano For old students

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

19 Dec - 23 Dec 3-Day Closed Lutirano For old students
26 December, 2020 - 06 January, 2021 10-Day Closed Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

The green light doesn't guarantee an available place in the course

 
 

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://www.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.

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.

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.