Coronavirus

Due to the present COVID pandemic situation Vipassana courses in Europe are organized in limited number, only four centers are operating currently and all of them with special measures.

There is uncertainty about the measures in force in May in Hungary, but there is a good chance we can organize the 10-day Vipassana course between 19-30 May 2021. The new regulations will be announced by the government in May, so we must be flexible and expect short notice, last minute changes.

Due to the uncertainty and for the safety of the participants we need to apply these rules:  

  • We can accept registrations only from residents in Hungary, due to the travel restrictions 

  • We can accept people only with COVID vaccination or official negative PCR test (not older than 48 hours) or valid antibody test 

  • Only those can participate, who accept the rule of wearing masks and follow all the hygienic and prevention measures, like regular hand-washing, maintaining appropriate distance etc. 

  • All participants have to ensure that someone can bring them home by car on the same day, if they have any COVID symptoms during the course 

We hope these rules won’t stay with us for long, as we understand the discomfort they entail. We will re-evaluate the necessity of these measures continuously and keep you updated about any change. 

What is Vipassana Meditation?

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art of Living.

In the following video S.N. Goenka explains the theory and practice of Vipassana meditation. The recording was made in August 2002, during Mr. Goenka's european visit at the Belgian Vipassana centre, Dhamma Pajjota.

How to learn it?

The technique of Vipassana Meditation is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practise sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. No previous experience of meditation is required. After reviewing the Code of Discipline for Vipassana courses and checking the course schedule,  you may apply for a course.

Where to learn it?

In Hungary, courses are held two times per year at rented locations. Up to date information about the course dates and how to apply can be found on the Courses page. For information about courses in other parts of the world, please visit www.dhamma.org.

Course Finances

Courses are run solely on a donation basis. There are no charges for the courses, not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from those who have completed a course, experienced the benefits of Vipassana, and wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who organise the courses volunteer their time.