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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]
Website: http://www.dvara.dhamma.org

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. 

 

Corona

On 10 June the 10-day courses have started again with a reduced number of participants and with safety and hygiene requirements. Participants are expected to follow these requirements meticulously. 

Specifically, this means covering nose and mouth with a face mask in the buildings (except when meditating, in your own room and while eating), keeping a minimum distance of 1.5 m and maintaining a thorough hand hygiene.

Server are also required to wear a face mask or visor when working in the kitchen.

However, cancellation of scheduled courses is possible at any time if the situation worsens again.

At the moment only applicants can be accepted who:

•    are resident in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic or Hungary

•    do NOT belong to any risk group
•    who have not yet taken a course in 2020

The courses in Hausham and Bad Wurzach, 1-day courses, as well as children courses cannot take place in summer 2020.


Courses in Birnbach/Westerwald: 30.09 - 11.10.2020 + 13. - 24.10.2020

 
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. 

2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
07 Jul - 18 Jul 10-Day Completed Triebel
18 Jul - 19 Jul Trust Meeting Completed Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
19 Jul - 29 Jul Work Period Completed Triebel For old students
29 Jul - 09 Aug 10-Day Completed Triebel
Apply* 12 Aug - 23 Aug 10-Day In Progress Triebel
Apply* 26 Aug - 06 Sep 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Triebel
Apply* 09 Sep - 18 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Filling Up Triebel For old students
Apply* 18 Sep - 20 Sep DATM Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Triebel

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

Apply* 18 Sep - 20 Sep German AT-Meeting Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Filling Up Male Server - Short Wait List Triebel For old students

giving service

Apply* 22 Sep - 03 Oct 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Servers - Long Wait List Triebel
03 Oct - 04 Oct Trust Meeting Open Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
Apply* 04 Oct - 07 Oct Work Period Open Triebel For old students
Apply* 07 Oct - 18 Oct 10-Day Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Triebel
Apply* 18 Oct - 28 Oct Work Period Servers - Open Triebel For old students
Apply* 28 Oct - 08 Nov 10-Day Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Female Server - Long Wait List Male Server - Short Wait List Triebel
Apply* 11 Nov - 20 Nov Satipatthana Sutta Women - Filling Up Men - Open Servers - Open Triebel For old students
21 Nov - 22 Nov Trust Meeting Open Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
22 Nov - 25 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 24 Aug Triebel For old students
25 Nov - 06 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Aug Triebel
09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Sep Triebel
20 Dec - 26 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 21 Sep Triebel For old students
26 December, 2020 - 06 January, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Sep Triebel
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
09 Jan - 10 Jan Trust Meeting Open Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
10 Jan - 13 Jan Work Period Applications accepted starting 12 Oct Triebel For old students
13 Jan - 24 Jan 10-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Oct Triebel
27 Jan - 07 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Oct Triebel
10 Feb - 21 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Nov Triebel
24 Feb - 05 Mar Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 25 Nov Triebel For old students
06 Mar - 07 Mar Trust Meeting Open Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
07 Mar - 10 Mar Work Period Applications accepted starting 07 Dec Triebel For old students
10 Mar - 21 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Dec Triebel
24 Mar - 04 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Dec Triebel
07 Apr - 18 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Jan Triebel
18 Apr - 03 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 18 Jan Triebel For old students
03 May - 14 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Feb Triebel
15 May - 16 May Trust Meeting Open Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
16 May - 26 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 15 Feb Triebel For old students
26 May - 06 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Feb Triebel
09 Jun - 20 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Mar Triebel
23 Jun - 04 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Mar Triebel
06 Jul - 17 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Apr Triebel
17 Jul - 18 Jul Trust Meeting Open Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
18 Jul - 28 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 19 Apr Triebel For old students
28 Jul - 08 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Apr Triebel
11 Aug - 22 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 12 May Triebel
25 Aug - 05 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 May Triebel
08 Sep - 17 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 09 Jun Triebel For old students
17 Sep - 19 Sep DATM Applications accepted starting 19 Jun Triebel For old students
21 Sep - 02 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Jun Triebel
02 Oct - 03 Oct Trust Meeting Open Triebel For old students
Please apply at the office
03 Oct - 06 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 05 Jul Triebel For old students
06 Oct - 17 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Jul Triebel
17 Oct - 26 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 19 Jul Triebel For old students
26 Oct - 06 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Jul 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
20 Dec - 26 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 21 Sep Triebel For old students
26 December, 2021 - 06 January, 2022 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.
2020 10-day & other courses for adults outside of Dhamma Dvara
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
19 Jul One-Day-Course CANCELLED Berlin For old students
Apply* 30 Sep - 11 Oct 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Birnbach /Westerwald New Course!!

Server needed!

Apply* 04 Oct 1 Day Course for Girls & Boys from 8 - 18 years Open Köln New Course!!
Offenen Schule Köln (OSK)
An der Wachsfabrik 25
50996 Köln
11 Oct One-Day-Course Applications accepted starting 20 Sep Berlin For old students
Apply* 13 Oct - 24 Oct 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Birnbach /Westerwald

Server needet!

15 Nov One-Day-Course Applications accepted starting 25 Oct Berlin For old students
13 Dec One-Day-Course Applications accepted starting 22 Nov Berlin For old students
26 December, 2020 - 06 January, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Sep Jugendhaus Berghof Berg 112 83734 Hausham
26 December, 2020 - 06 January, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Sep Birnbach /Westerwald
26 December, 2020 - 06 January, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Sep Meppen
2021 10-day & other courses for adults outside of Dhamma Dvara
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
27 Mar - 07 Apr 10 Day course
German / English
Applications accepted starting 27 Dec Dziadowice (Dhamma Pallava, Poland)
30 Mar - 10 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 31 Dec Jugendhaus Berghof Berg 112 83734 Hausham
22 Jun - 03 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Mar Wieshof - Unterhub 1, 88410 Bad Wurzach-Hauerz
30 Jul - 03 Aug 3-Day Applications accepted starting 01 May Jugendhaus Berghof Berg 112 83734 Hausham For old students
Course ends on day 4 at 7:30 am
04 Aug - 15 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 May Jugendhaus Berghof Berg 112 83734 Hausham
16 Aug - 27 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 May Jugendhaus Berghof Berg 112 83734 Hausham
09 Sep - 12 Sep 3-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Jun Wieshof - Unterhub 1, 88410 Bad Wurzach-Hauerz For old students
Course ends on day 3 at 4:30 pm
14 Sep - 25 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Jun Wieshof - Unterhub 1, 88410 Bad Wurzach-Hauerz
15 Sep - 26 Sep 10 Day course
German / English
Applications accepted starting 17 Jun Dziadowice (Dhamma Pallava, Poland)
17 Dec - 21 Dec 3-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Sep Jugendhaus Berghof Berg 112 83734 Hausham For old students
Course ends on day 4 at 7:30 am
26 December, 2021 - 06 January, 2022 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Sep Jugendhaus Berghof Berg 112 83734 Hausham
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 04 Oct 1 Day Course for Girls & Boys from 8 - 18 years Open Köln New Course!!
Offenen Schule Köln (OSK)
An der Wachsfabrik 25
50996 Köln
22 Oct - 25 Oct Teenager-Course for Girls Applications accepted starting 22 Aug Triebel Open for girls from 13 to 18 years
22 Oct - 25 Oct Course for Girls Applications accepted starting 29 Aug Triebel Open for girls from 8 to 12 years
2021 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
21 May - 24 May Course for Boys Applications accepted starting 20 Feb Triebel Open for boys from 8 to 12 years
21 May - 24 May Teenager-Course for Boys Applications accepted starting 20 Feb Triebel Open for boys from 13 to 18 years
22 Jul - 25 Jul Course for Girls and Boys Applications accepted starting 23 Apr Triebel Open for girls and boys from 8 to 18 years
21 Oct - 24 Oct Teenager-Course for Girls Applications accepted starting 23 Jul Triebel Open for girls from 13 to 18 years
21 Oct - 24 Oct Course for Girls Applications accepted starting 23 Jul Triebel Open for girls from 8 to 12 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://www.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.

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.