Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
Dipa
Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire, United Kingdom
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Dipa is an 11-acre property set in rolling farmland between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye. Purchased in 1991, its peaceful location is ideally suited to serious meditation. The centre has about 50 single rooms and can accommodate 130 students in total.

Courses are also held in other locations in the UK and Ireland

  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course. Returning 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 provided one in your application. We aim to respond within two weeks. Please check your spam folder for our email.
  5. If your application is accepted we will ask you to reconfirm a month before the course begins in order to secure your place.
Waiting Lists: Those applying for courses marked as 'Wait List' will only be offered places as they become available due to cancellations. We have a reconfirmation process which typically elicits cancellations 2 to 3 weeks before the course starts. Places can even become available up to the day of the course but there is no guarantee of this.
 
Please note:  All courses are offered subject to availability of assistant teachers, who are volunteers like all course servers.  In the rare event that a teacher is unavailable and the course has to be cancelled we will inform you by email. 

 

 

 

Additional information
Address: Vipassana Trust, Dhamma Dipa, Pencoyd, St Owens Cross, Hereford HR2 8NG 
Tel: 01989 730234
Email: [email protected]   
Website: http://www.dipa.dhamma.org
 
Ten Day & Other Courses

Applications are accepted from 8 p.m. in the summer and 7 p.m. in the winter UK time on the day courses open for registration.

Note: The 'apply' link will not be visible until then. Also the actual opening time may be a few minutes or even up to an hour later. This is due to the automated nature of the system. You will need to refresh this page to see the 'apply' link as this page does not auto-refresh.

Important message regarding Coronavirus
Courses and service periods are being resumed at Dhamma Dipa.

For the time being, SITTING a course is open only to residents of England, Scotland and Wales who can reach the centre in their own car or be driven by a member of their household or support bubble.

Those applying to SERVE a course can come from a wider area, and reach the centre by public transport if there is no alternative.

Whether you are applying to sit or serve, please make sure that the Covid 19 guidelines in your area will allow you to travel and that you will not be in breach of them by attending a course.

2020 Ten Day & Other Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
12 Aug - 23 Aug 10-Day In Progress Herefordshire for old students only
Apply* 24 Aug - 25 Aug Service Period Open Herefordshire For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome. Applicants must have sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.

Apply* 26 Aug - 06 Sep 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Herefordshire for old students only
Apply* 07 Sep - 15 Sep General Service Period Open Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a 10-day course or a 3 day course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
Apply* 16 Sep - 27 Sep 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Open Male Server - Filling Up Herefordshire
Apply* 27 Sep - 29 Sep General Service Period Open Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a 10-day course or a 3 day course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
Apply* 30 Sep - 11 Oct 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Herefordshire
Apply* 12 Oct - 13 Oct Service Period Open Herefordshire For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome. Applicants must have sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.

Apply* 14 Oct - 23 Oct Satipatthana Sutta Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Open Male Server - Filling Up Herefordshire For old students
24 Oct - 25 Oct Trust meeting Closed Herefordshire Saturday: Sit at 1pm. Committee meetings from 2pm.
Sunday: Sit at 7:45am. Trust meeting from 9am.
All old students are welcome
Apply* 26 Oct - 27 Oct Service Period Open Herefordshire For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome. Applicants must have sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.

Apply* 28 Oct - 08 Nov 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Herefordshire
Apply* 09 Nov - 10 Nov Service Period Open Herefordshire For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome. Applicants must have sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.

Apply* 11 Nov - 22 Nov 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Herefordshire
23 Nov Service Period Applications accepted starting 28 Aug Herefordshire For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome. Applicants must have sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.

24 Nov - 05 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Aug Herefordshire
05 Dec - 06 Dec Trust meeting Closed Herefordshire Saturday: Sit at 1pm. Committee meetings from 2pm.
Sunday: Sit at 7:45am. Trust meeting from 9am.
All old students are welcome
07 Dec - 08 Dec Service Period Applications accepted starting 11 Sep Herefordshire For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome. Applicants must have sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.

09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Sep Herefordshire
21 Dec - 26 Dec General Service Period Applications accepted starting 22 Sep Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a 10-day course or a 3 day course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
27 December, 2020 - 07 January, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Sep Herefordshire
 
 

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

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.