Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

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 75
Ramat-Gan 5210001
Tel: [972](0)3-6123822
Fax: [972](0)3-575-3947
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.pamoda.dhamma.org/en

Due to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), all courses have been cancelled at the Israel Vipassana Meditation Center, Dhamma Pamoda. We hope to resume regular programs at the center as soon as it is safe to do so. 

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Registration for courses begins at 12pm 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 12pm Israel standard time on the date courses open for registration.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
11 May - 22 May 10-Day CANCELLED Deganya Bet

Also for Russian speakers

22 May - 25 May Service Period CANCELLED Deganya Bet For old students
25 May - 05 Jun 10-Day CANCELLED Deganya Bet
Apply 26 May - 30 May 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open Men - Closed Servers - Open Deganya Bet For old students
Only students who sat a long course (20 days course or a longer) can apply
Apply 08 Jun - 19 Jun 10-Day Closed Deganya Bet
Apply 22 Jun - 03 Jul 10-Day Closed Deganya Bet
Apply 06 Jul - 17 Jul 10-Day Closed Deganya Bet
20 Jul - 31 Jul 10-Day Closed Deganya Bet
03 Aug - 14 Aug 10-Day Closed Deganya Bet
17 Aug - 28 Aug 10-Day Closed Deganya Bet
Apply 28 Aug - 31 Aug Service Period Closed Deganya Bet For old students
31 Aug - 11 Sep 10-Day Closed Deganya Bet
14 Sep - 25 Sep 10-Day Closed Deganya Bet
30 Sep - 09 Oct Satipatthana Sutta Closed Deganya Bet For old students
12 Oct - 23 Oct 10-Day Closed Deganya Bet
26 Oct - 30 Oct 3-Day Closed Deganya Bet For old students
02 Nov - 13 Nov 10-Day Closed Deganya Bet
16 Nov - 27 Nov 10-Day Closed Deganya Bet
30 Nov - 11 Dec 10-Day Closed Deganya Bet
Apply 11 Dec - 14 Dec Service Period Servers - Open Deganya Bet For old students
14 December, 2020 - 04 January, 2021 20-Day Closed Deganya Bet For old students
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Service in Child/Teen courses is two days long and includes a preparation day before the course itself.
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
25 Apr Children CANCELLED Deganya Bet
23 May Teen CANCELLED Deganya Bet
24 Oct Children Applications accepted starting 24 Aug Deganya Bet
28 Nov Teen Applications accepted starting 28 Sep Deganya Bet

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.

Children's Courses are open for all children aged 8-12 years old who wish to learn to meditate. Their parents/guardians do not have to be meditators.

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.

Teenagers' Anapana Courses are available for teens in different age ranges from 13-18 years old. Their parents/guardians do not have to be Vipassana meditators.

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.