Dhamma Pajjota welcomes everyone to apply for our courses. Despite our diverse beginnings and our unique lives, when we come to a Vipassana course we are united by a common cause, a common purpose—to solve the mystery of human suffering.
Although this teaching comes from Gotama the Buddha, it is presented in a non-sectarian format. The Buddha was not interested in converting people to a religion. He had found the path that leads to the end of suffering and his only interest was to share this with others. It is the same today. The cause of suffering lies within each of us and we need to look inside to find its solution. The technique works for anyone, regardless of that person’s background or tradition.
At Dhamma Pajjota, the daily instructions are always bilingual: English plus one other language, either Dutch, German or French. To be accepted to a course, you must understand either English or the second language on that specific course well enough to follow the daily instructions and communicate with the teacher.
Students are encouraged to listen to the daily evening discourses in their native language. These discourses are available in about 50 languages in addition to the standard English, Dutch, German and French that are always played at Dhamma Pajjota. When attending, please let the organisers know which language you understand best.
A Vipassana course is a rigorous and demanding undertaking, and you need to be in a good state of both physical and mental health to attend a course. You need to be well enough to follow the full timetable and schedule.
You may have a special requirement because of a physical health issue, a physical limitation, pregnancy, or a medical dietary restriction. If you have a special need, please describe in the section of the application form that asks “Anything you wish to add to the above information?” We will contact you to discuss your needs.
If you have a mental health problem, past or present, the course may not be suitable for you. When you apply you will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire in order to give us a more detailed picture of your condition and history. We may then need to seek advice from a health professional when considering whether it is in your best interest to attend a course.
People of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome to apply to our courses. However, it is important for you to know that meditation centres in this tradition are strictly segregated into male and female sides; this includes the residential accommodation, the dining rooms, the meditation hall and the walking areas. These arrangements are designed to reduce distractions that may arise from the mixing of genders.
If you think that these arrangements might create difficulties for you and/or for others, please let us know in the section of the application that asks, “Anything you wish to add to the above information?” We will contact you to discuss your needs.