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Dvara
Dhamma Dvāra, Triebel, Germany
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / German

From the Vipassana centre "Dhamma Dvāra" situated on a hilltop in the Saxonian city of Triebel, close to the northern Bavarian city of Hof and the Saxonian city of Plauen, 500 m above sea level, one can look out over the forests and meadows of the landscape called "Vogtland“. The peaceful location is ideally suited for serious meditation.

The centre was acquired in December 2000 and inaugurated in December 2002 after extensive reconstruction. Due to the strong demand the centre has seen significant expansion since 2012. The centre’s maximum capacity is planned to provide space for 150 meditators and servers. There are courses throughout the year, usually two 10-day courses a month.

The Vipassana association, an educational charity/non profit organisation runs all courses. It consists of Vipassana meditators, associated to ensure by honorary work that courses are offered regularly and to inform the public about Vipassana.

 

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.
  4. Await notification. Check you spam folder! It might be necessary to place our e-mail [email protected] on the whitelist of your e-mail account.
  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
Dhamma Dvara
Alte Straße 6
08606 Triebel

Tel: (49) 037434 79770; Fax: (49) 037434 79771
Email: [email protected]

Courses for adults in Dhamma Dvara         Courses for adults outside Dhamma Dvara             Courses for children and teenagers

  • Registration opens at 9 pm.
  • NEW participants can apply for ONE 10-day course only, OLD participants for TWO 10-day courses within 1 calendar year. 
  • There must be a gap of at least 3 months between all courses (except 1- and 3-day courses and service), between long courses a gap of at least 6 month

Application procedure

for all 10-day courses in Dhamma Dvara, Hausham and Birnbach and all students (except servers):

  • Three months before the start of the course, the registration is open for 3 hours (from 9pm until midnight). After that the course will be closed for registration for the time being.
  • The course places and waiting list places are then allocated by random selection. Anyone whose application has not been selected will be notified within 4 days.
  • Please note that only one application per person and course is allowed. In case of multiple applications none of the applications will be considered. 

Long-term servers for Dhamma Dvara needed

Please apply on langzeithelfer[at]dvara.dhamma.org.
Experienced servers who could familiarise new servers with their tasks are highly wellcome.
 

Corona update

Due to the more relaxed Corona situation courses are offered again. For further details see the schedule below. Currently only applicants can be accepted who:

  • are resident in Germany,
  • can be picked up immediately from the course in case of emergency,
  • who have not taken any course since May 2020 (with the exception of service).

Applications and confirmations for courses that have to be cancelled cannot be moved. In this case please reapply.

 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

The  days between two courses are not always identified as a service- period. If you would like to come to the centre serving and  meditating during these days, please apply via the first option on  the course schedule. 

2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
23 Jun - 04 Jul 10-Day Completed Triebel
07 Jul - 28 Jul 20-Day Completed Triebel For old students
28 Jul - 29 Jul Trust Meeting Completed Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
Apply* 28 Jul - 11 Aug Work Period In Progress Triebel For old students
Apply* 11 Aug - 22 Aug 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List Men - Closed Servers - Short Wait List Triebel
Apply* 25 Aug - 05 Sep 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Triebel
Apply* 08 Sep - 17 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Female Server - Filling Up Male Server - Short Wait List Triebel For old students
Apply* 17 Sep - 19 Sep German AT-Meeting Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Triebel For old students

For "giving service" apply here!

Apply* 17 Sep - 19 Sep DATM Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Triebel

Registration open ONLY for ATs,
who register for the DATM!

Apply* 21 Sep - 02 Oct 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Female Server - Filling Up Male Server - Short Wait List Triebel
02 Oct - 03 Oct Trust Meeting Open Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
Apply* 03 Oct - 06 Oct Work Period Servers - Open Triebel For old students
Apply* 06 Oct - 17 Oct 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Filling Up Triebel
Apply* 17 Oct - 26 Oct Work Period Servers - Open Triebel For old students
Apply* 26 Oct - 06 Nov 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Triebel
09 Nov - 20 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Aug Triebel
20 Nov - 21 Nov Trust Meeting Open Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
21 Nov - 24 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 23 Aug Triebel For old students
24 Nov - 05 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Aug Triebel
08 Dec - 19 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Sep Triebel
19 Dec - 26 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 20 Sep Triebel For old students
26 December, 2021 - 06 January, 2022 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Sep Triebel
2022 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
07 Jan - 12 Jan Work Period Applications accepted starting 09 Oct Triebel For old students
08 Jan - 09 Jan Trust Meeting Open Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
12 Jan - 23 Jan 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Oct Triebel
26 Jan - 06 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Oct Triebel
08 Feb - 19 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Nov Triebel
21 Feb - 04 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Nov Triebel
04 Mar - 09 Mar Work Period Applications accepted starting 04 Dec Triebel For old students
05 Mar - 06 Mar Trust Meeting Open Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
09 Mar - 20 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Dec Triebel
23 Mar - 03 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Dec Triebel
06 Apr - 17 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Jan Triebel
19 Apr - 30 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Jan Triebel
30 Apr - 08 May European AT gathering Applications accepted starting 30 Jan Triebel For old students
Registration open for Service
30 Apr - 11 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 30 Jan Triebel For old students
11 May - 20 May Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 10 Feb Triebel For old students
20 May - 01 Jun Work Period Applications accepted starting 19 Feb Triebel For old students
21 May - 22 May Trust Meeting Open Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
01 Jun - 12 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Mar Triebel
15 Jun - 26 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Mar Triebel
29 Jun - 10 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Mar Triebel
12 Jul - 23 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 12 Apr Triebel
23 Jul - 24 Jul Trust Meeting Open Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
23 Jul - 30 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 24 Apr Triebel For old students
30 Jul - 20 Aug 20-Day Applications accepted starting 31 Jan Triebel For old students
24 Aug - 04 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 May Triebel
07 Sep - 16 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 09 Jun Triebel For old students
16 Sep - 18 Sep DATM Applications accepted starting 18 Jun Triebel For old students
20 Sep - 01 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Jun Triebel
01 Oct - 02 Oct Trust Meeting Open Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
02 Oct - 05 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 04 Jul Triebel For old students
05 Oct - 16 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Jul Triebel
16 Oct - 26 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 18 Jul Triebel For old students
26 Oct - 06 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Jul Triebel
08 Nov - 19 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Aug Triebel
19 Nov - 20 Nov Trust Meeting Open Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
20 Nov - 23 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 22 Aug Triebel For old students
23 Nov - 04 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Aug Triebel
07 Dec - 18 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Sep Triebel
18 Dec - 26 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 19 Sep Triebel For old students
26 December, 2022 - 06 January, 2023 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Sep Triebel
 
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2021 10-day & other courses for adults outside of Dhamma Dvara
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
22 Jun - 03 Jul 10-Day CANCELLED Wieshof - Unterhub 1, 88410 Bad Wurzach-Hauerz
Apply* 09 Sep - 12 Sep 3-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Wieshof - Unterhub 1, 88410 Bad Wurzach-Hauerz For old students
Course ends on day 3 at 4:30 pm
Apply* 14 Sep - 25 Sep 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Filling Up Wieshof - Unterhub 1, 88410 Bad Wurzach-Hauerz
Apply* 15 Sep - 26 Sep 10 Day course New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Open Dziadowice (Dhamma Pallava, Poland)
Apply* 18 Sep 1 Day Course for Girls from 8 - 18 years and Boys from 8 - 13 years Open Idsten

Montessori-Schule Idstein
Wiesbadener Straße 74
65510 Idstein

 

Apply* 29 Sep - 10 Oct 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Long Wait List Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Birnbach /Westerwald
03 Oct 1 Day Course for Girls & Boys from 8 - 18 years Applications accepted starting 03 Aug Köln

Albert Schweitzer-Schule
Breslauer Straße 11
50858 Köln

Apply* 12 Oct - 23 Oct 10-Day New Women - Long Wait List Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Long Wait List Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Birnbach /Westerwald
11 Dec - 22 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Sep Jugendhaus Berghof Berg 112 83734 Hausham
26 December, 2021 - 06 January, 2022 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Sep Jugendhaus Berghof Berg 112 83734 Hausham
27 December, 2021 - 07 January, 2022 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Oct Meppen
28 December, 2021 - 08 January, 2022 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Sep Birnbach /Westerwald
2022 10-day & other courses for adults outside of Dhamma Dvara
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
09 Mar - 20 Mar 10 Day course
German / English
Applications accepted starting 09 Dec Dziadowice (Dhamma Pallava, Poland)
20 Sep - 01 Oct 10 Day course
German / English
Applications accepted starting 22 Jun Dziadowice (Dhamma Pallava, Poland)
 
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
Apply* 05 Aug - 08 Aug Course for Girls and Boys Girls - Closed Boys - Closed Servers - Open Triebel Open for girls and boys from 8 to 18 years
Apply* 18 Sep 1 Day Course for Girls from 8 - 18 years and Boys from 8 - 13 years Open Idsten

Montessori-Schule Idstein
Wiesbadener Straße 74
65510 Idstein

 

03 Oct 1 Day Course for Girls & Boys from 8 - 18 years Applications accepted starting 03 Aug Köln

Albert Schweitzer-Schule
Breslauer Straße 11
50858 Köln

Apply* 21 Oct - 24 Oct Course for Girls Girls - Open Boys - Closed Servers - Open Triebel Open for girls from 8 to 12 years
Apply* 21 Oct - 24 Oct Teenager-Course for Girls Girls - Open Boys - Closed Servers - Open Triebel Open for girls from 13 to 18 years
2022 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
26 May - 29 May Course for Boys Applications accepted starting 25 Feb Triebel Open for boys from 8 to 18 years
25 Jul - 28 Jul Course for Girls and Boys Applications accepted starting 26 Apr Triebel Open for girls and boys from 8 to 12 years
20 Oct - 23 Oct Course for Girls Applications accepted starting 22 Jul Triebel Open for girls from 8 to 18 years
 
 

Note that this center only accepts applications submitted online. The online application form encrypts your information before it is sent from your computer to our application server.


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

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.

Dhamma Service on long courses is open to old students who are committed to this technique of Vipassana meditation, who have successfully completed three 10-day Vipassana courses in this tradition, who have served one 10-day course, who practice two hours a day and maintain the five precepts.

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.

Courses for children and teens are open for ages 8 to 18 years old (only Boys or only Girls).

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.