Dhamma Shringa, Nepal Vipassana Center
The Nepal Vipassana Center – Dhamma Shringa, is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, overlooking the Kathmandu valley, about 12 kilometer north of Kathmandu City. The Center’s land covers nearly four acres and is bordered by a beautiful wildlife reserve. An abundant water supply nourishes the gardens, where flowers bloom throughout the year.
Various buildings serve for residences, ranging from dormitories to single rooms, two separate dining halls for men & women, and a few meditation halls. The center can comfortably accommodate about 250 people. Nepali-style vegetarian meals are served during courses.
A half-ring shaped building containing 84 meditation cells, is available for the old students, as well as a separate complex for long and special courses, complete with accommodations and meditation facilities.
Information about the Vipassana courses is available at the Vipassana City Office in Kathmandu. Course participants register in the City Office. On the day the course starts, a chartered bus takes them to the center.
Dharmashringa is situated at an approximate altitude of 5200 ft. During the summer months of April to September, the maximum temperature remains between 23°C to 32°C and the minimum temperature between 10°C to 16°C. During the winter months of October to March, the maximum temperature remains between 10°C to 16°C and the minimum temperature between 0°C to 5°C.
Two ten-day courses are held at Dharmashringa from 1st to 12th and 14th to 25th of every month. However this schedule may be changed during the festival months of October/November. Courses begin in the evening of the first day and end in the morning of the 12th day.
Satipatthana courses for old students are held from 3rd to 12th in the months of April, August and December. Schedules for 20 day, 30 day and other old student courses are decided at the beginning of every year.