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Sobha
Dhamma Sobhā, Kosgama, Kŏḷamba, Sri Lanka
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / Sinhala

Dhamma Sobhā, meaning 'Radiance of Dhamma', is the second Vipassana Centre in Sri Lanka. Being established in Kosgama village, about 47 kms from Colombo on the Colombo-Ratnapura Road, the Centre is to be built on six acres of land in picturesque surroundings, encircled by a range of mountains. The Centre is easily accessible by road and rail. On a clear day, one can see the sacred Adam’s Peak commonly referred to as Sri Pada, with the imprint of the footprint of the Buddha at its summit. 
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 Sobha
Balika Vidyala Road
Pahala Kosgama, Sri Lanka

Email: [email protected]
Phone: [94] (36) 225-3955

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2021 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
28 Mar Children / Teens CANCELLED Kosgama From 8.30 am to 2.30 pm for children aged between 08-12 and 13-18 years. Please check with the Centre if the programme is being held as planned.
26 Apr Children / Teens Open Kosgama From 8.30 am to 2.30 pm for children aged between 08-12 and 13-18 years. Please check with the Centre if the programme is being held as planned.
26 May Children / Teens Open Kosgama From 8.30 am to 2.30 pm for children aged between 08-12 and 13-18 years. Please check with the Centre if the programme is being held as planned.
24 Jun Children / Teens Open Kosgama From 8.30 am to 2.30 pm for children aged between 08-12 and 13-18 years. Please check with the Centre if the programme is being held as planned.
23 Jul Children / Teens Open Kosgama From 8.30 am to 2.30 pm for children aged between 08-12 and 13-18 years. Please check with the Centre if the programme is being held as planned.
22 Aug Children / Teens Open Kosgama From 8.30 am to 2.30 pm for children aged between 08-12 and 13-18 years. Please check with the Centre if the programme is being held as planned.
20 Sep Children / Teens Open Kosgama From 8.30 am to 2.30 pm for children aged between 08-12 and 13-18 years. Please check with the Centre if the programme is being held as planned.
20 Oct Children / Teens Open Kosgama From 8.30 am to 2.30 pm for children aged between 08-12 and 13-18 years. Please check with the Centre if the programme is being held as planned.
18 Nov Children / Teens Open Kosgama From 8.30 am to 2.30 pm for children aged between 08-12 and 13-18 years. Please check with the Centre if the programme is being held as planned.
18 Dec Children / Teens Open Kosgama From 8.30 am to 2.30 pm for children aged between 08-12 and 13-18 years. Please check with the Centre if the programme is being held as planned.
 
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
12 Feb - 15 Feb 3-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
26 Feb 1-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
28 Mar 1-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
26 Apr 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
26 May 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
24 Jun 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
23 Jul 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
22 Aug 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
26 Aug - 29 Aug 3-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Apr Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
Applicants travelling from abroad must complete 28 days quarantine period as stipulated by the Sri Lankan Health Authorities. Local applicants should provide a letter from an authorized person certifying that neither they nor any family members have been affected by Covid-19 or in quarantine, within 14 days of the course start date. Course and dates are tentative; subject to change/cancellation due to Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka.
20 Sep 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
26 Sep Goenkaji Memorial Meditation Open Kosgama For old students
20 Oct 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
28 Oct - 31 Oct 3-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Jun Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
Applicants travelling from abroad must complete 28 days quarantine period as stipulated by the Sri Lankan Health Authorities. Local applicants should provide a letter from an authorized person certifying that neither they nor any family members have been affected by Covid-19 or in quarantine, within 14 days of the course start date. Course and dates are tentative; subject to change/cancellation due to Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka.
18 Nov 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
25 Nov - 28 Nov 3-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Jul Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
Applicants travelling from abroad must complete 28 days quarantine period as stipulated by the Sri Lankan Health Authorities. Local applicants should provide a letter from an authorized person certifying that neither they nor any family members have been affected by Covid-19 or in quarantine, within 14 days of the course start date. Course and dates are tentative; subject to change/cancellation due to Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka.
18 Dec 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
 
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
01 Mar - 07 Mar Work Period Completed Kosgama For old students
For old students to render free service at the Centre. Please call / email the Centre to register.
10 Mar - 21 Mar 10 Day
For Bhikkhu / Monks
Completed Kosgama English / Sinhala
For Bhikku / Monks only
Applicants travelling from abroad must complete 14 days quarantine period as stipulated by the SL Health Authorities and should have obtained a Quarantine Certificate and a negative PCR report.
Local applicants should provide a letter from an authorized person certifying that neither they nor any family members have been affected by Covid-19 or in quarantine, within 14 days of the course start date.
Course and dates are tentative; subject to change/cancellation due to Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka.
31 Mar - 11 Apr 10-Day Completed Kosgama English / Sinhala
Applicants travelling from abroad must complete 14 days quarantine period as stipulated by the SL Health Authorities and should have obtained a Quarantine Certificate and a negative PCR report. Local applicants should provide a letter from an authorized person certifying that neither they nor any family members have been affected by Covid-19 or in quarantine, within 14 days of the course start date. Course and dates are tentative; subject to change/cancellation due to Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka.
Apply 07 May - 18 May 10-Day Course Full Kosgama English / Sinhala
Applicants travelling from abroad must complete quarantine period as stipulated by the SL Health Authorities and should have obtained a Quarantine Certificate and a negative PCR report. Local applicants should provide a letter from an authorized person certifying that neither they nor any family members have been affected by Covid-19 or in quarantine, within 14 days of the course start date. Course and dates are tentative; subject to change/cancellation due to Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka.
Apply 04 Jun - 15 Jun 10-Day Open Kosgama English / Sinhala
Applicants travelling from abroad must complete 14 days quarantine period as stipulated by the SL Health Authorities and should have obtained a Quarantine Certificate and a negative PCR report. Local applicants should provide a letter from an authorized person certifying that neither they nor any family members have been affected by Covid-19 or in quarantine, within 14 days of the course start date. Course and dates are tentative; subject to change/cancellation due to Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka.
18 Jun - 23 Jun Work Period Open Kosgama For old students
For old students to render free service at the Centre. Please call / email the Centre to register.
03 Jul - 04 Jul Trust Board, Staff and Dhamma Seva Workshop Open Kosgama Trustees, Staff of the centres and old students willing to provide dhamma service can participate. Please call / email the Centre to register.
Apply 09 Jul - 17 Jul Satipatthana Sutta Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
Applicants travelling from abroad must complete 14 days quarantine period as stipulated by the SL Health Authorities and should have obtained a Quarantine Certificate and a negative PCR report. Local applicants should provide a letter from an authorized person certifying that neither they nor any family members have been affected by Covid-19 or in quarantine, within 14 days of the course start date. Course and dates are tentative; subject to change/cancellation due to Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka.
Apply 04 Aug - 15 Aug 10-Day Open Kosgama English / Sinhala
Applicants travelling from abroad must complete 14 days quarantine period as stipulated by the SL Health Authorities and should have obtained a Quarantine Certificate and a negative PCR report. Local applicants should provide a letter from an authorized person certifying that neither they nor any family members have been affected by Covid-19 or in quarantine, within 14 days of the course start date. Course and dates are tentative; subject to change/cancellation due to Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka.
03 Sep - 14 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 May Kosgama English / Sinhala
Applicants travelling from abroad must complete 28 days quarantine period as stipulated by the Sri Lankan Health Authorities. Local applicants should provide a letter from an authorized person certifying that neither they nor any family members have been affected by Covid-19 or in quarantine, within 14 days of the course start date. Course and dates are tentative; subject to change/cancellation due to Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka.
21 Sep - 25 Sep Work Period Open Kosgama For old students
For old students to render free service at the Centre. Please call / email the Centre to register.
01 Oct - 04 Oct AT / CCT Workshop Open Kosgama For old students
By invitation only. Please contact the Centre for more information.
06 Oct - 17 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Jun Kosgama English / Sinhala
Applicants travelling from abroad must complete 28 days quarantine period as stipulated by the Sri Lankan Health Authorities. Local applicants should provide a letter from an authorized person certifying that neither they nor any family members have been affected by Covid-19 or in quarantine, within 14 days of the course start date. Course and dates are tentative; subject to change/cancellation due to Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka.
04 Nov - 15 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Jul Kosgama English / Sinhala
Applicants travelling from abroad must complete 28 days quarantine period as stipulated by the Sri Lankan Health Authorities. Local applicants should provide a letter from an authorized person certifying that neither they nor any family members have been affected by Covid-19 or in quarantine, within 14 days of the course start date. Course and dates are tentative; subject to change/cancellation due to Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka.
03 Dec - 14 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Aug Kosgama English / Sinhala
Applicants travelling from abroad must complete 28 days quarantine period as stipulated by the Sri Lankan Health Authorities. Local applicants should provide a letter from an authorized person certifying that neither they nor any family members have been affected by Covid-19 or in quarantine, within 14 days of the course start date. Course and dates are tentative; subject to change/cancellation due to Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka.
22 Dec - 30 Dec Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 22 Aug Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
Applicants travelling from abroad must complete 28 days quarantine period as stipulated by the Sri Lankan Health Authorities. Local applicants should provide a letter from an authorized person certifying that neither they nor any family members have been affected by Covid-19 or in quarantine, within 14 days of the course start date. Course and dates are tentative; subject to change/cancellation due to Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka.
 
 

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://sobha.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.

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.

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 Programs are similar to Service Periods where there is time to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects, but have a more full and structured program, an opportunity to meet with assistant teachers, and possibly committee and trust meetings. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods and in the evening there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

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.