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INterNatIoNal News ........................................ 29

words of dhaMMa
Anicc vata sakhr, uppdavayadhammino. Uppajjitv nirujjhanti, tesa vpasamo sukho.

they arise and are extinguished, their eUropeaN NewS................................................. 89 eradication brings happiness.
east anglia, UK..................................................................... 8 Dhamma Servers Meeting July 7-11, 2011 at Dhamma Neru, spain .................................................................................... 8 Coach service reduces travel time to Dhamma campus....... 9

the essentials of Buddha-Dhamma in Meditation Practice ........................................................ 2-3 Gratitude to Sayagyi U Ba Khin ............................................ 4 webu Sayadaw speaks about Sayagyi ................................. 5 Impermanent truly are created things, Questions and answers with Goenkaji ................................. 7 by nature arising and passing away. If

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Dhamma Sukhakari ............................................................ 10 CoUrSe SCheDUleS...............1822 Uk talks by Dr paul r Fleischman ...................................... 11 UK and Ireland Course Schedule.............18 Dhamma Campus open Day ............................................. 12 european Course Schedule.................19-20 the Dhamma Shed.........................................................12-13 long & old Student Course Schedule.....21 opportunities for Dhamma service ................................ 15-17 Group sittings...............................................22

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the essentials of buddha-dhamma in Meditation practice
This January marks the 40th anniversary of the passing away of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. In the years since 1971 the world has changed greatly but the teaching of the Buddha is, if anything, more relevant. Sayagyi would certainly be happy to see more people than ever around the world practising the essence of this teaching, which is Vipassana. Following is an extract from an article he wrote specifically for his students outside Myanmar. The title was added later but there can be no doubt that this represents Sayagyis testament, the summation of his many years of teaching. the initial object of Vipassana meditation is to activate the experience of anicc in oneself and to eventually reach a state of inner and outer calmness and balance. this is achieved when one becomes engrossed in the feeling of anicc within. the world is now facing serious problems which threaten all mankind. It is just the right time for everyone to take to Vipassana meditation and learn how to find a deep pool of quiet in the midst of all that is happening today. Anicc is inside of everybody. It is within reach of everybody. Just a look into oneself and there it isanicc to be experienced. when one can feel anicc, when one can experience anicc, and when one can become engrossed in anicc, one can at will cut oneself off from the world of ideation outside. Anicc is, for the householder, the gem of life which he will treasure to create a reservoir of calm and balanced energy for his own well-being and for the welfare of the society. the experience of anicc , when properly developed, strikes at the root of ones physical and mental ills and removes gradually whatever is bad in him, i.e., the causes of such physical and mental ills. this experience is not reserved for men who have renounced the world for the homeless life. It is for the householder as well. In spite of drawbacks which make a householder restless in these days, a competent teacher or guide can help a student to get the experience of anicc activated in a comparatively short time. once he has got it activated, all that is necessary is for him to try and preserve it; but he must make it a point, as soon as time or opportunity presents itself for further progress, to work for the stage of bhagaa (knowledge of bhaga). however, there is likely to be some difficulty for one who has not reached the stage of bhaga. It will be just like a tug-of-war for him between anicc within and physical and mental activities outside. so it would be wise for him to follow the motto of work while you work, play while you play. there is no need for him to be activating the experience of anicc all the time. It should suffice if this could be confined to a regular period, or periods, set apart in the day or night for the purpose. During this time, at least, an attempt must be made to keep the attention focused inside the body, with awareness devoted exclusively to anicc. that is to say, his awareness of anicc should go on from moment to moment so continuously as not to allow for the interpolationof any discursive or distracting

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thoughts, which are definitely detrimental to progress. In case this is not possible, he will have to go back to respiration-mindfulness, because samdhi is the key to the contemplation of anicc. to get good samdhi, sla (morality) has to be perfect, since samdhi is built upon sla. For a good experience of anicc, samdhi must be good. If samdhi is excellent, awareness of anicc will also become excellent. there is no special technique for activating the experience of anicc other than the use of the mind adjusted to a perfect state of balance, and attention projected upon the object of meditation. In Vipassana the object of meditation is anicc, and therefore, in the case of those used to focusing their attention on bodily feelings, they can feel anicc directly. In experiencing anicc in relation to the body, it should first be in the area where one can easily get his attention engrossed, changing the area of attention from place to place from head to feet and from feet to head, at times probing into the interior. at this stage it must clearly be understood that no attention is to be paid to the anatomy of the body, but to the formations of matterthe kalpas and the nature of their constant change. If these instructions are observed, there will surely be progress, but the progress depends also on pram (i.e., ones disposition for certain spiritual qualities) and devotion of the individual to the work of meditation.

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the essentials of buddha-dhamma in Meditation practice
If he attains high levels of knowledge, his power to understand the three characteristics of anicc, dukkha and anatt will increase and he will accordingly come nearer and nearer to the goal of the ariya or noble saintwhich every householder should keep in view. this is the age of science. Man of today has no utopia. he will not accept anything unless the results are good, concrete, vivid, personal, and here-and-now. when the Buddha was alive, he said to the people of Kma: "Now look, you Kmas. Be not misled by report or tradition or hearsay. Be not misled by proficiency in the scriptural collections, or by reasoning or logic or reflection on and approval of some theory, or because some view conforms with ones inclinations, or out of respect for the prestige of a teacher. But when you know for yourselves: these things are unwholesome, these things are blameworthy, these things are censured by the wise; these things when practised and observed, conduce to loss and sorrowthen do ye reject them. But if at any time you know for yourselves: these things are wholesome, these things are blameless, these things are praised by the intelligent; these things, when practised and observed, conduce to welfare and happinessthen, Kmas, do ye, having practised them, abide. " the time clock of Vipassana has now struckthat is, for the revival of Buddha-Dhamma Vipassana in practice. we have no doubt whatsoever that definite results would accrue to those who would with an open mind sincerely undergo a course of training under a competent teacherI mean results which will be accepted as good, concrete, vivid, personal, here-andnowresults which will keep them in good stead and in

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a state of well-being and happiness for the rest of their lives. May all beings be happy and may peace prevail in the world.

sayings of sayagyi u ba khin:


"a balanced mind is necessary to balance the unbalanced mind of others. " "Just as the light of a candle has the power to dispel darkness in a room, so also the light developed in one man can help dispel darkness in several others." "to imagine that good can be done by the means of evil is an illusion, a nightmare. " "My approach is essentially practical, not theoretical. Vipassana meditation is so subtle and delicate that the less you talk about it, the more you can obtain good results. " " Dhamma eradicates suffering and gives happiness. who gives this happiness? It is not the Buddha but the Dhamma, the knowledge of anicc within the body, which gives this happiness. that is why you must meditate and be aware of anicc continually." "the more one is attached to self, the greater is the suffering. " " only those who take to meditation with good intentions can be assured of success. with the development of the purity and the power of the mind backed by the insight into the ultimate truth of nature, one may be able to do a lot of things in the right direction for the benefit of mankind." "For progress in Vipassana meditation, a student must keep knowing anicc as continuously as possible.... Continuous awareness of anicc, and so of dukkha and anatt, is the secret of success. the last words of the Buddha just before he breathed his last and passed away into mahaparinibbna were: Decay (or anicc) is inherent in all component things. work out your own salvation with diligence. this is, in fact, the essence of all his teachings during the 45 years of his ministry. If you will keep up the awareness of the anicc that is inherent in all component things, you are sure to reach the goal in the course of time."
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international news
gratitude to sayagyi khin by s.n. goenka (January 19, 1981)
Most reverend Dhamma teacher! It is now 10 years since you passed away, but your inspirational presence is still being felt. My heart fills with gratitude towards you, my magnanimous teacher, who most compassionately, most lovingly and affectionately bestowed upon me this invaluable Dhamma-jewel. If I had not received this Dhammajewel, what would my plight have been? I would have wasted this life in the pursuit of earning and hoarding wealth, and in the rat race for status. You nurtured the seed of Dhamma within me. If you had not, then I would have been content to remain bound in sectarian fetters, mistaking them for ornaments. I would have passed my life taking pride in the experiences of others rather than my own. where would I have obtained this real and direct experience of the truth? I would have contented myself with the mental projections of imagination. where would I have had this yathbutha adassana (wisdom of the direct experience of truth as it is)? I would have wasted my life taking intellectual knowledge as true wisdom. I would have squandered this invaluable human life by performing rites, rituals and recitations, and in getting conditioned by nonexperiential, sectarian philosophies. My peerless Dhamma teacher! You have made my human life truly successful and worthwhile by bestowing the gift of this unrivalled, incomparable Dhamma upon me. Verily, unrivalled and incomparable is the practice of Dhamma. how easy! how clear! how scientific! how beneficial! leading from bondage to freedom, from delusions and mirages to the reality, from the apparent truth to the ultimate truthmay this invaluable jewel remain in its unblemished purity! I solemnly make these meritorious resolutions on this auspicious day, the anniversary of your demise: May I not commit the monumental sin of adulterating the teaching. May this invaluable technique remain in its flawless purity. May its practice open the door of deathlessness and salvation for one and all. Fulfilling these resolutions is the only way to respect, honour and revere you.

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The Dhamma has returned to India and spread around the world because of my teacher, Sayagyi U Ba Khin. You may forget the name of Goenka but never forget Sayagyi U Ba Khin! Emperor Asoka sent Sona and Uttara to Myanmar as Dhamma messengers. Hardly anyone knows Sona and Uttara even in Myanmar, but everyone gratefully remembers Asoka and all sing his praises. I want the same to happen with Sayagyi and myself. My name should never be allowed to overshadow that of Sayagyi U Ba Khin in any way whatsoever. S.N. Goenka

Sayagyi U Ba Khin in formal attire meditating in the central room of the pagoda at the International Meditation Centre (IMC), Yangon

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webu sayadaw speaks about sayagyi
one of the most unusual things about Sayagyi U Ba Khin was his close relationship with webu Sayadaw, a renowned monk who was commonly regarded as an arahant in Myanmar. It was on webu Sayadaws prompting that U Ba Khin began to teach Vipassana. later, it was at Sayagyis invitation that webu Sayadaw first came to Yangon, where he stayed for several days at Sayagyis centre. and it was under webu Sayadaw that Sayagyi briefly became a monk, as virtually all Burmese men do at least once in their lifetime. after Sayagyi passed away, the news was brought to webu Sayadaw. he commented, a person like Sayagyi U Ba Khin will never die. You may not see him, but his teachings live on.

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U Kusula (Sayagyi U Ba Khin as a monk)

website for children and teens goes live


Now there is a brand-new source of information about anapana meditation for children and teens: the www.children.dhamma.org website.
Goenkaji paying respect to Sayagyi U Ba Khin. This photograph was taken in the 1960s, prior to Goenkaji's departure from Myanmar.

It will include slide shows of courses from around the world, poetry and artwork from meditator children and teens, and follow-up materials. the site is a wonderful entry point into the world of meditation for the young. and it will also interest meditators of any age.

the outcome of years of effort around the world, the site is an attractive introduction to an activity that is growing in popularity. Separate sections provide information for readers with different interests. parents can find general background information, details on how the courses work, and comments from people with children who have learned anapana. a teachers page talks about bringing courses into schools. the videos section features short films on anapana courses. For children, there are simple explanations with cartoons, plus comments from kids who have sat a course. another section provides similar information in language that will appeal to teens. and most important is information on course dates.

Sayagyi U Ba Khin listens to a discourse by Ven. Webu Sayadaw in the Dhamma Hall at IMC.

Still in the planning stage is a section for old students.


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international news
Asia/Pacific
russia
first Vipassana centre in russia after seven years of searching, in December 2010 the russian trust purchased a property for a Vipassana centre. Goenkaji has named the new centre Dhamma Dullabha, meaning the rare, extraordinary (difficult to obtain) Dhamma. the property covers two hectares (five acres). originally a childrens camp, it is located 100 kilometres (70 miles) east of Moscow and is easily reached by local train. the surrounding land is wooded, with beautiful old pine and oak trees. the peaceful environment and seclusion are ideal for serious meditation. the first 10-day course at Dhamma Dullabha is scheduled for June 2011. at first, the Centre will be able to accommodate up to 80 students and to offer courses only in summer. there will be five courses in 2011, with another 10 courses at a rented site. In the long run, the capacity will be expanded to 120 students and 30 servers, and courses will be held year-round. For more information about Dhamma Dullabha, visit: www.ru.dhamma.org/index.php?id=2161&l=0 (username: oldstudent, password: behappy)
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grateful commemoration
Shri Ram Singh Chauhan passed away peacefully on December 18, 2010, at the age of 93. He was one of the first two cariyas appointed by Goenkaji and was one of the most active Dhamma servers during the initial establishment of Vipassana in India. He helped Goenkaji in many of the projects that served to expand the growth of Vipassana in the world. In addition, he was the main force behind the initiation and propagation of Vipassana courses in prisons. Shri Ram Singh also played a major role in the establishment and growth of Dhamma Thal in Jaipur, India, and was responsible for the management of Dhamma Giri for many years. He is survived by his wife, Shrimati Jag-dish Kumari, also a Vipassana teacher, as well as three sons and three daughters. May they all be happy, peaceful and liberated! See the International Vipassana newsletter (www.vnl.dhamma.org) for news about Burmese courses in the USa, and further developments in hong Kong, Sri lanka, taiwan, australia, and thailand

china
land for new centre in hong kong hong Kong students have been conducting 16 to 18 courses a year at a temporary centre located in the New territories. however, the facility can accommodate only 40 meditators in cramped conditions, and zoning rules do not allow expansion. For these reasons the trust has long been hoping to acquire another property. Success finally came in December 2010, when the hong Kong trust was able to buy a site in the southern part of lantau Island. the property is located in a serene valley and is more than 10 times the size of the current temporary course site. planning is now under-way, and construction should be completed before the end of 2014. the new facility will accommodate up to 120 meditators in single or double rooms, and there will be cells for meditation. Goenkaji has named the new centre Dhamma Mutt (pearl of the Dhamma). For more information, visit: www.hk.dhamma.org/mutta.html.

appointments and new responsibilities (through January 2011)


assistant teachers: Ms. helena anliot Sweden Naomi apel Israel
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Dining hall at Dhamma Dullabha

Future site of Dhamma Mutt

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Questions and answers with Goenkaji
how can we know the difference between bodily sensations that we create (illusions) and sensations that just crop up naturally? i have noticed that i often get an internal image of the part of the body which i am scanning. this seems to help me know where i am with my attention. but it feels as if the image keeps me from going deeper and i wonder if i am just creating fantasy. if this is true, how could i best overcome this? another question i have is how to get more speed in scanning. it takes me mostly about an hour to scan the whole body.
there is a simple way to test whether your meditation experience is natural or artificially created. Simply go to a part of your body and give a command for a particular sensation to appearsay, heat or heaviness or tingling or anything else. Do this two or three times. If the sensations appear on your command, you know that the experience is manufactured and you should throw it away. Go back to anapana for some time and then start again moving through the body, trying only to observe objectively. But if the sensations do not appear on your command, you must accept that they are real, actually happening in that part of the body.
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Quebec Vipassana Centre finds a new home


In 1998, students in Quebec established the provinces first Vipassana centre close to the southern border with the United States. the centre was an immediate success and soon there were long waiting lists for all courses. But expanding the existing facilities turned out to be very difficult and expensive. as a result, two years ago the trust began investigating the possibility of moving to a different site. after an extensive search, the trusts offer has been accepted for a former residential school located near the town of Montebello, midway between Montreal (the largest city in Quebec) and ottawa (Canadas capital). Situated on 600 acres in its own valley, the centre will immediately be able to accommodate 100 students without any major renovations or alterations. For more information, visit: www.suttama.dhamma.org/os/en/montebello/ (username: oldstudent, password: behappy). For a slideshow of the site, visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6geVkZioyfM

You should avoid any visual image of the part of the body you are scanning. If it crops up naturally, never mind; but if it becomes predominant or you start giving importance to it, you will find that your awareness of sensations fades away and you stop practising Vipassana. Instead you may try moving with the breath: breathe out and move down from one part to another, then breathe out again and move to the next part throughout the body as you go from head to feet; then breathe in and move up. this can help you to fix your attention on the area you have chosen. From what you write generally, I would advise you to scan the body more quicklysay, in about 10 minutes. Don't worry for now about feeling every detail; that ability will come gradually. Move quickly and keep moving in different ways so that the experience remains fresh.

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european news
New East Anglia Dhamma house, Dhamma Sukhakri
in december 2010 the east anglia branch of the uk trust celebrated the opening of the dhamma house in saxmundham, suffolk. this comes at the end of nine years of hosting rented site courses in the region. goenkaji has now named it Dhamma Sukhakri giving happiness
the property, a former day care centre, is in the small Suffolk market town of Saxmundham, with excellent road and rail connections with the rest of the country. Built only about 10 years ago to the highest specifications, it is in top condition. It is hoped that the Dhamma house will act as a catalyst to encourage all old students, local as well as further afield, to come to the region to serve and sit. after an initial period spent adapting and developing the property to make it more suited for our purposes, regular 1, 2 and 3 day assistant teacher-led courses will be offered. there will also be an opportunity for more serious old students to come and sit self-courses. Dhamma Sukhakri will be used for weekend children's courses, the Branch meetings and, when there is a caretaker/manager, it will be open for the three daily group sittings for those living locally.

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dhaMMa serVers Meeting July 7-11, 2011 at dhaMMa neru, spain


Vipassana meditators from around europe and beyond are warmly invited to participate in this years european trustees and Dhamma Servers Meeting (etDM) at the Spanish Vipassana Centre from the evening of thursday July 7th to the morning of Monday July 11th. Dhamma Neru (heavenly Mountain of Dhamma") serves as the first Vipassana centre in Spain and it is located near palautordera, about 35 miles Northeast of Barcelona. etDMs are annual events hosted by different Vipassana centres around europe. they are inspiring and informative occasions and always very enjoyable. the etDM gives a wonderful opportunity to meet Dhamma servers from other parts of europe and exchange experiences and information in a relaxed atmosphere. It also provides a platform to share ideas, strengthen service, improve procedures and efficiency, and share the joy of Dhamma service. the agenda will be prepared and decided on together with the participants. Your ideas and suggestions are warmly welcome. the program will include sessions about, among many things, arranging non-centre courses, starting and developing a new centre, the new long-course centre, spreading information about Vipassana, and small group activities based on topics collected during the meeting. Besides this, we will meditate together and organise excursions and walks in the attractive countryside surrounding the centre. Great food and lots of tea will be served! Vipassana Meditation Centre Dhamma Neru els Bruguers, apartado postal 29, Santa Maria de palautordera, 08460 Barcelona, espaa tel: (34) 93 848 26 95 email: etdm2011@gmail.com

register by clicking on this link for applications in english: http://calm.dhamma-eu.org/v/a/app?re=eu&sc=neru&co=7 92&la=en&server=y travel: you will find information on how to reach the centre at the website www.es.dhamma.org

For more information, contact: info@eastanglia.dhamma.org or visit: www.eastanglia.uk.dhamma.org.

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european news
coach service reduces travel time to dhamma campus
travel to Dhamma Dipa and Dhamma Padhna, the first European Long-Course centre, has been made easier for all students travelling from around the uk and europe. a dedicated coach transport service from the city of gloucester to both centres is now organised by Vipassana trust at the beginning of each course. gloucester is only 45 minutes drive from the campus, and is easy to get to by coach from most uk cities. there are also direct train connections to gloucester from, amongst others, london, cardiff, bristol, swindon, worcester, nottingham and birmingham.
Many students welcome this new service, and appreciate the chance to complete the last leg of the journey more quickly and in comfort, with fellow students: two of us travelling together for a Vipassana course decided to try out the new service. we had a good connection from london and the bus was waiting for us. the trip was smooth and without any problems. well certainly take the coach again. "the service made getting to the centre very easy. the group who came on the noon london National express coach service walked the hundred metres to the railway station where we found the coach waiting. a few people who had come by train were already there and others arrived before we left at 3.30. then 45 minutes later we were at Dhamma Padhna." this coach service is available on Day 0 of all courses at Dhamma Dipa and Dhamma Padhna, and

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additionally on Day -1 of long courses. the fare is 7 per person. return journeys to Gloucester in shared taxis can be organised on Metta Day through the campus managers. Further details are sent to all students who register for a course.

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uk news
dhaMMa sukhakri
the new dhamma house in east anglia has been named by goenkaji. at the end of the 60 day course goenkaji informed the uk trust that the house would now be called Dhamma Sukhakri, meaning giving happiness. so its full meaning is "giving the happiness of dhamma".
there has been a lot of activity at Dhamma Sukhakri since the doors were at last opened in November. For some time a former Dhamma Dipa manager stayed at the house to help install the various necessary facilities needed to run the house efficiently, as well as oversee the various trades that passed through with deliveries. having an onsite Caretaker and Manager proved to be extremely valuable for the smooth first few weeks. however his stay was short lived and the east anglia Branch is again very keen to hear from any serious old student willing to act as a live in Caretaker and Manager and help see the Dhamma house develop as a vibrant east anglian facility for Vipassana. outside the property the car parking has been properly laid out. Inside a full working kitchen has been bought and installed, and the bunk beds ordered at the last local trust meeting are being made and delivered. the Dhamma hall itself, the hub of the building, has been laid out ,and new curtains are being sewn up. It is all an ongoing work but certainly the initial stages are well under way.
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on March 13th the first at led 1- day course for old students will be held at Dhamma Sukhakri . a number of further 1 day courses are also being planned through the spring. Details will appear on the Dhamma Sukhakri website as plans are finalised. as the site settles and we are able to offer overnight accommodation suitable for residential courses, the website will also start to offer weekend and 3 day

courses for old students. For further information about these courses, how to get more involved with the development of Dhamma Sukhakri, and especially if you are able to offer longer term residential service at the Dhamma house, please contact: info@eastanglia.uk.dhamma.org. or visit: www.eastanglia.uk.dhamma.org.

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uk news
uk talks by dr paul r fleischMan
from 912 May dr paul r fleischman will be visiting the uk to deliver a series of public talks about Vipassana in hereford, Manchester and london. this provides a wonderful opportunity for old students and the general public to learn more about the practice from a truly inspirational source.
Dr paul r Fleischman is a teacher of Vipassana meditation and has been asked by Goenkaji to play a leading role in explaining Vipassana to professionals in the west. Dr Fleischman graduated from the albert einstein College of Medicine, trained in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, and later served there as Chief resident. he was in private psychiatric practice in amherst, Massachusetts for over thirty years. his books and monographs include: the healing Spirit: religious Issues in psychotherapy; Cultivating Inner peace; Karma and Chaos: Collected and New essays on Vipassana Meditation; Spiritual aspects of psychiatric practice; the Buddha taught Nonviolence Not pacifism and an ancient path. he is the author of a collection of poetry: You Can Never Speak Up too often/For the love of all things. he contributed to the power of prayer, an anthology that included essays by Mother teresa and Jimmy Carter. Karma and Chaos was a Book of the Year Finalist with Forward Magazine. Dr Fleischman will be speaking on a variety of topics at the following venues. there will be an opportunity for group sittings prior to the talks opening to the general public. admission is free.

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'Vipassana - a way of life in Challenging times


Mon 9th May

group sit 6.007.00 pm*


7.309.30 pm hereford town hall, hereford

In 1993 Dr Fleischman became the fifth American psychiatrist to be honoured by the American Psychiatric Association with the Oskar Pfister Award for being an "outstanding contributor to the humanistic and spiritual side of psychiatric and medical issues.
Dr Fleischman will be speaking on a variety of topics at the following venues. There will be an opportunity for group sittings prior to the talks opening to the general public. Admission is free.

'an Introduction to Vipassana Meditation: ancient wisdom that Deepens the Scientific world View'
tue 10th May

group sit 6.007.00 pm* please arrive for 6.00 pm


7.309.30 pm central Manchester friends Meeting house

'an Introduction to Vipassana Meditation: ancient wisdom in the Modern Universal Culture'
thu 12th May

group sit 5.306.30 pm*


7.009.00 pm university college london

*Group sittings are only available to old students. all other guests should arrive at the later start times.

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dhamma campus open day
Sunday 19th June 2011
the new Dhamma Campus of Dhamma Dipa and Dhamma Padhana is holding an open day at which all meditators, friends, family and the general public are warmly welcome. the open Day provides the first opportunity to showcase the substantial developments at Dhamma Padhana, highlighting the continued spread of Dhamma both in the UK and europe wide. the opportunity for local non-meditators to visit the centres contributes to open and harmonious relations with the surrounding community. open Days offer a relaxing opportunity to meet other meditators, to find inspiration for your own practice, to introduce the practice to those considering taking a course and for everyone involved to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the the new Dhamma campus. the programme will include guided tours of both sites, introductory talks on Vipassana Meditation, short films about the technique, question and answer sessions, woodland walks and refreshments. If you would like to offer service and contribute to this event by distributing promotional materials, preparing the site, serving on the day or in any other way please contact Claire Coach on admission is free. 2-6pm. please inform the centre if you will be visiting with a large group, for disabled access or any other special needs.

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2.5m height limit, we did not need planning permission. So our joiner went ahead and designed a well-insulated wooden structure suitable for 20-30 meditators. For the first week or so, a team of paid workers were employed clearing the site and digging foundations. But we needed 3 or 4 semi-skilled workers every day for a month or so. So, very much at the last minute, we sent out some messages asking for volunteers, on the london list and the Vipassana announce list. In retrospect it seems crazy to start a project like that with almost no idea of who our workers would be. But somehow it all worked out. people turned up for service, whether building the shed itself or in the kitchen to feed the others - including people we had never seen before or since. Some were accommodated in the house; others came on a daily basis. at times we doubted that this would work but somehow we always seemed to have the right numbers and mix of skills. hey! - Dhamma works!

the dhamma shed


last summer, hackney Groups Sittings in london faced a problem. For three years everything had been running fairly smoothly. we had a one-hour sitting every wednesday and, at a different venue, a threehour sitting every Sunday. But for many people, the wednesday venue was so noisy it was barely tolerable. at least the Sunday venue, although very small, was reasonably quiet and private. then we heard the news - it was due to be demolished in the autumn. so we had to start looking at our options. It is not easy to find a really good place to rent in london - we had tried before. then someone suggested an interesting idea why not build our own shed in a meditator's back garden? this would be a dedicated venue, only for Vipassana, and if it could be generally accessible. Perhaps we could host a Group sitting every day or even make it available for self courses. Fortunately we were offered the finance and the opportunity to build it in the back garden of an old student. the garden is accessible from the street via a side passage so it can function independently of his house. we were also very lucky to find that we had among us, a carpenter/joiner, who became the project director and a builder who became the site manager. It was also a pleasant surprise to learn that if we kept to a

clairecoache@hotmail.com

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admittedly the house sometimes became rather chaotic and messy but a positive atmosphere always pervaded it. as on any building site, there were a few moments of friction but they were very rare and equanimity and good humour always prevailed. I am sure this was mainly due to the Group sittings which we instituted at the start and end of every work day. at first these were held in the house but moved onto the site as soon as we had a floor to sit on. Most of the work was completed in a burst of energy in the first month.see this link for a stop-frame animation of this period. If you look closely you can see a record of the very first sitting. By the beginning of october the roof was on, and we began to use the shed for regular sittings - at first somewhat "al fresco". progress continued at a slower pace, fitting the doors and windows, cladding and decorating. Finally, as the November cold snap approached and just in time, we sealed the gaps around the windows and installed electric heating. the project had been completed - and much more easily, more quickly and more cheaply than anyone expected. It is a beautiful building and a wonderful place to meditate. It has become a support and inspiration to many meditators. as far as I am concerned, I can honestly say the benefits of the project have far exceeded all my expectations.
a one hour sitting Every Day from 7 to 8 pm "half day" sittings every Sunday morning from 10 am to 1 pm and every Thursday morning from 9 am to 12 noon (It is OK to come for part of the period)

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3-day easter course in lancashire


there will be a three day course, for old students, in lancashire from Friday 22 - Monday 25 april, the easter weekend. this is the second course we have run at whitehough outdoor education Centre, which lies in a beautiful and quiet part of lancashire, close to Burnley, Nelson and the Yorkshire border. It is accessible by public transport from preston-NelsonBarley and is near junction 13 of the M65. there are still some places for this course for both servers and sitters so do enrol via Dhamma Dipa. we will be setting up for the course on thursday 21 april at the venue from 11 am and will continue setting up on Friday 22 april, the day the course starts.It will be possible to stay the night of 21 april at the site. If you wish to help set up on the 21/22 april at whitehough, or in the weeks running up to the course, please contact Judy on saiwaicho@yahoo.co.uk. website: http://www.northernengland.uk.dhamma.org/

Meditators can also let themselves in to sit at other times. we may be able to arrange short self courses sometimes with accommodation.

the address is 8 elrington road, dalston, hackney, london e8 3bJ


the venue is at the rear of the house and can be accessed from the side passage to the left of the house.

the access code is cx04826


For further info telephone Colin Barnett 07960 130587 or email: colin_barnett@blueyonder.co.ukdirections. we hope there will many more similar projects in the future. If you would like to find out more, do contact us at vipassana.hackney@gmail.com . we would be glad to help in any way or even manage a similar project.

building at Dhamma Dipa


the Building Committe are currently liasing with the trust to update the master plan for Dhamma Dipa. Future plans will continue to include building more new accommodation for students and servers. recently improvements were made to the facilities in the womens dormitory, which was previously the old kitchen and dining room building; five toilets and 2 showers were installed.
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sittings
we currently have the following scheduled group-sittings. Just turn up for these - there is no need to call in advance.
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June 2011: sitting, serving and learning at the dhamma campus
General service Periods (scheduled throughout the year) have been arranged at Dhamma Dipa and Dhamma Padhana from: Monday June 6 friday June 10 Monday June 13 - wednesday June 22. this day workshop will include brief presentations from servers in different centre and trust roles, question and answer sessions and an opportunity for individuals to post their own queries about Dhamma service for discussion in small groups and sharing with all. * Sunday June 19 - open day (Dhamma Dipa & Dhamma Padhana) You are welcome to apply on-line for all or part of the GsP programme.

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childrens courses
there are training workshops for appointed Childrens Course teachers in europe every two years. In aug 2010, I was one of 23 UK/european CCts who spent 3 days at the beautiful Italian Centre, Dhamma Atala, receiving in depth guidance about conducting the courses. we were able to see an Italian Childrens Course in action, complete with pizza making. as the children have other activities between their meditation sessions, some ideas for these were shared, and needed trying out; for example walking the slackrope, which was fixed between two trees. we have now put some of these ideas into practice at Dhamma Dipa; teenagers tried out the newly purchased slack rope during this years February courses.
uk course dates for 2011:
10th Jun - 12th Jun 23rd Sep - 25th Sep Young person`s Courses Boys 12-18, Girls 12-18 Children`s Course mixed 8-11

gsp projects
the main projects for general service periods are identified closer to the time, but we always need general help around the site and buildings. help is also always needed in the office and in the kitchen to prepare meals. If you have any special skills i.e. building, carpentry, painting, gardening, office, etc., please let us know before you arrive so that we can use your skills more efficiently during your stay

special events
As part of this particular GSP programme a variety of sitting, serving and learning opportunities for deepening ones Vipassana practice will be available for old students
* thursday June 9 - Sunday June 12 three-day course (Dhamma Padhana) * tuesday June 14 (9.30 5.00) one-day course (Dhamma Dipa) * wednesday June 15 (9.30 5.00) one-day dhamma servers workshop (Dhamma Dipa)

Vipassana in uk prisons
If you have contacts in prisons or are interested in bridging the gap with prisons, prison information packs are available. please contact Udo Marquardt with your email and postal address and he will contact you: udomarquardt2003@yahoo.co.uk

contacting an assistant teacher


If you would like to speak to an assistant teacher to clarify any aspect of your practice, please do so via the centre manager: 01989 730234 or email info@dipa.dhamma.org

Any mediator interested in organising a Childrens Course in their local area should contact the UK Childrens Course committee:
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opportunities for dhamma service
Maintenance co-ordinator and deputy needed starting february/March 2011
as the combined Dipa and Padhana Dhamma campus has grown over recent times so the task of maintaining the buildings, grounds and infrastructure has become increasingly complex and labour intensive. this work is managed by a permanent team of two long term servers. Both these positions will become vacant in april 2011 and the new recruits would ideally be in place in February/March for training. the Maintenance co-ordinator is primarily a management role. It involves the administration of the various systems used including job logging, maintaining manuals and ppM scheduling. the co-ordinator also forms part of the centre management team and liaises with contractors and suppliers. the Maintenance Deputy liaises with the co-ordinator and is more engaged in the actual jobs on the ground including assigning them to the appropriate available servers. It is, however, important that both positions are filled by people able to cover the other role when that person is unavailable. applicants should therefore ideally meet the following criteria: Reasonable and broad experience in building maintenance, (various trades - plumbing, carpentry etc). Good English (for dealing with suppliers and contractors).
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Ability to manage other servers. Full driving license valid in the UK. Good computer skills including knowledge of excel spreadsheet and windows Mail. these roles offer a wonderful opportunity to serve both centres as an essential part of the spread of Dhamma. Please contact maintenance-committee@dipapadhana.org if you are interested.

household committee - coMe and Join us


the household Committee now covers both Dhamma Dipa and Dhamma Padhana and is very, very busy at all times as you can well imagine. we have a strong team of members but always need more so if you are interested in helping us either as: A server on GSP's A remote server who can investigate product purchases for us A server who can come between courses A local server who can come into the centre on a regular basis to assist the campus household supervisor A course server who would like to help with household tasks * A long term server with an interest in serving as a deputy hs * We need male and female servers (especially male at the moment)

servers needed at dhamma Sukhakri, East Anglia


there is an immediate need for a dedicated old student who can act as the Dhamma Sukhakri caretaker and manager in the short or longer term. we will welcome all applications, which will be considered with the assistance of the UK teachers. all old students are also always welcome to get involved in the east anglia Branch to help in organising courses in the region, both at Dhamma Sukhakri and at our December rented site. If you have any time and energy to offer to serve in any capacity, please email. info@eastanglia.uk.dhamma.org or call 01728 605652. website: www.eastanglia.uk.dhamma.org

* please note that all these positions are at the discretion of the Centre Management team who may need you to serve in another capacity

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opportunities for dhamma service
Examples of a few of the jobs we have done in 2010:
replaced 103 mattresses at Dhamma Dipa deep cleaned all the AT accommodation, The dhamma halls and most student accommodation provided emergency radiators for Dhamma Padhana set up a comprehensive household documentation system for Dhamma Padhana bought fleece for meditation and accommodation blankets

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gardening at Dhamma Dipa

Some jobs that are scheduled for the next few months:
turning the fleece rolls into blankets making extra shoe racks for accommodation blocks and dp dhamma hall lobbies providing new external mats for Dhamma Padhana - dhamma hall lobbies

we experimented through 2010 with different scheduling for Garden work periods, and by far the most successful were the General Service periods. this is a time when many people come to give service, and a good working atmosphere is created, without the need to avoid disturbing students on a course. several people who attended GsP's last year stated that they had an interest in gardening, so we had a team who worked very well together. even the cold December weather did not deter the enthusiastic workers at that month's GSp!

trust Meetings
all old students are welcome at trust meetings and new committee members are always needed. the programme starts on Saturday with a group sit at 1.00pm followed by committee meetings. on Sunday, the group sit is at 7.45am followed by the trust meeting which finishes at noon. 9/10 April at Dhamma SukhakriEast Anglia 21/22 May at Dhamma Padhana 2/3 July at Dhamma Padhana 17/18 at Dhamma Dipa ( AGM and Joint meeting) 22/23 Oct at Dhamma Padhana 19/20 Nov at Dhamma Padhana

& of course cleaning, cleaning & yet more cleaning !


If you feel inspired to come along and join our team or would just like some more information then please either contact the campus Centre Managers or email us at household-committee@dipa.dhamm.org

therefore, this year we will not be publicising Garden Days as a separate project. Instead, meditators who wish to give gardening service should apply for a GSp in the normal way, and state their interest in gardening.

New members for the Garden Committee are always welcome. please contact the Centre if you would like to attend our meeting at a trust weekend, and leave a message for paula ruddick, Co-ordinator of the committee.

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dana in kind
we would like to thank students for their volition to donate items to the centre. we would ask them to always contact the centre management first as some items may not be needed or may not be suitable. the centre has the policy of replacing all shawls, blankets, bedding, electrical equipment and kitchen items with new ones.

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resources

the following companies offer for sale a variety of books, tapes and other materials on Vipassana.

Vipassana research institute


Dhamma Giri, p.o. Box 6, Igatpuri 422 403, Dist. Nasik, Maharashtra, India www.vri.dhamma.org tel: (91) (2553) 244076, 244086 Fax: 244176 info@giri.dhamma.org

on-line donations
since last year we have been using a new on-line donation service, Charity Choice. this is an efficient way for the trust to collect donations since there are no charges for the service, even when payments are made by credit card. the full donation is transferred to our account. administration is also reduced. If you would like to make a donation in this way, please visit the how to Give pages at www.dhamma.org/os username: old student password: be happy

insight books
the Sun, Garway hill, herefordshire, hr2 8eZ, UK tel & fax: 0845 458 1466, www.insightbooks.co.uk info@insightbooks.co.uk

pariyatti (us)
867 larmon road, onalaska, wa 98570, USa tel: (1) (360) 978 4998 www.pariyatti.org, bookstore@pariyatti.org

ayana-book.com

help setting up ukgroup sittings


to help meditators set-up group sittings in their local area, there is a trust contact person who can offer advice on related issues. Contact Clive taylor on 0113 2665435 or clivewdt@gmail.com

Semmelweisstr. 20, 78532 tuttlingen, Germany tel: (49) (0)7461-5148, Fax: (49) (0)7461-12443 www.ayana-book.com, contact@ayana-book.com

dhamma disks
audio CD sets of 10-day discourses by S.N. Goenka. all proceeds will be given to the UK Vipassana trust. Contact Manju agarwal: highgables@googlemail.com
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course schedule 2011 - uk & ireland


please note: Courses and events in bold type are for old students only. please check requirements for old student only courses. to apply for a place on a course, go to www.dipa.dhamma.org and make an application on-line. alternatively, contact Dhamma Dipa on 01989 730234 for an application form. applications can be sent by post to: Dhamma Dipa, harewood end, hereford, hr2 8Js to apply for a course in Ireland, contact: Vipassana assoc. ireland. tel: (353) (1) 667 7844 info@ie.dhamma.org. - www.ie.dhamma.org registration for all courses is from 2pm5pm. please ensure you arrive on time so that the course can start on time. late comers delay the start of the course which impacts on all other students. If for any reason it is impossible to arrive by 5pm please let us know in advance by calling Dhamma Dipa on 01989 730234. teenagers anapana courses are available for teens in different age ranges from 12-18 years old. their parents/guardians do not have to be Vipassana meditators. childrens anapana 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. For further information please visit www.dipa.dhamma.org/childrens.html
date
31st Mar - 3rd apr 1st apr - 3rd apr 6th apr - 17th apr 9/10 april 22nd apr - 25th apr 19th apr - 30th apr 20th apr - 1st May 1st May - 8th May 11th May - 22nd May 21/22 May 25th May - 5th Jun 6th Jun - 10th Jun 9th Jun 10th Jun - 12th Jun

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19th sep - 23rd sep 22nd Sep 23rd Sep - 25th Sep 28th Sep - 9th oct 12th oct - 23rd oct 22/23 oct 26th oct - 6th nov 9th Nov - 20th Nov 19/20 nov 23rd Nov - 4th Dec 7th dec - 18th dec 27th dec - 7th Jan

activity
3 day Children`s Course mixed 8-11 10-day course trust Meeting 3 day 10-day course 10-day course general service period for old students 10-day course trust Meeting 10-day course (hindi/english) general service period for old students schools Course Young Person`s Courses Boys 1218, Girls 12-18 opeN DaY From 2-6 pm, all welcome 10-day course 10-day course 10-day course) trust Meeting 10-day course 10-day course 10-day course 3 day 10-day course general service period for old students 3 day 10-day course

location
scotland Dhamma Dipa Dhamma Dipa east anglia lancashire Dhamma Dipa Ireland dhamma dipa Dhamma Dipa dhamma padhana Dhamma Dipa dhamma dipa Dhamma Dipa Dhamma Dipa

activity
general service period for old students schools Course Children`s Course mixed 8-11 10-day course 10-day course trust Meeting 10-day course 10-day course trust Meeting 10-day course 10-day course 10-day course

location
dhamma dipa Dhamma Dipa Dhamma Dipa Dhamma Dipa Dhamma Dipa dhamma padhana Dhamma Dipa Dhamma Dipa dhamma padhana Dhamma Dipa Dhamma Dipa Dhamma Dipa

19th Jun 22nd Jun - 3rd Jul 6th Jul - 17th Jul 20th Jul - 31st Jul 2/3 Jul 20th Jul - 31st Jul 3rd aug - 14th aug 17th aug - 28th aug 26th aug - 29th aug 17th aug - 28th aug 29th aug - 1st sep 1st Sep - 4th Sep 6th Sep - 17th Sep

Dhamma Dipa Dhamma Dipa Dhamma Dipa Dhamma Dipa dhamma padhana Dhamma Dipa Dhamma Dipa Dhamma Dipa lancashire Ireland dhamma dipa Dhamma Dipa Dhamma Dipa

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course schedule 2011 - europe including russia


all courses listed below are conducted by assistant teachers of S.N. Goenka. In addition to these, there are courses held at other centres and rented sites throughout the world. For information please refer to the appropriate centre. additional contact details can be found at world Contacts : www.dhamma.org/en/alphalist.shtml.
belgium - dhamma pajjota
tel: (32) 89 518 230 Fax: (32) 89 518 239 e-mail: info@pajjota.dhamma.org web: www.pajjota.dhamma.org 5 - 16 april 19 -30april 2-5 June 7-18 June 22Jun-3 Jul 6 17 July 3-14 aug 17-28 aug 31aug-11Sep 13-24 Sept 5-16 oct 18-29 oct 10 day english / Dutch 10 day english / German 3 day english / dutch 10 day english / Dutch 10 day english / German 10 day english / Dutch 10 day english / French 10 day english / German 10 day english/ Dutch 10 day english / German 10 day english / Dutch 10 day english / German 24aug-4Sept 8-11 sept 10-day 3 day 13 24 aug 30 aug 10 Sept 15 18 sept 10 -day 10- day 3- day 24 aug-4 Sept 16 25 sept 10 day satipatthana sutta

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germany - dhamma dvara


tel: [49](0)37434-79770 Fax: [49](0)37434-79771 email: info@dvara.dhamma.org website: www.dvara.dhamma.org 20 apr-1 May 11-22 May 25 29 May 8-17 June 29 Jun- 10 July 13- 24 July 27 July 7 aug 9 - 20 aug 24 aug 4 Sept 7 18 Sept 10 - day 10-day 3-day satipatthana sutta 10 day 10-day 10-day 10-day 10-day 10-day

switzerland - dhamma sumeru


tel: [41] (032) 941-1670 Fax: [41] (032) 941-1650 email: info@sumeru.dhamma.org web: www.sumeru.dhamma.org 19-22 May 15-26 June 29Jun-10Jul 13-24 July 9-20 aug 25 28 aug 31 aug -11 Sept 3-day german/english 10-day german/english 10 - day french/english 10-day german/english 10-day german/english 3-day french / english 10-day french/english

spain - dhamma neru


tel: (34) 93 848 26 95 Fax: (34) 3 848 1584 email: info@neru.dhamma.org web: www.neru.dhamma.org 13-24 april 11-22 May 24 May 4 June 9-18 June 22 June 3 July 7-11 July 20 31 July 3 14 aug 17 28 aug 31 aug 11 Sept 14 25 Sept 10-day 10-day 10-day satipatthana sutta 10-day etDM 10 - day 10-day 10-day 10-day 10-day

russia - dhamma dullabha


Summer courses held at Dhamma Dullabha, please check location email: dhamma.ru@gmail.com web: http://www.ru.dhamma.org/index. php?id=2412 8-19 april 19 30 april 30 april 9 May 16 20 June 21 June 2 July 3 14 July 14 25 aug 25 29 aug 1 12 sept 13 24 sept 10-day 10-day satipatthana 3-day 10 - day 10 - day 10 - day 3 - day 10 - day 10 - day

france - dhamma Mahi


tel: (33) 3 86 45 75 14 Fax: (33) 3 86 45 76 20 e-mail: info@mahi.dhamma.org web: www.mahi.dhamma.org 6 9 april 11 22 May 25 May -5Jun 7-18 Jun 22 Jun 3 Jul 14 23 Jul 27 Jul- 7 aug 10-21 aug 3 day 10 day 10 day 3 day 10-day english/Khmer satipatthana sutta 10 day 10 day

italy - dhamma atala


tel: +39 055 804818 Fax: +39 049 8591249. e-Mail: info@atala.dhamma.org web: www.atala.dhamma.org 7-10 april 14 25 april 10 21 May 27 May 5 June 8 19 June 22 Jun- 3 July 13 24 July 27 July 7 aug 3-day 10-day 10-day satipatthana sutta 10-day 10-day 10-day 10-day

sweden - dhamma sobhana


tel: [46] (0) 143-211-36 email: info@sobhana.dhamma.org web: www.sobhana.dhamma.org 14-25apr 11-22 May 2-5 June 8-19 June 29 June-10 July 13-24 July 3-14 aug 10-day 10-day 3-day 10 - day 10-day 10-day 10-day

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course schedule - europe 2011


non-centre courses
austria
15-26 april 120 - 31 oct 10 day 10 day

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For contact details for the non-centre courses listed below please see world contacts: www.dhamma.org/alphalist.htm.
serbia
22 June - 3 July 10-day

bulgaria
26 aug - 6 Sep 11 22 May 10-day 10 day

spain
1-12 June (palencia) 4-15 July (Valencia) 7 - 18 July (orense) 4-15 July (Valencia) 24 aug - 4 sept (toledo) 8-11 sept (palencia) 10-day 10-day 10-day 10-day

czech republic
25 July - 5 aug 10 - day

france (off centre)


30 apr-11 May (Marocco) 19 - 30 april (hausham) 29 Jul - 1 aug (hausham) 2 -13 aug ( hausham) 10day

3-14 aug (tenerife) 10-day 10-day 3-day

germany (off centre)


10-day 3-day 10-day

switzerland (off centre)


21 24 april 3-day

ukraine
4 - 15 april 10-day 10-day 16 - 27 april

greece
18 - 21april 3-day

lithuania
13 - 16 aug 17 - 28 aug 3-day 10-day

Macedonia
22 april 2 May 10-day

latvia
20 31 July 10-day

portugal
17 28 august 9-20 Nov 10-day 10-day

kyrgyzstan
20 31 July 10-day

romania
29 aug - 9 sep 10-day

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long & old student course schedule 2011


For full details of all long and special courses go to: www.dhamma.org/en/os/lctype
europe dhamma padhana
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india dhamma giri, igatpuri, Maharashtra


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india dhamma pattana, Mumbai


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india dhamma bodhi, bodh gaya, bihar


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india dhamma thali, Jaipur, rajasthan


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group sittings - uk & ireland


The Benefits of Group Sittings
Group sittings are valuable opportunities to strengthen your practice of Vipassana. By sitting with fellow students who are following the same technique, you can meditate more seriously and gain support, which will help you keep practising on your own. Goenkaji has established the following guidelines to ensure that group sittings will be most beneficial to the students attending them: Group sittings are open only to those who have taken at least one ten-day course with S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers. the five precepts of wholesome conduct are to be observed in the place where group sittings are held. these precepts include abstention from the following: killing any living creature, stealing, wrong speech, sexual misconduct, and the use of intoxicating drugs or alcohol. observation of wholesome conduct is a necessary foundation for the practice of Vipassana. participants at group sittings should practise only the meditation technique taught by Goenkaji.

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hosting a group sitting


If there is no group sitting in your area, then you might consider starting one. this Dhamma service will help others as well as your own practise. You will first need to find a suitable venue. this could be a rented room in a public building, or it could be a room in your home or workplace. to be listed as an official group sitting, the venue must conform to certain conditions. You would also need to apply to be a contact or group sitting host. Please review the host application form (http://www.dipa. dhamma.org/os/GSh ostGuideline.a4.pdf) and guidelines (http://www.dipa.dhamma.org/os/ GroupSittingSign.a4.pdf). For advice on setting-up group sittings, please e-mail: vipassanaukgroupsittings@gmail.com or call Clive taylor: (0113) 2665435.

list of group sittings - uk and ireland


For a full list of Vipassana sittings in the UK and Ireland go to: http://www.dipa.dhamma.org/os/groupsits.pdf by clicking on the link. It contains both weekly and hour long sittings as well as longer or 1-day sittings. ~ username oldstudent ~ ~ password be happy ~
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