Wheel of Dhamma

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Dhamma Kūṭa, Kandy, Madhyama paḷāta, Sri Lanka
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** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / Sinhala

The Dhamma Kuta Vipassana Meditation Centre is located at Mowbrey, Mahakanda, in close proximity to the city of Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka.  Located in a serene, tranquil environment, it is encircled by a vista of mountains with the holy peak of Sri Pada, the Bible Rock and a host of other mountains in the horizon. The approach to the Centre is along the Galaha road, 5 km from Peradeniya on the Colombo – Kandy road.  The Centre has the capacity to cater to about 80 meditators during a retreat.  Much dedicated effort has gone in to provide an ideal environment for meditation at ‘Dhamma Kuta’.
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: Vipassana Meditation Centre -- Dhamma Kuta

Mowbray, Hindagala, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Centre Teacher: Mrs. Damayanti Ratwatte

Email: [email protected]

Phone: [94](081) 2385774; (081) 3837800, Fax: [94](081) 238-5774

The courses will not be held until the restrictions on public gatherings are removed

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
10 Sep - 13 Sep 3 days CANCELLED Kandy For old students
Old students only
27 Sep 1-Day Completed Kandy For old students
Goenkaji Memorial Meditation at Dhamma Sobha VMC - participation by invitation only.
Please contact the centre management on 0362253955.
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.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
11 Jul - 22 Jul 10 days CANCELLED Kandy English / Sinhala
28 Jul - 08 Aug 10 days CANCELLED Kandy English / Sinhala
15 Aug - 26 Aug 10 days CANCELLED Kandy English only
10 Sep - 18 Sep Satipattana CANCELLED Kandy For old students
Eligible old students only (English / Sinhala)
23 Sep - 04 Oct 10 days CANCELLED Kandy English / Sinhala
10 Oct - 21 Oct 10 days CANCELLED Kandy English only
Apply 22 Oct - 25 Oct Work Period Servers - Open Kandy For old students
Work Period for Old students
28 Oct - 08 Nov 10 days CANCELLED Kandy English / Sinhala
Apply 14 Nov - 25 Nov Special 10 days New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Kandy For old students
Eligible old students only
Apply 01 Dec - 12 Dec 10 days Open Kandy English / Sinhala
Apply 19 Dec - 30 Dec 10 days Open Kandy English only

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://kuta.dhamma.org. 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.

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.