Special Course Qualification Requirements

There are a number of special courses for old students in this tradition of Vipassana meditation practice. These courses have certain requirements which an old student must meet in order to qualify for admission. The basic qualification requirements are as follows:


קורסים בני יום אחד וימי מדיטציה

בימי שבת מתקיימים בבית הדהאמה בתל אביב באופן שוטף חצאי ימי מדיטציה. ימים אלו מיועדים לתלמידי ויפאסנה ותיקים, שהשלימו לפחות קורס אחד בן 10 ימים בשיטתו של ס.נ. גואנקה. כדי להשתתף בהם יש להירשם מראש. להשתתפות בקורס בן יום אחד אפשר להירשם באמצעות טופס בקשה מקוון. ההרשמה מסתיימת ביום חמישי בשעה 18:00, יומיים לפני מועד הקורס או יום המדיטציה. אישורי השתתפות נשלחים בדואר אלקטרוני או נמסרים בשיחת טלפון מנציג ועדת הרשמה. חצי יום המדיטציה מתחיל בשעה 12:30 בצהריים ומסתיים בשעה 17:15. חצי יום מדיטציה כזה מאפשר למודטים בלב העיר ליהנות מתרגול רצוף של מספר שעות באווירה של מרכז מדיטציה. בין שעות המדיטציה אין הפסקת אוכל, ולכן רצוי לאכול לפני. בשבת הראשונה של כל חודש חצי היום יהיה בנוכחות מורה. להרשמה


Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta Course

  • Have sat (not including courses served) at least three 10-Day courses with Goenkaji or one of his assistant teachers.
  • Practicing this technique for at least one year.
  • Have not practiced any other techniques since your last course with Goenkaji or one of his assistant teachers.
  • Trying to maintain daily practice at the very minimum from the time of applying to the course
  • Trying to maintain five precepts at the very minimum from the time of applying to the course


Self-course for Serious Old Students

Self-courses are for serious old students who have completed at least three 10-Day courses - the most recent being within the last two years. There are no teachers present, no student managers, no noon interviews, and no question/answer sessions at the end of the day. The evening audio discourses are required, and the students attending are responsible for playing the tape at 7pm.

Students are expected to follow the same time-table as a regular 10-Day course. Follow all the rules and regulations (noble silence, 8 precepts, etc.) while at the center. Have not practiced any other techniques since your last course with Goenkaji or one of his assistant teachers. Trying to maintain daily two-hour practice since last 10-Day course. Trying to maintain the five precepts to the best of one's ability. Permission must be granted from an assistant teacher to attend the course.


Special 10-Day Course for Old Students

Must be a serious old student who is committed to this technique. Must have sat at least five 10-Day courses with Goenkaji or one of his assistant teachers. Must have sat at least one Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta Course. Must have served at least one 10-Day course. Maintenance of daily practice of two hours per day for at least 2 years. Abstaining from killing, sexual misconduct, intoxicants and keeping other precepts to the best of one's ability for one year minimum. Spouse must be supportive of partner sitting long course.


14-Day Gratitude Course

The 14-Day Gratitude Course was previously called the Teacher's Self Course. One of the qualities we develop as we meditate is gratitude - gratitude towards one’s teachers, Goenkaji and Mataji, and towards the long tradition of Vipassana teachers, right back to the Buddha.

The course is open to old students who are active in giving service. Requirements include 3 x 10day courses plus one Satipaṭṭhāna course, being active in Dhamma service, trying to maintain two-hour daily practice since last 10-Day course, and trying to maintain the five precepts to the best of one's ability. Local teacher’s recommendation is required. The course follows the usual format of 3x group sittings with instructions in the day, but students work more independently and the teaching materials are drawn from the 20-day course. This is a half-way step to help students mature for long courses, and serves to inspire students to work more deeply in Dhamma.


קורס 20 יום

תלמיד/ה ותיק/ה אשר מחויב/ת לטכניקה זו. ישב/ה לפחות חמישה קורסים של 10 ימים. ישב/ה לפחות קורס סאטיפטהנה. שירת/ה לפחות קורס 10 ימים אחד. נמנע/ת מהרג, התנהגות מינית בלתי ראויה, וחומרים משכרים. לא ישב/ה קורס ארוך בחצי השנה האחרונה. לא ישב/ה קורס כלשהו ב10 ימים האחרונים. בן/בת הזוג תומכים בהשתתפות בקורס.


30-Day Course

Must be a serious old student who is committed to this technique. Must have sat at least six 10-Day courses with Goenkaji or one of his assistant teachers. Must have sat at least one Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta Course. Must have sat at least one 20-Day Course. Must have served at least one 10-Day Course. Maintenance of daily practice of two hours daily for at least 2 years. Abstaining from killing, sexual misconduct, intoxicants and keeping other precepts to the best of one's ability for one year minimum. At least six months gap since last sat a long course Ten day interval between long course and any other course. Spouse must be supportive of partner sitting long course. For first 30-Day course, at least one regular 10-Day course must have been sat after first 20-Day course.


45-Day Course

Must be a serious old student who is committed to this technique. Restricted to ATs and those involved with Dhamma service. Must have sat at least seven 10-Day courses with Goenkaji or one of his assistant teachers. Practice this technique exclusively for at least last 3 years. Must have sat at least two 30-Day Courses. Maintenance of daily practice of two hours per day for at least 2 years. Abstaining from killing, sexual misconduct, intoxicants and keeping other precepts to the best of one's ability for one year minimum. At least six months gap since last sat a long course. Ten day interval between long course and any other course. Spouse must be supportive of partner sitting long course. For first 45-Day course, at least one regular 10-Day course must have been sat after first 30-Day course. All confirmations provisional until day 30.


60-Day Course

60-Day Course admission is limited to: Active ATs who have sat at least two 45-day courses and conduct at least four 10-day courses annually.  Those who are enrolled in or about to enter AT Training, have sat two 45-day courses, have served at least four 10-day courses in the past 12 months and/or are deeply involved in daily Dhamma service. In some areas, non-ATs may be accepted as rare exceptions if they have completed at least two 45-day courses, served at least four 10-day courses annually and/or are deeply involved in daily Dhamma service.


The above are minimum requirements and not a guarantee of admission. Application for admission to each of the 10-Day Special Course, 14-Day Gratitude Course, 20-Day Course, 30-Day Course, 45-Day Course and the 60-Day Course must include a recommendation from an Assistant Teacher who knows you well and a Full teacher from the student’s local area.