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Sumeru
Dhamma Sumeru, Mont Soleil, Switzerland
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / German / French / Italian

The Swiss Vipassana Centre, also called in Pali, Dhamma Sumeru, meaning “the heavenly mountain of the Dhamma” is located on the Mont-Soleil ("Mount Sun") in a village of the Swiss Jura mountains on an altitude of 3600 feet surrounded by pastures and forests. Mont-Soleil means in English "Mount Sun" as it is one of the sunniest places in Switzerland and is situated near St.Imier, between Biel and La Chaux-de-Fonds. It was founded in November 1999.

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.
  • Note: Courses are also available throughout the World.
Additional information

Vipassana Meditation Centre - Dhamma Sumeru

 

  • Registration Office for information:
    Tel  +41 32 941 16 70  (answering machine)
    Fax +41 32 941 16 50
  • Centre’s address:
    Vipassana Meditation Centre 
    No. 140
    2610 Mont-Soleil
    Switzerland

 

   

 

Important message regarding Coronavirus
Due to the small size of the Swiss Vipassana centre, we cannot offer self-quarantine facilities if there is a corona-emergency. Therefore only those from Switzerland can currently be accepted on courses providing that they can guarantee being able to leave the center on their own immediately after showing symptoms.

Please apply in your mother tongue by selecting the language on the top right of this page.

Course registration opens on Sundays at 10am (9am during winter time).
Please refresh your web browser from time to time (use F5) while waiting for registration to open so that the apply link will appear.

Note for new students:
If you have already successfully applied for another course. please understand that we won't accept multiple applications.
If you're just waitlisted for other courses so far, please feel free to apply again. 

 
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.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 01 Jan - 31 Dec Service in between courses In Progress Mont Soleil For old students
Service IN BETWEEN courses ONLY no long term server - only students who already completed at least one course
18 Nov - 29 Nov 10-Day
English / German
CANCELLED Mont Soleil

Cancelled

02 Dec - 05 Dec 3-Day
English / German
CANCELLED Mont Soleil For old students

Cancelled

Apply* 09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day
English / French
Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Closed Male Server - Short Wait List Mont Soleil

Only for Swiss residents and only for old students.

Apply* 23 December, 2020 - 03 January, 2021 10-Day
English / German
Closed Mont Soleil

Only for Swiss residents and only for old students.

2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 06 Jan - 17 Jan 10-Day
English / Italian
Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Mont Soleil

This course gives priority to Italian native speaking students . All other participants will be placed on a waiting list. One month before the beginning of the course, participants on the waiting list will be admitted, as long as there are places available.

Only for Swiss residents.

Apply* 20 Jan - 31 Jan 10-Day
English / German
Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Mont Soleil

Only for Swiss residents.

Apply* 03 Feb - 07 Feb 3-Day
English / French
Closed Mont Soleil For old students

Only for Swiss residents.

09 Feb - 20 Feb 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 26 Dec Mont Soleil

Only for Swiss residents.

20 Feb - 21 Feb meeting of the association
English
Open Mont Soleil For old students
All old students are warmly welcome to attend the meeting of the association. Please inform the centre about your attendance by calling 032 941 16 70

Only for Swiss residents.

24 Feb - 07 Mar 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 16 Jan Mont Soleil

Only for Swiss residents.

10 Mar - 21 Mar 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 30 Jan Mont Soleil

Only for Swiss residents.

23 Mar - 03 Apr 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 13 Feb Mont Soleil

Only for Swiss residents.

05 Apr - 09 Apr 3-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 27 Feb Mont Soleil For old students

Only for Swiss residents.

11 Apr - 20 Apr Satipatthana Sutta
English / French
Applications accepted starting 06 Mar Mont Soleil For old students

Only for Swiss residents.

26 Apr - 29 Apr Sit & Serve Household & Garden
English
Applications accepted starting 24 Jan Mont Soleil For old students
05 May - 16 May 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 31 Jan Mont Soleil

Only for Swiss residents.

18 May - 29 May 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 21 Feb Mont Soleil

Only for Swiss residents.

29 May - 30 May meeting of the association
English / French / German
Open Mont Soleil For old students
All old students are warmly welcome to attend the meeting of the association. Please inform the centre about your attendance by calling 032 941 16 70
02 Jun - 13 Jun 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 28 Feb Mont Soleil

Only for Swiss residents.

26 Jun - 02 Jul Sit & Serve Garden
English / French / German
Applications accepted starting 21 Mar Mont Soleil For old students

Only for Swiss residents.

06 Jul - 17 Jul 10-Day
English / Italian
Applications accepted starting 04 Apr Mont Soleil

This course gives priority to Italian native speaking students . All other participants will be placed on a waiting list. One month before the beginning of the course, participants on the waiting list will be admitted, as long as there are places available.

21 Jul - 01 Aug 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 18 Apr Mont Soleil
04 Aug - 15 Aug 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 02 May Mont Soleil
17 Aug - 28 Aug 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 16 May Mont Soleil
28 Aug - 29 Aug meeting of the association
English
Open Mont Soleil For old students
All old students are warmly welcome to attend the meeting of the association. Please inform the centre about your attendance by calling 032 941 16 70
01 Sep - 12 Sep 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 30 May Mont Soleil
15 Sep - 26 Sep 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 13 Jun Mont Soleil
29 Sep - 10 Oct 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 27 Jun Mont Soleil
13 Oct - 24 Oct 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 11 Jul Mont Soleil
03 Nov - 14 Nov 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 15 Aug Mont Soleil
18 Nov - 27 Nov Satipatthana Sutta
English / German
Applications accepted starting 15 Aug Mont Soleil For old students
27 Nov - 28 Nov meeting of the association
English / French / German
Open Mont Soleil For old students
All old students are warmly welcome to attend the meeting of the association. Please inform the centre about your attendance by calling 032 941 16 70
01 Dec - 05 Dec 3-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 29 Aug Mont Soleil For old students
08 Dec - 19 Dec 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 05 Sep Mont Soleil
23 December, 2021 - 03 January, 2022 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 19 Sep Mont Soleil
 
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Dhamma Sumeru Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
06 Dec 1-Day
English / German
CANCELLED Dornbirn For old students
26 December, 2020 - 06 January, 2021 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 03 Dec St. Arbogast

Due to the uncertainty associated with Covid-19, we have postponed the start of registration again.

End of November we will now make a final decision on whether this course can take place.

Thank you for your understanding.

2021 Dhamma Sumeru Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
01 Apr - 05 Apr 3-Day
English / Italian
Applications accepted starting 27 Feb Primadengo For old students

Only for Swiss residents.

10 Jul Children
German
Applications accepted starting 01 Apr St. Arbogast For children and teens from 8 - 16 years
 
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
Apply* 23 Apr - 25 Apr Children
German
Open Mont Soleil Girls from 8 to 18 years. Boys from 8 to 13 years.

Only for Swiss residents.

30 Apr - 02 May Children
French
Applications accepted starting 24 Jan Mont Soleil Girls from 8 to 18 years. Boys from 8 to 13 years.

Only for Swiss residents.

02 Jul - 04 Jul Children
German
Applications accepted starting 28 Mar Mont Soleil Girls from 8 to 13 years. Boys from 8 to 18 years.
10 Jul Children
German
Applications accepted starting 01 Apr St. Arbogast For children and teens from 8 - 16 years
29 Oct - 31 Oct Children
French
Applications accepted starting 25 Jul Mont Soleil

Boys from 8 to 18 years. Girls from 8 to 13 years.

 
 

As a privacy measurement, the online application form encrypts the information you provide us with before it is sent from your computer to our application server.


To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://sumeru.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.

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.