in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English / Marathi
Dhammananda, meaning Joy of Dhamma, is a 23 acre centre, situated on the bank of the Indrayani river, about one hour drive from the heart of Poona city. The Pune Vipassana Centre was established in March 1997. The centre has a capacity of 80 meditators - 50 males and 30 females. Both the male and female residences have double rooms with attached bath and dormitories. The present meditation hall comfortably seats 100-125 students, more than the current residential capacity of the centre.
How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course
Note: Due to administration difficulties the following categories of applicants are requested to apply to the Dhammapunna (City Center) only-- Foreign students / pregnant women /those with health problems requiring special care / persons above the age of 65 years.
- Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course. Old students will be given the option to serve.
- Please carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course.
- Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. An application is required to register for all courses.
- 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.
- If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
Pune Riverside Vipassana Centre - Dhammananda
Dist. Pune, Village Markal, Maharashtra, 412 105, India
Manager:  96573-66075 ( 9 AM to 5 PM )
For admission status and for other queries, please contact Registration Office as following-
c/o Pune Vipassana Samiti
Opp. Nehru Stadium, Near Anand Mangal Karyalaya
Pune, Maharashtra 411 002
Tel:  (020) 2443-6250
Fax:  (020) 2446-3243
Email: [email protected]
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://ananda.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.
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.