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Birata
Dhamma Birāṭa, Biratnagar, Nepal
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English / Nepali

Dhamma Birata, meaning the Colossal Dhamma, derives its name from the near by city of Biratnagar in Eastern Nepal. The center is surrounded by green paddy fields leading up to a Saal forest at the foothills of the scenic Himalayan mountains. It is located 1.5 km south-West of the Mahendra Highway and Koshi Highway junction near Itahari, conveniently accessible via road from all over Nepal. The nearest airport is 20 km away in Biratnagar, while the nearest railway station is 30 km away at Jogbani on the Nepal-India border.
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: Purwanchal Vipassana Centre -- Dhamma Birata Phulbari Tol, Ithari, Sunsari, Nepal Email: [email protected] Phone: [977]9849484977

Please note that a good understanding and fluency in Hindi or English or Nepali or Newari language is essential.

"In view of the ongoing Corona-19 pandemic situation, only those centers where strict compliance of social distancing and other requisite precautionery measures could be practised, are running the courses with limited number of students. It is mandatory for those coming from across the border to show recent health certificate confirming Corona negative. Or they should present documents validating their arrival in Itahari at least 14 days earlier than the course start date. This rule applies to all students regardless of their citizenship."

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Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2021 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
13 Feb Children Applications accepted starting 15 Nov Biratnagar
06 Mar Children Applications accepted starting 06 Dec Biratnagar
01 May Children Applications accepted starting 31 Jan Biratnagar
05 Jun Children Applications accepted starting 07 Mar Biratnagar
03 Jul Children Applications accepted starting 04 Apr Biratnagar
07 Aug Children Applications accepted starting 09 May Biratnagar
02 Oct Children Applications accepted starting 04 Jul Biratnagar
 
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 12 Dec 1-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Biratnagar For old students
2021 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 09 Jan 1-Day Open Biratnagar For old students
01 Mar - 04 Mar 3-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Dec Biratnagar For old students
13 Mar 1-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Dec Biratnagar For old students
10 Apr 1-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Jan Biratnagar For old students
08 May 1-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Feb Biratnagar For old students
26 May 1-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Feb Biratnagar For old students
BUDDHA JAYANTI / BAISAKH PURNIMA
12 Jun 1-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Mar Biratnagar For old students
10 Jul 1-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Apr Biratnagar For old students
24 Jul 1-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Apr Biratnagar For old students
GURU PURNIMA
01 Aug - 04 Aug 3-Day Applications accepted starting 03 May Biratnagar For old students
14 Aug 1-Day Applications accepted starting 16 May Biratnagar For old students
11 Sep 1-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Jun Biratnagar For old students
29 Sep 1-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Jul Biratnagar For old students
GRATITUDE TO GURU JEE
09 Oct 1-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Jul Biratnagar For old students
11 Dec 1-Day Applications accepted starting 12 Sep Biratnagar For old students
 
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.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
23 Oct - 03 Nov 10-Day CANCELLED Biratnagar
Apply 21 Nov - 12 Dec 20-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Biratnagar For old students
Apply 17 Dec - 28 Dec 10-Day Open Biratnagar
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 17 Jan - 28 Jan 10-Day Open Biratnagar
01 Feb - 12 Feb Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Nov Biratnagar For old students
17 Feb - 28 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Nov Biratnagar
17 Mar - 28 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Dec Biratnagar
01 Apr - 09 Apr Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 01 Jan Biratnagar For old students
17 Apr - 28 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Jan Biratnagar
17 May - 28 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Feb Biratnagar
17 Jun - 28 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Mar Biratnagar
17 Jul - 28 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Apr Biratnagar
17 Aug - 28 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 May Biratnagar
01 Sep - 09 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 03 Jun Biratnagar For old students
17 Sep - 28 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Jun Biratnagar
12 Oct - 23 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Jul Biratnagar
12 Nov - 03 Dec 20-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Aug Biratnagar For old students
17 Dec - 28 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Sep Biratnagar
 
 

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://birata.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.

Special 10-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day 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.

20-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses , one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day 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.

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.

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.

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.