Why Serve on a course?

 "If you really want to get established in Dhamma, if you really want to apply Dhamma in your day-to-day life, give some service in Dhamma courses and get proper training. By giving Dhamma service in a course, you are fulfilling the teaching of the Buddha which is not just to help yourself to get liberated but also to help others to get liberated. Therefore, I keep recommending to my students, 'As you find time of ten days for purifying your mind for your own development in Dhamma, you must also give at least ten days in a year to serve others so that both the aspects of Buddha's teaching become stronger in you.'

I want all of you to keep growing in Dhamma, not just to take courses and then to forget about it. You have to apply Dhamma in life. And to apply it in life, serve at least one course a year to get the strength to apply it in life. May you all keep growing in Dhamma-not only for your good and benefit, not only for your liberation, but also for the good and benefit of so many others, for the liberation of so many others.

Bhavatu sabba mangalam!"


What time do 3 day courses start and finish?

Please arrive for registration between 2 and 5pm. A meal is served at 6.30pm, orientation talk at 7.15.

Courses start at 8pm, on day 0 and end around 4pm on day 3. If you are traveling by train this will leave you enough time to get the the station.

Why does Mr Goenka recommend Serving on a Course?

"While serving, you are learning how to apply Dhamma in day-to-day life. After all, Dhamma is not an escape from daily responsibilities.
By learning to act according to Dhamma in dealing with students and situations here in the little world of a meditation course or centre, you train yourself to act in the same way in the world outside.
Despite the fact that unwanted things keep happening, you practice trying to maintain the balance of your mind, and to generate love and compassion in response. This is the lesson that you are trying to master here. You are a student as much as those who are sitting in the course.

Keep on learning while humbly serving others. Keep thinking, 'I am here in training, to practice serving without expecting anything in return. I am working so that others may benefit from the Dhamma. Let me help them by setting a good example, and in so doing, help myself as well.'

May all of you who give Dhamma service become strengthened in Dhamma. May you learn to develop your goodwill, love and compassion for others. May all of you progress in Dhamma, and enjoy real peace, real harmony, real happiness."

Bhavatu sabba mangalam!
S. N. Goenka