Wheel of Dhamma

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Dhamma Gaṅgā, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English / Bengali

Dhamma Gaṅgā, meaning ‘Ganges of Dhamma’, is located on the bank of the river Ganges, and is about 25 kms north from the Centre of Kolkata (Calcutta). The Centre was acquired in 1988, and began functioning the next year in a 150 year old historical three storied building surrounded with flower and fruit trees. The Centre is easily approachable from Kolkata by local train, bus, and taxi and from Howrah by bus and taxi. Local trains are available from Sealdah station upto Sodepur station and buses upto Panihati Municipality. From there, one can walk to the Centre or take a rickshaw. From airport hire a pre paid taxi for Baro Mandir Ghat Sodepur. From airport one can hire a taxi & reach to center.
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

Vipassana Kendra - Dhamma Ganga

 Email: [email protected]

[email protected]

Centre's Address :-

Vipassana Kendra




KOLKATA - 700 114

Tele- [91] 033- 2553-2855 / 033- 2583-3910

[91] 9748740697


22 Bonfield Lane, 2nd floor, Room No. 10
Kolkata, West Bengal 700 001
 Tel: [91](033) 2242-3225
 Tel: (91)(033) 2242-4561


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 Aug - 05 Aug 3-Day CANCELLED Kolkata For old students
Cancelled due to Corona Virus problem
11 Oct - 14 Oct 3-Day CANCELLED Kolkata For old students
Cancelled due to COVID problem
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.
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2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
22 Jul - 02 Aug 10-Day CANCELLED Kolkata Cancelled due to Corona Virus problem
08 Aug - 16 Aug Satipatthana Sutta CANCELLED Kolkata For old students
Cancelled due to COVID-19. May be rescheduled in August end
19 Aug - 30 Aug 10-Day CANCELLED Kolkata Cancelled due to COVD-19 problem.
02 Sep - 13 Sep 10-Day CANCELLED Kolkata Due to Corona Virus problem, the course is being cancelled.
16 Sep - 27 Sep 10-Day CANCELLED Kolkata Cancelled due to Corona Virus problem
30 Sep - 11 Oct Cancelled due to Corona Virus problem CANCELLED Kolkata
01 Oct - 12 Oct 10-Day Completed Kolkata Only for Old students
18 Oct - 29 Oct Old students with two courses In Progress Kolkata 1)No COVID symptom in family for last 30 days.
2) You should not come to the center by public transport to avoid COVID risk to fellow meditators
3) Preference to working professionals to avail Puja Holidays
4) You will be required to sign a disclosure form
Apply 02 Nov - 13 Nov 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Kolkata Students who have done two courses or more should apply
15 Nov - 26 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Nov Kolkata
29 Nov - 10 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Nov Kolkata
23 December, 2020 - 03 January, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Dec Kolkata
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
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No courses are currently scheduled.
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
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No courses are currently scheduled.

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://ganga.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.

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.