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Dhamma Makaranda, San Bartolo Amanalco, México, Mexico
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / Spanish

Dhamma Makaranda, Nectar of the Flower of Dhamma, is the Pali name given by Mr. Goenka to the new Vipassana center in Mexico. The first Vipassana meditation center built in Latin America, Dhamma Makaranda is located near Valle de Bravo, a beautiful colonial town beside a large lake, in the highlands of central Mexico. The center is west of Mexico City, and is a pleasant, 2 hour drive from the capital.
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: Centro de Meditacion Vipassana Dhamma Makaranda, San Bartolo Amanalco, Estado de México 

Email: [email protected]

All Mexico Courses Dhamma Makaranda (Mexico State) Bajío Monterrey Morelos Oaxaca Veracruz

Before applying, please ensure you meet the following criteria:

  • If you have been out of the country 14 days leading up to the course you will not be accepted.
  • You have a sure way to leave the Centre if you become sick during the course and go back home safely.
  • You agree to adhere to the safety protocols while at the Centre.
  • In the 14 days leading up to the course, you agree to cancel your application if:
    • You have tested positive for covid-19.
    • You have been asked to quarantine. 
    • You have experienced symptoms related to covid-19.
  • Will not be accepted students who days before the course have symptoms of COVID or who have been in contact with someone with symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID.
  • If you are older than 65 years or if you have any comorbidities or health-compromised conditions that put you at greater risk, you could seriously consider not attending the course at this time.

10-day course and Satipatthana Sutta course students (not servers): only ONE APPLICATION will be processed regardless of the location in Latin America, course dates or waiting list status.

10-day course students (not servers): priority is given to new students and to old students who have not sat recently.

Registration opening time: 4 a.m. during the winter time and 5 a.m. during the summer time (Mexico City time).

Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
No courses are currently scheduled.
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day and end at 8:30 a.m. on the last day.
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2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 11 Aug - 15 Aug 3-Day New Women - Wait List Old Women - Closed New Men - Wait List Old Men - Closed Servers - Wait List San Bartolo Amanalco For old students
  • As a part of our Coronavirus screening process, all student applications will be initially waitlisted.
Apply 21 Aug - 28 Aug Work Period Open San Bartolo Amanalco For old students
15 Sep - 19 Sep 3-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Aug San Bartolo Amanalco For old students
  • As a part of our Coronavirus screening process, all student applications will be initially waitlisted.

To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://makaranda.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.

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.