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Setu
Dhamma Setu, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / Tamil

Dhamma Setu, meaning 'Bridge of Dhamma', is situated amid paddy fields and open farmland on the outskirts of the major South Indian metropolis of Chennai (formerly Madras), about 10 kms from the Chennai Airport. The 18 sq acres of land, previously used for rice cultivation, was purchased from 1991 onwards. The long and painstaking process of making the plot suitable for construction bore fruit in May 2000 with Goenkaji’s visit in September of the same year, when Dhamma Setu was formally established.
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 Setu
533 Pazhan Thandalam Road, Thiruneermalai Via, Thirumudivakkam
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 044
India


 For Enquiries and Registration: [91] 7550034777 (Timings: 10 am to 12 noon and 3 pm to 5 pm)
 E-Mail: [email protected] com

 
Short Courses
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2021 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
04 Mar - 07 Mar 3-Day Completed Chennai For old students
Course full for Male & Female applicants
Apply 27 May - 30 May 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Chennai For old students
30 Sep - 03 Oct 3-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Jul Chennai For old students
28 Dec - 31 Dec 3-Day Applications accepted starting 29 Sep Chennai 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
20 Jan - 31 Jan 10-Day Completed Chennai Male & Female Old & New Course full and Closed.
03 Feb - 14 Feb 10-Day Completed Chennai Male & Female Old & New students are full and closed.
17 Feb - 28 Feb 10-Day Completed Chennai Course Full for Male & Female both new and old applicants
10 Mar - 21 Mar 10-Day Completed Chennai Male & Female Old & New course is Full and closed.
24 Mar - 04 Apr 10-Day Completed Chennai Male & Female Old & New course is full closed.
10 Apr - 18 Apr Satipatthana Sutta Completed Chennai For old students
Male course is full and closed.
Apply 21 Apr - 02 May
Till end of May 2021 all the courses are CANCELLED due to prevailing COVID19.
Women - Course Full Men - Course Full Servers - Open Chennai Male & Female New & Old course are full and closed.
Apply 05 May - 16 May 10-Day Women - Open Men - Course Full Servers - Open Chennai Male New & Old course full and closed.
Apply 02 Jun - 13 Jun 10-Day Women - Open Men - Course Full Servers - Open Chennai Male Old & New course is full and closed.
Apply 16 Jun - 27 Jun 10-Day Open Chennai
Apply 30 Jun - 08 Jul Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Chennai For old students
Apply 30 Jun - 21 Jul 20-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Chennai For old students
Apply 30 Jun - 31 Jul 30-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Chennai For old students
04 Aug - 15 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 May Chennai
18 Aug - 29 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 May Chennai
01 Sep - 12 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Jun Chennai
15 Sep - 26 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Jun Chennai
06 Oct - 17 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Jul Chennai
20 Oct - 31 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Jul Chennai
05 Nov - 16 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Aug Chennai
18 Nov - 29 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Aug Chennai
01 Dec - 12 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Sep Chennai
15 Dec - 26 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Sep Chennai
 
 

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://setu.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.

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.

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.

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.