What is Vipassana?

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of self-observation. It was taught more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills - an Art of Living.

Vipassana is a practical technique which enables one to lead a more positive, balanced and happy life.  It is a practical method of self-knowledge and awareness, that is universal and not tied to any particular religious organisation.

How is it learnt?

The technique of Vipassana is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. No previous experience is required. After reviewing the Code of Discipline for Vipassana pourses and checking the course schedule, you may apply for a course.

Where?

Dhamma Atala is one of the many meditation centres in the world dedicated to the practice of Vipassana meditation, as taught by S.N. Goenka.

There also are numerous centres in other parts of the world: please visit the international website at www.dhamma.org for more information.

Finances

Courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who have completed a 10-day course, experienced the benefits of Vipassana, and wish to give others the same opportunity. Those who organize and run the courses volunteer their time and receive no remuneration.