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.
This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. It is observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.
Vipassana is a practical technique which enables one to lead a more positive balanced and happy life. It is a practical method of self-knowledge and awareness that is universal and not connected with any religious organisation.
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. No previous experience is required. After reviewing the Code of Discipline for Vipassana courses and checking the course schedule, you may apply for a course.
Courses are given in numerous Meditation Centers and at non-center course locations at rented sites. Each location has its own schedule of courses. In most cases, an application for admission to each of these courses can be made by clicking on a selected one of the listed course dates that appear in the schedule.
Courses in Estonia are currently held once a year at rented location. Information about the course dates for this year and how to apply can be found on the Courses page. Please write to us for further information.
There are many Vipassana Centers throughout the world in India and elsewhere in Asia/Pacific, in North America, in Latin America, in Europe, in Australia/New Zealand, in the Middle East and in Africa.
Ten day non-center courses are frequently held at many locations outside of Centers as they are arranged by local students of Vipassana in those areas. An alphabetical list of worldwide course locations is available as well as a graphical interface of course locations worldwide and in India and Nepal.
Vipassana Meditation courses are also taught in prisons with great success and wonderful benefits for the inmates who participate.
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 people who, having completed at least one 10-day course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit.
Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who organize the course volunteer their time.