Wheel of Dhamma

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Dhamma Pīṭha, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English / Gujarati

Dhamma Pitha (also known as the Amdavad Vipassana Meditation Centre) means the Centre of dhamma in Pali.  The centre is located at Ranoda village, approximately 35 km from Amdavad and 3 km before the town of Dholka.  There are two Meditation Halls: The larger new hall sits approximately 250 students while the smaller hall can sit roughly 30 students.  The pagoda includes 107 private meditation cells for old students. There are 99 individual rooms with attached bathrooms and hot water facility. Instructions and discourses can be provided in over 40 languages.
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

Ahmedabad Vipassana Centre - Dhamma Pitha
Gurjar Vipassana Kendra 
Village: Ranoda, Ta. Dholka, Ahmedabad
Dist. Amdavad - Gujarat 

 Tel: +91 9426 419397
 Tel: +91(2714) 294690

Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day and end on the early morning of the last day.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
14 Jul - 25 Jul COURSE IS FULL In Progress Ahmedabad COURSE IS FULL
Apply 28 Jul - 08 Aug COURSE FULL FULL Ahmedabad COURSE FULL
Apply 11 Aug - 22 Aug COURSE IS FULL Closed Ahmedabad COURSE IS FULL
25 Aug - 05 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Jul Ahmedabad
08 Sep - 19 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Aug Ahmedabad
22 Sep - 03 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Aug Ahmedabad
06 Oct - 17 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Sep Ahmedabad
20 Oct - 31 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Sep Ahmedabad
02 Nov - 13 Nov DIVALI Applications accepted starting 02 Oct Ahmedabad DIVALI
17 Nov - 28 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Oct Ahmedabad
01 Dec - 12 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Nov Ahmedabad
15 Dec - 26 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Nov Ahmedabad
29 December, 2021 - 09 January, 2022 10-Day Applications accepted starting 29 Nov Ahmedabad
2022 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
12 Jan - 23 Jan 10-Day Applications accepted starting 12 Dec Ahmedabad
26 Jan - 10 Feb GRATITUDE Applications accepted starting 26 Nov Ahmedabad For old students
16 Feb - 27 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Jan Ahmedabad

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://pitha.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 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.

Teacher's Self-Courses are open only to serious Old Students playing or likely to play an important role in the spread of Dhamma who are practicing Vipassana exclusively (not practicing any other meditation techniques), maintaining a daily practice of two hours per day, abstaining from killing, sexual misconduct, intoxicants and keeping other precepts to the best of one's ability. These requirements may change annually and admission subject to the discretion of S.N. Goenka.

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.