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Vipassana Meditation Centre.
Dhamma Sikhara Himachal Vipassana Centre
Dharamkot, McLeodganj; Dharamsala 176219
Dist. Kangra; Himachal Pradesh;



Vipassana Meditation Centre. Dhamma Sikhara Himachal Vipassana Centre
Dhamma Sikhara;
Dharamkot, McLeodganj; Dharamsala 176219
Dist. Kangra; Himachal Pradesh;
India
Accessibility:
The site comprising 3 acres amidst the magnificent Deodar forest is at a height of 2000 mts above sea level in the Dauladhar range of Himalayas of north India in Himachal Pradesh State. There are Auto Rickshaw, Taxi available from Mc Leodganj one can even trek 1.5 kms through the forest to reach the centre.

What is Vipassana?
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills that is an Art Of Living.
Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.

The Technique:
The technique is very simple and aims for the total eradication of mental impurities resulting to highest happiness of full liberation. Not only curing of diseases but essentially healing for human sufferings.
Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.

The Courses:
The technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants follow a prescribed Code of Discipline, learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results.
The course requires hard, serious work. There are three steps to the training. The first step is, for the period of the course, to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual activity, speaking falsely, and intoxicants. This simple code of moral conduct serves to calm the mind, which otherwise would be too agitated to perform the task of self-observation.
The next step is to develop some mastery over the mind by learning to fix one's attention on the natural reality of the ever changing flow of breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils.
By the fourth day the mind is calmer and more focused, better able to undertake the practice of Vipassana itself: observing sensations throughout the body, understanding their nature, and developing equanimity by learning not to react to them.

The code of Discipline:
The foundation of the practice is sīla — moral conduct. Sīla provides a basis for the development of samādhi — concentration of mind; and purification of the mind is achieved through paññā — the wisdom of insight.

The Precepts
All who attend a Vipassana course must conscientiously undertake the following five precepts for the duration of the course:
• to abstain from killing any being;
• to abstain from stealing;
• to abstain from all sexual activity;
• to abstain from telling lies;
• to abstain from all intoxicants.

There are three additional precepts which old students (that is, those who have completed a course with S.N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers) are expected to follow during the course:
• to abstain from eating after midday;
• to abstain from sensual entertainment and bodily decorations.
• to abstain from using high or luxurious beds.
• Old students will observe the sixth precept by having tea without milk or fruit juice at the 5 p.m. break, whereas new student may have tea with milk and some fruit. The teacher may excuse an old student from observing this precept for health reasons. The seventh and eighth precept will be observed by all.
Finally, on the last full day participants learn the meditation of loving kindness or goodwill towards all, in which the purity developed during the course is shared with all beings.

Noble Silence:
All students must observe Noble Silence from the beginning of the course until the morning of the last full day. Noble Silence means silence of body, speech, and mind. Any form of communication with fellow student, whether by gestures, sign language, written notes, etc., is prohibited.

Separation of Man and Women:
Complete segregation of men and women is to be maintained. Couples married or otherwise, should not contact each other in any way during the course. The same applies to friends, members of the same family, etc.

Yoga and Physical Exercise: Although compatible but should be suspended during the course due to lack of secluded facilities.

Intoxicants and drugs or any other sedative like tranquilizers, Sleeping pill etc should not be bought to the site.

Food: The food provided will be simple vegetarian in case if any students have been prescribed special diet because of ill health they should inform the management during admission.

Clothing: Should be simple, modest and comfortable any revealing dresses such as tight dresses, Transparent, Shorts, Skirts, tights and leggings, sleeveless or skimpy are not allowed.

No outside Contacts: Any contact from outside world to be abstain by any means during the course.

NO Music, Reading and Writing are permitted.

THE COURSE TIMETABLE
The following timetable for the course has been designed to maintain the continuity of practice. For best results students are advised to follow it as closely as possible.
4:00 am ---- Morning wake-up bell
4:30-6:30 am ---- Meditate in the hall or in your room
6:30-8:00 am ---- Breakfast break
8:00-9:00 am ---- Group meditation in the hall
9:00-11:00 am ---- Meditate in the hall or in your room according to the teacher's instructions
11:00-12:00 noon---- Lunch break
12noon-1:00 pm ---- Rest and interviews with the teacher
1:00-2:30 pm ---- Meditate in the hall or in your room
2:30-3:30 pm ---- Group meditation in the hall
3:30-5:00 pm ---- Meditate in the hall or in your own room according to the teacher's instructions
5:00-6:00 pm ---- Tea break
6:00-7:00 pm ---- Group meditation in the hall
7:00-8:15 pm ---- Teacher's Discourse in the hall
8:15-9:00 pm ---- Group meditation in the hall
9:00-9:30 pm ---- Question time in the hall
9:30 pm ---- Retire to your own room--Lights out

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.

Short Courses for old students

26 Nov to 29 Nov 2013 3 days at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

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.
Dates Days Location
01 Sept to 12 Sept 2013 10 days Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
15 Sept to 26 Sept 2013 10 days Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
01 Oct to 12 Oct 2013 10 days Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
15 Oct to 26 Oct 2013 10 days Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
01 Nov to 12 Nov 2013 10 days Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
01 Nov to 12 Nov 2013 10 days Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
STATUS: Updated as on 29th June 2013 2.02 PM
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 commercialization.

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 students are those who have completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers