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Neru
Dhamma Neru, Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona, Spain
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / Spanish

On the afternoon of June 22, 1999, the Spanish Vipassana Association purchased a building near Palautordera, about 35 miles Northwest of Barcelona, to serve as the first Dhamma centre in Spain.  S. N. Goenka named it "Dhamma Neru", which means "Heavenly Mountain of Dhamma".   The main building of Dhamma Neru is built on four sides of an open courtyard and sits in the middle of a flat 3,6 acres site surrounded by a high hedge and an abundance of fruit and ornamental trees.  The Centre can currently accommodate 62 students, though the Dhamma Hall can hold 80.
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 Meditation Center - Dhamma Neru
Els Bruguers
Apartado Postal 29
08460 Santa Maria de Palautordera
Barcelona, Spain

Tel: (+34) 93 848 26 95

Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.neru.dhamma.org/index.php?id=961&L=0

 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Registration for the courses will open at 8 am in the summer time (from the last Sunday of March to the last Sunday of October) and at 7 am in the winter time.

 

IMPORTANT:

  • The actual opening time could be a few minutes after the indicated time.
  • If when you enter the registration the course is not yet open, you must close the web page and reopen it (refresh the system), otherwise you will not be able to see that the course opens.
  • Most courses run out of the places in a few minutes.
  • fill out the application to participate in the course in the most detailed way possible. Please register with the exact name you have in your passport or national ID (DNI/NIE).
  • The system reserves the place from the moment one starts to fill out the application for a period of 30 minutes, and the countdown starts again each time the page is passed in the application form. This gives more than enough time to fill all the necessary information without any hurry.
  • Old students can sit for up to three courses in one year. The third course can not be held in the months of July, August, or in courses that coincide with Christmas or Easter dates. To sit two courses back to back needs the final approval from the teacher at the completion of the first course.
  • Please add [email protected] to your list of allowed mail otherwise the confirmation letter may end up in your spam folder.
  • Please apply ONLY IF YOU ARE SURE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE PART IN THE COURSE. Last minute cancellations prevent us from using the maximum capacity of the centre by not leaving us enough time to process new applications.  

     

COVID-19

Our activities will be gradually resuming at the end of June. 

Concerning the courses already opened, the participants will be regularly informed of course conditions. In particular, for the moment:

  • only students who can travel to the center as established by the authorities are allowed.
     
  • please don't go to the center if in the previous 14 days you have had symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in contact with people infected by Covid-19.
     
  • all participants must keep the 2 meters safety distance everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
     
  • please bring masks for the entire course. 

Thank you for your understanding.

Areas Map

Spain Areas


2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 05 Aug - 16 Aug 10 days meditation course In Progress Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona
Apply* 19 Aug - 30 Aug 10 days meditation course Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Closed Male Server - Wait List Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona
Apply* 02 Sep - 13 Sep 10 days meditation course New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Female Server - Closed Male Server - Wait List Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona
13 Sep Trust Meeting Open Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona
16 Sep - 27 Sep 10 days meditation course Applications accepted starting 17 Aug Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona
28 Sep - 04 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 28 Aug Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona For old students
Requirements: completed 2 courses of 10 days or one course sat and one served
07 Oct - 18 Oct 10-Day Old Students Applications accepted starting 07 Sep Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona For old students

Only for 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. It is not necessary to have sat in a Satipatthana course.

21 Oct - 01 Nov 10 days meditation course Applications accepted starting 21 Sep Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona
04 Nov - 15 Nov 10 days meditation course Applications accepted starting 05 Oct Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona
15 Nov Center Meeting Open Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona
18 Nov - 29 Nov 10 days meditation course Applications accepted starting 19 Oct Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona
03 Dec - 12 Dec Satipatthana Course Applications accepted starting 03 Nov Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona For old students
13 Dec Trust Meeting Open Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona
14 Dec - 16 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 14 Nov Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona For old students
Requirements: completed 2 courses of 10 days or one course sat and one served
17 Dec - 20 Dec 3 Day Course / Self-Course Applications accepted starting 18 Sep Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona For old students
Self-courses are without teacher, no interviews, and with only some minimal instruction. Requirements: completed 3 courses of 10 days sat.
21 Dec - 25 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 22 Sep Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona For old students
Requirements: completed 2 courses of 10 days or one course sat and one served
26 December, 2020 - 06 January, 2021 10 days meditation course Applications accepted starting 26 Nov Dhamma Neru, Santa Maria Palautordera - Barcelona
 
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.
 
 

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://www.es.dhamma.org/index.php?id=3053&L=0. 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.

10-day Courses for Old Students have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. These courses are open to serious old students who have completed at least three 10-day courses and one Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta course, 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, are trying to maintain the five precepts in their daily lives, and trying to maintain daily practice.

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.