Wheel of Dhamma

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Divakara
Dhamma Divākara, Mehsana, Gujarat, India
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English / Gujarati

Dhamma Divākara, meaning 'Sun of Dhamma' is 75 km from the city of Ahmedabad and 14 km from Mehsana in the western Indian state of Gujarat. The Sun Temple, the biggest landmark in the region, is 15 km away. The Dhamma Hall and segregated dining halls can seat a total of 250 students. The technique of Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are,  is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. There are courses all over the world. Additionally you may be interested in our answers to commonly asked questions.
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
Mehsana Vipassana Centre - Dhamma Divakara
c/o Mr. Upendra Patel
18, Shraddha Complex, 2nd Floor, Mehsana, Gujarat 384 001
India

 Office: [91](02762) 254 634
 Residence: [91](02762) 253 315
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
12 Nov - 20 Nov Teenagers Course In Progress Mehsana For Girls Only. Agegroup from 15 to 19 years.
 
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
02 Jul - 04 Jul 2-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Jun Mehsana For old students
05 Jul GURU PURNIMA Applications accepted starting 27 Jun Mehsana For old students
GURU PURNIMA
05 Nov - 08 Nov 3-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Aug Mehsana 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.
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
14 Aug - 25 Aug 10-Day Completed Mehsana
28 Aug - 08 Sep 10-Day Completed Mehsana
11 Sep - 22 Sep 10-Day Completed Mehsana
25 Sep - 06 Oct 10-Day Completed Mehsana
09 Oct - 20 Oct 10-Day Completed Mehsana
30 Oct - 10 Nov 10-Day Completed Mehsana
Apply 20 Nov - 01 Dec 10-Day Open Mehsana
Apply 04 Dec - 15 Dec 10-Day Open Mehsana
Apply 18 Dec - 29 Dec 10-Day Open Mehsana
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 01 Jan - 12 Jan 10-Day Open Mehsana
Apply 15 Jan - 26 Jan 10-Day Open Mehsana
Apply 29 Jan - 09 Feb 10-Day Open Mehsana
Apply 12 Feb - 23 Feb 10-Day Open Mehsana
26 Feb - 08 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Nov Mehsana
12 Mar - 23 Mar Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting 12 Dec Mehsana For old students
14 Mar - 22 Mar Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 14 Dec Mehsana For old students
25 Mar - 05 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Dec Mehsana
08 Apr - 19 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Jan Mehsana
22 Apr - 03 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Jan Mehsana
06 May - 17 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Feb Mehsana
20 May - 31 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Feb Mehsana
03 Jun - 14 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Mar Mehsana
17 Jun - 28 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Mar Mehsana
08 Jul - 19 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Apr Mehsana
22 Jul - 12 Aug 20-DAY Applications accepted starting 22 Apr Mehsana For old students
20-DAY
22 Jul - 22 Aug 30-DAY Applications accepted starting 22 Apr Mehsana For old students
30-DAY
26 Aug - 06 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 May Mehsana
09 Sep - 20 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Jun Mehsana
23 Sep - 04 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Jun Mehsana
07 Oct - 18 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Jul Mehsana
21 Oct - 01 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Jul Mehsana
17 Nov - 28 Nov DIVALI COURSE Applications accepted starting 17 Aug Mehsana DIVALI COURSE
02 Dec - 13 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Sep Mehsana
16 Dec - 27 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Sep Mehsana
30 December, 2020 - 10 January, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Sep Mehsana
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
13 Jan - 24 Jan 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Oct Mehsana
27 Jan - 07 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Oct Mehsana
10 Feb - 21 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Nov Mehsana
 
 

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.divakara.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.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta 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.

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.

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.