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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.
2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
14 Aug Children / Teens Completed Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
13 Sep Children / Teens Completed Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
13 Oct Children / Teens Completed Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
12 Nov Children / Teens Completed Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
11 Dec Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
10 Jan Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
08 Feb Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
09 Mar Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
07 Apr Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
07 May Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
05 Jun Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
04 Jul Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
03 Aug Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
01 Sep Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
01 Oct Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
30 Oct Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
29 Nov Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
29 Dec Children / Teens Open Kosgama This programme will be held from 8.00am to 2.30pm for children aged 8-12 and 13-18.
 
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.
2019 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
14 Aug 1-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
13 Sep 1-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
03 Oct - 06 Oct 3-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
13 Oct 1-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
12 Nov 1-Day Completed Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
11 Dec 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
2020 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 05 Jan - 08 Jan 3-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
10 Jan 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
8.00 am to 4.30 pm
08 Feb 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
09 Mar 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
Apply 12 Mar - 15 Mar 3-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
07 Apr 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
07 May 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
05 Jun 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
04 Jul 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
03 Aug 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
01 Sep 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
01 Oct 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
30 Oct 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
19 Nov - 22 Nov 3-Day Applications accepted starting 16 May Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
29 Nov 1-Day Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
29 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.
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
02 Aug - 13 Aug 10-Day Completed Kosgama Note: New Dates!
English / Tamil. PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE.
20 Aug - 31 Aug 10-Day Completed Kosgama English / Sinhala
05 Sep - 08 Sep Children's Course Teachers' and Dhamma Servers' Workshop Completed Kosgama For Old Students Only
14 Sep - 15 Sep Trustees', Staff and Dhamma Servers' Workshop. CANCELLED CANCELLED Kosgama For Old Students Only
18 Sep - 29 Sep 10-Day Completed Kosgama English / Sinhala
29 Sep S N Goenka - Commemoration Meditation and Alms-giving Completed Kosgama For Old Students only
19 Oct - 30 Oct 10-Day Completed Kosgama English / Sinhala. Course reserved for Males Only (80% reserved for Sri Lanka Army personnel).
01 Nov - 04 Nov Work Period Completed Kosgama For old students
Work Period is open to all Old Students to render free service at the Centre. Please call or send us an email with your name, contact details and dates attending
Apply 18 Nov - 29 Nov 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Kosgama Note: New Dates!
English / Sinhala. Please note new course dates
Apply 01 Dec - 09 Dec Satipatthana Sutta Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
Apply 19 Dec - 30 Dec 10-Day Open Kosgama English / Sinhala.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 12 Jan - 23 Jan 10-Day Open Kosgama English / Sinhala
Apply 27 Jan - 07 Feb 10-Day Open Kosgama English / Sinhala
Apply 12 Feb - 23 Feb 10-Day Open Kosgama English / Sinhala
Apply 28 Feb - 07 Mar Satipatthana Sutta Open Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
18 Mar - 22 Mar Work Period Open Kosgama For old students
Work Period is open to all Old Students to render free service at the Centre. Please call or send us an email with your name, contact details and dates attending.
24 Mar - 04 Apr Bhikkhu Course Applications accepted starting 24 Nov Kosgama English / Sinhala. For Bhikkhu / Monks Only
19 Apr - 30 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Dec Kosgama English / Sinhala
02 May - 05 May Work Period Open Kosgama For old students
Work Period is open to all Old Students to render free service at the Centre. Please call or send us an email with your name, contact details and dates attending.
09 May - 20 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Jan Kosgama English / Sinhala
24 May - 04 Jun SL Army Course Applications accepted starting 24 Jan Kosgama English / Sinhala. Course reserved for Males Only (80% reserved for Sri Lanka Army personnel).
08 Jun - 19 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Feb Kosgama English / Sinhala
22 Jun - 03 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Feb Kosgama English / Sinhala
04 Jul - 05 Jul Trust Board, Staff & Dhamma Seva Workshop Open Kosgama Open to all Old Students. Please call or send us an email with your name and contact details.
08 Jul - 19 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Mar Kosgama English / Sinhala
24 Jul - 28 Jul Work Period Open Kosgama For old students
Work Period is open to all Old Students to render free service at the Centre. Please call or send us an email with your name, contact details and dates attending.
05 Aug - 16 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Apr Kosgama English / Sinhala
20 Aug - 31 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Apr Kosgama English / Sinhala
04 Sep - 06 Sep Old Student Program Open Kosgama For old students
AT Workshop / Meeting
04 Sep - 06 Sep CCT Workshop Open Kosgama For old students. Workshop for Children's Course Teachers (CCTs) and Children's Course Dhamma Servers
09 Sep - 20 Sep 10 day (English / Sinhala / Tamil) Applications accepted starting 09 May Kosgama English / Sinhala / Tamil
26 Sep - 29 Sep Work Period Open Kosgama For old students
Work Period is open to all Old Students to render free service at the Centre. Please call or send us an email with your name, contact details and dates attending.
29 Sep Goenkaji Commemorative Day Meditation and Alms Giving Open Kosgama Open to all Old Students
03 Oct - 11 Oct Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 03 Apr Kosgama For old students
English / Sinhala
17 Oct - 28 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Jun Kosgama English / Sinhala
03 Nov - 14 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Jul Kosgama English / Sinhala
25 Nov - 27 Nov Work Period Open Kosgama For old students
Work Period is open to all Old Students to render free service at the Centre. Please call or send us an email with your name, contact details and dates attending.
01 Dec - 12 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Aug Kosgama English / Sinhala
16 Dec - 27 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Aug Kosgama English / Sinhala
 
 

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://www.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.