Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

Dhamma Giri, Igatpuri, Maharashtra, India
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English

Dhamma Giri, meaing 'Hill of Dhamma' is one of the world's largest Vipassana meditation centres. It is co-located with the Vipassana Research Institute at Igatpuri in Maharastra, approximately three hours drive from Mumbai. The center offered its first course in 1976.  Today tens of thousands of students study here every year.  The centre's pagoda has over 400 cells for individual meditation.
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
Vipassana International Acadamy -- Dhamma Giri
P.O. Box 6, Igatpuri 422 403
Maharashtra, India

Email: [email protected]
Phone: [91](02553) 244076, 244086, 244144, 244440 
Ten Day & Other Courses
All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day and end on the early morning of the last day.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Ten Day & Other Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
02 May - 13 May 10-Day Completed Igatpuri
16 May - 27 May 10-Day Completed Igatpuri
Apply 30 May - 10 Jun 10-Day Open Igatpuri
Apply 13 Jun - 24 Jun 10-Day Open Igatpuri
Apply 27 Jun - 05 Jul STP New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Igatpuri For old students
Apply 08 Jul - 19 Jul 10-Day Open Igatpuri
Apply 22 Jul - 02 Aug 10-Day Open Igatpuri
Apply 05 Aug - 16 Aug 10-Day Open Igatpuri
Apply 19 Aug - 30 Aug 10-Day Open Igatpuri
02 Sep - 13 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Jun Igatpuri
16 Sep - 27 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Jun Igatpuri
30 Sep - 11 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Jun Igatpuri
24 Oct - 25 Oct Trustee/DW Workshop Applications accepted starting 26 Jul Igatpuri
Apply 28 Oct - 08 Nov SPL New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Igatpuri For old students
28 Oct - 08 Nov OSC Applications accepted starting 28 Jul Igatpuri
11 Nov - 22 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Aug Igatpuri
25 Nov - 06 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Aug Igatpuri
12 Dec CAT/ Acharya Meeting Applications accepted starting 12 Jun Igatpuri
13 Dec - 15 Dec International AT meeting Applications accepted starting 13 Jun Igatpuri
16 Dec - 19 Dec AT Workshop Applications accepted starting 16 Jun Igatpuri
20 Dec Trainer Workshop Applications accepted starting 20 Jun Igatpuri
23 December, 2020 - 03 January, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Sep Igatpuri

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://www.giri.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.

Special 10-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor 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.

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.