About Vipassana Meditation Centre Dhamma Sikhara Dharamsala
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art of Living.
The technique of Vipassana Meditation is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. There are no charges for the courses - not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit.
Children's Courses are open for all children aged 8-12 years old who wish to learn to meditate. Their parents/guardians do not have to be meditators.
Teenagers' Anapana Courses are available for teens in different age ranges from 13-18 years old. Their parents/guardians do not have to be Vipassana meditators.
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.
10-day Executive Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation especially for business executives and government officials where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. For more information please visit the Executive course website. 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 7:30am.
How to Get There
Many trains run throughout to Pathankot or Chakki Bank stations on the line to Jammu Tawi. Regular buses run between Pathankot Main Bus Stand and McLeodganj and Dharamsala. Taxis may also be hired from the Taxi Union at a fixed rate to the centre. Bus From Delhi: Daily deluxe buses run from Delhi. Himachal Pradesh Government deluxe and regular buses depart from ISBT (Interstate bus terminal), Kashmiri Gate, in the evening, arriving in McLeodganj the following morning. Advance booking can be made at ISBT or at HRTC website http://www.hp.gov.in/hrtctickets/ Private buses depart from Paharganj and Majnu Ka Tilla in the evening and arrive in McLeodganj the following morning around 7am. Bus from other places: There are direct buses connecting Dharamsala with several big cities in northern like Amritsar, Manali, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Mandi, Shimla and others. Road distances from main northern indian cities: Delhi (570km,13hrs), Chandigarh(250kms,8hrs), Shimla(317kms,10hrs), Manali(250kms,11hrs), Pathankot(90kms,4hrs), Amritsar(200kms,7hrs), Rishikesh(550kms,15hrs), Dehradun(500kms,14hrs).