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Bhumi
Dhamma Bhumi, Blackheath, New South Wales, Australia
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Bhumi, meaning 'Land of Dhamma', is located in Blackheath in the NSW Blue Mountains. The centre is located approximately two and a quarter hours west of Sydney not far from the Great Western Highway and the railway line. Neighbouring the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the centre is home to attractive bushland, native birds and animals and superb views over the valley. Facilities at the centre include single and shared accommodation and a meditation hall that seats over 100 people.
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

Vipassana Meditation Centre, Blackheath | Dhamma Bhumi
PO Box 103, Blackheath NSW 2785 Australia
t: [61] (02) 4787 3600
f: [61] (02) 4787 7221
email: contact us
web: www.bhumi.dhamma.org
 

** Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, courses may be cancelled at short notice. **

Please apply for ONE 10 DAY COURSE ONLY, as one application per person will be processed. 

Applications for all courses will open around 7:00pm AEST (8:00pm AEDT) on the scheduled open date.
Note: the 'apply' link will not be visible until then. The actual opening time may be some time later, due to the automated nature of the system. You will need to refresh this page to see the link as this page does not autorefresh.

 
Short Courses
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 01 Nov 1-Day Women - Filling Up Men - Filling Up Servers - Closed ACT For old students
Apply* 07 Nov 1-Day Closed Erskineville For old students
Apply* 08 Nov 1-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Closed Blackheath For old students
Apply* 15 Nov 1-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Closed Greenwich For old students
21 Nov 1-Day
English / Burmese
CANCELLED Ermington For old students
29 Nov 1-Day
English / Khmer
CANCELLED Canley Vale For old students
06 Dec 1-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Nov ACT For old students
13 Dec 1-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Nov Scotts Head For old students
2021 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 23 Jan - 26 Jan 3-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Filling Up Blackheath For old students
01 Apr - 05 Apr 3-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Jan Blackheath For old students
19 Aug - 22 Aug 3-Day Applications accepted starting 21 May Blackheath For old students
02 Oct - 04 Oct 2-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Jul Blackheath For old students
 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
The schedule of courses for the Vipassana Meditation Centre in Blackheath are currently listed at this location.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 27 Oct - 07 Nov 10-Day In Progress Blackheath

We regret places are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Apply* 01 Nov Other Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Filling Up Blackheath

Children Course Server Training for Adult Old Students, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. NOTE, this will be a Zoom meeting. More information on applying.

Apply* 10 Nov - 21 Nov 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List Men - Closed Servers - Short Wait List Blackheath

We regret places are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Apply* 24 Nov - 05 Dec 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Servers - Long Wait List Blackheath
Apply* 07 Dec - 18 Dec 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Long Wait List Blackheath

We regret places are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Apply* 11 Dec - 22 Dec 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Closed Male Server - Wait List ACT
Apply* 20 Dec - 31 Dec 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Closed Male Server - Long Wait List Blackheath

We regret places are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.

2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 01 Jan - 12 Jan 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Closed Male Server - Long Wait List Blackheath

We regret places are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Apply* 13 Jan - 22 Jan Satipatthana Sutta Wait List Blackheath For old students
Apply* 27 Jan - 07 Feb 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Female Server - Long Wait List Male Server - Short Wait List Blackheath

We regret places are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.

09 Feb - 20 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Nov Blackheath

We regret places are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.

21 Feb - 28 Feb Work Period Applications accepted starting 23 Nov Blackheath For old students
02 Mar - 13 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Dec Blackheath

We regret places are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.

16 Mar - 27 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Dec Blackheath
06 Apr - 17 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Jan Blackheath
19 Apr - 30 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Jan Blackheath
03 May - 03 Jul 60-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Jan Blackheath For old students
06 Jul - 17 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Apr Blackheath
20 Jul - 31 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Apr Blackheath
03 Aug - 14 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 May Blackheath
24 Aug - 04 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 May Blackheath
07 Sep - 18 Sep 10-Day
Hindi / English
Applications accepted starting 09 Jun Blackheath
21 Sep - 02 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Jun Blackheath
05 Oct - 16 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Jul Blackheath
19 Oct - 30 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Jul Blackheath
02 Nov - 13 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Aug Blackheath
17 Nov - 26 Nov Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 19 Aug Blackheath For old students
30 Nov - 11 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Sep Blackheath
13 Dec - 24 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Sep Blackheath
26 December, 2021 - 06 January, 2022 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Sep Blackheath
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people. For more information, please visit
www.children.dhamma.org .
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 22 Nov Children / Teens Girls - Filling Up Boys - Closed Servers - Open Blackheath For Children age 8-12 years old and for Teens in different age ranges from 13-18 years old
 
 

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.au.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.

60-day Courses are reserved for: 1. Active ATs who have sat at least two 45-day courses and conduct at least four 10-day courses annually.  2. Those who are enrolled in or about to enter AT Training, have sat two 45-day courses, have served at least four 10-day courses in the past 12 months and/or are deeply involved in daily Dhamma service. 3. In some areas, non-ATs may be accepted as rare exceptions if they have completed at least two 45-day courses, served at least four 10-day courses annually and/or are deeply involved in daily Dhamma service.

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.

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.