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Dhamma Ārāma (Dhammārāma), Kumudavalli Village, Andhra Pradesh, India
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English / Telugu

Dhamma Rama is located among rice fields in the Kumudavalli village, which is popularly known as Kodavalli village.  This village is situated on  the road  going to Tanuku.  The distance from the Bhimavaram railway station and the Bus station is 2 km.  You can either take an auto or a bus from there going towards Tanuku to get to the centre.  There is a Kanaka Durga Temple adjacent to the centre.

The centre is built on 4 acres of land and has a Dhamma Hall, which can seat 72 students and a mini hall, which can seat 30 students. There are 8 double rooms each for males and females.  There is one room each for the male and female Dhamma Servers and one room for a male physically challenged student.  There is one room for the Asst. Teacher and 10 individual cells for males and 8 for females.  There is an office, kitchen and dining halls for male and females separately.

The first course was conducted in June 2006 and every month one 10 day course is offered and a satipattana course once a year.
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 Centre - Dhamma Rama
Kumudavalli Village, Bhimavaram Mandal, West Godavari District
Andhra Pradesh-534 210

Email: [email protected]
Phone: [+91] (08816) 236566, 9989382887

For the schedule of non-centre courses in AP & Telangana (Vanaparthy, Karimnagar, Kurnool, Nandyal, Tirupati, Nirmal and Vizianagaram), please click here.

Teenagers' and Children's Courses
How to apply for Teenagers Courses:
  1. Click to read the Code of Discipline in 
Hindi or English
  2. Click to download the application form in Hindi / English
  3. Complete the application form; parent's signature is required
  4. Courier form to Dhamma Rama, Kumudavalli Village, Bhimavaram Mandal, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh 534 201
No courses are currently scheduled.
Short Courses
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
1-day Course on 4th Sunday of every month.
2021 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
22 Jul - 25 Jul 3-Day Completed Kumudavalli Village For old students
Apply 26 Nov - 28 Nov 2-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Kumudavalli Village For old students
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
28 Apr - 09 May 10-Day CANCELLED Kumudavalli Village
12 May - 23 May 10-Day CANCELLED Kumudavalli Village
02 Jun - 13 Jun 10-Day CANCELLED Kumudavalli Village Due to covid-19 the 10 day course is cancelled
30 Jun - 11 Jul 10-Day Completed Kumudavalli Village
04 Aug - 15 Aug 10-Day In Progress Kumudavalli Village
Apply 25 Aug - 05 Sep 10-Day Open Kumudavalli Village
Apply 22 Sep - 03 Oct 10-Day Open Kumudavalli Village
Apply 20 Oct - 31 Oct Special 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Kumudavalli Village For old students
Apply 07 Nov - 18 Nov 10-Day Open Kumudavalli Village
Apply 01 Dec - 12 Dec 10-Day Open Kumudavalli Village
Apply 16 Dec - 24 Dec Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Kumudavalli Village For old students
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
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://rama.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.

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.

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.

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.