Dhamma Giri, meaning ‘Hill of Dhamma’, is one of the world’s largest meditation centres and the main centre of a rapidly growing global Vipassana organization.
Situated in Igatpuri, a railway town three hours from Mumbai, Dhamma Giri fulfilled the cherished wish of Sayagyi U Ba Khin, the distinguished Vipassana teacher, to have a full-fledged Vipassana centre in India.
From this once windy, barren plateau with a few ancient ruins and mango trees beneath a mountain-like hilltop, Dhamma Giri has become a unique university of the mind to which people from all over the world are welcomed to be established in the practice and theory of Vipassana.
Dhamma Giri serves around 600 students in each 10-day course. Separate residential blocks are available for Dhamma servers, besides residences for Pali scholars and students of the Vipassana Research Institute.
There are seven meditation halls in Dhamma Giri. Three meditation halls (Dhamma Halls) are used for each ten-day course, with two halls for male students and a separate one for female students. Discourses too are held in separate Dhamma Halls for males and females.
Besides its busy annual course schedule, Dhamma Giri also co-ordinates assistant teacher scheduling across India, prepares teaching material for Dhamma centres worldwide and hosts annual meetings for teachers and Dhamma servers from around the world.
Dhamma Giri Today is a unique meditation centre that fulfills the cherished wish of Sayagyi U Ba Khin, offering a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn and practice Vipassana meditation in a serene environment. With separate residential blocks available for Dhamma servers, Pali scholars, and students of the Vipassana Research Institute, this centre accommodates around 600 students in each 10-day course. The meditation halls are separated for males and females, with three halls used for each ten-day course. In addition to its annual course schedule, Dhamma Giri coordinates assistant teacher scheduling across India and prepares teaching material for Dhamma centres worldwide.