in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / French
Courses are also held in other parts of France (see links below)One or two ten-day courses are held in the centre each month, in French, in English, and occasionally in Khmer. Different langages are available on audiotapes so that foreign students can listen to the evening discourses in their mother tongue.
The French Vipassana centre is situated on 100 acres of land, in beautiful country, a lovely mixture of woods and meadows. Goenkaji called the centre Dhamma Mahi, « the land of Dhamma ». The Dhamma Mahi Centre is located in the territory of Champignelles in the department of Yonne (89). The nearest village is Villiers-Saint-Benoît (3 kms). The centre is 12 kms away from Toucy, 36 kms away from Auxerre, and about 170 kms away from Paris.
- Access the application form by clicking on "Apply*" in the left hand column.
- Please carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course
- Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. An application is required to register for all courses.
- Await notification. All correspondence will be through email. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
- If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
- The registration starts around 6h in the morning on the opening day of the course. Please note that for new students we proceed with an electronic random selection. See explanatory note under the heading '10 day courses and other courses for adults' below.
Centre Vipassana Dhamma Mahi
Le Bois Planté
Tel : +33 (0) 220.127.116.11.14
Fax : +33 (0) 18.104.22.168.20
E-mail : [email protected]
|Dhamma Nilaya||North West||North East||Reunion Island||Children & Teenagers|
|Paris area||South West||South East|
COVID-19: In accordance with the instructions established by the government, courses at the center remain suspended. They will resume as soon as possible.
Regarding courses already open, participants are regularly informed about the requisites (for further details, please visit our website). Notably, for now:
- only those officially residing in France are accepted;
- those who have travelled abroad must wait 7 days before coming to the Centre;
- in case of Covid-19 symptoms or of contact with somebody supposed to have Covid-19, please cancel your participation.
In case of cancellation, applicants will be informed via email. We cannot offer a replacement or alternative-course. Please re-apply as soon as the registration opens again.
Due to actual circomstances (courses cancelled and reduced amount of places) and to high number of applications, the gap between to courses (sat), initially 4 then 6 months, is extended to 12 months (i.e. one course per year). This is also the case for the wait lists which number of applications is limited.
Reminder: this restriction applies for 10 day courses, Satipatthana and long courses (not for service).
Thank you for your understanding.
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|Attend / Serve||Dates||Course Type||Status||Location||Comments|
|05 May - 16 May||10 Day||CANCELLED||Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)|
|Apply*||19 May - 30 May||10 Day||New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Open||Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)||
For Old Students only
Attention : possible cancellation (check your emails)
|31 May - 05 Jun||Work Period||CANCELLED||Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)||
For old students
|Apply*||02 Jun - 05 Jun||3 Day||Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Filling Up||Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)||
For old students
|06 Jun||OPEN DAY||CANCELLED||Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)|
|Apply*||08 Jun - 19 Jun||10 Day||Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List||Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)|
|19 Jun - 20 Jun||TRUST MEETING||Open||Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)||
Saturday: committees' meetings
Sunday at 9am: trust meeting
All old students are welcome.
|Apply*||23 Jun - 04 Jul||10 Day||Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List||Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)|
|Apply*||07 Jul - 18 Jul||10 Day||Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List||Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)||For this summer course, priority is given to people having professional constraints at this period of the year. Please justify briefly when registrating.|
|Apply*||23 Jul - 01 Aug||Satipatthana||Women - Short Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Short Wait List||Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)||
For old students
|Apply*||04 Aug - 15 Aug||10 Day||New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List||Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)||For this summer course, priority is given to people having professional constraints at this period of the year. Please justify briefly when registrating.|
|18 Aug - 29 Aug||
English / Khmer
|Applications accepted starting 18 May||Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)||English/Khmer languages only. Khmer-speakers have priority until one month before the start of the course.|
|Apply||30 Oct - 20 Nov||20 Day||Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open||Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)||
For old students
As a privacy measure, the online application form encrypts the information you provide us with before it is sent from your computer to our application server.
To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://mahi.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.
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.
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.
Open Days are held between meditation courses. All are welcome to attend and learn about Vipassana Meditation and the Centre.
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.