Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

Dhamma Kitti, Kirtipur, Nepal
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English / Nepali

Dhamma Kitti, meaning Fame of Dhamma, is also known as Kirtipur Vipassana centre. It is located in Kirtipur, a beautiful and historical town situated 6 kilometers south west of Kathmandu city. The centre consists of a dhamma hall with the capacity of 40 students, a kitchen, separate dinning for male and females, teacher’s residences and residences ranging from dormitories to double bed rooms. The centre can comfortably accommodate 40 students.
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
Address: Kirtipur Vipassana Center - Dhamma Kitti; c/o Guruma Sona; Dev Dhoka, Kirtipur Municipality - 2, Kathmandu, Nepal; Email: [email protected]; Phone: [977](1) 4335-587, 98416-48477

Please note that a good understanding and fluency in Hindi or English or Nepali or Newari language is essential.

"In view of the ongoing Corona-19 pandemic situation, only those centers where strict compliance of social distancing and other requisite precautionary measures could be practised, are running the courses with limited number of students. It is mandatory for those coming from across the border to show recent health certificate confirming Corona negative. Please follow any additional directions/measure as suggested by the center as needed or when requested."

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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.
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
20 Jul - 31 Jul 10-Day In Progress Dhamma Kitti Center
Apply 05 Aug - 08 Aug 3-Day Open Dhamma Kitti Center For old students
Mandatory Requirement: A negative PCR report dated not earlier than one day prior to the course starting date.
Apply 20 Aug - 31 Aug 10-Day Open Dhamma Kitti Center Mandatory Requirement: A negative PCR report dated not earlier than one day prior to the course starting date.
Apply 05 Sep - 14 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Open Dhamma Kitti Center For old students

Minimum requirement - Successful completion of three 10 day courses

Mandatory Requirement: A negative PCR report dated not earlier than one day prior to the course starting date.

Apply 20 Sep - 01 Oct 10-Day Open Dhamma Kitti Center A negative PCR report dated not earlier than one day prior to the course starting date is a mandatory requirement
Apply 12 Oct - 23 Oct 10-Day Closed Dhamma Kitti Center This course is only for Nepalese students. Foreigners are requested to apply for other dates. A negative PCR report dated not earlier than one day prior to the course starting date is a mandatory requirement
20 Nov - 01 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Aug Dhamma Kitti Center
20 Dec - 31 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Oct Dhamma Kitti Center

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://kitti.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.