Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
Pamoda
Dhamma Pamoda, Deganya Bet, Israel
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / Hebrew

Dhamma Pamoda, which means “The Joy of Dhamma”, is located on a 42-dunam property, in a beautiful area close to the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River. Surrounding it are plantations of date palms and a nature reserve. It is a quiet and pastoral area around two hours from central Israel. The construction of the center was completed in June 2014, and it can comfortably host 85 students and servers.
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

Israel Vipassana Trust
P.O box 114 Degania Bet
D.N. Emek Hayarden 151300
Tel: [972](0)3-6123822
Fax: [972](0)3-575-3947
Email: inf[email protected]
Website: www.pamoda.dhamma.org/en

Starting June 1st all Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. 
Therefore, entering Dhamma Pamoda Meditation Center is now possible also for those who are not vaccinated.
Nevertheless, people who have Covid-19 symptoms, or have been abroad in the prior two weeks, are requested to avoid coming to the center. 
 

Due to the high number of applicants and the limited number of places, the course is open only to Israeli residents who have NOT sat a 10-day course, a Satipatthana course or a long course in the past 12 months. Registration for service is open to all old students.

 

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Registration for courses opens at 6pm on the opening registration date.

 

Day courses and meditation days for old students

Child and Teen courses

 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Registration opens at 6pm Israel standard time on the date courses open for registration.
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 19 Jul - 30 Jul 10-Day In Progress Deganya Bet
Apply 30 Jul - 02 Aug Service Period Servers - Open Deganya Bet For old students
Servers needed
Apply 02 Aug - 13 Aug 10-Day Women - FULL Men - FULL Servers - Open Deganya Bet
Apply 13 Aug - 18 Aug Service Period Servers - Open Deganya Bet For old students
Apply 18 Aug - 27 Aug Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - FULL New Men - Closed Old Men - FULL Female Server - Open Male Server - Wait List Deganya Bet For old students

Registration to wait-list opens on July 31

Apply 27 Aug - 30 Aug Service Period Servers - Open Deganya Bet For old students
Apply 30 Aug - 10 Sep 10-Day Women - FULL Men - FULL Servers - Open Deganya Bet

Registration to wait-list opens on August 12

 
Apply 11 Sep - 15 Sep 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - FULL New Men - Closed Old Men - FULL Servers - Open Deganya Bet For old students
Registration to wait-list opens on August 24
Apply 15 Sep - 20 Sep Service Period Servers - Open Deganya Bet For old students
Apply 20 Sep - 01 Oct

 

 
Women - FULL Men - FULL Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Deganya Bet

Registration to wait-list opens on September 2

 
Apply 01 Oct - 04 Oct Service Period Servers - Open Deganya Bet For old students
Apply 04 Oct - 15 Oct 10-Day Women - FULL Men - FULL Servers - Open Deganya Bet

Registration to wait-list opens on September 16.

Apply 15 Oct - 18 Oct Service Period Servers - Open Deganya Bet For old students
Apply 18 Oct - 29 Oct 10-Day Women - FULL Men - FULL Servers - Open Deganya Bet Registration to wait-list opens on September 30.
Apply 29 Oct - 01 Nov Service Period Servers - Open Deganya Bet For old students
01 Nov - 12 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Aug Deganya Bet

Registration for courses opens at 6pm on the opening registration date.

Apply 12 Nov - 15 Nov Service Period Servers - Open Deganya Bet For old students
15 Nov - 26 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Aug Deganya Bet
Apply 26 Nov - 29 Nov Service Period Servers - Open Deganya Bet For old students
29 Nov - 10 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 29 Aug Deganya Bet
17 December, 2021 - 07 January, 2022 20-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Aug Deganya Bet 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://pamoda.dhamma.org/en/old-students. 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.

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.

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.