Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

Dhamma Suriyo, Gahirigaun, Phikkal, Illam District, Mechi, Nepal
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English / Nepali

The land for the center was donated by old students in 2014 A.D. Ten day Vipassana Course started at the center from 2018 A.D. In addition, the center is conducting One day Vipassana Course for old students and One day Anapana Course for Children. Annual course schedule is available in detail on course schedule page.

The center has the following infrastructures.
• Meditation Hall with a capacity for 30 persons
• Teacher's residence for one teacher
• Male residence for 15 persons
• Female residence for 15 persons
• Dining hall (20 persons) for both the male and female students separated with curtain
• Mini-Dhamma hall for 10 persons
• Kitchen, Store room
• Fencing net around the center compound
• 1.75 km ungraveled access road.

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

Email: [email protected]

Tel: [+977] 9851244738 (Dwarika Pangeni), 9851012580 (Yukta Prasad Bhetwal), 9861577152 (Bibek Dangol).

Please note that a good understanding and fluency in Hindi or English or Nepali or Newari language is essential.

"In view of the ongoing Corona-19 pandemic situation, only those centers where strict compliance of social distancing and other requisite precautionary measures could be practised, are running the courses with limited number of students. It is mandatory for those coming from across the border to show recent health certificate confirming Corona negative. Please follow any additional directions/measure as suggested by the center as needed or when requested."

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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
Apply 18 Sep 1-Day Open Gahirigaun, Phikkal, Illam District For old students
Apply 27 Oct - 31 Oct 3-Day Open Gahirigaun, Phikkal, Illam District For old students
18 Dec 1-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Sep Gahirigaun, Phikkal, Illam District 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
Apply 05 Aug - 16 Aug 10-Day Open Gahirigaun, Phikkal, Illam District
Apply 05 Sep - 16 Sep 10-Day Open Gahirigaun, Phikkal, Illam District
Apply 06 Oct - 17 Oct 10-Day Open Gahirigaun, Phikkal, Illam District "DASHAIN COURSE"
11 Nov - 22 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Aug Gahirigaun, Phikkal, Illam District
05 Dec - 16 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Sep Gahirigaun, Phikkal, Illam District

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://suriyo.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.

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.