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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

 

   

 

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

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

Note for new students:
If you already successfully applied foir another course. please understand that we won't accept multiple applications.
If you're just wait listed 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
12 Feb - 23 Feb 10-Day
English / French
In Progress Mont Soleil
Apply* 26 Feb - 08 Mar 10-Day
English / German
New Women - Long Wait List Old Women - Short Wait List Men - Long Wait List Female Server - Filling Up Male Server - Short Wait List Mont Soleil
Apply* 11 Mar - 22 Mar 10-Day
English / French
Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Filling Up Male Server - Short Wait List Mont Soleil
Apply* 25 Mar - 05 Apr 10-Day
English / German
New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Mont Soleil
Apply* 08 Apr - 19 Apr 10-Day
English / French
New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Female Server - Closed Male Server - Short Wait List Mont Soleil
Apply* 22 Apr - 25 Apr 3-Day
English / German
Women - Closed Men - Short Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Mont Soleil For old students
Apply* 26 Apr - 30 Apr Sit & Serve Garden
English
Servers - Open Mont Soleil For old students
Apply* 05 May - 16 May 10-Day
English / French
New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Closed Male Server - Filling Up Mont Soleil
16 May - 17 May 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
Apply* 20 May - 31 May 10-Day
English / German
Women - Closed Men - Long Wait List Servers - Filling Up Mont Soleil
Apply* 02 Jun - 13 Jun 10-Day
English / French
Women - Closed New Men - Long Wait List Old Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Filling Up Mont Soleil
Apply* 16 Jun - 27 Jun 10-Day
English / Italian
New Women - Filling Up Old Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Mont Soleil This course gives priority to Italian native speakers students and SERVERS. 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.
28 Jun - 29 Jun Open Door Day
English
Open Mont Soleil
29 Jun - 08 Jul Satipatthana Sutta
English / French
Applications accepted starting 01 Mar Mont Soleil For old students
09 Jul - 13 Jul European Dhamma Servers Meeting
English
Applications accepted starting 23 Feb Mont Soleil The European Dhamma Servers Meeting is an opportunity for Dhamma Servers to meet, share experience and gain inspiration. It is open to all old students who have served at least one 10-day course.
22 Jul - 02 Aug 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 22 Mar Mont Soleil
04 Aug - 15 Aug 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 05 Apr Mont Soleil
15 Aug - 16 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
19 Aug - 30 Aug 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 19 Apr Mont Soleil
02 Sep - 05 Sep 3-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 26 Apr Mont Soleil For old students
06 Sep - 10 Sep Sit & Serve Garden
English
Applications accepted starting 07 Jun Mont Soleil For old students
16 Sep - 27 Sep 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 17 May Mont Soleil
08 Oct - 17 Oct Satipatthana Sutta
English / German
Applications accepted starting 07 Jun Mont Soleil For old students
21 Oct - 01 Nov 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 21 Jun Mont Soleil
03 Nov - 14 Nov 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 05 Jul Mont Soleil
14 Nov - 15 Nov 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
18 Nov - 29 Nov 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 19 Jul Mont Soleil
02 Dec - 05 Dec 3-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 02 Aug Mont Soleil For old students
09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 09 Aug Mont Soleil
23 December, 2020 - 03 January, 2021 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 30 Aug 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
Apply* 23 Feb 1-Day
English / German
Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Dornbirn For old students
Region Lake of Constance
Apply* 07 Mar 1-Day
English / German
Women - Filling Up Men - Filling Up Servers - Open Berne For old students
Apply* 07 Mar 1-Day
English / German
Women - Short Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Zurich For old students
Apply* 22 Mar 1-Day
English / German
Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Dornbirn For old students
Region Lake of Constance
Apply* 09 Apr - 13 Apr 3-Day
English / Italian
Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Primadengo For old students
18 Apr 1-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 14 Mar Zurich For old students
06 Jun 1-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 02 May Berne For old students
20 Jun 1-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 16 May Zurich For old students
12 Sep 1-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 08 Aug Berne For old students
31 Oct 1-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 26 Sep Berne For old students
26 December, 2020 - 06 January, 2021 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 16 Sep St. Arbogast
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 01 May - 03 May Children
French
Open Mont Soleil Girls from 8 to 18 years. Boys from 8 to 13 years.
Apply* 17 Jul - 19 Jul Children
German
Open Mont Soleil Girls from 8 to 18 years. Boys from 8 to 13 years.
11 Sep - 13 Sep Children
English / German
Applications accepted starting 15 Mar Mont Soleil Boys from 8 to 18 years. Girls from 8 to 13 years.
02 Oct - 04 Oct Children
English / French
Applications accepted starting 05 Apr 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://www.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.

Open Days are held between meditation courses. All are welcome to attend and learn about Vipassana Meditation and the Centre.

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.