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Sayagyi U Ba Khin was the ideologist and distinguished Vipassana Teacher. Before dying he revealed his last desire of a Vipasana Academy in India to his Disciple - S.N. Goenka. So he down from Rangoon and established the Vipasana International Academy in India. Thus Dhama Giri came into establishment in the year 1976 with its first 10 day course for the general public. Today its known to the World as Vipasana Academy. At a time around 2500 students attend Vipasana Course.

Fast Facts
» Location - Vipasana International Academy, Dhamma Giri; P.O. Box 6; Igatpuri; District Nasik; Maharashtra; India.
» Accessibility - Direct Buses from Nasik and Mumbai Bus Services, Cabs - Easily reachable by road.
» Best time - Round the Year
» Visit Timings - 06:00 a.m. to 08:00 p.m. *Timings are subject to vary.
» Membership Fee - No fee. Futher detail on enquiry from the Ashram only.
» Other Branches - Argentina, Australia, Austria, Baharain, Bangaldesh, Brazil, Cuba, Denmark, Japan, Pakistan, Spain, United States, Venezuela, Turkey, Mexico and many more countries have Vipasana Centres. The entire List can be had from the Vipasana Centre. - California: Giorgio&Shu-Xiang Quintero, 5162 La Dorna Street, San Diego, CA

Famous Facets:
Dhamma Tihar
Dhamma Tihar
Even the famous Tihar Jail of New Delhi has a Vipassana Dhamma Centre where the prisoners undergo Vipassana Courses. These courses have dramatically changed the behaviour of the Prisoners.

Vipasana Center
Vipasana Centers
Around 60 Countries worldwide have well established Vipasana Centers including India.

Vipasana  Ashram
The Ashram

The Vipasana International Academy or Dhama Giri is a big Ashram covering an area of twenty acres of Land. It accomodates around 600 workers at a time and its dining hall has a seating capacity of 300 people.

As one enters the Gates of Dhama Giri, there is a Huge Gate with Vipasana Internatinal Academy written on it. No Car is allowed in the Academy; however if you intend to enter as a student then a parking space is provided till the course is finished. Inside the entrance there are separate Registration Offices for Gents and Ladies. Once registered for a course, you can walk to your allotted rooms or take a round of the Ashram which is in close vicinity of Nature. From here you can also see the Vipasana Pagoda and the Meditation Cubicles around it.

A day in Ashram :
  • Early Morning Morning Meditation in the Meditation Hall or your own room. Its done at 04:00 o'clock in the morning.
  • After Breakfast at 08:00 a.m.; meditation in the hall till 11:00 a.m.
  • Rest and lunch at 01:00 p.m. and then meditation till 05:00 p.m.
  • At 06:00 p.m. Group mediation till 07:00 p.m. and then watching video recording of Goenkaji is shown.
  • Dinner and rest at 08:00 p.m.

  • The Concept/Ideology

    Vipasana is seeing things as they are. Its a type of Buddhist Meditation Technique in which a person stills his mind and achieves a sort of tranquility. It is a technique which was used by Gautam Buddha while meditating. Its a process of self realization by self realization. In Vipasana one controls his breath, develops concentration. On developing concentration one moves through observing various body changes, thus purifying body and soul.

    In this technique there is no Guru, one has to practice on his own. However there are guides who help you carry out the various practices.

    The Concept of Vipasana

    Its not doing Yoga - its a process of listening of silence. One you join a Vipasana, your contact with the world is pulled out. For the beginners, there is a 10 Days course. Each day the to be yogi sits in silence for 10 hrs, there is no communication - even with the fellow students. In a typical Vipasana Program there are 3 steps which one has to follow:
  • Practice abstaining from actions which are thought of as harmful - stealing, lying, killing, sexual misconduct and using intoxicants.
  • Secondly, for the first three and a half day one has to practice Anapana Meditation, thus controlling the breath and the mind.
  • Thirdly and lastly, for the next six days you have to practice Vipasana - achieving total control on mind. Throughout the course, you will be guided as to what needs to be done and how it needs to be done.

  • There are certain neccesities which are to be followed during the course like all sorts of prayer, worship, counting beads etc. are abstained from. Any sort of meditation/healing/spiritual practices are dicontinued and everyone has to respect this form of meditation. A Noble Silence of speech, communication of any sorts - written, verbal, gesture and signs are not permitted. Even reading and writing are not allowed.

    Our Suggestions
    • Vipasana International Meditation has different rules, some of which are not found in any other Ashram. If you consider joining Vipasana Meditation Program, then you have to follow them. Enquire in detail before enrolling yourself for such course.
    • The minimum number of days of the Vipasana Course is 10 days. During this time there are possibilities that you may be cut off from the outside world - even your family members. members.CheckCheck it out.
    • Separate Rooms are given to the students and no fee is charged - either for the course or the stay.
    • Igatpuri is 136kms from Mumbai and 44 kms from Nasik. You can hire a Cab to reach here or take a direct train from Nasik.
    • Valuables ane Medicines are not allowed. However, if you do bring some valuables, they are deposited at the entrance and given back when you leave the Centre. If you are bound to take Medicine, then you can bring them along after telling the teacher about it. Use of Mobiles is also not permitted.
    • Take along necessities like mosquito repellents, torch, lock and key.
    • Its a Strictly Vegetarian place and one has to abide by it. Smoking, chewing tobacco and taking snuff are not allowed at any cost.
    • Vipasana Ashram does not charge anything for its services. Its a NGO and runs solely on donations. But still, be Clear about the Membership Fee at the first place.
    • For any other assistance, feel free to talk to us.

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