Dipa (Island of Dhamma) is one of the many centres
around the world dedicated to the practice of Vipassana
meditation as taught by S. N. Goenka.
It is situated in Herefordshire in the west
of England. Residential meditation courses are held here throughout the
year. Courses are also held at non-centre sites in East Anglia, Sussex,
Ireland and elsewhere from time to time. Dhamma Dipa is owned and
managed by Vipassana Trust, a registered educational charity.
Introduction to Vipassana meditation
Vipassana means "to
see things as they really are". It is a process of self-purification by
self-observation. It is an ancient technique from India, which was
originally taught by the Buddha. The teaching is universal and not
connected with any religious organisation and can be practised by
anyone without conflict with existing religious beliefs or absence of
beliefs. For those who are not familiar with Vipassana Meditation we
recommend visiting the International Vipassana Website
for an introduction.
Applying for a course
is taught during ten-day residential courses. This period has
been found to be the minimum necessary for new students to understand
the technique and its benefits through their own experience. To apply
for a course please read the Code of Discipline
and then find a convenient date in the UK
Course Schedules, and submit an online application form.
Courses are run
solely on a donation basis. No charges are made, not even to cover the
cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from
those who have already completed courses, experienced the benefits of
Vipassana and wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the
teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and
others who help on the courses volunteer their time freely.