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Dhamma Sineru, Gyanalakha, Upper Samdong, Sikkim, India
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English / Nepali

Dhamma Sineru, meaning the Sumeru mountain of Dhamma in Pali, is spread over an area of approximately 5 acres in a very picturesque location in east Sikkim. The main Dhamma hall has the capacity to accommodate 120 meditators, The center has separate mini Dhamma halls for males and females. In the first phase we can accommodate 12 male & 12 female meditators on a twin sharing basis with attached bathrooms. We can accommodate 12 males & 12 females in the male and female dormitories. In total we can accommodate 24 males and 24 females. Course are usually offered in Hindi, English and Nepali.

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
Office of Dhamma Sineru - Sikkim Vipassana Center
Gyanalakha, Upper Samdong
East Sikkim 737 107

Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.sineru.dhamma.org/
Short Courses
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2019 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
26 Oct - 29 Oct 3-Day Completed Gyanalakha, Upper Samdong For old students
Ten Day & Other Adult 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.
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
03 Jul - 14 Jul 10-Day Completed Gyanalakha, Upper Samdong
21 Jul - 01 Aug 10-Day Completed Gyanalakha, Upper Samdong
04 Aug - 15 Aug 10-Day Completed Gyanalakha, Upper Samdong
18 Aug - 29 Aug 10-Day Completed Gyanalakha, Upper Samdong
01 Sep - 12 Sep 10-Day Completed Gyanalakha, Upper Samdong
15 Sep - 26 Sep 10-Day Completed Gyanalakha, Upper Samdong
01 Oct - 12 Oct 10-Day Completed Gyanalakha, Upper Samdong
01 Nov - 12 Nov 10-Day Completed Gyanalakha, Upper Samdong
01 Dec - 12 Dec 10-Day Completed Gyanalakha, Upper Samdong

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.sineru.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.

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.