Updated on 14-Apr-2014


How to apply for a course

  1. Access the application form for 3-day, 10-day and Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta courses by clicking 'Apply' in the left hand column. Note that for 20-day, 30-day, 45-day and 10-day Special courses you need to apply using the Long Course Application form.
  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 email if you give an email 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.

Course Schedule

To apply for a course, please click on a convenient date in the course schedule below.

2014 Course Schedule
Apply Dates Course type Status Comments
Apply 16th Apr - 25th Apr Satipatthana Sutta
Female-WaitList
Male-WaitList
For old students only who meet these requirements
Apply 8th May - 8th Jun 30-day
Female-Open
Male-Open
French translator server needed
Apply 11th Jun - 22nd Jun 10-day course for Executives
Female-WaitList
Male-Open
10-day course for Executives
Apply 26th Jun - 29th Jun 3-day
Female-WaitList
Male-Open
For old students only
Apply 30th Jun - 8th Jul General Service Period
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only
5th Jul Open Day
Female-Open
Male-Open
From 2-6 pm, All welcome
Apply 8th Jul - 29th Jul 20-day
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only who meet these requirements
Apply 1st Aug - 1st Sep 30-day
Female-LongWaitList
Male-WaitList
For old students only who meet these requirements
Apply 1st Aug - 16th Sep 45-day
Female-WaitList
Male-ShortWaitList
For old students only who meet these requirements
Apply 16th Sep - 19th Sep General Service Period
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only
Apply 19th Sep - 28th Sep Satipatthana Sutta
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only who meet these requirements
Apply 1st Oct - 12th Oct Special 10-day
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only who meet these requirements
Apply 15th Oct - 5th Nov 20-day
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only who meet these requirements
Apply 6th Nov - 11th Nov General Service Period Opens for registration on 6th Aug For old students only
Apply 12th Nov - 21st Nov Satipatthana Sutta
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only who meet these requirements
Apply 26th Nov - 7th Dec 10-day course for Old Students
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students who meet these requirements
Apply 7th Dec - 10th Dec General Service Period Opens for registration on 7th Sept For old students only
Apply 10th Dec - 19th Dec Satipatthana Sutta
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only who meet these requirements
Apply 21st Dec - 21st Jan 30-day
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only who meet these requirements

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 - 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 above.
Please click on a "Yes" link in the above schedule to apply for Dhamma Service.

Special Course Qualification Requirements - Below is a summary of the requirements for specific courses. For more details, please visit the course requirements page.

Questions may be addressed to info@padhana.dhamma.org
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General Service 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. [back to course schedule]

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.
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Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day course. The difference is that in the taped evening discourses the Satipaṭṭhāna 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.
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10-day courses for Old Students have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. These courses are open to serious old students who have completed at least three 10-day courses and one Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta course, 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, are trying to maintain the five precepts in their daily lives, and trying to maintain daily practice.
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Special 10-day courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. These courses are open to serious old students who have completed at least five 10-day courses and one Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta course, are trying to maintain the five precepts in their daily lives, and maintain daily practice for at least 2 years.
Application for these courses must be made with a Long Course Application Form. Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English or one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

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10-day courses for Executives are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation especially for business executives and government officials where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. For more information please visit the 10-day courses for Executives website. 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 7:30am.
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20-day courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses , one Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.
Application for these courses must be made with a Long Course Application Form. Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who understand little or no English may apply for the course, as Dhamma Padhana is using an open language system, which means that instead of the usual bilingual course system (English-French, English-Spanish, etc.) each course will have English as the main course language and is furthermore open to all languages. However, acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

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30-day courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta course, one 20-Day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.
Application for these courses must be made with a Long Course Application Form. Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who understand little or no English may apply for the course, as Dhamma Padhana is using an open language system, which means that instead of the usual bilingual course system (English-French, English-Spanish, etc.) each course will have English as the main course language and is furthermore open to all languages. However, acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

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45-day courses are open only to persons involved in Dhamma Service and Assistant Teachers who have completed a minimum of seven 10-day courses (one since their first 30-day course), two 30-day courses, one Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least three years.
Application for these courses must be made with a Long Course Application Form. Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who understand little or no English may apply for the course, as Dhamma Padhana is using an open language system, which means that instead of the usual bilingual course system (English-French, English-Spanish, etc.) each course will have English as the main course language and is furthermore open to all languages. However, acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

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