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Padhana
Dhamma Padhāna, Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Padhāna is situated in Herefordshire in the west of England, next to Dhamma Dipa. Dhamma Padhāna means 'Foremost in Dhamma'.
 
It is the first Vipassana centre in the West that has been specially designed for long courses for returning students. The European long-course centre offers ideal facilities for more serious meditation. Each student lives and meditates separately with single en-suite accommodation and a small private meditation room.
 
Between the long courses the centre offers shorter old student courses and also courses for executives.
  1. Access the application form for sitting 3-day, 10-day and Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta courses or for serving all courses by clicking 'Apply' in the left hand column. Note that for sitting 20-day, 30-day, 45-day and 10-day Special courses you need to apply using the Long Course Application form.
  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 email if you give an email 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
Registered office: Dhamma Dipa, Pencoyd, St Owens Cross, Hereford HR2 8NG
Tel:  01989 730234
Website: www.padhana.dhamma.org

For regular 10-day courses for both old and new students in the UK, Herefordshire or Suffolk, please see the UK Schedule.

 
Ten Day & Other Courses

Applications are accepted from 8 p.m. in the summer and 7 p.m. in the winter UK time on the day courses open for registration.

Note: The 'apply' link will not be visible until then. Also the actual opening time may be a few minutes or even up to an hour later. This is due to the automated nature of the system. You will need to refresh this page to see the 'apply' link as this page does not auto-refresh.

Coronavirus Update
Courses have resumed running at Dhamma Padhana for a reduced numbers of students and with precautions against the spread of covid-19 in place.

 

2020 Ten Day & Other Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
30 Sep - 31 Oct 30-Day In Progress Herefordshire For old students
Apply* 31 Oct - 04 Nov General Service Period Open Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a 10-day course or a 3 day course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
Apply 04 Nov - 20 Dec 45-Day Women - Open Men - Open Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Herefordshire For old students

FEMALE SERVERS ARE NEEDED

Apply* 20 Dec - 23 Dec General Service Period Open Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
This is a joint Dipa/Padhana service period so please apply on the longer Dhamma Dipa listed GSP.
Apply 23 December, 2020 - 23 January, 2021 30-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Herefordshire For old students
2021 Ten Day & Other Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
27 Jan - 17 Feb 20-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Nov Herefordshire For old students
18 Feb - 19 Feb Service Period Applications accepted starting 20 Dec Herefordshire For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome. Applicants must have sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
20 Feb - 21 Feb Trust Meeting Open Herefordshire Saturday: Sit at 1pm. Committee meetings from 2pm.
Sunday: Sit at 7:45am. Trust meeting from 9am.
All old students are welcome
24 Feb - 27 Mar 30-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Dec Herefordshire For old students
31 Mar - 21 Apr 20-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Jan Herefordshire For old students
22 Apr - 04 May General Service Period Applications accepted starting 21 Feb Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a 10-day course or a 3 day course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
05 May - 16 May Executive Course Applications accepted starting 06 Jan Herefordshire
19 May - 30 May Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Mar Herefordshire For old students
02 Jun - 11 Jun Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 03 Apr Herefordshire For old students
14 Jun - 19 Jun General Service Period Applications accepted starting 15 Apr Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a 10-day course or a 3 day course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
20 Jun Open Day Open Herefordshire From 2pm to 6pm. All welcome.
23 Jun - 24 Jul 30-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Apr Herefordshire For old students
25 Jul - 30 Jul General Service Period Applications accepted starting 26 May Herefordshire For old students
Applicants must have served at least 3 days of a 10-day course or a 3 day course and sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
29 Jul - 29 Aug 30-Day Applications accepted starting 30 May Herefordshire For old students
02 Sep - 05 Sep 3-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Jul Herefordshire For old students
08 Sep - 29 Sep 20-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Jul Herefordshire For old students
30 Sep - 01 Oct Service Period Applications accepted starting 01 Aug Herefordshire For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome. Applicants must have sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
02 Oct - 03 Oct Trust Meeting Open Herefordshire Saturday: Sit at 1pm. Committee meetings from 2pm.
Sunday: Sit at 7:45am. Trust meeting from 9am.
All old students are welcome
06 Oct - 27 Oct 20-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Aug Herefordshire For old students
30 Oct - 30 Nov 30-Day Applications accepted starting 31 Aug Herefordshire For old students
01 Dec - 03 Dec Service Period Applications accepted starting 02 Oct Herefordshire For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome. Applicants must have sat a 10-day course within the last 2 years.
08 Dec - 19 Dec Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Oct Herefordshire For old students
22 December, 2021 - 22 January, 2022 30-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Oct Herefordshire For old students
2022 Ten Day & Other Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
26 Jan - 28 Mar 60-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Nov Herefordshire For old students
meeting these requirements.
 
 

To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://padhana.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 Executive Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation especially for business executives and government officials where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. For more information please visit the Executive course website. 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 7:30am.

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.

Dhamma service on long courses is open to old students who are committed to this technique of Vipassana meditation, who have successfully completed three 10-day Vipassana courses in this tradition, who have served one 10-day course, who practice two hours a day and maintain the five precepts.

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.

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.

Dhamma service on long courses is open to old students who are committed to this technique of Vipassana meditation, who have successfully completed three 10-day Vipassana courses in this tradition, who have served one 10-day course, who practice two hours a day and maintain the five precepts.

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.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Dhamma service on long courses is open to old students who are committed to this technique of Vipassana meditation, who have successfully completed three 10-day Vipassana courses in this tradition, who have served one 10-day course, who practice two hours a day and maintain the five precepts.

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.

45-day Courses are open only to persons involved in Dhamma Service and Assistant Teachers who have completed a minimum of seven 10-day courses (one since their first 30-day course), two 30-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least three years.

Dhamma service on long courses is open to old students who are committed to this technique of Vipassana meditation, who have successfully completed three 10-day Vipassana courses in this tradition, who have served one 10-day course, who practice two hours a day and maintain the five precepts.

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.

60-day Courses are reserved for: 1. Active ATs who have sat at least two 45-day courses and conduct at least four 10-day courses annually.  2. Those who are enrolled in or about to enter AT Training, have sat two 45-day courses, have served at least four 10-day courses in the past 12 months and/or are deeply involved in daily Dhamma service. 3. In some areas, non-ATs may be accepted as rare exceptions if they have completed at least two 45-day courses, served at least four 10-day courses annually and/or are deeply involved in daily Dhamma service.

Dhamma service on long courses is open to old students who are committed to this technique of Vipassana meditation, who have successfully completed three 10-day Vipassana courses in this tradition, who have served one 10-day course, who practice two hours a day and maintain the five precepts.

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.

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.