About Dhamma Kamala Vipassana Meditation Center
Dhamma Kamala, "The Lotus of Dhamma", was established after Goenkaji, Mataji, and other senior teachers had traveled to Thailand to conduct several non-center Vipassana courses. Old students decided to establish the first Vipassana center in Thailand, and the development of the center started in 1992. The first ten-day course has commenced in November 1992. In August 1998, Goenkaji inaugurated the main building in the center, composed of a golden pagoda at the top center, a spacious meditation hall, and 128 individual cells. The center gradually and continuously expanded to meet the demand of students. Many new buildings have been added, including a kitchen, teachers’ residences, a center office, Vipassana Resources Center, and new residences.
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.
Dhamma Kamala, serving students arriving from all over the world, presently the center can accommodate 125 participants, 35 males and 90 females. Residential quarters are built in a modern Thai style, three for men and six for women. All accommodations are single rooms with attached bathrooms, so students can meditate seriously with the very least distractions. The buildings lie amid of a large garden with area for walking and relaxation. There are covered pathways to connect one building to another. The complex is surrounded by serene ponds and moats of colorful lotuses in keeping with the name of the center. Flowering shrubs and trees, especially teak, give a shady and pleasant environment for meditation. Approximately twenty 10-day Courses are scheduled at Dhamma Kamala per year, with nearly every course full with a wait list. The center also offers Satipaṭṭhāna Courses as well as 30- and 45-day Courses.
A simple vegetarian menu, developed to satisfy the needs of most students, is offered at all courses. Please note, no outside food is allowed at the center, and we are unable to accommodate special food requests. However, if you have food requirements because of a medically diagnosed condition, such as diabetes or pregnancy, please contact the center immediately to see if we can meet your needs.