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Dhamma Vijaya, Vijayarayai, Andhra Pradesh, India
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** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English / Telugu

Dhamma Vijaya is located in a calm and quiet coconut garden (with cocoa as the intercrop), 3 KMs away from the main village Vijayarai. This village is 15 KMs from Eluru, which is the district headquarters of West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. Eluru is well connected by Rail and Road in Vijayawada-Vishakapatnam section of Chennai-Kolkata National Highway. The nearest airport (Vijayawada-Gannavaram) is less than one hour's drive from the centre. The area of the center is 3.0 acres, which was donated by a meditator-couple.

The first course was conducted in June 2003. Since then, one 10-day course is being held every month and one Satiptthana course a year. There are seven individual meditation cells for male students and another seven for women. There are plans to construct a few more on either side.

 The centre has accommodation for 21 male students (8 double rooms and 5 single rooms) and 18 female students (8 double rooms and 2 single rooms). There are two meditation halls, which can seat 50 and 30 students respectively.

At a distance of 40 KMs from this centre, there is a historical Buddhist place called Guntupalli (also called as Jeelakarragudem) dating back to 3rd century B.C. There are many rock-cut caves where Buddhist monks used to meditate. These are believed to be more ancient than world famous Ajanta and Ellora caves.
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

Dhamma Vijaya - Vipassana International Meditation Centre
Vijayarayai, Pedavegi Mandal (Post)
West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh- 534 475

Email: [email protected]
Phone: [91](08812) 225522, 94414-49044, 85004-10922

For the schedule of non-centre courses in AP & Telangana (Vanaparthy, Karimnagar, Kurnool, Nandyal, Tirupati, Nirmal and Vizianagaram), please click here.

Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
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2021 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
08 May - 16 May Course is cancelled due to increase in Covid19 cases CANCELLED Vijayarayai BOYS teenager's course
Age 15-19
Short Courses
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
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No courses are currently scheduled.
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.
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2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
20 Jan - 31 Jan 10-Day CANCELLED Vijayarayai
17 Feb - 28 Feb 10-Day CANCELLED Vijayarayai
03 Mar - 14 Mar 10-Day Completed Vijayarayai
17 Mar - 28 Mar 10-Day Completed Vijayarayai
25 Apr - 06 May Course is cancelled due to increase in Covid19 cases CANCELLED Vijayarayai Course is cancelled due to increase in Covid19 cases
Apply 19 May - 30 May 10-Day Open Vijayarayai
Apply 16 Jun - 27 Jun 10-Day Open Vijayarayai
21 Jul - 01 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Apr Vijayarayai
18 Aug - 29 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Jun Vijayarayai
15 Sep - 26 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Aug Vijayarayai
20 Oct - 31 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Sep Vijayarayai
06 Nov - 14 Nov Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 10 Sep Vijayarayai For old students
Eligibility- Old students those who have completed 3 ten day courses and 1 ten day seva.
17 Nov - 28 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Oct Vijayarayai
15 Dec - 26 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Nov Vijayarayai

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://vijaya.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.

This is 7 Days Vipassana course for Teenagers of age group 15 to 19 years old.

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.